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2013 Speakers

Dr. Eric Isaacs
Renowned Physicist

Eric Isaacs, a prominent University of Chicago physicist, is President of UChicago Argonne, LLC, and Director of Argonne National Laboratory. Previously he was Director of the Center for Nanoscale Materials at Argonne and a professor of physics in the University of Chicago’s James Franck Institute. He received his Ph.D. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1988) in the field of magnetic semiconductors and was a postdoctoral fellow at Bell Laboratories where he was subsequently tenured for 13 years studying magnetism and correlated electronic systems. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society.

He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and served on a number of national scientific advisory committees, including the Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee. He is author or co-author of more than 140 scientific papers and presentations.


Christine Todd Whitman
Former Governor of New Jersey

Governor Whitman served in the cabinet of President George W. Bush as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from January of 2001 until June of 2003. She was the 50th Governor of the State of New Jersey, serving as its first woman governor from 1994 until 2001.

She is the author of a 2005 New York Times best seller, "It’s My Party Too."

Governor Whitman serves on a number of non-profit organizations including the Board of Trustees’ Executive Committee of the Eisenhower Fellowships and the Board of Directors of the Council on Foreign Relations. She co-chairs Clean and Safe Energy (CASE) with Dr. Patrick Moore and is a member of the board of directors of the American Security Project and Americans Elect. She is Co-Chair of the Aspen Health Stewardship Project, and a member of the advisory boards of Reform New Jersey Now and the Institute of Politics at Harvard University.

Governor Whitman also serves on the Board of Directors of S.C. Johnson and Son, Inc., Texas Instruments Inc., and United Technologies Corporation.


Stephen V. Gold    
President, MAPI

Stephen Gold is President and CEO of Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI), a position he has held since March 2011. Founded in 1933, MAPI is a membership organization that provides unique economic research and analysis and professional development opportunities for senior manufacturing executives.

Mr. Gold has represented U.S. manufacturers in various positions for much of his career. Between 2006 and 2011 he served as senior vice president of operations for the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), where he provided management oversight of the trade association’s 50 business units, member recruitment and retention, international operations, business development, and meeting planning.

Prior to joining NEMA, Mr. Gold spent five years at the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), serving as vice president of allied associations and executive director of the Council of Manufacturing Associations. During his tenure he helped launch NAM’s Campaign for the Future of U.S. Manufacturing, and served as executive director of the Coalition for the Future of U.S. Manufacturing.

Before joining NAM, Mr. Gold practiced law in Washington, D.C., at the former firm of Collier Shannon Scott (now part of two firms, Kelley Drye & Warren and Steptoe & Johnson). While at the firm he specialized in regulatory law, working in the consumer product safety practice group and on energy and environmental issues in the government relations practice group.

Mr. Gold has also served as associate director/communications director at the Tax Foundation in Washington, D.C., where he was an occasional guest columnist for the Washington Times, and as director of public policy at Citizens for a Sound Economy, a free-market advocacy group. In the 1980s, Mr. Gold served in the communications department of Chief Justice Warren Burger’s Commission on the Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution. He started his career in Washington as a lobbyist for the Grocery Manufacturers of America.

Mr. Gold has a Juris Doctor ( cum laude) from George Mason University School of Law, and served as president of the alumni association from 2005-2007. He also has a master of arts in history from George Washington University, a bachelor of science ( magna cum laude) in history from Arizona State University, and is a Certified Association Executive (CAE). He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of The Manufacturing Institute, and is a member of the Board of the NAM Council of Manufacturing Associations, the US Chamber of Commerce’s Committee of 100, and ASAE’s Key Professional Associations Committee (KPAC).

A resident of McLean, Va., Mr. Gold and his wife Terry have two grown children.


Kurt Lawson    
Partner, Hogan Lovells, LLP

Kurt Lawson is a partner in the D.C. office of Hogan Lovells US LLP. He works on a broad range of employee benefit and executive compensation matters, primarily for plans, plan sponsors and plan service-providers, as well as on employment tax issues. Particular areas of interest include tax-qualified plans, deferred compensation plans for tax-exempt entities, Title I and Title IV issues, and health plan regulation. From 1989-1993, he worked in the Office of Tax Policy at the Treasury Department on, among other things, the 401(a)(4) regulations, the QSLOB regulations, the revised 401(k) regulations, the 3121(v) regulations, revised 404A regulations, and employee misclassification issues, and served on the Clinton task force on health care reform.

He is active in the ABA Tax Section, has worked on many comments and committees and served in various leadership positions, and, in 2008-2009, chaired the Tax Section’s Employee Benefits Committee. He has published many articles on subjects from Section 457 to health reform, and teaches the tax-qualified plans course as an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center. He received his J.D. degree from the University of Virginia in 1985 and B.A. and M.A. (in Economics) degrees from Yale University in 1982. He is a fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel and the American Bar Foundation, and has been listed in Best Lawyers in America since 2007.


Bill Scanlan    
Moderator/Host, C-SPAN

Bill Scanlan has been with C-SPAN since 1998. He can regularly be heard LIVE covering House & Senate votes, key Congressional hearings and speaking with C-SPAN callers. Most recently, bill hosted the weeknight “C-SPAN Town Hall” during the 2013 August Congressional recess. Since 2007, Bill has been a regular host of C-SPAN’s signature morning program - Washington Journal, and has interviewed hundreds of guests from the world of politics, the military and government. In 2010, Bill served as Executive Producer of C-SPAN3. He’s also been a regular host for American History TV (C-SPAN3) and has anchored numerous C-SPAN special programs and events. He was also a contributing announcer for C-SPAN's Peabody Award winning American Presidents series.

A native of Washington, D.C., Bill grew up in Montgomery County. He attended Temple University in Philadelphia and earned his BA in Communications at the University of Maryland. His broadcasting career began at Washington’s DC101 & WWDC in Washington. In, 1992, he was hired by Infinity Broadcasting to produce a nationally-syndicated radio show from Los Angeles. Returning to the Washington area in 1997 at WARW, Bill won a Washington Achievement in Radio Award in 1999. He has worked on a variety of independent video projects and freelance voice assignments. In 2013, Bill’s documentary film – “The Bayou: DC’s Killer Joint” aired on dozens of PBS stations across the country.


Jesse Berst    
Founder and Chairman of the Smart Cities Council

Jesse Berst is the founder and Chairman of the Smart Cities Council, a coalition of organizations that seeks to accelerate the move to smart cities with better livability, workability and sustainability.

Jesse came to the smart city sector from the smart grid where he was one of the pioneering thought leaders and the chief analyst of SmartGridNews.com, the Internet’s oldest, largest and highest-ranked smart grid site.

The Smart Cities Council and Smart Grid News are operated by Global Smart Energy (GSE), which also provides strategic consulting to corporations, startups and investment firms looking to target their smart grid activities. Current and past clients include Avista Utilities, BAE Systems, Edison Electric Institute, Global Environment Fund, the GridWise Alliance, Lockheed Martin, the Province of British Columbia, Prize Capital, Schneider Electric, Telcordia, the U.S. Department of Energy, and many others.

Jesse devotes a portion of his time to efforts to grow the industry. He was a co-founder of the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative, a nonprofit that unites utilities, vendors, and consumer advocates with the goal of accelerating a consumer-friendly smart grid. He serves on the Advisory Council for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, which conducts some of the nation’s most advanced grid research. He also sits on the advisory boards of Voyager Capital, a leading West Coast venture capital firm, Calico Energy, which provides unified operations centers to utilities, GridGlo, which has a customer insights engine for utilities, and 1Energy, which produces cutting-edge energy storage systems.


Paul Molitor
Assistant Vice President, Head of Communications
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)

Paul Molitor serves as an Assistant Vice President and Head of Communications for the National Electrical Manufacturers Association in Rosslyn, VA. On behalf of the 400-plus member companies of NEMA, Paul is responsible for all internal and external communications including interfacing with electrical utilities, manufacturers, state and federal agencies, and the U.S. Congress.

Paul is an established figure in Smart Grid, holding numerous technical and leadership positions in a variety of national and international roles within the industry. He was the first Plenary Secretary of the NIST Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP), founded the SGIP’s International Task Force, participated in the cybersecurity committee and served as the founding director for SGIP’s industry-operated successor SGIP 2.0, Inc. He’s also served as secretary of the U.S. Technical Advisory Groups for the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC TAGs) for the Smart Grid strategy group (SG3) and the Smart Grid user interface committee (PC 118). Paul was named to the Canadian Task Force on Smart Grid Technologies and Standards (TF-SGTS) and serves on the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute’s Smart Grid Maturity Model (SGMM) stakeholder panel. In 2013, Paul was named as a “Smart Grid Pioneer” by Smart Grid Today along with U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.

Paul has had numerous articles published in U.S. and international publications and is the publisher for ElectroIndustry Magazine. He’s a frequent industry panelist, been a guest speaker at national Smart Grid conferences in Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, Turkey, and Israel, and is a core member of the Gridweek and Grid-Interop organizing committees. He has also appeared as a Smart Grid and Cyber Security contributor on Energy & Environment TV, NHK (Japan), and the Fox News Channel.


Bryan J. Olnick
Vice President Customer Service Smart Grid Solutions and Operations Florida Power & Light Company

Bryan J. Olnick is the Vice President of Customer Service Smart Grid Solutions and Operations. In his current role, Mr. Olnick is responsible for strategic development, deployment, and operation of FPL’s Advanced Metering Initiative program and Smart Grid technology solutions utilizing intelligent electronic devices and modern sensor technologies to expand the situational awareness and system automation of grid operations for the benefit of FPL’s 4.6 million customers. In this capacity, Mr. Olnick leads a workforce of more than 100 engineers, professionals, and field technicians throughout FPL’s state-wide service territory.

Mr. Olnick has more than 27 years of experience in the electric utility industry and has held various key leadership positions in the areas of electric distribution operations, engineering and construction, customer service, commercial and governmental account management, incident command and emergency management, system control center operations, quality and process management, labor relations, and strategic planning.

Mr. Olnick received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida and Master’s degree in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University. He is also a graduate of Executive Education programs at both Columbia University and the Darden School of Business. He proudly served with distinction for five years in the United States Air Force in the US, Europe, and Middle East. He is a member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Florida Engineering Society, Gridwise Alliance, and Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative.


Don Leavens, PhD 
NEMA Vice President and Chief Economist

Donald R. Leavens, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association’s Vice President and Chief Economist, holds a PhD. in economics from George Mason University. He also received a master’s degree in economics from Virginia Tech and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Virginia.

At NEMA, he specializes in the economics of the electrical manufacturing industry, providing analysis and forecasts of the economic forces affecting the industry. He has provided the economic outlook for the electrical manufacturing industry at numerous business meetings sponsored by manufacturers, electrical contractors and distributors, and engineering societies throughout North America. He has also written articles on public choice and public finance economics that have appeared in academic journals and has contributed articles to several books. In addition, he has served as a member of the Governor of Virginia’s Advisory Board of Economists.


Greg Kats    
President, Capital-E

Greg is President of Capital E, a firm that invests in early stage cleantech/green firms, and works with cities, corporations and financial institutions to design and implement clean energy and low carbon strategies. He is a founder of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), a founder of the country’s first green bank, and in 2011, was the first recipient of the US Green Building Council’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Greg serves on multiple boards, advises several VC firms, coaches cleantech CEOs, advises banks on greening and scaling energy efficiency financing, and is Sustainability Advisor to CalPERS. He served as Managing Director at Good Energies, a multi-billion dollar global clean energy PE/VC fund where he led investments in smart grid, efficiency and green buildings. Greg introduced and helped negotiate a $200 million strategic investment by St. Gobain in US electrochromic firm Sage. He served for 5 years as the Director of Financing for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy.

Greg serves on the congressionally established board guiding the greening of US federal buildings, and serves as a member of a National Academy of Science board guiding policy development to strengthen US global competitiveness. He was the Founding Chairman of IPMVP, the international energy and water efficiency design standard and technical basis for > $25 billion in building efficiency upgrades, translated into 10 languages. Greg served as the Principal Advisor in designing and developing the national design standard for green affordable housing, and serves on the mayoral committee guiding the greening of Washington DC. Greg earned an MBA from Stanford University and, concurrently, an MPA from Princeton University on a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship. He earned a BA from UNC as a Morehead Scholar, and is a Certified Energy Manager. Greg is the author of Greening Our Built World: Costs, Benefits and Strategies(Island Press, 2010), and frequently serves as a conference keynote speaker on greening, technology and financing issues.


Cliff Majersik
Executive Director, Institute for Market Transformation

Cliff directs IMT’s research on building performance policy, energy codes, energy efficiency finance, and green leasing. He leads IMT’s outreach to multiple stakeholder groups, including financial services, utilities, and real estate.

Since joining IMT in 2002, Cliff has provided expert assistance to government officials in developing energy and building policy, including laws recently enacted in several cities and states. He was instrumental in crafting Washington, DC’s Clean and Affordable Energy Act of 2008 and its Green Building Act of 2006.

Previously, Cliff directed eBusiness at Conservation International’s Center for Environmental Leadership in Business. He also worked as a management consultant at the Corporate Executive Board, and before that, founded a collaboration software company.

Cliff is a member of the U.S. Department of Energy’s State & Local Energy Efficiency Action Network and Commercial Buildings Consortium, and serves on Washington, DC’s Green Building Advisory Council. A LEED Accredited Professional, he is a board member of the Emerald Cities Collaborative and Greenspace NCR. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Williams College.


Jim Pauley    
Senior Vice President, External Affairs and Government Relations, Schneider Electric

In his role as senior vice president, external affairs and government relations, Jim is responsible for state and federal legislative and regulatory policy. He oversees the Schneider Electric relationship with government officials and agencies. In addition, he has responsibility for the Schneider Electric strategy and participation in trade and industry associations, standards organizations and conformity assessment bodies.

Over his 28 year career, he has held positions in industry standards, product management, marketing and product planning.

Jim is currently the Chairman of the Board for the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), Chair of the Standards Council for the National Fire Protection Association, Co-Chair of the ANSI Electric Vehicle Standards Panel and Chair of the NEMA High Performance Building Council.

Pauley holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kentucky and is a licensed professional engineer in Kentucky.

He has been the recipient of the ANSI Meritorious Service Award, the NEMA Kite and Key Award, is a Fellow in the Standards Engineering Society and was recently inducted into the University of Kentucky Engineering Hall of Distinction.

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