kansas renewable Energy conference Speakers Brett Leopold Vice President, ITC Holdings Corp. and President ITC Great Plains Brett Leopold is Vice President, ITC Holdings Corp. and President, ITC Great Plains. Mr. Leopold serves as the business unit lead for ITC Great Plains, which received the Kansas Governor’s Award of Excellence in 2015. He previously was Senior Counsel and Practice Group Leader for ITC Great Plains. Read Entire Bio Clay Gambill Director, Wind Energy & Project Cargo Sales BNSF Logistics Clay Gambill is the Director of Wind Energy and Project Cargo Sales at BNSF Logistics since February 2017. Prior to joining the cargo sales area, Gambill spent 11 years at BNSF Railway in operations (Yard and Division Trainmaster roles in Chicago, IL; Brownwood, TX; Ft Worth, TX), marketing support, and sales. Earlier in his career, he spent three years at JB Hunt in fleet management. Read Entire Bio Daniel Harless Lead Engineer, Market Design Southwest Power Pool Daniel Harless is a Lead Engineer for Southwest Power Pool (SPP) in the Market Design department. He has held various roles within SPP since 2011. He has been a part of the Planning Modeling Department, Market Analysis and Support, and Market Design. Harless was a lead on the FERC Order 841 project to incorporate Energy Storage Resources into SPP’s Market. He is also a subject matter expert on the design of Variable Energy Resources in SPP’s Market. Harless is currently working with the design team to implement a Ramp Capability Product and the Fast-Start Pricing Order. Read Entire Bio Don Wong Sourcing Manager, Energy and Sustainability T-Mobile Don Wong is the Energy Sourcing Manager for the Sustainability & Infrastructure Sourcing group at T-Mobile US. In his current role, Wong procures energy for all types of T-Mobile locations, including offices, call centers, retail stores, cell towers and data centers. As part of T-Mobile’s commitment to move to 100% renewable energy by 2021, Wong is part of strategic sourcing group tasked with procuring renewable energy projects throughout the United States. Read Entire Bio Dorothy Barnett Executive Director Climate + Energy Project As Executive Director of the Climate + Energy Project, Dorothy Barnett is leading the effort to address the Heartland's energy future. Grounded in an approach based common ground solutions, Barnett has been successful in convening diverse voices in a conservative region of the country. Barnett has coordinated winning campaigns to protect the Kansas Renewable Portfolio Standard from special interest groups attacks during four legislative sessions, allowing the wind industry to grow to 40% of the state’s power generation in just a decade. Read Entire Bio Doug Fulton Plant Manager Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy Doug Fulton grew up on a farm in Illinois and moved to Wichita in 1995 after graduating with a degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla. He worked for Grede Foundries for 15 years, performing several roles during that time including Quality Manager, Production Manager and Plant Manager. In 2010, Fulton joined Siemens Wind Power (now Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy) as Production Manager for the new nacelle factory in Hutchinson. Read Entire Bio Drew Thompson Mission Critical Facility Director Black & Veatch Data Center Drew Thompson is a Director of Black & Veatch Data Center / Mission Critical Facility Solutions. He has more than 25 years of experience in client management, facility design, project management and real estate portfolio management. Read Entire Bio Ellie Parr Fuel Sales REG Inc. Ellie Parr is a Fuel Sales Representative for the nation’s largest biomass-based diesel producer, Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REG). Ms. Parr’s responsibilities include managing national accounts and trading compliance credits for the Ames, Iowa, based company. Read Entire Bio George Nelson Director of Origination ENGIE George Nelson has been in the role of Director of Origination at ENGIE since April 2018, coming over in the acquisition of Infinity Renewables where he held the same role. Nelson is responsible for securing power off-take agreements to facilitate the buildout of the organization’s projects with a primary focus on wind energy. Read Entire Bio Greg Northrup President & CEO Verbio North America Corp. Greg Northrup leads the company with more than 25 years of domestic and international energy development experience as a former executive of CMS Energy/Consumers Energy. He has a strong background in public policy having served as President of the West Michigan Strategic Alliance, a regional organization. Read Entire Bio Jamie Wright Assistant Vice President, Director of Building Services and Security FHLBank Topeka Jamie Wright joined FHLBank Topeka in 2012 and serves as the director of building services and security. He was promoted to officer in 2014 and assistant vice president in 2017. Wright previously worked as the facility manager for Jostens Printing and Publishing. Read Entire Bio Joann Knight Executive Director Dodge City/Ford County Development Corporation Joann Knight serves as the Executive Director of the Dodge City/Ford County Development Corporation and has been with the public/private partnership for 28 years. Read Entire Bio Korb Maxwell Shareholder Polsinelli Real estate and economic development projects are the focus of Korb Maxwell’s practice. His areas of concentration are on large-scale projects that utilize complex federal, state, and municipal development incentives, as well as all aspects of real estate transactions, including purchase and sale agreements, title review, leases, lending and bond documentation, easements, and restrictive covenants. Read Entire Bio Krista Mann Director of Renewable Development Invenergy, LLC. Krista is a Director of Renewable Development for Invenergy LLC. She leads a team developing renewable energy projects in Western US states. Krista has been with Invenergy since 2015 but has been in the renewable energy industry since 2003. She holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Wichita State University and a M.S. in Finance from the University of Colorado at Denver. Read Entire Bio Larry Krider CEO and Founder LilyPad Larry Krider is CEO and founder of LilyPad EV. KRider is committed to the use of electricity as a transportation fuel. It contributes to environmental sustainability and leads to economic development opportunities. Read Entire Bio Mark Cosby Electric Vehicles & Charging Infrastructure Evergy Mark Cosby’s responsibilities at Evergy focus on driving customer engagement through energy solutions, including electric vehicle charging stations. Cosby joined the electric services industry in 2014 as the leader of business development for Westar Energy. Read Entire Bio Mike Floberg Director of Innovative Technologies Kansas Department of Transportation – Division of Innovative Technologies Mike Floberg graduated with a BS in Civil Engineering from Kansas State University in 1988. He has worked for the Kansas Department of Transportation for 31 years. In October 2017, Floberg accepted the position of Director of Innovative Technologies helping the State of Kansas prepare for the future of transportation. Read Entire Bio Mike Wegner Manager, Regional Planning ITC Great Plains Michael Wegner is Manager of Regional Planning for ITC Great Plains. Wegner is responsible for ITC’s planning activities in the SPP footprint. Read Entire Bio Pat O'Bryan Shareholder Polsinelli Patrick O’Bryan has significant experience working with clients on all aspects of their federal income tax needs. He strives to make sure that taxes don’t get in the way of the economic deal and works to find innovative solutions to tax issues that meet the client’s financial objectives. Read Entire Bio Paul Cammack Program Manager - Renewable Natural Gas Black Hills Energy Paul Cammack is a Program Manager for Black Hills Energy, focusing primarily upon Renewable Natural Gas projects. He is responsible for creating strategic plans, cultivating key partnerships, business and project development, contract negotiations, and managing customer relations. Read Entire Bio PAUL GRAHAVOC Director of New Business Development Build SMART, LLC Paul Grahovac holds degrees in Economics and Law from the University of Kansas. He has been active in the construction industry for 30 years. Read Entire Bio Robert Wilhite Managing Director Navigant In his role as a Managing Director in Navigant's Energy practice, Rob Wilhite leads the global utilities client segment and serves on the Energy practice leadership team. He also supports the firm's growth with a focus on senior client relationships, engagement delivery, and industry thought leadership. Since starting his career 34 years ago, Wilhite has worked exclusively in the energy industry and brings a unique combination of technical knowledge and business strategy experience. Read Entire Bio Ryan Prescott Enel Green Power Ryan Prescott is responsible for Enel Green Power’s energy storage development efforts in North America, as well as North America development strategy. Read Entire Bio STAN BERGKAMP Science Teacher Maize High School Stan Bergkamp graduated from Kansas State in 1990 and then taught in Botswana, Africa for two and a half years while serving in the Peace Corps. Read Entire Bio TOM BISHOP President and CEO Homestead Affordable Housing Tom Bishop is an experienced affordable housing developer and trainer in the development of single and multi-family housing. Developments have special emphasis on universal access, energy efficiency, and sustainability. Read Entire Bio WILLIAM DORSETT Co-Director Flint Hills Renewable Energy & Efficiency Cooperative William Dorsett helped cofound the Flint Hills Renewable Energy & Efficiency Cooperative, and together he has installed about 50 microinverter systems in and around Manhattan. 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