2019 Environmental Business Leadership Conference
The Four Seasons Hotel, Baltimore, Maryland
July 10 - 11, 2019
Registration: Wait List
The Four Seasons Hotel, Baltimore, Maryland
July 10 - 11, 2019
Registration: Wait List
At the 2019 EBLC, you’ll build your knowledge about the latest innovative practices and trends in environmental protection and enhancement. You’ll discover how Maryland has become a national leader in best practices that make business sense. And you’ll have powerful opportunities to make strategic connections that will help your business grow.
2019 Speaker list highlights. Click on the left side navigation bar for a complete list of speakers.
• Governor Larry Hogan, Maryland
• Vice Admiral Walter E. "Ted" Carter, Jr., Superintendent, U.S. Naval Academy
• Judy Woodruff, Anchor and Managing Editor, PBS Newshour
• Andrew Savitz, business leader and author
• Sonal Deshpande, Sector Vice President, Quality & Mission Excellence, Northrop Grumman, Mission Systems
• Peter Goodwin, Ph.D., President, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
• Ben Grumbles, Secretary, Maryland Department of the Environment
• Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio, Secretary, Maryland Department of Natural Resources
• Kenneth Holt, Secretary, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development
• Ian MacFarlane, President and CEO, EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc.
• Robert S. McCord, Secretary, Maryland Department of Planning
• Roy McGrath, Director/CEO, Maryland Environmental Service
• Alexander G. Núñez, Senior Vice President, Regulatory and External Affairs, Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE)
• Rhonda Pringle, Market President and Publisher, Baltimore Business Journal
• Aaron Robinson, Senior Manager, Environmental Strategy and Sustainability, United Airlines
• Kelly M. Schulz, Secretary, Maryland Department of Commerce
July 10, 2019
|8:00 a.m.||Registration and Breakfast|
|9:00 a.m.||Welcome Remarks|
Governor Larry Hogan, Maryland
General Session 1
|10:00 a.m.||Networking Break|
General Session 2
Maryland is Open for Business: How the $400B Environmental Industry is Benefiting
Roy McGrath, Director CEO, Maryland Environmental Service (moderator)
Breakout Session A
Ben Grumbles, Secretary, Maryland Department of the Environment (moderator)
Breakout Session B
Joseph P. Gill, Director, Prince George's County Department of the Environment (moderator)
Sonal Deshpande, Sector Vice President, Quality & Mission Excellence, Northrop Grumman, Mission Systems
Breakout Session C
Adam Ortiz, Director, Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (moderator)
Breakout Session D
Introduction: Beth Wojton, Deputy Director/COO, Maryland Environmental Service
|2:15 p.m.||Networking Break|
General Session 3
The University System of Maryland’s Marine-Estuarine Environmental Sciences (MEES) Program: 40 Years of Student and Employer Success
Dr. Peter Goodwin, President, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (moderator)
Breakout Session E
Tim Jones, Vice President, Administrative Services, Chesapeake College (moderator)
Profiting from Beneficial Use of Brownfields Properties
Thomas Prevas, Partner, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr (moderator)
|6:00 p.m.||Networking Reception|
Environmental Business Leadership Awards Dinner
Michael Hankin, President; Chief Executive Officer, Brown Advisory (Emcee)
|8:00 a.m.||Registration and Breakfast|
|9:00 a.m.||Welcome Remarks|
Keiffer Mitchell, Special Advisor, Office of the Governor, Maryland
|9:10 a.m.||General Session 4|
Judy Woodruff, Anchor and Managing Editor, PBS NewsHour
(Introduction: Larry Unger, President and CEO, Maryland Public Television)
Breakout Session G
Dr. Zohreh Movahed, Project Engineer, Water Management Consultant, WATEK (moderator)
Breakout Session H
Rhonda Pringle, Market President and Publisher, Baltimore Business Journal (moderator)
General Session 5
Rudolph Chow, P.E., Director, Baltimore City Department of Public Works
(Confirmed speakers updated as of June 6, 2019. Check back regularly for updates.)
Governor Lawrence J. Hogan, Jr. was sworn in as the 62nd governor of the State of Maryland on January 21, 2015. In 2018, he was overwhelmingly re-elected to a second four-year term, receiving the most votes of any Maryland gubernatorial candidate, and becoming only the second Republican governor to be re-elected in the 242-year history of the state.
Vice Admiral Walter E. “Ted” Carter, Jr. became the 62nd superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy on July 23, 2014. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1981, was designated a Naval Flight Officer in 1982, and graduated from the Navy Fighter Weapons School, Top Gun, in 1985. He completed the Air Command and Staff College course and the Armed Forces Staff College. In 2001, he completed the Navy’s Nuclear Power Program.
Broadcast journalist Judy Woodruff is the anchor and managing editor of the PBS NewsHour. She has covered politics and other news for more than three decades at CNN, NBC and PBS. In April of 2017, Arizona State University's Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication announced it would be honoring Woodruff and the late Gwen Ifill with the 2017 Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism. When Woodruff and Ifill were announced as co-anchors of the PBS NewsHour in 2013, it marked the first time that an American network broadcast would be coanchored by two women.
Andrew Savitz is a creative business leader, advisor, author and speaker, with over 20 years of hands-on experience assisting corporation to become leaders in sustainability and environmental performance and reporting. An internationally known expert on corporate social responsibility and sustainability, Savitz is the author of The Triple Bottom Line: How the Best Run Companies are Achieving Economic, Social and Environmental Success - and How You Can Too.
Mr. Aunkst has more than 34 years of experience working in environmental and regulatory programs in Pennsylvania in private industry and local and state government. During his tenure at the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP), which originally began in 1985, he served as Deputy Secretary for Field Operations, Deputy Secretary for Water Programs, Executive Deputy Secretary and as the Acting Secretary for the Agency.
Joann Boughman, a geneticist with more than 30 years of teaching and administrative experience in higher education, is the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University System of Maryland (USM). She is also Executive Vice President of the American Society of Human Genetics and a former vice president for academic affairs and dean of the graduate school, at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB). As the USM's Senior Vice Chancellor for academic affairs, Boughman is the senior staff person for the system's Board of Regents Education Policy Committee and Committee on Effectiveness and Efficiency. She also chairs the system-wide Academic Affairs Advisory Council and is the USM liaison on academic issues to the Maryland Higher Education Commission, the state's coordinating board for all segments of higher education. She works closely with the chancellor and the USM institutions on furthering system-wide goals, including closing the student achievement gap, STEM-related initiatives, course redesign and other academic transformation initiatives, research collaboration, student access and affordability, and P-20 programs.
Rudolph S. Chow, P.E., was appointed the Director of the Baltimore City Department of Public Works (DPW) on February 1, 2014.
Mr. Chow brings more than 30 years of executive and managerial experience from both the water industry and public works, 27 years with the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) in Laurel, MD.
As KCI’s Regional Practice Leader and Vice President for Natural Resources, James leads a staff of more than 30 environmental professionals in the assessment, design, and implementation of ecological restoration and permitting projects supporting NPDES and TMDL compliance programs throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region.
Sonal Deshpande is responsible for mission assurance across the sector for all programs, including quality and product assurance, compliance, process excellence and supplier mission assurance. She reports to Gloria A. Flach, corporate vice president and president, Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems.
Walter Dinicola has more than 23 years of experience in engineering design in coastal, dredging and waterfront projects. Mr. Dinicola has a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and has extensive experience on many of State and USACE dredged material management projects, including support for the development of Innovative Reuse and Beneficial Use Program, engineering technical reviewing for the Pilot CAD projects, strategic planning for future DMCF construction and optimizing CDF to extend life cycle. His work experience includes planning and design studies, technical review and evaluations, and project management for a variety of clients, including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), port authorities, state agencies, industry leaders, and private firms.
Suzanne Dorsey has a doctorate in Coastal Oceanography and masters in Marine Science. Her background includes research science, grassroots environmentalism, education, and public service. She emphasizes connections to the environment and works to find ways for all people to relate to and then appreciate the environment. An ecologist, she focuses on the interconnectivity between different habitats and between humans and habitats.
Jeff is a nationally recognized leader in utility management who has been at the forefront of wastewater and stormwater management issues throughout his career.
Mike Ensor is an Environmental Scientist at Northrop Grumman Corporation’s Mission System sector, headquartered in Linthicum, MD. He is the sector Program Lead for the company’s environmental sustainability program, greeNG. In his role, Mike is focused on implementing sustainable solutions to drive performance to Northrop Grumman’s 2020 environmental sustainability goals, while balancing the needs of the business with the environment and communities at large.
Adam Genn is the Director of Development at Weller Development responsible for entitlements, government relations, and general master planning efforts across all initiatives including Port Covington and Westport. Mr. Genn has over ten years of real estate development experience and specializes in turnkey delivery of ground-up development and construction projects from entitlement and financing through construction, occupancy, and management.
Joseph P. Gill was confirmed as the Director of the Prince George’s County Department of the Environment (DoE) on May 14, 2019. He previously served as the Deputy Director of DoE where he was responsible for overseeing day-to-day agency operations for clean water, flood control, recycling, waste management, litter prevention, and animal services.
Charles Glass is Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy Analysis & Planning with the Maryland Department of Transportation. Assistant Secretary Glass began his career at MDOT in January 2016 after more than 20 years in academia and the engineering consulting industry.
Peter Goodwin is the President of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES). Goodwin is the founding director of the Center for Ecohydraulics Research at the University of Idaho, an interdisciplinary group working on the simulation of ecological response to management actions or changes in physical processes of rivers, lakes, estuaries, and wetlands.
Joe Greco is the Vice President of Containers for Ports America. Joe has a diverse maritime background with a career that extends twenty-three years and covers leadership roles in operations, sales and marketing, labor management, intermodal and supply chain, and beneficial cargo owner’s relationships.
Ben Grumbles was confirmed as Secretary of the Maryland Department of the Environment by the Maryland State Senate on March 6, 2015. He had been nominated by Governor Larry Hogan in January 2015 to lead MDE. Prior to that, he was President of the U.S. Water Alliance, a Washington-based environmental nonprofit organization that educates the public on the value of water and the need for integrated and innovative solutions.
Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio is an Eastern Shore native, born and raised in Talbot County, Maryland. Her professional experience includes working for the Maryland Department of the Environment’s Air and Radiation Management Administration and the National Audubon Society (Maryland-DC Office).
Mr. Hankin is a partner, a member of the Executive Team and serves as president and chief executive officer. He is a director of both Brown Advisory Incorporated and Brown Investment Advisory & Trust Company.
Paul Hayden is the Executive Vice President and head of the Brownfield Redevelopment Group for GTA. He works with clients to facilitate the voluntary cleanup process in conjunction with regulatory agencies to complete the redevelopment of Brownfield and in-fill sites throughout the East Coast, and has presented his project experience at numerous local and national Brownfield conferences and seminars.
Hunter Hohlt is a principal in Heidrick & Struggles’ Washington, D.C. office and is a core member of the Aviation, Aerospace, and Defense Practice. Hunter specializes in executive recruiting for manufacturing and services companies in the aerospace, and defense industry. His clients include global conglomerates, middle market companies, private equity, and joint ventures.
Kenneth C. Holt was appointed secretary of the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development by Governor Larry Hogan in 2015 after serving on the new administration's transition team. As secretary, he manages the state's housing finance, mortgage insurance, community development and building code programs.
Tim Jones serves as Vice President for Administrative Services at Chesapeake College, the regional community college for the upper Eastern Shore of Maryland.
As an EHS Senior Manager with the Power Tools Group at Stanley Black and Decker, Paul leads environmental, health, safety and sustainability operations for Stanley Black and Decker sites in Maryland. Paul’s role also includes coordination of safety and sustainability best practices throughout the Power Tools Group Global Laboratory sites.
Maria Kaouris is a Remediation Manager at Honeywell, and is responsible for the cleanup and redevelopment of legacy sites where historical manufacturing resulted in soil, sediment, and groundwater impacts.
R. Earl Lewis, Jr., was appointed by Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn on January 20, 2016, to serve as Deputy Secretary of Policy, Planning, and Enterprise Services for the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), which is comprised of The Secretary's Office, State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA), Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA), Motor Vehicle Administration (MDOT MVA), Maryland Port Administration (MDOT MPA), Maryland Aviation Administration (MDOT MAA) and the Maryland Transportation Authority.
Rick Limardo serves as Vice President of Federal Government Affairs for MGM Resorts International. In this capacity, he advocates for MGM on Capitol Hill and across the country engaging legislators and shaping policy positions for MGM.
Randy Lutz brings to Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr more than three decades of extensive experience in environmental law. He focuses his practice in brownfield redevelopments; environmental permitting and compliance, including counseling clients on regulatory issues with state and federal environmental agencies; litigation of environmental claims; and environmental enforcement defense. He has substantial experience in land use and oil and gas industry.
Whit serves CREG as Vice President of Development and Finance. Since joining CREG in 2014, Whit has managed the development of 3,136,000 SF of industrial real estate, deploying $186,600,000 in investment capital and construction financing. Whit is responsible for managing our project’s design and engineering, permitting, construction, financing and reporting. Whit also assists in the due diligence, underwriting and venture structure of potential development projects.
Mr. MacFarlane is the President and CEO of EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc., PBC (EA), a U.S. mid-sized environmental consulting services firm serving a wide range of clients in both the government and private sectors with 26 commercial offices nationwide, 500 employees, and annual revenues greater than $100M.
Doug McCoach is Director of Planning for MRA’s Baltimore Office. In this capacity, he brings a lifetime of experience working with public and private sector owners, developers, and investors to develop land use solutions delivering market acceptance, community benefits, regulatory compliance, and superior economic performance. His experience ranges from community specific site design to the master planning and conceptual design of entire cities, and brings to life the opportunities inherent in a variety of project programs, sites and uses.
Robert S. McCord, Esq. is the Secretary for the Maryland Department of Planning. As Secretary, McCord provides comprehensive leadership of the Department’s mission, objectives, and initiatives. Secretary McCord assumed the position following the appointment of Wendi Peters to the position of Special Secretary of Smart Growth. Prior to his recent appointment, Secretary McCord served the Department as the Assistant Secretary of Operations.
Roy McGrath, Director/CEO and chairman of the board of directors of Maryland Environmental Service previously served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Governor Larry Hogan, and as Senior Advisor to the Governor and Liaison to the Maryland Board of Public Works.
Dr. Mersky is Associate Professor and Chairman, Civil Engineering, at Widener University in Pennsylvania. Dr. Mersky's research interests include municipal waste engineering, management environmental assessment, evaluation of public communication, and education of environmental issues.
Dr. Zohreh Movahed has over 31 years of Water Management experience in Integrated Water Resources Management, Water Reuse, Water Contamination, Source Water Protection, Safety Management, Water and Sewer Infrastructure Development and Regulatory Compliance.
As Senior Vice President of regulatory and external affairs for BGE. Mr. Núñez oversees strategy and regulatory affairs, governmental and external relations, communications and marketing, BGE’s economic development work, community relationships, and relationships with the company’s large customers.
Mr. Ortiz is director of the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection, a $140 million agency with 300 employees and contractors. The department oversees programs for watershed restoration, greenhouse gas reduction, renewable energy, sustainability, and environmental compliance.
Mr. Phipps was appointed Anne Arundel County Director of Public Works in July 2013 and is responsible for all highways, water and wastewater, solid waste management operations, and watershed restoration activities for the County, as well as execution of the County’s nearly $3 Billion Capital Improvement Program.
Thomas K. Prevas is a commercial litigator with particularized experience in environmental law. Tom also works closely with developers, non-profits and other stakeholders on transformative real estate development projects, including projects on contaminated or blighted property. His grasp of legal issues involving the environment is underscored by his role as chair of the Environmental and Energy Section of the Maryland State Bar Association. Prior to joining Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr, Tom was also an environmental attorney at DLA Piper, LLP, during which time he played a key role in the trial and appeal of one of the largest tort cases in Maryland history - a gasoline release from a Baltimore County service station involving a major oil company.
Rhonda Pringle is the Market President and Publisher for the Baltimore Business Journal. She is the paper’s first woman and first African American to serve as publisher.
Jessica Rackley serves as a program director on the NGA Solutions: Center for Best Practices’ Energy, Infrastructure & Environment team. She has more than 14 years of experience in energy and environmental policy analysis, and currently works helping states identify solutions to a range of policy issues focused on clean energy, energy efficiency, electricity storage applications, air regulations, nuclear energy and utility business models.
Aaron Robinson manages the Eco-Skies program for United Airlines, focusing on biofuel development, energy efficiency, emissions reductions, and external communications. He previously worked in financial analysis, where he evaluated competitors' actions and financial results for Investor Relations, senior executives, and the Board of Directors.
Erin Roth is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Maryland Department of Labor’s Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning. In this role, she helps lead the division, which oversees a budget of approximately $110 million of federal and state funds and 450 employees. Ms. Roth provides direct management to the division’s various offices and programs.
Matthew Rowe is the Assistant Director of Maryland Department of the Environment Water and Science Administration which oversees approximately 300 staff implementing state and federal clean water programs regulating wastewater, stormwater, wetlands, and compliance, as well as water quality monitoring, standards development, TMDL, and non-point source management programs.
Emily Russ is a 2019 Knauss Sea Grant Fellow with the US Army Corps of Engineers, Engineer Research and Development Center. During her 1-year fellowship, she is serving as the Advisor to the Technical Director of Civil Works, with specific focus on Flood Risk Management and Navigation.
Tom has 30 years in economic development, with projects exceeding $10 billion and 50,000 jobs; including the 2005 BRAC win for the U.S. Army Aberdeen Proving Ground and numerous headquarter, R&D laboratory and industrial projects throughout Maryland.
Kelly M. Schulz brings a wealth of knowledge to the Maryland Department of Commerce from her years of experience working in the government, in the private sector, and as a small business owner. She had previously served as the Secretary of the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) since her confirmation in February 2015 and is also a former member of the Maryland House of Delegates.
Ward is the Director of Program Operations at Oyster Recovery Partnership, an environmental non-profit located in Annapolis, MD. Ward earned a Master’s degree in Fisheries Science from the University of Maryland MEES Program and a bachelor degree in Environmental Science from the UMD Eastern Shore campus.
The EBLC block at the Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore is now filled. Please see below for additional hotels that are nearby.
Hilton Garden Inn Baltimore Inner Harbor
625 S. President Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
Courtyard Baltimore Downtown/Inner Harbor
1000 Aliceanna Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
Baltimore Marriott Waterfront
700 Aliceanna Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
Recognizing the need to promote professional standards within the environmental industry, Maryland Environmental Service (MES) has partnered with Envirocert International, Inc. to host the Certified Professional in Stormwater Quality™ review course and exam as an add-on to the Environmental Business Leadership Conference. The review course and exam will be held on July 17-18, 2018 and held at MES located at 255 Najoles Road, Millersville, MD 21108. Registration and further details can be found at:
A discount on the review course can be arranged for state and municipal employees by calling 828.655.1600 x111
Certified Professional in Stormwater Quality™
Certified Professional in Stormwater Quality Professionals are rigorously trained, tested, and certified ensuring they are qualified to inspect: erosion and sediment control and stormwater compliance.
CPSWQ – Identifying Professionals with a Comprehensive Knowledge & Understanding of Erosion, Sediment and Stormwater Regulations. Certified Inspectors are recognized by state and federal regulators as qualified professionals in their field. On many jobs and in many specifications CPSWQ Certification is a requirement.
CPSWQ program is intended to ensure certificants meet the Federal requirements including the US Environmental Protection Agency’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System definition of “Qualified Personnel” and also know how to ensure that the projects they oversee, meet the requirements of State and Local regulations.
The CPSWQ training and certification addresses all aspects of providing complete inspections for erosion and sediment control and stormwater compliance. Successful certificants have been tested and have demonstrated their knowledge and understanding of documentation, communication, safety, the rules and methods of erosion and sediment control and stormwater control and management.
Benefits of CPSWQ® On Site
Erosion Control, Stormwater and Sediment Control are critical parts of almost every construction project. Federal and State agencies are increasing regulation and enforcement every year. The environmental impact of poor erosion, sediment and stormwater management is significant and proven. Each of these facts makes it abundantly clear that all construction projects should have a professional on-site, who understands these subjects and has the ability to ensure they are addressed effectively. By including a qualified professional on your construction team you help to ensure projects: are done correctly the first time, are well documented, keep the regulators happy, move on-schedule, don’t incur fines and wrap up smoothly.
Certified Erosion, Sediment, and Stormwater Inspectors have been trained and tested on each of these subjects and have proven their proficiency on subjects including but not limited to:
New this year, select sponsorships include a table top display opportunity, including display of promotional materials, in a visible location throughout the conference. See the Sponsorship registration form for available options.
Registration and/or sponsorship of the 2019 EBLC is optional and voluntary. Corporate participation does not constitute a direct or implied endorsement or benefit of any kind with respect to business opportunities with the Maryland Environmental Service or other state departments, agencies, or related organizations.
Registration for EBLC constitutes attendee permission to use individual and company name, likeness, logo, and photographic images on conference website and materials without compensation nor constituting an endorsement of any kind.
The Maryland Environmental Service (MES) 2019 Environmental Business Leadership Awards highlight individuals and corporate citizens whose work and services support the environment and ultimately the people of Maryland.
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