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* Speakers list is subject to change (latest update: 13 February 2017)

Ammi Amarnath



Senior Program Manager, Electric Power Research Institute

Ammi Amarnath is the Program Manager of the Energy Efficiency & Demand Response program area at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). He leads a team of engineers and scientists with focus on the development, demonstration and deployment of smart and efficient end-use technologies, while ensuring their interoperability with the electric grid. He joined EPRI in 2007 as a team member of the Energy Efficiency Initiative. 

Amarnath previously ran a consulting firm providing technical and business consulting services to energy efficiency and clean tech companies. Before this, he was the Vice President of Business Development at Advanced Material Sciences, Inc., where he managed the development of a fuel cell business. He received a Bachelor of Engineering degree in chemical engineering from India and a Master of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Houston.

Paul Anderson



Director of Engineering, Property Management, Target Corporation

Paul Anderson serves as the Director of Engineering, Property Management for Target.  He leads a technical team responsible for delivering design strategies and innovative technologies for Target’s 1,800 stores and 37 distribution centers. The teams under his direction include: Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Refrigeration Engineering and Structural Engineering.

Paul began his career at Target in 2007 as an Operations Manager in Facilities Management.  Since then he has held a number of managerial and leadership roles across Target’s Store Design and Property Management teams.

He has over 20 years of experience in the manufacturing, design, installation and service of commercial and industrial equipment, and a passion for efficient operation of building systems. He currently serves as the Chairperson for the North American Sustainable Refrigeration Council (NASRC) and sits on the Food Marketing Institute’s Energy and Store Development committee.

Paul earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University and an Associates of Applied Science degree in Climate Control Technologies from North Iowa Area Community College.  Since graduating from Iowa State University, Paul has held various positions at multiple Fortune 250 companies, including Target, John Deere, Eaton Corporation and Ingersoll Rand.

Antoine Azar



Managing Director, Sustainable Solutions

Antoine graduated from the University of Liège in Belgium, with a Master's degree in electro-mechanical & energy engineering. Antoine worked at the Coca-Cola Company for 16 years. Between July 2011 - December 2016 he held the position of global program director of Coca-Cola’s sustainable refrigeration program. Prior to that, Antoine performed as the maintenance manager and worked in various departments including engineering, design and innovation, quality control and telecommunication.

Andy Baker



Independent Clean Energy Consultant, YourCleanEnergy

Andy is a registered professional engineer in Alaska and owner of YourCleanEnergy consulting in Anchorage. He has significant experience in the financial evaluation and design of renewable energy systems and energy efficiency improvements. He has lived and worked in Alaska since 1998 and has focused for the past twelve years on identifying and designing cost effective renewable energy systems for commercial, municipal, and community clients. Andy is a graduate in environmental engineering from Penn State University and worked previously as a project engineer for Buchart-Horn in Pennsylvania; Black & Veatch in San Diego, Lusaka, and Boston; and for HDR Alaska.

Andy’s work focus since 2009 has been on ocean source heat pump systems for large facilities, and for ocean source district heating in coastal Alaska. He has worked with the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward for the past seven years to evaluate, design and monitor a large sea water heat pump system that has now effectively replaced 98% of local fossil fuel use with ocean source heat pumps.

David Bornemeier



President, Western Gateway Storage Co

David Bornemeier is an entrepreneur, investor, and old fashioned American businessman. He is a C-Level executive and director of several companies in various industries including education, private equity, leisure services and of course warehousing and logistics. When he is not spending time with his wife and three kids (or at the nearest fly fishing spot), most of David's time and focus is spent with Western Gateway Storage Co. In business for over a century, Western Gateway is now expanding its business to a new state of the art warehouse utilizing the latest technology to keep their clients' inventory safe, clean and cold.

Tristam Coffin



Director of Sustainability & Facilities, Whole Foods Market

Tristam Coffin is the Director of Sustainability & Facilities for Whole Foods Market’s Northern California Region. Among his responsibilities, Tristam oversees the implementation of environmentally responsible programs and sustainable engineering initiatives for the 45 stores, regional office, distribution center, and 5 future stores that make up the company’s Northern California Region. Mr. Coffin is a LEED Accredited Professional, expert in resource management and holds a broad array of environmental expertise in areas including waste diversion, refrigeration systems, and renewable energy. He is also a member of the company’s Global Green Mission Leadership Team. Prior to being employed by Whole Foods Market, Mr. Coffin worked in alternative energy and transportation for the Transportation Research Center of Vermont as well as in natural sciences and advocacy in Yellowstone National Park, Montana. Mr. Coffin holds a Bachelors Degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Vermont.

Glenn Gallagher



Air Pollution Specialist, California Air Resources Board

Glenn Gallagher is an Air Pollution Specialist at the California Air Resources Board (ARB), where he works on the Refrigerant Management Program and develops F-gas emissions mitigation measures. Prior to joining ARB, Glenn worked in the household hazardous waste recycling program at Cal-EPA, and before beginning public service in 2001, worked many years as an environmental consultant, developing Superfund site cleanup plans and ozone depleting substance management programs.

Michael Garry



Editor, shecco

Michael Garry is a business journalist with a 30-year track record. Most recently, he ledthe coverage of sustainability, technology and logistics at Supermarket News for more than 11 years. He is well known among retailers, suppliers, technology vendors and trade groups throughout the North American food retailing and consumer goods industries. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of M.I.T. with a degree in political science, he has written his first book, “Game of My Life – New York Mets,” in which 25 baseball players recall their most memorable game.

Johari Gregorio



Senior Technical Support Specialist, embraco

Johari Gregorio studied at the University of Catania in Italy where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Gregorio joined Embraco in 2011 and is currently a Senior Technical Support Specialist for original equipment manufacturers and master distributors in Italy, Spain, Portugal, the Middle-East and North Africa. At Embraco, his responsibilities include product development and testing, providing quality assistance to customers, leading product seminars for customers and providing strategic insight. Gregorio has over five years of experience providing technical and sales support for compressors and industrial equipment. Before starting his career at Embraco, Gregorio led valve overhauling activities in a maintenance service company that operates in oil refinery and chemical plants for customers such as ExxonMobile and Sasol.

Vicente Guilabert



R&D and Technology Director, Huayi Compressor Barcelona, S.L

Vicente Guilabert is currently the Vice General Manager leading R&D and Quality at Huayi Compressor Barcelona, S.L. He has an Industrial Engineer degree from the “Universidad Politecnica de Catalunya” and a PDD from the IESE Business School. He has made an extensive professional career within the HVAC&R sector. Mr. Guilabert is currently the head of the R&D team at Huayi Compressor Group for light commercial refrigeration compressors. He has an outstanding knowledge of the hermetic compressor technologies, combined with great expertise in light commercial refrigeration market trends. He has also participated as a speaker in international conferences.

Before joining Huayi Compressor Barcelona 15 years ago, he worked for Hitachi Air Conditioning for 5 years as the Technical Customer Service Centre Manager. His responsibilities were linked to the technical assistance of customers worldwide.

Charles Hon



Engineering Manager, True Manufacturing

Charles Hon has 27 years of experience in the refrigeration industry working for True Manufacturing. After graduating from the University of Missouri in 1976 with a Bachelor in Science, he has been working in various engineering, environmental and manufacturing positions. Charles plays an active role in the refrigeration industry. He submitted one of the two US EPA SNAP submissions that allowed R-290 to be used in commercial refrigeration in the US, as well as SNAP applications that allowed the venting of HCs. He is also one of the twelve DoE ASRAC (Appliance Standards and Rule-making Federal Advisory Committee) members and one of the two US representatives to the IEC 61C committee on increasing allowable charge sizes of flammable refrigerants.

Harrison Horning



Director of Energy and Facility Services - North, Delhaize America

Harrison Horning is Director of Energy and Facility Services for Delhaize America, a subsidiary of the Delhaize Group of Brussels, Belgium. His work is focused on supporting Hannaford Bros. Co., a supermarket chain operating 185 supermarkets in five northeastern states.

Harrison has held this position for seven years, having previously served as Energy Manager at Hannaford for seven years during which he implemented innovative systems and processes to reduce energy expenses and environmental impacts.

His current work includes collaborative efforts to address sustainability and climate change. He has over 20 years of experience in the field of facilities and energy management, encompassing a wide range of commercial, industrial and institutional facilities.

Steve Jackson



President, PermaCold Engineering Inc.

Steve Jackson is co-founder and president of PermaCold Engineering Inc., an award-winning industrial refrigeration engineering and installation firm founded in 1993 in Portland, Oregon. PermaCold is recognized for its expertise in designing systems for optimum efficiency, dependability and value and provides customers with preventative maintenance and repairs, retrofitting services, consulting on efficiency and regulatory compliance, and more. PermaCold focuses on engineering energy-efficient, environmentally safe systems and is the industry leader in green industrial refrigeration.

James Knudsen



North American Segment Leader for Food Retail, Danfoss

James Knudsen is the North American Segment Leader for Food Retail at Danfoss. He is an experienced refrigeration and manufacturing executive specializing in global marketing, business development and product strategy. He has had worked in Food Retail and Foodservice as well as other industrial markets and has broad international experience. Jim has a bachelor degree in Physics from Michigan State University, an MBA from Baldwin Wallace University, and is the holder of five U.S. patents.

Peter Lepschat



Corporate Manager of Engineering Services, Henningsen Cold Storage Co.

A native of Oregon, Peter Lepschat has been involved with ammonia refrigeration for over 25 years. He currently serves as Corporate Manager of Engineering Services at Henningsen Cold Storage Co., where he is involved in the design and construction of new facilities as well as continuous improvement at the twelve existing HCS locations. Peter serves on the National Board of directors for RETA, and has written and presented white papers and articles for both RETA and the IIAR.

Kurt Liebendorfer



Vice President, Evapco

Kurt is Vice President of Evapco and is located at its corporate headquarters in Taneytown, MD. He is leading the development and market introduction of the new EvapCold family of products, which are complete Packaged Low Charge Ammonia Refrigeration Systems.

Kurt has been in the industrial refrigeration and process cooling industry for 30 years and has worked for Johnson Controls/Frick, Stellar and GEA/FES.

Kurt received an Executive MBA from Jacksonville University and a Bachelor of Science - Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.

Michael Lynch



Vice President of Engineering , United States Cold Storage

Mike obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Clarkson University located in Potsdam, NY. In 1991, and began his career with Nestlé as a Refrigeration Engineer, where he was promoted to Maintenance Manager while ultimately becoming a Division Manager. He then went on to receive his MBA from Rutgers University in 2005. In 2000, Mike joined United States Cold Storage as a Senior Project Engineer. He was named Director of Engineering in 2009 and Vice President of Engineering in 2011. He has been actively involved in the acquisition of new properties, construction of new and existing refrigerated warehouses, and drives sustainable development initiatives for his company. He holds an Executive Board position as Treasurer of the International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration (IIAR), as well as, being a Board member with the World Food Logistics Organization (WFLO). Mike is a long time member of the International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration (IIAR), the Refrigeration Engineers and Technicians Association (RETA), and the International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses (IARW). 

Arthur Miller



Region 2 Director, RSES

Arthur Miller, CMS, RCT has a B.S. Degree in Education from California University and a M. Ed. Degree from Eastern Michigan University. He is retired after having taught HVAC&R for over 35 years at the Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh PA. Prior to CCAC, he was a Factory Representative for both York and Gibson Products. He is an ASHRAE member, a CMS member in RSES and serves as a reviewer of RSES and ACCA Society Publications. He is Region 2 Director for RSES and an RCT for RSES. Mr. Miller has NATE Certifications and is a trainer/proctor for NATE Certifications. He operates a family owned property rental business and KAM Associates, an HAC consulting business.

Caleb Nelson



Vice President, Azane

Caleb Nelson is a licensed mechanical engineer who has specialized in refrigeration system design for the past 11 years. In Caleb’s career, he has helped bridge the gap with ammonia between industrial and commercial systems through his work in innovative retail projects. In his current role as Vice President for Azane, Inc., he continues to help broaden the use of ammonia by applying low-charge systems to industrial and non-industrial facilities. Caleb has been published several times through his contribution to design and commissioning guides, technical papers and articles, and has presented at various conferences across the US and in Europe regarding the use of natural refrigerants.

Jeff Newel



Director of Research and Development, Hillphoenix

Jeff Newel is the Director of Research and Development for the Hillphoenix Systems division. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from West Virginia University and an MBA from the University of Georgia. Jeff has been designing refrigeration and cooling systems for over 25 years. The last 19 years he has been with Hillphoenix, where he has worked in various roles in support of supermarket, commercial, and light industrial refrigeration customers. He and his team continue Hillphoenix’s focus on developing and improving the current and next generation of supermarket refrigeration systems, with a particular focus on systems utilizing natural refrigerants.

André Patenaude



Director - CO2 Business Development, Emerson Climate Technologies

André Patenaude, Director of CO2 business development at Emerson Climate Technologies, is responsible for developing the global strategy around the company’s CO2 industry stewardship, marketing initiatives and for channelling training as it relates to CO2 refrigeration systems. In total he possesses 31 years of marketing, sales and technical service experience working directly with end users, contractors, wholesalers and OEMs.

Nicola Pieretti



Application Manager - Retail Solution, CAREL

After graduating in Engineering from Padua University, Nicola Pieretti joined CAREL working as a Product Manager for food retail refrigeration field controllers. He is currently in charge of the development and deployment of electronic controllers dedicated to centralized supermarket. During the past years he has been focusing on CO2 transcritical application worldwide.

Giacomo Pisano



Technical Sales Manager, Dorin

After obtaining his Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2002, Giacomo Pisano worked for one year as a Project Manager for General Electric's Oil & Gas division, where the core business is turbomachinery applied to the oil & gas industry. He joined DORIN in 2003 in the R&D department, taking responsibility of the CO2 compressor development and being in charge of the product's technical qualification. Giacomo Pisano then took over several application engineering roles and is currently responsible for the CO2 compressors' business development. In the meantime he joined several ASERCOM working groups and was the Chairman for the association's CO2 working group for many years.

John Prall



Technical Support Engineer, Embraco North America

John Prall studied at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. In 2012, Prall accepted his current position with Embraco, working as a Technical Support Engineer for the United States and Canada. At Embraco, Prall’s responsibilities include providing engineering technical support for commercial and aftermarket customers, including assisting customers with the selection and application of hermetic compressors. Prall also trains customers on compressor technology and market trends through customer visits, trade show presentations and webinar activities. Prall has over 14 years of experience in the commercial refrigeration industry. Prior to his role at Embraco, he held several different roles ranging from engineering to product management at Hussmann Corporation.

Benoit Rodier



Director of Business Development, CIMCO Refrigeration

Benoit holds a BS Mechanical Engineering from Sherbrooke University and is a licensed Professional Engineer. Benoit started his career as an HVAC Manufacturer Rep and Sales Manager for heat exchangers and industrial compressors. He was recruited by Cimco in 1999 where he has held various positions, including Sales Manager, General Manager, and Director of Business Development. Benoit has worked with natural refrigerants for over 20 years. He is involved in many local and regional trade associations. Benoit was the driving force for CIMCO to evolve towards CO2 refrigeration and new technologies while maintaining its leadership position in ammonia industrial and recreative market.

Pete Savage



Head of controls division (NY Office) and Long Island Zone service manager, AAA Refrigeration Service

AAA Refrigeration headquartered in Bronx NY with satellite offices in Connecticut and New Jersey is celebrating their 80th year. Pete began with AAA Refrigeration in 2005 as a service technician and controls installer. In 2010 he transitioned to management.

Jürgen Süß



CEO, Efficient Energy

JJürgen joined Efficient Energy, close to Munich, in December 2013 and is currently the CEO. From early 2011, he served as Managing Director and CEO at Cofely Refrigeration in Lindau, Germany. This company is part of the GDF Suez Group and manufactures products and solutions for the industrial refrigeration segment. Previously, Jürgen had a 13-year assignment at Danfoss A/S in Denmark, where his last role was Vice President R&D of controls and line components for all kinds of refrigeration equipment. Before this, he held various management positions within technology and business development at Danfoss. Jürgen has a Ph.D. in Refrigeration from Hannover University and is active in the IIR, ASHRAE, and other scientific committees and associations.

John S. Scherer



Manager of Engineering, Los Angeles Cold Storage Company

John Scherer has specialized in ice, cold storage and food distribution facility design, construction and operations for 35 years. During this time, Mr. Scherer’s designs, systems and related equipment have shipped to seven countries. John is a past National President of RETA (Refrigerating Engineers and Technicians Association) and originator of RETA’s certification program for industrial refrigeration plant operators and technicians.

Mr. Scherer holds five United States patents and their fifteen international counterparts, all relative to food, water and power sustainability. Particular emphasis is placed on high efficiency, economical ammonia absorption and ammonia compression refrigeration systems. His most recent patent and patents pending form the basis of NXTCOLDTM ERIC (Electronic Refrigerant Injection Control) VLC (Very Low Charge) ammonia refrigeration technology.

Yoram Shabtay



Heat Exchanger Designer veteran, Heat Transfer Technologies LLC

With 20 years of experience, Yoram Shabtay is a Heat Exchanger Designer veteran with a Master’s degree in Heat and Mass Transfer. Shabtay is the head of consulting firm Heat Transfer Technologies LLC (HTT) and as a licensed HVAC engineer, provides designs for current and new condenser and evaporator coils. HTT is also the official Technical Advisor to the International Copper Association, providing guidance and designs for all types of HVAC and refrigeration systems. He regularly speaks at conferences about new upcoming heat-exchanger technologies and related development work. HTT also works with industry leaders providing prototype heat-exchanger service for evaluation.

John Stuit



Chief of Design and Construction, Defense Commissary Agency

John Stuit has 31 years of experience as an engineer in the supermarket industry. He is currently chief of design and construction at the Defense Commissary Agency which operates a chain of 240 supermarkets on military bases worldwide. Mr. Stuit has enjoyed working with manufactures to place very low GWP refrigeration solutions into place including several transcritical CO2 systems in a variety of climates in the United States and an ammonia/CO2 cascade system. Mr. Stuit has a degree in mechanical engineering from Dordt College.

Gerard Von Dohlen



CEO, Port Newark Refrigerated Warehouse

Gerard is currently the CEO of a company operating 2 public refrigerated warehouses in the New York area installing innovative refrigeration systems. He is an active member of several trade associations including the Global Cold Chain Alliance for whom he chairs the Refrigeration and Energy Committee. One of the public refrigerated warehouses uses natural gas engine driven compressors and a brine desiccant system using waste heat for regeneration instead of hot gas defrost evaporators. The system won the Chairman’s Award at the American Gas Cooling Center for the best natural gas based refrigeration system in the country. Gerard is also building a fully automated crane building with 20,000 pallets refrigerated by a system including a cooling tower, chiller package, and desiccant.

Gerard received a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering in 1964 and an MBA (1966) and a PhD (1970) from Columbia University’s Graduate Business School. Gerard taught accounting and finance at Columbia’s business school until he entered the banking community. Subsequent to a career in banking, he has been the CEO of a building products company, a defense contractor, a hotel company, and now a public refrigerated warehouse.

Marek Zgliczynski



Manager of Commercial Refrigeration Product Engineering, embraco

Marek Zgliczynski has been a Manager of Commercial Refrigeration Product Engineering in Embraco Europe Srl since 1994. His responsibilities include the development of household and light commercial refrigeration products and related processes, the technical assistance to sales to promote the advantages of Embraco products as well as cooperating with customers in energy efficient and reliable refrigerating systems design. Marek was recently elected as a Chairman of IEC/SC61C subcommittee, an international committee taking care of the safety standardization for the refrigeration industry. He is also a Conference Chairman and a Reviewer in IIR publications as well as an Ashrae Member. Marek got his Master Degree in Mechanical Engineering after following courses in Turin Politechnic in Italy and in Warsaw Politechnic in Poland.