2019 Environmental Business Leadership Conference
The Four Seasons Hotel, Baltimore, Maryland
July 10 - 11, 2019
Registration: Now Open!
- Find your market. Opportunities abound across many segments of the environmental business industry. Gain actionable insights that can grow your business, and help your organization reach its sustainability goals.
- Discover cutting-edge practices that make business sense. Common sense environmental policies in Maryland are helping to restore the Chesapeake Bay, meet emerging renewal portfolio standards, encourage resource protection — and support the growing environmental business industry. Find out how.
- Network with industry leaders. Build strategic connections with regional and national leaders across the $400B national environmental business sector, including solid waste management and recycling, composting, renewable energy, and water and wastewater reuse. Hear their expert perspective on innovation and sustainability.
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 Participating Organizations
- Innovations in Water and Wastewater Reuse
- Health of the Chesapeake Bay: Tangible Results Through Regulatory Progress
- Real Estate and Environmental Sustainability: Achieving Stewardship With ROI
- Workforce Development: Challenges and Strategic Solutions
- The University of Maryland's Marine-Estuarine Environmental Services Program: Celebrating 40 Years of Student and Employer Success
- Solutions in Waste-to-Energy and Organics Composting: How to Drive Sustainability and Profits
- Clean Energy Goals: Strategies for Meeting and Exceeding Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS)
- Maryland is Open for Business: How the $400B Environmental Industry is Benefiting
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2019 Speaker list highlights. Click on the left side navigation bar for a complete list of speakers.
• Vice Admiral Walter E. "Ted" Carter, Jr., Superintendent, U.S. Naval Academy
• Judy Woodruff, Anchor and Managing Editor, PBS Newshour
• Robert L. Caret, Ph.D., Chancellor, University System of Maryland
• Sonal Deshpande, 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
Other InformationAttire: Business
Cancellation PolicyCancellations, exchanges, and refunds are permitted up to 30 days before the event.
Preliminary Agenda (subject to change)(Confirmed speakers updated as of May 24, 2019. Check back regularly for updates.)
July 10, 2019
|8:00 a.m.||Registration and Breakfast|
|9:00 a.m.||Welcome Remarks|
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
James Deriu, Vice President, Regional Practice Leader, KCI Technologies, (moderator)
|2:15 p.m.||Networking Break|
General Session 3
The University System of Maryland’s Marine-Estuarine Environmental Sciences (MEES) Program: Celebrating 40 Years of Student and Employer Success
Dr. Robert L. Caret, Chancellor, University System of Maryland (moderator)
Breakout Session E
Tim Jones, Vice President, Administrative Services, Chesapeake College
|6:00 p.m.||Networking Reception|
|7:00 p.m.||Environmental Business Leadership Awards Dinner|
|8:00 a.m.||Registration and Breakfast|
|9:00 a.m.||General Session 4|
Judy Woodruff, Anchor and Managing Editor, PBS NewsHour
Breakout Session F
Dr. Zohreh Movahed, Project Engineer, Water Management Consultant, WATEK (moderator)
Breakout Session G
Rhonda Pringle, Market President and Publisher, Baltimore Business Journal (moderator)
|11:00 a.m.||Closing Remarks/Adjournment|
(Confirmed speakers updated as of May 24, 2019. Check back regularly for updates.)
Vice Admiral Walter E. "Ted" Carter, Jr., Superintendent, U.S. Naval Academy
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.
Judy Woodruff, Anchor and Managing Editor, PBS Newshour
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.
Robert L. Caret, Ph.D., Chancellor, University System of Maryland
Robert L. Caret joined the University System of Maryland (USM) as chancellor on July 1, 2015. He was inaugurated as the system's fourth chancellor on November 19, 2015. Under his leadership, USM has increased enrollment to more than 176,000 students and awards more than 42,000 degrees-including 75 percent or more of Maryland's bachelor's degrees--per year. During the same time, USM has kept tuition affordable by dramatically increasing financial aid, particularly for families with the greatest need, and by offering multiple pathways to a degree. As a result, nearly 50 percent of USM undergraduate students graduate without debt.
James Deriu, Vice President, Regional Practice Leader, KCI Technologies
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, Sector Vice President, Quality & Mission Excellence, Northrop Grumman, Mission Systems
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, P.E., M.ASCE, Principal Engineer, Anchor QEA
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.
Mike Ensor, Environmental Scientist, Northrop Grumman
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, Director of Development, Weller Development Company
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, Director, Prince George's County Department of the Environmnet
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, Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy Analysis & Planning, Maryland Department of Transportation
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, Ph.D., President, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
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, Director of Planning and Business Development, Ports America Chesapeake
Joe Greco is the Director of Planning and Business Development for Ports America Chesapeake. Joe has a diverse background with a maritime career that extends twenty-two years and covers leadership roles in operations, sales and marketing, labor management, intermodal and supply chain with a focus on beneficial cargo owners.
Ben Grumbles, Secretary, Maryland Department of the Environment
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, Secretary, Maryland Department of Natural Resources
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).
Lawrence Hentz, Senior Vice President, HDR
Larry Hentz is Senior Vice President at HDR and has practiced environmental engineering for over 40 years.
Kenneth Holt, Secretary, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development
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, Vice President, Administrative Services, Chesapeake College
Tim Jones serves as Vice President for Administrative Services at Chesapeake College, the regional community college for the upper Eastern Shore of Maryland.
Paul Joyce, EHS Senior Manager, Stanley Black and Decker
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.
R. Earl Lewis, Deputy Secretary, Maryland Department of Transportation
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.
Whit MacCuaig, Partner, Chesapeake Real Estate Group
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.
Ian MacFarlane, President and CEO, EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc.
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.
Robert S. McCord, Secretary, Maryland Department of Planning
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, Maryland Environmental Service
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.
Ronald Mersky, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Chairman, Civil Engineering, Widener University
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.
Zohreh Movahed, Ph.D., Project Engineer/Water Management Consultant, WATEK
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.
Alexander G. Núñez, Senior Vice President, Regulatory and External Affairs, Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE)
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.
Adam Ortiz, Director, Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection
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.
Christopher J. Phipps, P.E., Director of Public Works, Anne Arundel County
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.
Rhonda Pringle, Market President and Publisher, Baltimore Business Journal
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, Senior Policy Analyst Environment, Energy & Transportation Division, National Governor's Association
Jessica Rackley serves as Senior Policy Analyst in the NGA Center for Best Practices Environment, Energy and Transportation Division.
Aaron Robinson, Senior Manager, Environmental Strategy and Sustainability, United Airlines
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.
Matthew Rowe, Assistant Director, Maryland Department of the Environment, Water and Science Administration
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.
J. Thomas Sadowski, Vice Chancellor for Economic Development, University System of Maryland (USM)
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, Secretary, Maryland Department of Commerce
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.
Hotel & Travel
Hotel reservations may be made online at the Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore or by calling (410) 576-5800. Use booking code, Cl0719MES for special conference rates. Availability is limited.
Stormwater Quality Course/Exam
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:
- Federal, State, Local regulations
- Permit application requirements for municipalities, construction activity, and industrial activity
- Enforcement and penalties
- Safety issues ranging from: insects, animals & plants to hazardous materials
- Communication issues regarding meetings, working with site personnel and addressing communication challenges and difficult situations
- Documentation: note taking & reporting, effective use of photos & videos, site drawings & map management
- Compliance resolution & enforcement actions
- Appropriate inspection skills ranging from pre-inspection processes through inspection and finally post-inspection follow-through
- Plan management
- Best Management Practices for each of the technologies included in Erosion Control, Sediment Control, Runoff Control, Materials Management and Post-Construction Management
New! Table Top Displays
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.
It is free to nominate an individual or business.
The categories are:
- Environmental Business Leader
- Environmental Excellence - Sustainability
- Environmental Excellence - Environmental Restoration
- Environmental Excellence - Solid Waste Management
- Meritorious Service Award (Lifetime Achievement)
- Rising Star
General Criteria & Information:
- Leadership impact within the environmental community.
- Specific project involvement resulting in environmental excellence in the areas of sustainability, environmental restoration, and solid waste management for Maryland.
- Projects should support the mission of MES - to provide operational and technical services to protect and enhance the environment for the benefit of the people of Maryland.
- Deadline for nominations, May 31, 2019.
- Only online nominations will be accepted.
- Recipients will be selected by a review committee comprised of the MES Board of Directors and the 2019 EBLC Host Committee.
- Awards will be announced at the 2019 Environmental Business Leadership Conference on July 10, 2019 in Baltimore.
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