2020 CONFERENCE SPEAKERS
South Carolina Managing Director
A South Carolina native with undergraduate and law degrees from the University of South Carolina. Loomis has nearly 30 years of experience working in and around South Carolina state government and the state’s energy industry. She completed energy and leadership programs at both Arizona State University’s Thunderbird School of Global Management (energy) and the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (leadership), as well as the Riley Institute at Furman University’s Diversity Leaders Initiative and Leadership South Carolina. From 2013 to 2015, Loomis served as a member of the SCCEBA Board and more recently as its Executive Director.
Partner & Co-Chair Energy Industry Group
SC Clean Energy Industries Task Force Co-Chair
Weston Adams III practices Energy, Environmental, and Appellate Law. He served from 2004 to 2014 as Commissioner, and then Chairman, of the SC Conservation Bank, in which time that SC State Agency funded 250,000 acres of conservation easements in South Carolina. He was educated at Sewanee, Cambridge, and the USC School of Law, where he served as the Research Editor of the South Carolina Law Review. In his law practice, he has served as lead counsel on more than 100 appeals to the SC Court of Appeals, the SC Supreme Court, and the 4th Circuit in Richmond.
President & Chief Operating Officer
SC Clean Energy Industries Task Force Co-Chair
Since 2006, Bryan has led several transformative initiatives including increasing the number of generation stations nine-fold and creating a diversified portfolio generating 100% renewable energy, while reducing customer costs. These generation projects required the addition of significant new capabilities and resources across all departments, positioning the company for an even wider variety of future growth opportunities. In 2015, Stone stepped up to assume a dual role as the Chief Operating Officer of the largest private wastewater utility in South Carolina. Before Lockhart Power, Bryan held a variety of engineering and maintenance management roles at two Fortune 500 chemical manufacturing companies. He earned a BSEE and MSEE and an MBA from the University of Florida.
President & CEO
On June 30, 2017, Dr. Artis was unanimously appointed by the Board of Trustees as the 14th President of Benedict College. She is the first female President in the 148-year history of the College which was founded by a woman, Mrs. Bathsheba Benedict in 1870. Artis comes to Benedict College from Florida Memorial University in Miami where she served for four years as the 13th President and the first female President in that University’s 138-year history. Dr. Artis is a graduate of Vanderbilt University, where she earned a Doctorate in Higher Education Leadership and Policy. She also holds a Juris Doctorate from West Virginia University College of Law, and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from sister HBCU, West Virginia State University.
Plant Manager-Dorchester & Allendale
Doug has been in the Refining and Power Generation business since 1988, after serving in the Marine Corps for 8 years. His power generation experience includes coal, RFD, gas turbine and biomass. Since 2008 Audette has been engaged in biomass generation operational leadership roles with experience in Minnesota, Michigan and now South Carolina markets. He understands how local biomass markets effect project viability.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Mark is the president and chief executive officer for Santee Cooper, South Carolina’s largest provider of electricity and a public power utility owned by the people of South Carolina. He brings to Santee Cooper over 40 years of experience with Salt River Project, a large Phoenix-based public power utility. Bonsall served as CEO at SRP for eight years, strengthening SRP’s financial position and increasing its regional price advantage. Before that, He held several positions including associate general manager and treasurer. At Salt River, Bonsall led teams moving the utility to a greener energy resource mix, in deregulation negotiations, and in developing and deploying integrated customer solutions and a fully integrated grid. He earned a bachelor's degree in engineering at Arizona State University and a master’s in business administration from the University of Pennsylvania.
Director, Planning & Regulatory Support
Justin manages development and execution of regulatory strategies and policies affecting the distribution grid and their alignment with the Company’s strategic roadmap in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky. Prior to his current role, he worked in regulatory and legislative strategy for North Carolina. Brown also served in the Company’s Corporate Audit Services group where he led internal technology audits. Before joining the Duke Energy in 2008, Brown worked in healthcare, energy and technology consulting industries. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a Master of Business Administration degree, with a concentration in international business, from the University of South Carolina.
Built Environment Project Manager
Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance
Will Bryan conducts research and data analysis to support SEEA’s Built Environment portfolio. Prior to joining SEEA in 2018, Bryan taught at Georgia State University in Atlanta and conducted independent research as a postdoctoral fellow at Emory University. He earned a B.A. from Furman University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Penn State University. He is the author of a book about conservation policy in the South, which is based on his award-winning Ph.D. dissertation, entitled The Price of Permanence: Nature and Business in the New South
South Carolina Legislature
Wes Climer represents District 15. He assumed office on November 14, 2016. He serves on the Agriculture and Natural Resources, Labor, Commerce and Industry and Transportation Committees, among others. Climer is a Financial Consultant with the Comer Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisers. Climer graduated Furman University in 2006. He serves on in a variety of local volunteer capacities for the Boys Scouts of America.
Public Policy & Regulatory Affairs
Richard Colley has 20 years of experience in vehicle safety, Federal, State & Local policy, legislation, global regulations, research for automated driving systems and advanced vehicle technologies and design. He has previously served with Apple, Lucid Motors, Tesla, Aston Martin Lagonda and jaguar Land Rover. Colley earned a Master of Science degree in Engineering & Management from Coventry University.
Director of Regulatory Affairs
Southern Current, a leading solar developer of commercial and large-scale solar and storage assets with hundreds of operating facilities across the United States. Hamilton manages the company’s engagement in a multitude of state and federal regulatory proceedings related to resource planning, interconnection, and market design. Prior to joining Southern Current, he spent a decade working on clean energy policy and regulatory issues for the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League. Hamilton earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Clemson University and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law.
South Carolina Legislature
Tom Davis is a Republican member of the South Carolina Senate since January 14, 2009. His district (the 46th) includes part of Beaufort County. Davis graduated magna cum laude in 1982 from Furman University, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. He was a member of the Order of the Coif with highest honors at the University of Maryland School of Law, whence he graduated in 1985. He has worked at the Harvey & Battey law firm in Beaufort, South Carolina, since 1985 and is the managing partner of its Real Estate Department.
Vice President Planning and Pricing
Rahul joined Santee Cooper in 2016 after seven year with Barclays Investment Bank where he served as a vice president and then a Director. Prior to that he spent 11 years with in financial management roles with large corporations. Rahul earn a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Roorkee and his MBA from the New York University Stern School of Business.
Senior Human Resources Consultant-Workforce Development
Sidney Echevarria is an experienced Senior Human Resources Consultant with a demonstrated history of working in the utilities and financial services industries. Prior to her present role, she served as program owner for Duke Energy's clinical programs, including the Spine & Joint Solution, Bariatric Resource Services, Skilled in Human Resources, Six Sigma, and Project Management, Echevarria holds a Bachelor of Arts focused in Interdisciplinary Studies from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Manager, Energy Efficiency & Demand Side Management
Therese Griffin lead a team that delivers energy efficiency programs to residential, commercial and industrial customers. Also continue to support renewable energy programs for residential and commercial customers. She joined South Carolina Electric & Gas in 1994 as Manager of Marketing and Philanthropy. SCE&G was acquired by Dominion Energy in 2019. Griffin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the University of South Carolina.
The Brattle Group
Michael Hagerty has experience in electricity wholesale market design, renewable and climate policy analysis, transmission planning and development, and strategic planning for utility companies. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and graduate degree in Technology and Policy Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Sales & Marketing Manager
Hannah Solar Government Services
Tripp joined Hannah Solar in 2011 as Business Development Manager. In 2016 he assumed his present role. Prior to Hannah Solar he served for eight years with the south Carolina Army National Guard; his last role as Commander, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery. Hathaway earned his MBA from the Citadel and holds a Management of Military Leadership from Clemson University’s College of Business.
Chief Executive Officer
Simon Irish is the former Head of Man Global Strategies (MGS) in North America, the strategic investment division of Man Group Plc, a leading global investment management business. He began his banking career at Credit Suisse in London and in 2001 moved to New York as Director of FRM, the London-based investment firm, to establish its U.S. business. In 2010, he focused on opportunities in breakthrough energy technologies and in particular nuclear energy given its unparalleled energy density and the commercial potential of advanced reactor technologies. Irish holds an MA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and an MSc in Finance from the London Business School.
Vice President & Chief Sustainability Officer
Jennifer leads the team responsible for Enviva’s environmental stewardship, from guiding the development and implementation of policies that ensure the sustainability and traceability of the wood supply chain, to interacting with policymakers and other stakeholders on regulatory matters. With a technical background in carbon cycling and ecosystem science, she brings more than 20 years of experience working in government, academia, and the private sector at the interface between forests and climate. She holds a Ph.D. in ecosystem ecology from the University of New Hampshire, an M.B.A. from the University of Maryland’s RH Smith School of Business, a Master of Forest Science from Yale University, and a B.A. in Biology and Environmental Studies from Dartmouth College.
Vice President, Employee Engagement & Development
Darius is responsible for the strategic oversight of talent acquisition, employee engagement and retention, leader and employee development, HR Communications and diversity and inclusion. Johnson joined Dominion Energy in 2016 as director–Cash Management. He assumed his current position in January 2019. Prior to joining Dominion Energy, he was senior vice president at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and previously executive vice president at Premier Bank. Johnson earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Richmond and completed the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking at the University of Pennsylvania.
SC Biomass Council
The Biomass Council supports development of new products and processes that utilize the many and plentiful biomass feedstocks available in South Carolina. Liz recently retired as Senior Engineer in Renewable Energy for Santee Cooper. She developed and managed numerous Biomass and Solar projects and has been involved in Wind and Offshore Wind feasibility work for South Carolina. Liz graduated from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA with a BS in Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, and has an MBA from the University of South Carolina.
Senior Vice President - Strategic Initiatives
Pine Gate Renewables
Steve Levitas has a long history of developing creative solutions to complex environmental problems, including wastewater permitting and compliance, remediation and redevelopment of contaminated property, wetland and stream permitting and mitigation, and coastal issues. His past tenure as Deputy Secretary of the NC Department of Environment, Health and Natural Resources and Senior Attorney with the Environmental Defense Fund give Levitas a unique ability to conceive and gain support for novel approaches to meeting clients’ needs while protecting the environment and public health. He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and learned his Law Degree from Harvard Law School.
Corporate Communications & Community Relations
Volvo Cars US
Stephanie joined Volvo Car in August 2016 as the corporate communications and community relations lead for Volvo Cars’ first U.S. manufacturing plant in Ridgeville, S.C. She is responsible for building strong relationships between Volvo and its neighbors, managing internal communications and local media relations. Mangini’s career in communications spans over 25 years in public and private sectors. She has held various positions in the fields of journalism, government affairs, public and media relations, community outreach and branding. Stephanie received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Director, Distributed Energy Technology
Jason Martin joined Duke Energy in 1987 as an Electrical Engineer in Spartanburg. He was promoted to National Account Manager in 1996 and served in Greenville and subsequently served as Business Development Executive and Senior Large Account Executive. In his current role he manages the team delivering distributed energy resources to interconnected utility systems and for established power purchase agreements within standard tariff applications. Martin holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from North Carolina State University.
Vice President and Technical Plant Manager FniP/PT
Bosch Rexroth, Fountain, SC
Mike assumed this role in 2008 where he is responsible for the plant operations. This facility designs, produces, and services hydraulic pumps and motors for all customers in the Americas region. Prior to this assignment, McCormick held numerous positions on the automotive side of Bosch over a period of 20 years. He also worked for two years in Germany in the global headquarters of the Gasoline Systems group of Robert Bosch GmbH. In this role, he led the global manufacturing planning for 13 Gasoline System manufacturing plants including strategic planning, investment and capacity planning. McCormack has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and is a graduate of the General Electric Management Training program, and worked at GE before coming to Bosch in 1988
Gary principally engages state decision makers to ensure the interests of this industry are considered. He monitors the political landscape, develops strategies and keeps the biomass story in front of policy makers. Melow chairs the Biomass Committee of the Michigan Renewable Energy Program under direction of the Michigan Public Service Commission and serves on the Forest Management Advisory Committee and the Timber Advisory Council advising the Director of the Department of Natural Resources on forest management and timber issues. Previously, he was with Primary Power International and Oxford Automotive, a tier I automotive supplier, to General Motors and Ford. Melow earned Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Central Michigan University.
Partner and Head, Global Nuclear Practice
Jeff Merrifield was appointed by President Clinton and reappointed by President Bush to serve on the five-member, Senate-confirmed, independent United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Prior to Pillsbury he served as Senior Vice President of Global Business Development with CB&I’s Power Business Unit. While there, he led a team of twenty-five sales and proposal staff to develop and win over $1.5 billion in annual sales, including the first competitive, EPC combined cycle gas unit in over six years. Merrifield is Chairman of E4 Carolinas. He holds an undergraduate degree from Tufts University and earn his law degree at Georgetown University.
South Carolina Legislature
Russell Ott is a member of the Democratic Party and the Representative for the 93rd district of the South Carolina House of Representatives. Ott is a native of St. Matthews, South Carolina. He graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor's degree in English. He received his Master of Public Administration from the University of South Carolina. He has served as a member and state convention delegate for the Calhoun County Democratic Party. Ott worked as a lobbyist for the South Carolina Farm Bureau Federation for eight years.
South Carolina Legislature
Mandy Powers Norrell is a Democratic member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, representing House District 44, which comprises the southern portion of Lancaster County. Norrell is an attorney and licensed to practice in both North and South Carolina, in South Carolina State and Federal Courts, and in the United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Prior to her election into the South Carolina House of Representatives Norrell was the City Attorney for the City of Lancaster from 1999 through 2012, and Town Attorney for the Town of Kershaw, South Carolina from 2010 through 2012.
Energy Office – SC Office of Regulatory Staff
Catherine Reed joined the Office of Regulatory Staff in 2018. Previously she had served as a manager with ICF for six years which followed five years with the Energy Office. Prior to her time in South Carolina, she was Executive Director of the North Florida Land Trust and was a Manager and Planner for the St. Johns River Water Management District. Reed holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of South Carolina and, thereafter, earned a Master of Public Administration from the University.
Director of Electric Transportation
Lang is responsible for developing and implementing corporate strategy with the goal of increasing adoption of electric transportation throughout Duke Energy’s electric service territories. He assumed his current position in 2019 and has managed electric transportation initiatives within Duke Energy since 2017. Prior to this role he worked across several teams within Duke Energy Renewables and distributed energy technology group. Lang joined Duke Energy in 2015 following completion of his MBA at the University of Colorado and working for Morgan Stanley. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College.
EV Charging Sales Director
Whitney Schmidt joined ChargePoint in 2016 after serving with Progress Solar Solutions and Mabey Bridge & Shore. Schmidt holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology and is certified by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners.
Strategy and Collaboration Manager
Lynda Shafer joined Duke Energy in 2018. She previously served as a Financial Analyst for Santee Cooper and six years with the South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff. Shafer holds an undergraduate degree from Bob Jones University and earned a Master’s Degree in Speech Communication and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina.
Taylor has represented a major ratepayer in solar proceedings before the Public Service Commission and has planned public procurement and development of municipal solar installations. Taylor serves as a member of the ‘E4 Carolinas South Carolina Clean Energy Industries Task Force;’ serves as an active member of the energy subcommittee of Greenville’s municipal sustainability board, ‘GRAC;’ and advocates for clean energy in Columbia as a member of an advisory committee for ‘Conservation Voters of South Carolina. Taylor holds a Business Administration degree from the University of Colorado and earned his law degree at the Florida Coastal School of Law.
SC Department of Corrections
Nena Staley joined the Department of Corrections in 2009 as a Reception and Evaluation Manager. In 2011 she was named associate Warden where she supervised education and administrative services. In 2017 she was name Deputy Director. Staley earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences from Limestone College.
Greenville City Council
Russell served on City Council since 2017. A native Greenvillian, upon returning to Greenville, Russell founded Greenville Forward, a nonprofit organization charged with facilitating Vision 2025, a community-wide vision for Greenville County. Prior to founding Greenville Forward, Russell owned ResearchWorks, a strategic marketing research firm focused on community visioning and development and customer satisfaction research. Russell is a graduate of Washington and Lee University and holds a Master of Business Administration from Emory University.
Supervisor of Human Resources Services Center
Terry joined Santee Cooper in 1992 after a 7-year career at Charleston Southern University where she served as the Program Director, Evening College Director and Minority Affairs Coordinator. Although she began her career at Santee Cooper as a Trainer, she has taken on many roles. She served as a Senior Trainer, Diversity Manager, Staffing Supervisor and Manager of the HR Employee Service Center. She earned her B.S Degree in Management from Charleston Southern University (CSU) and her MBA from the Citadel. She is a certified Professional in Human Resources earning this distinction from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI).
Brad Van Meter is an entrepreneurial and business development professional with over 25 year’s experience in sustainable enterprise development, domestic and international marketing, management, and sales of comprehensive Energy Savings solutions. Previously, he was served as a Comprehensive Solutions Account Manager for Ingersoll Rand Trane and was an industry leader within the trenchless technology / heavy construction industry, establishing the North American division of the world's largest tunneling equipment manufacturer.
South Carolina Energy Office – SC Office of Regulatory Staff
Stacey Washington joined the Office of Regulatory Staff in 2016 where she has been responsible for energy technical assistance, energy audits, contributed to the State Energy Plan, managed the ConserFund Loan Program and supported work with utility IRPs, DSM and energy efficiency program. Washington was previously an Environmental Engineer with the Department of Health and Environmental Control and the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources. She hold a Bachelor’s of Chemical Engineering degree from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.
State Government Affairs Director
Tiger Wells is South Carolina attorney and former law firm partner, Wells left private practice in 2013 and joined the Municipal Association of South Carolina as first its Government Affairs Liaison and then Director of Governmental Affairs until October of 2019. In October of 2019, He joined Duke Energy where he helps lead the South Carolina advocacy team, and draws upon his years of experience as a lawyer and problem-solver to effectively advocate before various state governmental and quasi-governmental bodies. He holds an undergraduate degree from Morehouse College and earned his Law Degree at the University of Virginia School of Law.
South Carolina Legislature
Jay West is a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from the 7th District since 2016. He is a member of the Republican Party. He is a member of the Subcommittee on Public Utilities and the Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee. He is a Partner with the firm of Robinson & West. He previously served as a member of the Belton City Council and served as its Mayor Pro Tempore. West earned B.S. Business, a Masters degree and his Doctorate in Relational Dynamics – Mentoring from Erskine College.
Director, Advanced Nuclear Reactors
Jeff is an experienced Business Development and Operations Manager with a demonstrated history of leadership in technologies industries. Whitt is skilled in developing new business in the areas of new products, Engineering services, Manufacturing Services, I&C Services, Contractual Agreements, Cross-functional Team Leadership, and Conflict Management. Strong consulting professional with a ASB focused in Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services from Averett University. He holds multiple patents in the area of product manufacturing tooling.
Chip has more than 30 years of energy experience to serving Navigant’s utility clients throughout the Southeast. His expertise is in customer strategy, renewables, distributed energy resources and competitive retail electric supply. Prior to Gatehouse, Wood consulted for Navigant and CW Energy Consulting after more than 13 years with Duke Energy in various strategy and business development roles. Wood earned his MBA from Queens University and holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University.
Womble Bond Dickinson
Belton is a senior member of Womble Bond Dickinson’s Data Management and Cybersecurity Team. He specializes in complex energy, utility, environmental and cybersecurity matters based on more than 30 years of energy industry experience. He has served as general counsel to a major electric and natural gas utility, where he also had managerial responsibility for industrial customer relations, power marketing and strategic planning. Belton has participated as a lead attorney in negotiating multi-million dollar utility contracts, in permitting major infrastructure projects, in managing mega-project regulatory matters, in litigating general gas and electric rate cases, and in developing alternative energy projects. Belton holds a B.A. from Amherst College and earned his law degree at the University of South Carolina School of Law
President & CEO
Alder Energy Systems
Don is a seasoned technology veteran who has worked in the photonics and solar industries for over thirty-four years. At AT&T Bell Laboratories he designed fiber optic communications systems. Zimmerman then co-founded and managed the R&D for the optical amplifier division of JDS Uniphase. While working with AT&T Labs on emergency response facilities, he developed his solar energy systems engineering and design skills. Formally trained in PV systems by Solar Energy International, he holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan, a MS in Optics from the University of Rochester, and a MBA from Columbia University. He holds seven patents and is a certified solar PV Installation Professional by the North American Board of Energy Practitioners (NABCEP).