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Bill Hagy
Bill Hagy,
Deputy Administrator and Director of Alternative Energy Policy,
USDA Presentation Title: Dissect the Up-to-date Regulatory  Drivers  and Obstacles for Waste Conversion View Bio
City of San José
As the Special Assistant for Alternative Energy Policy since August 2009, Mr. Hagy provides support to the Under Secretary for Rural Development  and Secretary on  policy matter relating to alternative energy  development and provides organizational leadership for various boards and committees including the Biomass Research and Development Board and Technical Advisory Committee.

Up until July 2009, Mr. Hagy served as  the Rural Development Business Programs, Deputy Administrator since July 1996 and administered a combined business loan and grant portfolio of over $6.5 billion.

Mr. Hagy has received extensive financial management training and is a recipient of the Vice President Gore’s National Performance Review Hammer Award for his efforts in streamlining the B&I Guaranteed Loan Program regulation, which reduced the number of application forms and automated the application process.  Mr. Hagy was the recipient of the Secretary of Agriculture Honor Award in fiscal years 2003 and 2007 for Superior Service to the Department in the delivery of Business Programs.  In addition, Mr. Hagy is the recipient of the 2007 National Rural Economic Developers Association President’s Award for recognition of his dedication, time, talent and expertise in support of Rural Development.

 Mr. Hagy has also served in the capacity of Acting Under Secretary for Rural Development from January 20 – April 17, 2009, and Acting RBS Administrator from April 17-May 16, 2009.
Jonathan Silver
Jonathan Silver,
Executive Director, Loans Program Office,
DOE (Invited)Presentation Title: Making your Project Suitable to Achieve Maximum Public Funding View Bio
DOE

Jonathan Silver was named Executive Director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Loan Programs Office in November 2009. Mr Silver leads the Obama Administration’s $70 billion dollar investment program in alternative energy, financing a wide range of solar, wind, geothermal, biofuels, fossil and nuclear energy projects. He also heads the government’s $20 billion investment program in advanced automotive technology. As Executive Director, Mr. Silver is responsible for the agency’s strategic direction and oversees all of its transactions. He frequently represents the agency before Congress and in public forums.

Michele Young
Michele Young,
Organics Manager, Environmental Services Department,
City of San José Presentation Title: Permitting Different Technologies – Gasification and Anaerobic Digestion View Bio
City of San José

Michele is the Organics Program Manager for the City of San José’s Environmental Services Department, where she is developing an integrated organics strategy for the City’s Zero Waste Plan and Green Vision. Current projects include Organics to Energy infrastructure development, redesign of the City’s commercial collection and processing systems, food waste collection for residences, schools and the airport, and support for compost research and marketing. Michele chairs CORC, the California Organics Recycling Committee, and co-chairs the USCC’s Compostable Plastics Task Force.

John May
John May,
Managing Director,
Stern Brothers & Co Presentation Title View Bio
Stern Brothers & Co

John M. May, Managing Director, is Head of the firm’s Alternative Energy Finance Group which he founded in 2003.  He is a seasoned project finance investment banker who has financed over $1 billion in loan and par values for over 100 clients in his 20-year banking career.

In the past five years, he has become one of the top renewable energy bankers in the country, having developed a national practice in renewable energy finance focusing on biofuels, biomass and bio-products.  He is credited with having pioneered the use of bonds as a form of project finance debt in the renewables market.  He is financial advisor to numerous renewable companies and has placed senior and subordinated debt financing for new projects, expansions and acquisitions.  He has also been placement agent to companies raising debt through the issuance of tax-exempt and taxable bonds.  In 2003, he underwrote the country’s first tax-exempt bond issue to fund a landfill gas-to-electricity project.  In 2005, he was responsible for developing one of the first tax-exempt bond structures sold to major U.S. institutional investors to fund ethanol projects.  He was the first banker to use a State guarantee of debt for a biofuel financing.  In 2006, he secured a $15 million full faith and credit guarantee from the State of Illinois for a biodiesel project.   Also in 2006, he introduced the use of bonds as a complement to syndicated bank debt in large biofuels financings.  In 2008, he was placement agent for bonds used to finance the first U.S. ethanol plant with an off-take agreement from a major international oil company.  In 2010, he created the bond finance structure adopted by the USDA in its Bio-Refinery Loan Guarantee Program; this resulted in the Agency’s adoption of a new Interim Final Rule for the program in 2011. 

He currently represents eight biofuels, biomass and biochemical companies applying for various USDA loan guarantees. He has been involved in financing renewable projects in ten states.  He has developed Stern’s national practice into one of the most recognized brands in the financing of biofuels in the U.S.

He is a frequent speaker at national conferences and webinars in the industry for such sponsors as: ACORE, Infocast, Advanced Biofuels Association, Platts, Projects and Money, CDFA, The National Governor’s Association and the American Bar Association. He has provided counsel on financing options and the credit markets to such government and association industry stakeholders as the USDA, the Staff of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee and the U.S. Department of Energy/NREL.  He has been featured in recent articles on biofuels finance authored or sponsored by Biofuels Journal, Biofuels Digest and Biorefining Magazine and published on Grainnet.com.  In 2011, he was elected to the Advisory Board of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund’s Climate Prosperity Partnership.

Prior to beginning his investment banking career, John practiced law at two national firms in Kansas City and Dallas.  He received his J.D. and M.B.A. (with Concentration in Finance) degrees from the University of Kansas, and his B.A. With Honors Cum Laude from Brown University.

Jim Stewart
Jim Stewart,
Chairman,
Bioenergy Producers Association Presentation Title View Bio
Bioenergy Producers Association

James L. Stewart, for the past six years, in addition to his primary career responsibilities, has served the renewable energy industry as Chairman of the Board of California's BioEnergy Producers Association, which is dedicated to improving California’s statutory and regulatory environment for the production of renewable energy from biomass.  In 2010, he was voted as #42 among the “Top 100 People in Bioenergy” in a poll of Biofuels Digest in which 400 people from 12 nations received votes.  Stewart is a Strategic Consultant to the Alternative Energy practice of Stern Brothers & Co., investment banking.  Beginning in 2003, he was associated for seven years with what is now the INEOS Bio technology for the co-production of ethanol and electricity from carbon-based wastes.  During that time, he served as Vice President-Marketing for BRI Energy and then co-founded and served as Vice President - Marketing & Public Affairs of New Planet Energy, LLC.  A joint venture formed by INEOS Bio and New Planet BioEnergy is now in construction in Vero Beach, Florida on the first United States commercial plant utilizing the INEOS Bio technology.  Targeted for completion early in 2012, the project has been awarded a $50 million direct grant from the United States Department of Energy and a $75 million USDA loan guarantee.  Stewart was formerly Vice President-Corporate Relations and Assistant to the President of the Walt Disney Company.  He holds Bachelor of Arts and M.B.A. degrees from the University of Southern California. 

Mark Riedy
Mark Riedy,
Partner, Mintz Levin
General Counsel, American Council On
Renewable Energy (ACORE)Presentation Title: Maximizing your Opportunity for Private Investment View Bio
Mintz Levin
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Paul Relis
Paul Relis,
SVP Environmental Affairs,
CR&R Presentation Title: Case Study – Getting your Project Permitted in California View Bio
CR&R
Paul Relis is Senior Vice President of CR&R Incorporated, one of the largest privately held waste and recycling companies in the U.S. CR&R provides waste collection, transfer, recycling s and composting services to 2.5 million customers and 40 cities in Southern California. He has served in this position since 1998.

Relis has led CR&R’s ten-year effort to develop technology that can recover more recyclables and convert the non-recoverable fractions of the waste stream to renewable energy and soil amendments.
He spearheaded successful responses to the City and County international solicitations for alternative technologies to landfill. He led CR&R’s effort to obtain $4.52 million in grant funds for CR&R’s proposed AD project in Riverside County, California.

From 1991-1998 Relis served as a Board Member of the California Integrated Waste Management Board, a full-time regulatory board with oversight responsibilities over landfills, incinerators, and recycling and compost facilities. At the board he played a pivotal role in implementing California’s landmark recycling and composting programs. He led the Board’s development of new regulations for composting facilities and played an instrumental role with the University of California, Davis, to advance markets for compost in California agriculture.

From 1970-1991 Mr. Relis was Executive Director/President of the Community Environmental Council (CEC) an environmental think tank based in Santa Barbara that played a key role in developing California’s waste management policies.

Mr. Relis is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara where he holds the position of Lecturer in the Environmental Studies Department. Relis has published numerous papers policy papers in the solid waste management field.
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Paul Gilman,
SVP and Chief Sustainability Officer,
Covanta Energy Presentation Title View Bio
Covanta Energy
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Gary Luce
Gary Luce,
CEO,
Terrabon Presentation Title: Case Study - Biofuels from Waste View Bio
Terrabon
Gary W. Luce has served on Terrabon’s Board since June 2007 when he arranged and closed an investment in the Company on behalf of Global Energy Horizons, LLC and is currently Terrabon’s Chief Executive Officer. In 1982, Mr. Luce graduated summa cum laude from Texas A&M University and Stephen F. Austin State University with degrees in chemical engineering and physics. In 1987, he received an MBA from Houston Baptist University. Mr. Luce has over 25 years of senior management strategic planning and operating experience in the energy sector. He has serve in senior leadership roles with McKinsey & Company, EOTT Energy and Reliant Energy.

From 2002 to 2007, Mr. Luce worked in the private equity area, primarily with K-L Energy Partners, LLC, a firm that he co-founded early in 2004, which focuses on investments in the midstream and downstream sectors of the energy industry. Since June 2007, Mr. Luce has been the principal architect of the Company’s technology deployment, and has led its financial and management transition from a development-stage entity to a stand-alone, operating technology company.
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Jack Broadbent,
Executive Officer,
Bay Area Air Quality Management District Presentation Title: An Insight into Air Quality Rules and Regulations View Bio
Bay Area Air Quality Management District
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Ted Kniesche
Ted Kniesche,
Vice President Business Development,
Fulcrum BioEnergy, Inc. Presentation Title: Case Study - The Business Case for Waste Conversion View Bio
Fulcrum BioEnergy, Inc.
Ted joined Fulcrum BioEnergy, Inc. at its inception in 2007.  He explores and develops new ways to grow Fulcrum’s business by overseeing Fulcrum's business development, project development and government relations activities.
Ted has played a critical role in the formation of Fulcrum and in the development of Fulcrum’s first waste-to-ethanol plant, Sierra BioFuels.  He helped negotiate and secure contracts for Fulcrum’s technologies as well as helped secure the feedstock supply for Sierra BioFuels.  He has also managed all the project development efforts that have resulted in the plant having all the permits necessary to begin construction.

In addition to the Sierra BioFuels efforts, Ted and his business development team have contracted millions of tons of long-term, fixed price feedstock across the U.S.  The amount of feedstock under contract equates to a potential production of more than one billion gallons of ethanol annually.

Ted has also led Fulcrum’s government relations efforts.  Last year, Fulcrum and seven other companies formed The BioEnergy Alliance, which successfully secured municipal solid waste as an eligible feedstock under the revised Renewable Fuel Standard.  Ted has also worked closely and formed alliances with two prominent environmental groups and has collaborated with them to formulate lasting policies for advanced biofuels.  Fulcrum continues to be active in leading various policy initiatives at both the State and Federal levels.

Ted’s experience spans a variety of industries and includes top-level corporate finance and M&A transactions.  He came to Fulcrum from US Renewables Group, the Company’s incubator and one of the Company’s current investors, where he helped acquire, develop and operate renewable power and clean fuel assets.  While at USRG, Ted also created and managed an extensive feedstock development effort with dozens of solid waste companies, resulting in relationships that carried over to Fulcrum. 

Prior to USRG, Ted served in the investment banking group at Bear Stearns & Co. Inc. where he led an alternative energy business development effort.  While at Bear Stearns, he developed complex financial models for various mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations and financing transactions.

Ted has a B.A. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley and a general course certificate from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Harvey Gershman
Harvey Gershman,
President,
GBB inc. Presentation Title: Panel Session - Different Technologies under the Commercial Microscope View Bio
GBB inc.

Mr. Gershman has been active in the solid waste management field as an adviser to government and industry for over 35 years. He has managed market studies, cost and feasibility analyses, contract development and negotiations, contractor procurements, and project financing activities for a broad range of recycling and solid waste management technologies and services.

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Jacques Franco,
Climate change & Technology,
Calrecycle (invited)Presentation Title: The Cal Recycle Anaerobic Digestion Impact Report View Bio
Calrecycle
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Anthony J. Falbo,
SVP Operations,
Fortistar (invited)Presentation Title View Bio
 
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Ken Foladare
Ken Foladare,
Vice President,
Chinook Energy Presentation Title View Bio
Chinook Energy
Kenneth Foladare is Director of Business Development at Chinook Energy, where he is responsible for new business development, all aspects of project development, project financing, and financial & risk analysis.  Mr. Foladare joined the company from NRG Energy, one of the leading independent power producers in the U.S., where he led several project restructurings, managed the company interest-rate swap portfolio, and was a key participant in NRG’s M&A and brownfield development efforts.

Prior to NRG Energy, Mr. Foladare held various management and analytical positions at Avaya, Exelon, Air Products & Chemicals, and the Federal Reserve Board.  He also served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay, South America as a Cooperative Promoter.  Mr. Foladare received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Virginia and a MBA from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University.
 
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Pat Proano,
Assistant Deputy Director, Environmental Programs,
LA County Presentation Title: Meeting Consultation Challenges View Bio
LA County
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Tal Finney,
Tal Finney,
Partner,
Dongell Lawrence Finney LLP Presentation Title: A Framework for Public/Private Partnerships View Bio
Dongell Lawrence Finney LLP
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Jason Blake
Jason Blake,
Marketing Manager North America,
Novozymes Presentation Title: Expert insight from a Biochemical Process Supplier in support of Waste to Biofuels View Bio
Novozymes
Jason serves as the Marketing Manager for Biomass Solutions, in charge of supporting and maturing the the advanced biofuels industry at Novozymes.  He is instrumental in the creation and execution of the Biomass business unit strategy.  Jason is focused on the identification and management of strategic relationships that enable the right technology to spearhead commercialization of the advanced biofuels industry. 

Previously at FedEx Corporation, Jason developed and executed on strategic efforts to broaden the FedEx global portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services that empowered customers to grow their businesses around the world.

Jason received his Bachelor’s degrees in both International Affairs and East Asian Studies from Lewis & Clark College in Portland Oregon. 
Su Anne Huang Su Anne Huang,
Market Manager, Landfills
FlexEnergyPresentation Title View Bio
Flex Energy
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