- Ray Martin
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- Andrew L. Clark
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- Brian Schmidt
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- Diana Pereira & Emily Hanson
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- Rebecca Burgess
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- Iris Harrell
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Diana Pereira & Emily Hanson:
Moderator - Profile:
VP of Technology for Daewon, Sustainable Silicon Valley Board Member
Ray is a product developer who enjoys driving new product development programs to successful completion. Ray is Vice President of Technology for Daewon, and in this role he evaluates new green technologies and he develops high-efficiency LED lighting products. Ray cofounded Power Knot, an energy efficiency products company, worked ar Articmaster, Asyst Technologies, and for 14 years in Intel's Technology Development organization in technical and managerial roles.
Ray holds a bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering and certificate of energy engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a masters of science degree in engineering management from Santa Clara University. He is named inventor on ten US patents, has published fifteen technical articles, is a trained mediator, and was adjunct professor at Santa Clara University teaching a course in new product development with an emphasis on rapid time to market.
Panelists - Profile:
Andrew L. Clark,
Director of Corporate Strategy, Venture Capital Group, IBM Corporation
Drew Clark, a champion for innovation across IBM and its global ecosystem, is co-founder of and lead strategist for IBM's global venture capital group. Drew is also a top strategist for many of IBM’s key business imperatives including Sustainability / Cleantech, Smart Healthcare and Cloud Computing, where he works closely with the global venture capital community across multiple IBM brands and industry units to help drive new business opportunities.
Mr. Clark joined IBM in 1982 and spent the early part of his career in software design and programming language development as a designer of compilers for traditional and specialized systems such as vector and parallel processors. He has held numerous technical and management positions in several of IBM's product divisions, and has helped lead several of IBM's most innovative development initiatives – including creation of IBM’s Internet unit and later Web 2.0 and Cloud Computing units.
District Director, Santa Clara Valley Water District
A resident of Santa Clara County since 1996, Brian has been an advocate and spokesperson for the Committee for Green Foothills working to protect open spaces and natural resources in Santa Clara County. He has been involved in Santa Clara County Civic matters for 8 years, which includes previous service to the District as a member of the Environmental Advisory Committee and Performance Audit Committee.
Customer Service Field Manger, Specialty Solid Waste & Recycling
Diana Pereira is Customer Service Field Manger with Specialty Solid Waste & Recycling, the franchise hauler for the City of Sunnyvale where she helped achieve Climate Registered™ status from The Climate Registry. Through this effort, Specialty Solid Waste and Recycling has verified a 22% reduction in their core business’ GHG emissions since 2002. Diana also helped the organization achieve a Breathe Right California award for efforts to reduce GHG emissions by over 22%. Specialty Solid Waste & Recycling currently serves approximately 29,000 residential, multi-family, and commercial addresses, totaling an estimated 130,000 people in Sunnyvale.
Diana received her BA in Communications from Kansas Wesleyan University.
Green Waste Recovery,
For GreenWaste, Ms. Hanson is responsible for community and governmental relations and the development and implementation of public education programs focused on recycling and waste reduction. Notably, she has led GreenWaste in the development of public, private, and nonprofit sector partnerships to foster achievements in waste diversion and instituting behavioral changes to move communities toward zero waste. Ms. Hanson’s work at GreenWaste is integral to the company’s business growth and expansion, including the development of bid proposals, contract negotiations and operational transitions. In addition, Ms. Hanson is recognized for her leadership as Project Manager for GreenWaste’s sister company, Zero Waste Energy Development Company, that will complete the first dry-fermentation anaerobic digestion facility in the United States in 2011. Prior to coming to GreenWaste, Ms. Hanson worked as the Executive Director of two non-profit organizations in the fields of agricultural resource conservation and affordable housing. Ms. Hanson received a B.A. in Politics and a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz.
Director, Fibershed Project
Rebecca Burgess is an author, educator and textile artist whose newly released book, Harvesting Color, demonstrates how to dye fabrics and yarns using native and naturalized plant dye recipes. Rebecca is the founder and Director of the Fibershed Project. With the understanding that the textile industry is the number one polluter of fresh water resources on the planet, as well as having an immense carbon footprint, Fibershed is a one-year demonstration to show and model that beauty and fashion can function hand-in-hand with sustainability, local economies, and regional agriculture. Previously, Rebecca founded Ecologicalarts in 2005, an organization dedicated to creating, reviving, and teaching textile art forms that utilize botanical resources in a manner that promotes the health and regenerative processes of the ecosystem. She has taught at Harvard University, Westminster College, and consulted the apparel industry in natural dye technologies. She writes for eco-blogs, has been featured by numerous online periodicals and teaches workshops for a wide-array of organizations. Rebecca has a Master’s Degree in Education.
Founder and CEO, Harrell Remodeling
Iris founded her remodeling business in 1985, built on values and ethics that have translated into a highly respected, award-winning design + build remodeling company. She continues to teach and has spoken to groups such as NAHB, NAWBO, and NARI. Iris has received numerous awards, including Mountain View Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Athena Award and Silicon Valley Business Journal Woman of Distinction and the Fred Case Entrepreneur of the Year Award to name just a few. She is a Green Point Advisor, Certified Green Building Professional and a Certified Kitchen and Bath Designer with the National Kitchen and Bath Association.
For more than 25 years Iris has exceeded the expectations of her 800+ plus clients and employee owners and is considered one of the best executives and remodelers in Silicon Valley. Today, the company employs nearly fifty employees, including award-winning designers, architects and accomplished craftspeople.