Business Sector Media’s mission is to provide leading sector-specific news, research and insights for decision-makers. To that end, Business Sector Media has developed an advisory board of industry leaders to help support its editorial mission and to assist us in determining the trends, coverage and news that will best serve our subscribers.
Business Sector Media is honored to have the following board members:
Environment & Energy Sectors
Harun Asad, Commercial Marketing & Business Development Manager, ConEdison Solutions
Harun Asad is currently employed with ConEdison Solutions, a leading energy services company based in New York, where he runs marketing and business development for the commercial commodity line of business. Asad also serves on the board of the company’s corporate innovation team. Previously, he was Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer for Lodestar, a b2b consulting firm, an Adjunct Professor at NYU-Poly, and held a number of other positions in marketing and business development. He holds an MBA, a BS in Marketing and has completed graduate studies towards an MS in Information Management.
Daniel W. Bena, Senior Director, Sustainable Development, PepsiCo
Dan Bena is a guy who believes in using the resources and reach of the private sector to make the world a better place, through genuine, strategic, and impactful partnerships. He is currently the
Senior Director of Sustainable Development for PepsiCo, a company that serves consumers in more countries and territories than the United Nations has members. Dan is a liaison between Government Affairs, Public Policy, Communications and Operations to “connect the dots” for impact and develop advocacy and messaging to key stakeholder groups. He serves on the Public Health Committee of the Safe Water Network, dedicated to market-based, sustainable community-level solutions to provide safe drinking water in developing economies; the Leaders Group of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD); Steering Board of the International Finance Corporation’s Water Resources Group 2030 Initiative. He formerly served on the Steering Committee of the United Nations CEO Mandate, and, most recently, was elected to the Board of the Washington-based US Water Alliance.
He represented PepsiCo as one of only three invitees by the Federal Ministries of Germany to speak about the Food:Water:Energy Nexus in preparation for Bonn 2011. In July, 2012, he was one of four witnesses invited to provide testimony to the US Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Water and Power. He was invited by the mayor of his city to serve on a new Sustainability Advisory Board to develop a forward-looking sustainability plan for the city, one of only three nationwide selected to pilot a new sustainability planning tool kit based on the successful PlaNYC for the City of New York. In 2012, he accepted an invitation from the President of the University of Alberta to serve on her inaugural Expert Water Advisory Board. He recently published his first book, Sustain-Ability: How a Corporate Conscience Sustains a Company’s Ability to Win, specifically to help other companies along their sustainability journeys. He lives in New York with his wife, Diane.
Adam Brennan, Sustainability Project Manager, Puma
Adam Brennan is a Sustainability Project Manager at PUMA, currently based in Vietnam, specializing in renewable energy and environmental resource efficiency. He graduated out of Reading University in the UK with an MSc in Renewable Energy and Sustainability. He worked in a sustainability consulting firm for several years prior to joining PUMA in 2010.
At PUMA, Adam is part of the PUMA.Safe Ecology team and is primarily responsible for project managing PUMA’s unique and world’s first Environmental Profit & Loss (E P&L) account. He also manages a number of capacity building and technical assistance programs across the Asian supply chain, notably – SAVE. SAVE is a cleaner production and resource efficiency program which supports factories and suppliers in meeting the numerous targets set out in PUMAs sustainability strategy.
Mark Buckley, VP, Environmental Affairs, Staples
Mark Buckley directs Staples’ global environmental commitment and sustainable business practices. He is responsible for driving the company’s environmental leadership in four major areas: the development, purchase and promotion of environmentally preferable products; waste reduction and recycling initiatives; the development of global carbon reduction and renewable energy strategies; as well as environmental education initiatives for customers and associates focused on sustainablity.
A 20-year Staples veteran, Buckley was previously vice president of facilities management and purchasing at Staples where he directed company-wide recycling and energy conservation programs. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in biology from St. Anselm’s College and is an active member of several environmental organizations in the State of Massachusetts and a member of the Board of Earth Force a national environmental education organization.
David Dornfeld, Director, Laboratory for Manufacturing and Sustainability, University of California, Berkeley
Dornfeld received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from UW-Madison in 1976 and is Will C. Hall Family Professor and Chair of Mechanical Engineering at University of California Berkeley. He leads the Laboratory for Manufacturing and Sustainability (LMAS) and directs the Sustainable Manufacturing Partnership at Berkeley (smp.berkeley.edu) studying green/sustainable manufacturing; analysis of manufacturing processes; precision manufacturing; machine interoperability for process monitoring and optimization.
Dornfeld has published over 400 papers, authored two research monographs, contributed chapters to several books and has seven patents. He is Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), recipient of ASME Ennor Award, 2010 and Blackall Machine Tool and Gage Award,1986, Fellow of Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), recipient of 2004 SME Fredrick W. Taylor Research Medal, member Japan Society of Precision Engineering (JSPE) and recipient of 2005 JSPE Takagi Prize, Fellow of University of Tokyo Engineering and Fellow of CIRP (Int’l Academy for Production Engineering). He consults on design and manufacturing and associated IP issues.
Dan Gilbert, North American Solid Waste & Recycling Program Manager, ISS Facility Services
As North American Program Manager for Solid Waste & Recycling, Daniel Gilbert has over 20 years of experience in managing material recovery, processing, disposal, recycling and reuse programs for all types of commodities and waste streams. His primary responsibility is supporting ISS Integrated Facilities Services Team in developing programs to minimize solid waste streams by developing and implementing recycling and reuse best practices throughout North America. Gilbert recently led the ISS team that helped Hewlett-Packard achieve 90 percent landfill diversion in FY 12, surpassing its 87.1 percent goal. He also established US collection and processing network for PepsiCo Dream Machine beverage container recycling initiative (PET & aluminum), and he served on Waste Management’s Organic Waste Team that developed a “go-to-market” strategy to maximize the value of food and green waste streams.
Justin Grau, Senior Engineer, ConAgra Foods
Justin Grau works for ConAgra Foods. Previously, he worked for Google, Inc.’s Council Bluffs, Iowa, Data Center, as the Lead Water Treatment Specialist. Outside of work, he volunteers as a consultant for the non-profit organization The Green Grid Association. The Green Grid is an open industry consortium that works to improve the resource efficiency of information technology and data centers throughout the world. Justin has a background in nuclear power both as a Nuclear Reactor Operator and Reactor Operator Instructor. While in the US Navy, Justin served on the USS Enterprise as a Reactor Operator and Reactor Operations Division Training Program Manager, where he managed a complex training program for over 100 personnel. From the USS Enterprise, he went on to the Naval Nuclear Power Training Unit in Charleston, SC, to train new sailors how to be Reactor Operators.
Following the Navy, Justin was recruited to work as a Nuclear Operator at a commercial power plant in SC, where he subsequently earned his BS in Nuclear Engineering Technology. Justin is now completing his MBA in Finance, and is always learning more about industrial water treatment, water conservation, and energy efficiency.
He currently resides in Omaha with his loving wife of 6 years, and takes tremendous joy in fathering his 3 year old son, while expecting a second son any day now.
John Hazlett, Manager of Water Footprinting Services, Williams Creek Consulting
John Hazlett, LEED AP O+M is a Manager-Water Footprinting Services with 15 years of experience working in energy efficiency, water conservation, recycling and stormwater management. Prior to joining Williams Creek, John was the Director of the Office of Sustainability for the City of Indianapolis, where he led the implementation of the Mayor’s SustainIndy initiative and secured over $18 million in federal grant funds for various sustainability projects. John also developed and managed the City’s Sustainable Facilities Initiative, an energy and water conservation retrofit of 61 City facilities highlighted by a deep energy retrofit of the 50 year old City County Building that earned the EPA ENERGY STAR label. John’s work on the initiative earned him the Mayor’s Performance Award in 2010 and the project was the winner of the 2013 Indiana Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence.
His extensive experience includes working for municipal and county government in Portland, Oregon in stormwater management and helping industrial and commercial customers meet their internal sustainability goals through facility audits. Currently, John assists corporate, higher education and healthcare clients develop strategies to reduce their water footprint by identifying opportunities to minimize, capture and reuse water. John holds a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University with a specialization in Environmental Planning.
John also currently serves as a Supervisor on the Board of the Marion County Soil and Water Conservation District.
Matthew Littlefield, President & Principal Analyst, LNSResearch
Matthew Littlefield is President and Principal Analyst for LNS Research. Littlefield’s personal coverage areas include the topics of Quality Management, Manufacturing Operations, and Sustainability. As President and Principal Analyst for LNS Research, Matthew is a recognized industry expert and contributes to the LNS Research blog as well as many other industry publications. Matthew is also a sought after public speaker and continually advises manufacturing executives on how to best leverage technology in their operations.
Before founding LNS Research, Littlefield spent the previous five years as a Senior Analyst for the Aberdeen Group and led the Global Manufacturing Research practice. Prior to joining the Aberdeen Group, Littlefield spent the previous five years working for multi-billion dollar manufacturers (Unilever, HP Hood) in both engineering and shop-floor management roles. He graduated cum laude from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a BA in Economics and MS in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research.
Dave Meyer, Senior EHS & Sustainable Business Advisor, Environmental & Occupational Risk Management Inc. (EORM)
Dave Meyer is a Senior Consultant with EORM, a full service environmental, health, safety (EHS) and sustainability consulting firm, headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area. Dave’s principal focus is to help organizations achieve environmental sustainability program excellence, leverage regulatory compliance risks, and optimize organizational effectiveness. Dave has over 30 years of progressive experience in environmental sustainability, environmental performance and metrics, responsible sourcing and green supply chain management, EHS management systems planning and implementation (ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001), permitting and multi-media compliance and environmental liability auditing.
Dave’s expertise extends across many industry sectors: renewable energy, clean tech, food & beverage, semiconductor, consumer electronics, chemicals/plastics, pharma/biotech, mining, oil/gas, aerospace, forest products, transportation, public works, transportation, financial, legal and government. Dave is presently an advisory board member for the Sustainable Business Forum and 2Degrees Network Sustainable Supply Chain Working Group and is a co-editor for Sustainable Brands Supply Chain Issues Focus Series.
Frank O’Brien Bernini, VP & Chief Sustainability Officer, Owens Corning
Frank O’Brien-Bernini is vice president, chief sustainability officer of Owens Corning, a world leader in building materials and composite solutions. His role encompasses global accountability for Owens Corning’s sustainability strategy development and implementation, including Environmental, Health & Safety (EH&S). In 30 years with Owens Corning, he has held various leadership positions, including most recently, vice president, chief R&D officer.
Among the first pioneering executives to be appointed CSO of a public company, Mr. O’Brien-Bernini is a frequent speaker at conferences, is routinely quoted in industry reports/publications and currently serves on several boards.
Mr. O’Brien-Bernini earned a bachelor’s degree in science and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Massachusetts, where his research focus was solar energy.
Robert Pojasek, PhD, Managing Partner, RL Expert Group LLC
Dr. Pojasek has advised industrial, legal, and government clients in the assessment and improvement of their activities, products and services during 40 years of management consulting. He is a leading practitioner and internationally-recognized expert in the fields of risk management, sustainability, pollution prevention, and process improvement.
He has consulted with more than 500 facilities in 20 countries. Dr. Pojasek has served on the Science Advisory Boards of the US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Air Force and served on panels for the National Research Council, the World Health Organization, and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. He has published more than 100 journal articles and seven books. He has held leadership positions in a large number of professional associations. Dr. Pojasek was recognized for his teaching excellence at the Harvard University Extension School with the Petra T. Shattuck teaching award.
Susan Rochford, Vice President, Energy Efficiency, Sustainability & Public Policy, Legrand NA
Susan Rochford is the Vice President, Energy Efficiency, Sustainability and Public Policy for Legrand North America. Rochford is responsible for advancing Legrand’s progress in setting and achieving sustainability goals and commitments, as an organization, and in the marketplace. She also spearheads the company’s government affairs and policy initiatives.
Prior to joining Legrand, Rochford was the Senior Vice President at the Council on Competitiveness, where she launched and led the organization’s flagship project: the Energy Security, Innovation & Sustainability Initiative. Rochford has operated at the nexus of business and government for over twenty years. She served as Vice President, Government, Regulatory & Industry Affairs for Underwriters Laboratories Inc. Before joining UL in 2002, Rochford was the Director of International Affairs for Honeywell Inc., where she also served as the company’s expert on global corporate social responsibility. Rochford has served as Senior Advisor on Trade Policy to the Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, and Executive Director, Treasurer and Secretary of the U.S.-Japan Business Council. Her career began on Capitol Hill as Assistant Director of the New England Congressional Institute. Rochford holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Connecticut and a Master of International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Graham Russell, Founder & Principal, Trupoint Advisors
Graham Russell is a sustainable business professional and sustainability consultant. He brings 25 years of CEO experience in small to mid-sized companies in the environmental services and transportation industries to the task of helping organizations understand how a strategy based on the principles of sustainability drives innovation, competitive advantage, job creation and improved financial performance.
Through Trupoint Advisors he provides consulting services to companies wishing to develop and implement a sustainability-based strategy as well as strategic marketing and planning services to companies in the environmental services and cleantech industries with a focus on waste elimination and water-related services.
Russell currently directs an MBA course in sustainable business at the University of Colorado, Denver, Business School, and chairs the School’s Managing for Sustainability Advisory Council. He is a frequent writer and speaker on the subject of the benefits of sustainability-based strategies and co-author of “A Simple Path to Sustainability – Green Business Strategies for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses”. He is a Board Member of the International Society for Sustainability Professionals.
Hugh Share, Anheuser Busch InBev, Senior Global Director of Beer & a Better World
Hugh Share is senior global director, Beer & Better World for Anheuser-Busch InBev. He is responsible for developing and executing the company’s global environmental sustainability strategy, including water sustainability across the supply chain. Hugh collaborates with most business functions, including Manufacturing, Communications, Investor Relations, Procurement, Innovations, Logistics and the company’s six Zones to help deliver the company’s dream of becoming the Best Beer Company in a Better World. He also works to build global partnerships with a variety of external stakeholders that support the company’s environmental and business objectives.
Hugh began his career in 1982 at Anheuser-Busch InBev’s Baldwinsville, New York brewery as a wastewater lab technician and has held a variety of plant and corporate positions, including leading many of company’s environmental integration and outreach efforts.
Hugh, a native of Syracuse, NY, received his undergraduate degree in biology and chemistry from the State University of New York at Fredonia. He has a Master’s in Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Denver. Hugh is married and has two children, Erika 24 and Taylor 25.