CATEE 2013 Keynote Speaker
THE HON. BILL RITTER JR.
Director of the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University
The Center works directly with governors, legislators, regulators, and policymakers to provide technical assistance in creating policies and practices that will facilitate America’s transition to a clean-energy economy.
Ritter was elected as Colorado’s 41st governor in 2006. During his 4 year term, Ritter established Colorado as a national and international leader in clean energy by building a New Energy Economy in the state. As a result of that work, Colorado created thousands of new jobs and established hundreds of new companies. In total, Governor Ritter signed 57 clean energy bills into law including a 30% Renewable Portfolio Standard and the nation’s first statutory plan to convert aging coal units to natural gas.
Ritter is a member of the Board of the Directors of the Energy Foundation; and also a Senior Fellow and member of the Board of Directors of the Advanced Energy Economy Institute.
GREGORY E. ALIFF
Vice Chairman and Senior Partner, Energy & Resources, Deloitte LLP
Mr. Gregory Aliff is Vice Chairman and Senior Partner, Energy & Resources, Deloitte LLP. For 10 years, Mr. Aliff served as the Firm’s U.S. Energy & Resources Leader. The U.S. Energy & Resources Group is responsible for the coordination of Deloitte’s audit, tax, consulting and financial advisory services to the U.S. energy and resources industry.
In a recent paper, “The Math Doesn’t Lie” Mr. Aliff makes the case that the time for true innovation in the electricity sector may have arrived. A “rethink” might include consideration of such options as: new regulatory structures and initiatives, development of new revenue streams, and consideration of innovative business models.
A certified public accountant (CPA), Mr. Aliff has provided professional services in accounting and auditing, regulatory strategy development, rate case preparation, expert testimony on a variety of accounting and financial subjects, and acquisition due diligence services. Mr. Aliff has testified as an expert witness before a number of state regulatory commissions and has also appeared before the Canadian National Energy Board and the U.S. Tax Court.
A member of the Board of Directors of the United States Energy Association, Mr. Aliff is co-author of the annually updated industry reference book Accounting for Public Utilities, published by Matthew Bender since 1983. His articles and commentary have appeared in Electric Light & Power, Electric Perspectives, The National Interest and Public Utilities Fortnightly. During his 37-year career he has appeared on industry programs sponsored by organizations such as the American Gas Association, Edison Electric Institute, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, the United States Energy Association and Corporate Board Member (an NYSE Euronext Company).
A graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, he holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Masters in Business Administration.
President & CEO, Shelton Group
Suzanne Shelton is President & CEO of Shelton Group, a leading marketing communications firm entirely focused in the sustainability and energy efficiency sectors. The company polls Americans on an ongoing basis to understand their drivers and obstacles to adopting more sustainable or energy efficient products and behaviors and uses those insights to help some of the nation’s leading brands define and leverage their sustainability and energy efficiency stories to gain a market advantage. Suzanne will share insights from her firm’s quarterly polling, as well as a few examples of what works to engage Americans into changing attitudes and behaviors to be more energy efficient and green.
Ms. Shelton’s presentation “But I don’t want to!” will address “Engaging reluctant Americans (almost all of them) into energy efficiency and sustainability.”
COUNTY JUDGE NELSON W. WOLFF
Nelson William Wolff has represented Bexar County in various political offices since 1971, when he was elected to the Texas House of Representatives. After that he was elected to the Texas Senate in 1973, the San Antonio City Council in 1987 and he served as Mayor of San Antonio from 1991 to 1995. He currently serves as Bexar County Judge, a position he was appointed to in 2001 and has since been elected to three times, most recently in November 2010. He is only the second person in more than a century to serve as both Mayor of San Antonio and Bexar County Judge.
With his colleagues on the Commissioners Court and in the City of San Antonio, Judge Wolff has worked to promote greater economic development in Bexar County, including the successful efforts to lure Medtronic; Kohls; Becton, Dickinson; and the expansion of Toyota Motor Manufacturing to include production of the Tacoma. Most recently he’s been very active working with numerous companies tied to the Eagle Ford Shale play such as Halliburton, Baker Hughes, EOG Resources, Schlumberger and Weatherford.
Judge Wolff also led the effort to create a $500 million, 10-year regional flood control program that is now in its third year. The program is addressing flooding regardless of political jurisdiction so all of Bexar County and the surrounding areas can be protected.
He initiated the County’s effort to successfully convince voters to approve a visitor tax-backed bond package for $415 million using a mixture of hotel occupancy and motor vehicle rental taxes. Those bond funds are aiding in the construction of 13 amateur sports facilities — four of which are already complete, a dedicated performing arts venue at the Municipal Auditorium, improvements to the San Antonio River and future improvements to the Community Arenas.
In July 2008, Judge Wolff and Commissioners Court approved a $900 million plan backed by bonds issued over three years to build a new trauma center and provide other improvements for the University Health System.
As Mayor of San Antonio, Wolff oversaw the establishment of the University of Texas at San Antonio Downtown Campus; construction of the Nelson W. Wolff Municipal Stadium, home to the San Antonio Missions; and the development of the San Antonio Public Library’s central branch designed by renowned architect Ricardo Legorreta. Also during his four-year tenure, the new City Hall Chambers opened in the Municipal Plaza Building and he led the effort to pass the largest parks bond issue in city history.
Wolff has authored four books and is an avid reader and collector of 20th Century first editions. Challenge of Change, published in 1975, is about Wolff’s experience in the Texas Legislature and the Constitutional Convention he participated in and for which he was largely responsible. Baseball for Real Men reflects on life and Wolff’s love of the game. Mayor: An Inside View of San Antonio Politics 1981-1995 takes a look at local politics during his and Henry Cisneros’ years leading the city. Wolff’s most recent book Transforming San Antonio: An Insider’s View of the AT&T Center, Toyota, the PGA Village and the River Walk Extension explores the four major developments in recent history that have provided urban renewal and growth for the city.
Wolff holds a bachelor of business administration from St. Mary’s University and a doctorate of jurisprudence from St. Mary’s University School of Law. Throughout his life, Wolff has excelled in both politics and business.
In 1961, Wolff, his father and two brothers formed Alamo Enterprises Building Supplies, which they grew to an eight-store chain before selling in 1977. A year later with his brothers George and Gary, Wolff founded Sun Harvest Farms, a successful chain of natural food stores. They sold the nine-store chain in 1999.
Together, Wolff and his wife, Tracy, have six children and five grandchildren.
THE HON. RAFAEL ANCHIA
State Representative, District 103; Chair, International Trade and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee
Texas House of Representatives
State Representative Rafael Anchia has served five terms representing House District 103, covering Northwest Dallas County in the Texas Legislature. Before coming to the Texas House, he served two terms on the Dallas School Board. In 2013 during the 83rd Legislative Session, he was appointed Chair of the International Trade and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee of the Texas House of Representatives by Speaker Joe Straus.
Rep. Anchia attended Southern Methodist University on a scholarship and then attended law school at Tulane University, also on scholarship. During his service in the Legislature, Representative Anchia has worked on legislation to fight crime, protect our environment, ensure fair and honest elections and improve healthcare for women and children.
In his first session in the Texas Legislature, he was named Texas Monthly’s “Rookie of the Year,” and in the 80th session, was named one of Texas Monthly’s Ten Best Legislators. Following the 81st session, Rep. Anchia was honored by the American Jewish Committee with its Institute of Human Relations Award, as well as the Mexican American Legal and Education Defense Fund with the Matt Garcia Public Service Award for his dedication and contributions to the Latino community. In the September issue of Texas Lawyer, Rep. Anchia was named one of the “Extraordinary Minorities in Texas Law.” And in 2005, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) honored him as its national “Man of the Year.” In 2011 he received the Ohtli Recognition Award by the government of Mexico, the highest award given by the Mexican government to members of the Mexican, Mexican American and Latin Community abroad. Rep. Anchia was also appointed to the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations by President Barack Obama in the summer of 2011.
In November 2006, Rep. Anchia was chosen Chairman of the Board of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund for a three-year term. In November 2009 he was appointed to a four-year term on the influential Sunset Commission by Speaker of the House Joe Straus. He received the Gregg Cooke Award for Excellence in Environmental Leadership at the annual Clean Air Through Energy Efficiency (CATEE) Conference in November 2011. And in February 2012, Rep. Anchia was appointed by Speaker Straus to the Joint Interim Committee to Study the Public School Finance System. In July 2012 Rep. Anchia was appointed to the Democratic National Committee by the Senate District Executive Committee of the Texas Democratic Party. And Speaker Straus also appointed Rep. Anchia to the Interim Committee on General Revenue Dedicated Accounts in October 2012. He was also recognized by Hispanic Business Magazine in 2012 as one of the 50 most influential Hispanics in the United States. He was appointed to the Border Legislative Conference in Spring 2013 by Texas Speaker of the House Joe Straus and to the Democratic National Committee (DNC) as an at-large member by DNC Chair Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz in August 2013.
Rep. Anchia is a partner in the law firm of Haynes & Boone, where he specializes in corporate finance. Most importantly, he lives in North Oak Cliff with his wife Marissa, and his daughters, Sofia and Maia, and worships with the Catholic Campus Community at SMU.
THE HON. JOHN RANEY
State Representative, District 14; Vice Chair, Appropriations Subcommittee on Articles VI, VII, & VIII (Nat. Resources, Bus. & Econ. Development, Regulatory)
A 6th generation Texan, John Raney considers serving in the Texas Legislature the ultimate honor. He was born in Huntsville and raised on land that has been farmed by his great-grandfather, grandfather, and father for over 125 years in Madison County. John moved back to Huntsville in 1950, and then to Bryan in 1960, where he has served the community all these years. He graduated from Stephen F. Austin High School in 1965 and is a member of the Texas A&M Class of 1969, graduating with a BBA in Marketing. While in college, John founded Texas Aggieland Bookstore, which has now been open for business for 44 years.
John began his involvement in politics in the early 70´s when he served as Chairman of the Republican Party of Brazos County. During his tenure as Chairman, John also served as Civic Division Vice President of the Bryan College Station Chamber of Commerce, chaired Senatorial District 5 Caucus and began his almost four decade membership in the National Federation of Independent Business, including serving as a board member. John is a long time member of the Texas Retailers Association, serving for many years on its Board of Directors and taking an active role on its Tax and Legislative Committee and Executive Committee. In 2010, John Raney was named the Outstanding Member of the Texas Retailers Association.
While attending the Republican State Convention in 1972, John met his future wife, Elizabeth. They were married in 1974 and have two daughters and sons-in-law, , and six grandchildren.
John served in the Texas Army National Guard as 1st Lieutenant from 1969 to 1975. He was an honor graduate of the USAR Basic Course and is Airborne qualified.
John was sworn in as the State Representative for District 14 on December 23, 2011. His current committee assignments are the Committee on House Administration, the Committee on Higher Education, and the Committee on Appropriations, where he serves on the Sub-Committee on Budget Transparency and Reform and as Vice Chair of the Sub-Committee on Articles VI, VII, and VIII. He is a member of the Aggie Delegation, Eagle Ford Shale, Farm-to-Table, General Aviation, Military Communities, Republican, Sportsman’s, TEX-21, Texas Manufacturers, Texas Veterans, and Legislative Tourism Caucuses. He is also a member of the Texas Water Smart Coalition.
JOHN PFLUEGER, PH.D.
Principal Environmental Strategist, Dell
John Pflueger, Ph.D., is Dell’s Principal Environmental Strategist. In this role, John is responsible for driving Dell’s strategy on issues around Environmental Sustainability – including Energy, GHG Emissions, Materials of Concern, Material Use/Recovery/Reuse, and Water. Prior to this role, John was Dell’s subject matter expert on data center energy efficiency and managed initiatives to help customers improve the productivity of their computer systems and facilities. Since graduating from MIT in 1991 with a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, John has spent twenty-two years in product definition, development and manufacturing roles as well as corporate and social responsibility. John currently serves as Dell’s representative on The Green Grid’s Board of Directors.
WILLIAM E. (DUB) TAYLOR
Director, State Energy Conservation Office, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Dub Taylor is the Director of the State Energy Conservation Office (SECO), which is operated by the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. Under his direction, SECO helps the state make the most of domestic energy, reduce state and local government energy costs and promote cost-effective clean energy technologies. SECO’s mission is to maximize energy efficiency while protecting the environment.
Prior to joining SECO in 1999, Taylor’s served six years with the Texas Railroad Commission’s Alternative Fuels Research and Education Division. Taylor’s private sector experience was focused in commercial real estate, property appraisal and property tax consulting.
A native of Dallas and graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Taylor resides in Austin with his wife, two children and two Basset Hounds. Taylor currently serves on, and is actively involved in a number of energy efficiency and clean energy-focused national, state and local organizations, including National Association of State Energy Officials (Vice-Chair; Past Chairman), US DOE/NREL Uniform EM&V Methods Project (Steering Committee), National Council on Electricity Policy (Steering Committee), National Home Performance Council (Board Member), U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Advisory Board (Past Chairman), Texas Clean Air Working Group and Austin Chamber of Commerce Clean Energy Council.
DR. GERALD NORTH
Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science & Oceanography, Texas A&M University
Dr. North grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee, and has a PhD in physics from the University of Wisconsin, 1966. After a decade as a physics professor he spent 8 yrs as a research scientist at NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center before coming to Texas A&M in 1986, where he served as Department Head, 1995-2003. He has co-authored or co-edited books: Paleoclimatology, Atmospheric Thermodynamics and Impact of Global Warming on Texas.
He is currently editor in chief of the Encyclopedia of the Atmospheric Sciences which will be published next year. He has won several national awards for his research including the Jule Charney Award given by the American Meteorological Society and the Medal for Scientific Excellence from NASA. Most recently he chaired the Panel on updating the statement on climate change by the American Geophysical Union.
THEODORE “TOD” S. WICKERSHAM, JR.
President, Beneficial Results LLC
Tod has over 20 years experience developing businesses, leading teams, expanding new markets, and improving public policies and programs related to energy efficiency, renewable energy, environmental quality, and transportation. He is noted for collaborative relationships with business, nonprofit and policy leaders in Texas, New York, California, Washington and D.C..
Tod’s work with Texas policy leaders began with passage of Senate Bill 5 in 2001, which created the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan (TERP) to reduce diesel emissions, increase energy efficiency, and fund clean technology developments. Since then Tod has formed two businesses. Emisstar LLC, provides consulting services related to air quality programs around the USA . Beneficial Results LLC works with businesses and nonprofits focused on addressing public health threats, improving solar energy programs and increasing energy efficiency. He also leads the Businesses for an Energy Efficient Texas (BEET) coalition. Tod has a double BA in Environmental Studies and Economics from the University of California at Santa Cruz.
KEN MELINE, P.E., CEM, CxA
Command Commissioning, LLC
Mr. Meline is a founding principal of Command Commissioning, LLC – an independent commissioning firm with offices in Irving, TX, Houston, TX, Bethesda, MD, and Sao Paulo, Brazil. He graduated from Texas A&M in 1982 with a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering and is a licensed Mechanical Engineer in seven states. In addition, Mr. Meline holds a certification in energy management (CEM) from the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) and as a commissioning authority (CxA) from AABC Commissioning Group (ACG). He has over 30 years of experience in the design and commissioning of mechanical and electrical systems.
He is a member of ASHRAE, AEE, BCA, NFPA, and NSPE.
MICHAEL D. BURKE
Founder/Chair, San Antonio Clean Technology Forum
Mr. Burke founded San Antonio Clean Technology Forum in 2008 to “significantly contribute to the region’s economic development and quality of life via the advancement of sustainability practices and clean energy investments.” Mike is President of MDB Capital Ventures, a private equity investment and management consulting firm. He previously served as Director, President and Chief Executive Officer of EOTT Energy, and prior to that as Director, President and Chief Executive Officer of Tesoro Petroleum Corp.. Mike was appointed by Mayor Phil Hardberger to the executive committee of the San Antonio Mobility Commission and by Mayor Julian Castro to the San Antonio Green Jobs task force. He also serves on the boards of the San Antonio Area Medical Foundation and UTHSCSA Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics and the advisory boards of both the UTSA and UT Austin College of Engineering Advisory Boards.
Mr. Burke received an MBA in Finance and Marketing from the University of Texas and BS-Chemical Engineering degree from Texas A&M University.
Chief Sustainability Officer, City of El Paso
Marty Howell has over twelve years of municipal government experience and has been with El Paso for five years, leading the creation and implementation the City’s nationally recognized sustainability program. He created the “El Paso Green Business Challenge,” helping over 40 local businesses become more efficient and competitive. Marty also co-chaired the local “Clean Energy Initiative,” a regional collaborative to leverage clean energy resources to foster economic development.
Marty started his career on navy nuclear submarines before earning a degree in Environmental Engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. After working as a private environmental consultant, Marty moved to the public sector and struggled to balance growth with adequate infrastructure as City Engineer for the City of Evans in northwest Colorado, and as Water Resources Operations Manager for Greeley, Colorado. He is a registered Professional Engineer with the State of Colorado.