GTN Summit
Cocoanut Grove at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, September 19, 2008


Aaron Held, Commercial Officer, United States Department of Commerce, Silicon Valley Export Assistance Center
Andrew Nourafshan, Program Analyst, Center for Resource Solutions (CRS)
Bob Gough
, Secretary,
Charles V. Fishel
, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Abundant Biofuels Corporation
Charles Avaunzaff
, Global Trade Sales Ex-Im, Union Bank of California
Crystal A. Zarpas, Esq., Mann & Zarpas, LLP
Daniel Robin, Founding Partner & Managing Director, Integrated Investents International (In3)
Eugene Thiers
, Chief Technology Officer, Sylvan Source, Inc.
Jeremiah Ridenour, Founder - Chief Executive Officer, Wise Solutions, Inc.
Jeremy Neuner, Economic Development Manager, City of Santa Cruz
Joel Corona, Chief Operations Officer, California Waste Solutions
Kevin McGibben, Founder and Principal Consultant, 32 South, Inc.
Kris Reyes, Director of Community Relations, Santa Cruz Seaside Company
Marc Merson, Chairman, Eco Expo
Mike Arenson, Solar Design and Sales,
Peter H. Ballinger, Director, Business Development, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)
Phani Mohan Kancharla
, Owner, Anagha Datta Trade
Ron Bernstein, Executive Director, LonMark International
Roy Sharp, Principal, Sharp Energy
Secretary Linda S. Adams, Secretary for Environmental Protection for the State of California (CALEPA)
Tony Livoti, President, Monterey Bay International Trade Association (MBITA)
Ziad Alaywan, P. E., President, Chief Executive Officer, ZGlobal, Inc

Linda Adams
Secretary for Environmental Protection, Environmental Protection for the State of California
Keynote speaker

Linda AdamsLinda Adams, former director of the California Department of Water Resources, was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in May 2006 as Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency – making her the first woman to serve as head of the agency.

As Cal/EPA’s Secretary, Adams oversees the environmental activities of the Air Resources Board, California Integrated Waste Management Board, State Water Resources Control Board, Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, Department of Toxic Substances Control, Department of Pesticide Regulation, and the approximately 5,000 employees that serve the state’s diverse environmental programs.

Immediately upon appointment, Secretary Adams was designated as Governor Schwarzenegger’s lead negotiator on AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. Adams is now working closely with states, provinces and countries around the world to develop a network of climate initiatives to achieve the greatest global reductions.

As Secretary, Adams has been instrumental in a number of environmental policies including launching the Green Chemistry Initiative which calls for a more comprehensive look at California’s chemical policies, and the State’s biomonitoring program which seeks to link environmental contaminants to human health.

Adams also has made air quality a top priority. The Governor’s 2007-08 budget includes $250 million of the $1 billion set aside in Proposition 1B funding to accelerate badly-needed air quality improvements from the freight transport industry.

Ensuring that those who break the state’s environmental laws are dealt-with appropriately, Adams has led the next phase of the Enforcement Initiative enhancing coordination, increasing compliance and working to streamline data systems.

During Adams’ 32 years of service to the State of California, she has acted in a number of key positions in both the Executive and Legislative branches, most recently as a member of the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board.

Prior to her serving as Director of the Department of Water Resources, Adams joined Governor Davis’ staff in 1999 as Chief Deputy Legislative Secretary, where her primary responsibilities were negotiating legislation related to environmental protection and natural resources. Adams’ most notable accomplishments include the “Clean Cars/Clean Air” legislation, earning her the “Environmental Hero Award” from the California League of Conservation Voters.

Adams was instrumental in the CALFED Record of Decision for Bay-Delta restoration and Propositions 12 and 13, voter-approved bond measures which provide critically-needed funding for natural resources, parks and water programs. In addition to “Clean Cars/Clean Air,” she negotiated other key pieces of legislation, including first-in-the-nation laws to promote environmental justice. After being promoted to Legislative Secretary, where she served as the Governor’s chief liaison to the Legislature, Adams retained her resources and environmental protection issues, while overseeing all legislative activities.

Before Adams joined the Davis administration, she served as a staff member to the State Legislature for 20 years in various positions. She served as chief consultant to the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Water Resources, chaired by Senator Jim Costa. For the State Assembly, she served as a consultant to the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife and the Committee on Local Government.

During her tenure as a legislative staffer, Adams drafted and negotiated Senate Bill 900 (Costa), passed by voters in 1996 as Proposition 204, a Delta restoration bond measure. She also was involved in the creation, development and funding of the San Joaquin River Parkway. She negotiated $3 billion in bonds for passenger rail service and drafted the first comprehensive groundwater management legislation.

She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Sacramento Local Conservation Corps and is a long-time resident of Sacramento.

Mike Arenson
Solar Design and Sales,

Panel IV - Renewable Energy Comes In Many Forms

Mike Arenson Mike Arenson, popularly known as Solar Mike, has more than 30 years experience in the solar industry. For the past decade Solar Mike has specialized in solar electric systems, and has worked on hundreds of solar projects in California, and across the United States. Recently Mr. Arenson has been involved with international projects, in areas such as the South Pacific, China, and Latin America. Mr. Arenson is a certified college instructor, and has received the U.S. Department of Energy "National Energy Award" for his teaching. Solar Mike's own home is powered by the sun, generating all its electricity and hot water.

Ziad Alaywan
President & Chief Executive Officer, ZGlobal, Inc

Panel III - Finance Your Project Through Public and Private Sector Resources

Ziad AlaywanZiad Alaywan formed ZGlobal Inc. in early 2005 after working for almost a decade with the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), the control center responsible for ensuring a reliable power system for the state's 33 million residents. In 1996, prior to the formation of the CAISO, Mr. Alaywan worked for the CAISO trustees and led the start-up effort of the new organization, focusing on the development and implementation of the bidding, scheduling, pricing and settlements systems.  He was one of the first employees hired by the CAISO in May of 1997, where he was instrumental in the start-up of the pioneering organization with responsibilities included hiring staff, negotiating multi-million dollar contracts, and managing several hundred million dollar projects with multiple venders and utilities in governmental and stakeholder environments. He successfully implemented the CAISO markets and operating systems within one year, as was his charge.

Mr. Alaywan worked his way up to Director of Market Operations and Managing Director of Engineering and Operations Market Operations at the CAISO. His achievements at the CAISO included leading the start-up of grid operations and the redesign of the new market structure following the 2000-2001 power crisis.

From 1987-1996, Mr. Alaywan worked for Pacific Gas and Electric, San Francisco, California in variety of engineering positions.  He supervised the real-time operations of PG&E generation, transmission, and scheduling in the Energy Control Center located in San Francisco.

Mr. Alaywan holds bachelors and masters degrees in Electrical Engineering from Montana State University. In 2002, he completed the Executive Management Program at the Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley.  Mr. Alaywan has written over 50 publications on a variety of subjects from electricity market design to implementation and operation of the electric grid. He has given numerous testimonies at FERC, the California State legislation, the California State Senate and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Ziad is a certified Professional Engineer in the State of California and is a Senior IEEE member.

Charles Avaunzaff S.
Global Trade Sales Ex-Im, Union Bank of California (UBOC)
Panel III - Finance Your Project Through Public and Private Sector Resources

Charles AvanzauffCurrently working as Trade Finance Specialist in Global Trade Sales Ex-Im servicing the middle market segment for Northern California, the Central Valley & the Pacific Northwest for Working Capital Guarantee Program transactions. In 2006 at UBOC, marketing export-import financing, Export Import Bank of the United States Working Capital Guarantee Program and payment products. Fluent in English and Spanish. Familiar with cultures in Latin America. Holder of an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.

International Business, Cultural Adaptability, Marketing AnalysisSales Development, Strong credit background, Wallet sizing.

Vice President Global Trade Sales Ex-Im Bank
January 2007-present - Union Bank of California
January 2006- December 2006 - Union Bank of California
Vice President International Banking Group
November 2002-January 2006 - Union Bank of California San Francisco, CA
Vice-President Global Trade and Advisory
Feb-2001-Nov-2002 - ABN Amro Bank Miami
Assistant Vice-President Team Leader Corporate Banking 
Feb-1998-Feb-2001 - ABN Amro Bank Bogota, Colombia
Regional Vice President                             
Sept-1995-Feb-1998 - Corporacion Financiera del Norte
Senior Corporate Banking Relationship Manager  
March/1994-Sept-1995 - Corporacion Financiera del Valle
Corporate Banking Relationship Manager   
July-1991-March-1994 - Banco de Colombia

Peter H. Ballinger
Director, Business Development, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)
Panel III - Finance Your Project Through Public and Private Sector Resources

Peter BallingerOPIC POSITION
Peter Ballinger of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) is a Director in the Small and Medium Size Enterprise Finance Department in charge of business development and marketing for OPIC’s fast-growing SME lending programs, including OPIC’s recently launched Environmental Loan Initiative.

He joined OPIC in 1986 in a position promoting U.S. investment in the Middle East/Africa region.  Since 1989, Mr. Ballinger has concentrated much of his efforts at OPIC on developing new finance and insurance projects in the Europe/Eurasia region.  This included a five-year assignment as the OPIC Director at the Caspian Finance Center, a joint regional office of OPIC, the Export-Import Bank of the United States and the U.S. Trade and Development agency based in Turkey.  From this regional office, OPIC completed the first small business projects in countries such as Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan and Turkey as well as several power generation and energy transport projects. 

From 1992-1995, Mr. Ballinger was the Director of Marketing; prior to this, Mr. Ballinger managed investment development and outreach activities in the Asia, Africa and Latin American region.  He also managed two successful USAID-funded investment promotion projects for the Latin America (1990-1992) and Africa (1990-1994) regions and oversaw the establishment of OPIC’s first overseas office, in Moscow, Russia, in 1992.

Before joining OPIC, Mr. Ballinger worked for several years at the Washington International Center of Meridian International in a variety of international economic program positions.  Prior to this, he owned and operated a sports-related travel company with operations in the eastern United States and western Europe.  He has lived and worked in some 10 countries, including Turkey, the Philippines, Taiwan, Switzerland, Germany, Panama, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates.

Mr. Ballinger received his M.S. in International Business from Johns Hopkins University and a B.S. in International Relations from the American University.

Ron Bernstein
Executive Director, LonMark International
Energy Efficiency through Intelligent Controls

Ron BernsteinRon Bernstein is the Executive Director of LONMARK International, a non-profit mutual benefit corporation whose primary objective is the development and promotion of open standards based upon LONWORKS (Local Operating Networks). The organization focuses on energy efficiency through intelligent control.

Mr. Bernstein has extensive experience in the architecture, specification, and integration of open, interoperable, multi-vendor control systems. He has helped organizations such as the City of San Jose, the Army Corps of Engineers, NYC Schools, Rice University, Stanford University, and hundreds of others define the foundation for energy cost savings through system integration using LonWorks as the core of an open, interoperable system architecture. Mr. Bernstein has given lectures around the world on the topic of building controls, open systems, master planning, energy savings, and intelligent buildings initiatives. He has a background in system architecture for automation systems and has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and two Masters Degrees in varying fields of Psychology.

Joel Corona
Chief Operations Officer, California Waste Solutions (CWS)

Waste Management and Recycling in the Global Marketplace

Calwaste Facility in VietnamMr. Corona serves as the chief operations officer of California Waste Solutions (CWS).  Mr. Corona is a key participant in the Vietnam Waste Solutions development of the Da Phuoc Integrated Waste Management Facility (DPI) in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.  The DPI facility project was lead by CWS company founder and CEO David Duong; DPI is the first and only landfill meeting US EPA standards and is privately owned, by a US company.  The DPI project includes a modern landfill, transfer station, composting and recycling operation. 

For more than 20 years, Mr. Corona has been a leader in the development of solid waste and recycling collection and post-collection industry in the San Francisco Bay Area.  His experience includes the initiation of source-separated, single-stream, commercial, organic solid waste and recycling programs.  Mr. Corona has written government solid waste legislation for the State of California and he has served public, private, institutional, and military customers. 

Mr. Corona's previous experience includes senior corporate profitability and business development manager for Waste Management, Inc. in Houston; Northern California and Nevada market area recycling manager for Waste Management Inc. and recycling manager for the Richmond Sanitary Service companies. Mr. Corona's achievements in the collection and post-collection recycling and disposal industry are complemented by his avocations that included service as a commissioner on the State of California Prison Industry Board and honorary group commander at Travis Air Force Base. He received his business degree from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and earned his MBA from St. Mary’s College of California.

Charles V. Fishel
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Abundant Biofuels Corporation

Panel IV - Renewable Energy Comes in Many Forms

Chuck FishelDr. Charles V. Fishel is chairman and CEO of Abundant Biofuels Corporation.  He serves on the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausaane Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels (Environmental Impacts Working Group and Social Impacts Working Group).   He serves as a director on the boards of several public and private for-profit companies, including the Brownfield Foundation, Inc., a charitable, non-profit corporation dedicated to land recycling for the good of the community and the environment.

He has held senior management, finance and legal roles with Fortune 100 multi-national organizations (Intel, Teledyne, Carnation Company, Peter Kiewit Sons’ and Williams Companies) as well as start-up companies.  Industry experience includes technology (electronics, biotechnology and nanotechnology), insurance, construction, mining, broadcasting, food processing, energy, manufacturing, public utility, and consulting about technology evaluation and commercialization.

Dr. Fishel teaches at San Jose State University and visiting professor at the Naval Postgraduate School.    He is the author of Global Business Strategies (CyclopsMedia: 2004).  

Bob Gough

Bob GoughBob Gough is an attorney with graduate degrees in sociology and cultural ecology, with over 30 years experience and two law fellowships on tribal cultural and natural resource issues.

The first director of the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Utility Commission, Mr. Gough participated in WAPA negotiations for tribal allocations of federal hydroelectric power. He is the secretary of the Intertribal Council On Utility Policy, an organization composed of federally recognized Indian tribes in the Northern Great Plains providing a forum on rights and resources for utility services on tribal lands, and co-chairs the national assessment’s Native Peoples/Native Homelands Climate Change Workshop, part of the national assessment on climate change and variability through the United States Global Change Research Program and has participated in the Kyoto Protocol COPs 6 in The Hague and the COPs 6b in Bonn as part of the Indigenous Peoples delegation. He also maintains a private law practice in indigenous rights.

A member of the Western Governors’ Clean and Diversified Energy Advisory Committee, Mr. Gough contracts with the Department of Energy (DOE)-Wind Powering America program’s Wind Powering Native America Initiative, and co-directs the supporting partnerships between ICLEI-Cities for Climate Protection and the Intertribal COUP Tribes interested in building sustainable homeland economies based upon efficiency and renewable energy. The Intertribal COUP plan for tribal wind development across the West was recently recognized with the inaugural World Clean Energy Award forCourage, in Basel, Switzerland.

Aaron Held
Commercial Officer, United States Department of Commerce
Silicon Valley Export Assistance Center

Panel I - Best Foreign Markets for Green Products and Services

Aaron Held is a United States diplomat currently on assignment at the United States Export
Assistance Center
in San Jose, California, a position he assumed in August 2007. His portfolio
includes the environmental business and professional services sectors. Prior to his arrival in San
Jose, Mr. Held served as Vice Consul for Commercial Affairs at the American Consulate General
Monterrey, Mexico (December 2004 to July 2007), and as a Commercial Specialist at the United
States Embassy Tokyo, Japan (March 2003 to November 2004). He also served on temporary
assignment at the United States Embassy Tegucigalpa, Honduras (October 2005). Prior to joining the
United States Commercial Service, Mr. Held served as Associate Director for External Affairs and
Manager for U.S. Government Affairs at the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan. While there
he supported the advocacy efforts of the American business community, serving on over 30
committees addressing the full range of sector-specific and cross-cutting issues. Mr. Held holds a
Masters degree in Pacific International Affairs (MPIA) from the Graduate School of International
Relations and Pacific Studies at the University of California, San Diego, and speaks Spanish and

Tony Livoti
President, Monterey Bay International Trade Association
Introductory Remarks
Tony LivotiTony Livoti has been involved in small business development his entire career – starting and successfully operating a creative management company in Hollywood, a small manufacturing company in Felton, California,  working as a business broker in the sale of businesses throughout the Monterey Bay region and forming and operating an Export Management Company for companies throughout California. (EMC).

In 1984, Mr. Livoti saw a need for an international trade association for the burgeoning Monterey Bay region and its array of entrepreneurial enterprises, and as a result, founded the Monterey Bay International Trade Association (MBITA).

Under his leadership, the MBITA in 1995 became a founding partner in the BAYTRADE public-private sector export promotion program that has helped generate over $350 million in ‘new-to-market’ exports representing exporting companies throughout 17 counties in Northern California.  

Under his guidance as its President, MBITA has grown over the years to become a wholly self-sustaining non-profit with over 200 members and clients and foreign cooperative partnerships throughout the Pacific Rim, the European Union, and the Americas.

MBITA has also become a leader in California on utilizing web based solutions for conducting, facilitating and consummating global trade transactions for small to mid-sized enterprises.  This includes desktop to desktop global eCommerce training and a web based eTraining program for online global trade in partnership with the Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS) and the GLOBE project. 

MBITA manages owned by the L.A. Chamber of Commerce (LACC) and the Bay Area Economic Forum (BAEF) and has created and currently operating the U.S’s first statewide ‘intranet’ for trade promotion services called the TradePort Collaborator supported by 40 public and private sector trade promotion organizations located throughout the California.

Kevin McGibben
Founder and Principal Consultant, 32 South, Inc.

Panel I - Best Foreign Markets for Green Products and Services

Kevin McGibben is Founder and CEO of 32 South, Inc. and McGibben International, Inc. (MI). Founded in 2001, MI is telecommunications equipment provider to telecom operating companies in the Americas.  Established near Silicon Valley, California, MI maintains a subsidiary sales office in Mexico City and partner company alliances throughout the Americas.  In parallel with MI, Mr. McGibben founded 32 South, Inc. in 2007.  32 South is an International Market Development consultancy that assists established companies to expand their business into Latin America (  Mr. McGibben is also a Co-Founder and Board Advisor of a newly licensed VOIP Services Provider in South Africa, PrimeTel (Pty) Ltd.

Prior to his current activities, Mr. McGibben gained extensive experience in the high-technology sector in evaluating market opportunity, establishing marketing and distribution strategies, and implementing successful business structures for managing technology businesses in the Americas and other emerging markets. Mr. McGibben has over thirteen years of experience of extending business into emerging markets.

Mr. McGibben received his bachelor's degree in History, and later an MBA in International Marketing from the University of Arizona. In addition to the corporations founded noted above, Mr. McGibben’s employment has included several international management and executive positions with Fujitsu, Tekelec, CIDCO and CIDCO Communications.

With an interest in maintaining close ties to his community, Mr. McGibben is a member of the Institute of the Americas (at UCSD), and a long time member of the International Trade Committee of the California Chamber of Commerce, including membership to the Chamber’s Coalition for Fair Trade.  In addition, he is former President of the Board of the Opal Cliffs Park and Recreation District and previously served as an elected official as a local Public Schools Trustee. 
Mr. McGibben is an Adjunct Professor lecturing on International Market Development Strategy and Implementation for the MBA program of the Fisher Business School at the Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, CA.

Mr. McGibben currently resides in Santa Cruz, CA, with his wife and three children. You can contact Mr. McGibben via telephone (831-475-6900), e-mail ( or regular mail (P.O. Box 468, Santa Cruz, CA 95061).

Marc Merson
Chairman, Eco Expo

Panel II - License Green Technology in Foreign Markets and Protect Your Intellectual Property

Marc MersonMarc Merson is the founder and Chairman of Eco Expo, a company that has produced large scale environmental trade shows and conferences since 1991.  He has produced 18 such events in Los Angeles, New York, Washington DC, Boston and San Francisco.

In 2005 the Company was approached to bring Eco Expo to China. It took a year and a half and seven trips but in June 2007 the first China Eco Expo was presented in partnership with the China Environmental Industry Association.  A second and larger event will be held in June 2009 in partnership with the China Ministry of Construction. 

A division of Eco Expo consults with cleantech companies to facilitate introduction of their products into the China marketplace.  In this capacity Marc has dealt directly with the challenges and alternative solutions to Intellectual Property protection.

Prior to forming Eco Expo, Merson was a successful producer of network television and major studio feature films, including Doc Hollywood, Leadbelly, and The Heart is A Lonely Hunter.

Jeremy Neuner
Economic Development Manager, Economic Development and Redevelopment Department, City of Santa Cruz

Jeremy NeunerJeremy Neuner has been the Economic Development Manager for the City of Santa Cruz since June 2007.  In that capacity, Jeremy works to retain, recruit, and attract great businesses to Santa Cruz.  He also oversees several major economic development initiatives, including creating a high-tech business incubator in conjunction with UCSC; providing staff support to the Santa Cruz Design Innovation Center; managing a state-wide marketing campaign; and providing start-up and relocation assistance to businesses.  Jeremy holds a master’s degree in business and government policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.  He lives in Santa Cruz with his wife and two children.

Andrew Nourafshan
Program Analyst, Center for Resource Solutions (CRS)

Standards and Certification – A must in the Green World

Andrew NourafshanAndrew Nourafshan has been at the Center For Resource Solutions (CRS) since June 2007. As a Program Analyst for the Green-e Energy program, Mr. Nourafshan works with sellers of renewable energy and renewable energy certificates to help them provide certified renewable energy products to customers nationwide. Much of his work within the certification program focuses on issues of marketing and environmental claims related to the purchases and sales of renewable energy. Mr. Nourafshan is also involved on other initiatives within the Center For Resource Solutions, including the ongoing monitoring and analysis of issues of related to climate and renewable energy policy. A Bay Area native, Mr. Nourafshan graduated from Pomona College in May 2007 with a B.A. in Public Policy Analysis.

Jeremiah Ridenour
Founder - Chief Executive Officer, Wise Solutions, Inc.
Green Chemistry and the Cutting Edge

Jeremiah RidenourAcademic training
1967 - Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, minor in marketing, Eastern Michigan University.
1968 - General Motors Technical Institute, automotive design, Flint Mich.
1969 - Intern at General Motors R&D Center, Warren Mich.
Employment history
2005-present - CEO of Wise Solutions, Inc. Corralitos, Calif.
- 2003-2006 - Executive Vice President of Pulmuone Wildwood, Fullerton Ca.
- 1992-2003 - CEO of Wildwood Natural Foods, Inc. Santa Cruz, Ca. Co-founde
- 1985-1992 - CEO, Wildwood Santa Cruz, Inc.
- 1980-1987 - Principal, Soy Resources
Summary highlights
Mr. Ridenour is from a farming family in America’s Midwest. His training in automotive design led to disillusionment with the automobile companies manufacturing profit strategy of planned obsolescence leading to poor quality design standards and lack of innovation. Mr. Ridenour’s subsequent travel in Asia led to an appreneticeship with a 90 year old tofu maker and his realization of his life’s work with agriculture, nutrition, and food processing. This interest led to pioneering work in high-protein seed selection and grow- out for soyfoods production and support for the adaptation of the California Certified Organic production act of 1990. Mr. Ridenour innovated and designed a series of soyfoods plants from bench level to commercial and  sourced commodities directly from farmers while supported education in assisting  farmer’s transition to organic certification.

Wildwood Natural Foods was the first certified organic tofu and soymilk products in the U.S. market. Mr. Ridenour’s research into sanitary practices and packaging led to the introduction of the first long shelf life vacuum packaged tofu allowing tofu to be more acceptable to Westerners. This innovation along with adapting traditional and Western preparation techniques created great tasting tofu based products making the Wildwood brand the industry leader in taste and quality. Wildwood was the first company in the San Francisco area to incorporate the use of biodiesel into their delivery fleet in 1997.

Mr. Ridenour’s research into the commercialization of dairy-like soymilk led to the first U.S. introduction of gable-top extended shelf-life refrigerated soymilk leading to the growth of a $500 million fresh soymilk market in the U.S. Mr. Ridenour served on the Soyfoods Association committee for establishing national soymilk nutritional and compositional standards with the USDA, setting the course for the adoption of Soymilk, as one word, as the standard of identity.

Mr. Ridenour designed and built the only non-dairy cultured soymilk plant in North America in 2001. This 25,000 sq. ft. plant produces premium quality pro-biotic cultured “Soyogurt” and Smoothies. The non-dairy Probiotic Smoothie product gained the coveted cover of Prepared Foods Magazine in June 2003 for it’s innovation and market positioning. 

Mr. Ridenour’s more recent work surrounds environmental contamination issues in water, agriculture, and food production. This led to the founding of Wise Solutions as a vehicle to research, develop, and market “green” solutions to toxic petroleum contamination.

Founding member of the Soyfoods Association of North America.
Member of the International Food Technologists 1989-2003
Current board member of the Ecological Farming Association

Daniel N. Robin
Founding Partner & Managing Director, Integrated Investments International (In3)

Panel I - Best Foreign Markets for Green Products and Services

Daniel RobinDaniel N. Robin is Integrated Investments International (In3) founding partner and managing director. In3 is a private equity placement and venture development firm specializing in "food-friendly bio-renewables," helping to build the bio-economy since 1996. Mr. Robin brings more than 20 years business experience to this work as a business analyst and venture catalyst, with diverse clients in private enterprises, established corporations, professional associations, governments and schools. Prior roles include management and organizational development consultant, coach and trainer.

Mr. Robin serves on the board of the Sustainability Academy as well as several In3-funded ventures, is partner in SustainabilityWorks and co-founder of the Renewable Energy Investor Forum (REIF), a renewables project finance group based in the San Francisco Bay Area.  He is also founding principal of Daniel Robin & Associates, an international management consulting, training and mediation firm established in 1985.

Mr. Robin is adjunct professor of International Business at Fisher Graduate School in Monterey, CA, one of the Top Ten MBA programs in the nation for entrepreneurship (ranked 8th out of more than 700 graduate schools), with formal education and professional experience in high-tech (University of California at Santa Cruz, bachelors in Computer & Information Science), product marketing, and international business (UC Berkeley), Mr. Robin began Integrated Investments as a collaboration between US and German venture capital and technology transfer interests, which led to the current platform for innovative and sustainable "biorenewable" technology commercialization worldwide.

Mr. Robin has published more than 150 articles and papers on a variety of leadership, communication, social sustainability (coaching skills, dealing with conflict), and management issues, and authors a widely-read San Francisco Bay Area business column, "Sustainable Business: A Healthy Workplace" as well as numerous blogs and Ezines.

As recent chair of international biorenewables conferences (Commercializing Bioresins 2007), and through successful client engagements in related cleantech fields, Mr. Robin has gained perspective and expertise on the state of this fast-growing industry.  He consults on business development, partnerships, finance and investment with diverse clients worldwide.

Mr. Robin has also served as a public policy mediator, negotiated resolution of international disputes (Government of Kuwait), moderated and facilitated public debates (panels at the Central Coast Angel Network, Agriculture Innovation Summit in Salinas and the Agriculture Technology Investment Forum), and enjoys a good controversy every now and then.

Roy Sharp
Principal, Sharp Energy

Micro-organisms and Waste Management

Roy SharpBorn in Oakland, Ca. , 1927 and received a BS degree in Animal Husbandry from UC Davis in 1950.  From 1950 01954 he managed a 600 cow/calf operation in Northern California and from 1954-1959 managed a Swine, Dairy and Sheep operation for the California Farm Bureau Livestock Marketing Association.

In 1959 Roy was a partner in starting the largest Holstein bull calf growing operation in the United States in Southern California and up to 1982 expanded the swine operations to 42,000 head in addition to operating a 5000 head operation of cattle.

As manager of these operations he developed an anaerobic digester lagoon system in 1972 and expanded this system to Royal Farms in 1976 primarily for dealing in the animal waste in the confined feeding operations.

From 1982-2007 he has consulted and help privately develop 4 cogeneration units from his own swine operations and with grants developed 3 of the Western United Dairyman’s cogeneration units generating 150 to 500 KWN.

Mr. Sharp has always been an active participant in the local, state and national swine and cattle industry and is the Director of the National Pork Board.

He has provided presentations and consulted often throughout the world on animal waste cogeneration systems in the U.S., Canada, Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Macedonia, Ecuador, Taiwan and China.

Eugene Thiers
Chief Technology Officer,
Sylvan Source
, Inc.
Air and Water Purification

Professional Background
Over thirty years experience managing complex technology projects involving multidisciplinary teams of senior professionals. Management consulting and strategic planning in resource and chemical industries; technology transfer and commercialization; technoeconomic evaluations; joint venture and investment analysis of investment projects.

January, 2005-Present: Chief Technology Officer, Sylvan Source Inc.
1975-2004—SRI International
Positions held at SRI: Senior Director-Technology Commercialization
Director of Specialty Materials and Chemicals, SRI Consulting
Director of Minerals and Metals Group, SRI International
1970-1975--Manager of the Iron Information Center, Battelle-Columbus Laboratories
Senior research engineer, Battelle-Columbus Laboratories.
1966-1970--Technical manager, Minbanco Corporation:  technoeconomic evaluations and planning of mining and mineral investment projects
Former Board Memberships
IM2-a fully owned subsidiary of Codelco-Chile
Altair Technologies, Reno, Nevada
SMI, Toronto, Canada
Academic Background
Graduate studies, University of Chile, Santiago;
M.S. and Doctor of Eng. Science in mineral engineering, Columbia University, New York

Professional Associations and Honors
American Association for the Advancement of Science (fellow); American Institute of Mining, Mineral, and Petroleum Engineers; M.S. citation, Columbia University; Campbell and Krumb Fellowships (Columbia University); 3.98 GPA, for many years the highest GPA at Columbia’s Graduate School; listed in “Whos’s Who in America”, “Whos’s Who in the World”, “Whos’s Who in Education”, and “Whos’s Who in Technology,” Elected to Tau Beta Pi (1965); Two Outstanding Achievement Awards from SRI International; Represented USA at Coal Symposium of Lima, organized by US AID; consultant to the Council of Economic Advisers to the President of Russia. Taught Economics and corporate strategies at Stanford University for fourteen years.

Language Proficiency
Fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, and French; working knowledge of Italian; some knowledge of Russian, Catalan and Japanese. Unique ability to understand different cultures and successfully conduct business on an international level.

Phani Mohan Kancharla
Owner, Anagha Datta Trade

Overview of Indian Ethanol and Trade

Phani MohanPhani Mohan is the Owner of Anagha Datta Trade. Mr. Mohan is an analyst and commodity trader of sugar derivatives, agro products, metals, minerals, scrap, hydrocarbons, and chemicals.

He specializes in sugar derivative trade including cane molasses, ethyl alcohol, sugars, and jaggery.

Prior, Mr. Mohan worked for IMC and was responsible for import and export shipments, price fixing, sales contracts, supply chain managet, and issuance of export and import documents.

He analyzed and forecasted exact data on molasses, ethanol, and sugar enabling IMC to take advantage of Deficit in India.

Mr. Mohan facilitated export of bulk ethanol of Jeypore sugars, facilitated Renewable Energy Finance Forum India.

He is a member of better Sugarcane Initiative and also member of Roundtable on sustainable biofuels(EPFL) and member of EU biofuels, member of Lehman Councils as Consultant on Global Sugar & Ethanol.

Had presented Perspective of Indian Ethanol Industry at South Asian Outreach meeting on 12th June 2008, at IIT New Delhi.

Kris Reyes
Director of Community Relations, Santa Cruz Seaside Company

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Kris ReyesKris Reyes was born and raised in Santa Cruz where his family has lived for four generations. Upon graduation from Texas A&M University, Mr. Reyes began working in politics, managing campaigns for the Texas House of Representatives, the California State Senate and the United States Congress. In 2002, Mr. Reyes was instrumental in the creation of the Locally Owned Business Alliance of Santa Cruz (LOBA). As Director of Community Relations for the Santa Cruz Seaside Company Mr. Reyes coordinates the company's involvement in the local community in areas such as government and media relations. Kris is very active in the local community serving on the City of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation Commission, Chair of the Citizen's Oversight Committee for Measure D, and Steering Committee member for the Cabrillo Advancement Program and LOBA. Kris lives in Santa Cruz with his wife Angelica and their new son, Santiago.

Crystal A. Zarpas
Esq., Mann & Zarpas, LLP

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Crystal ZarpasCrystal A. Zarpas has been a business attorney in Los Angeles for 25 years. Her practice focuses on business representation in connection with corporate, real estate, and commercial business transactions, with a particular emphasis on the fashion industry.

Ms. Zarpas’ transaction experience includes serving as General Counsel to a diverse group of business enterprises, drafting, analyzing and negotiating various business agreements, commercial loan transactions, factoring arrangements, licensing transactions and copyright and trademark filing and maintenance. Her clients within the fashion industry include retailers, manufacturers, designers, showrooms and textile companies. An integral part of Ms. Zarpas’ practice in the fashion industry is advising clients with respect to brand protection, anti-piracy and anti-counterfeiting.

Having served as President of the Los Angeles based Textile Professionals Club, Ms. Zarpas is
well known in many circles of the fashion industry. She also recently has served as President of City of
Hope Apparel Industries Group, and has acted as the West Coast Consultant to the New York based
publication, “The Fashion Mannuscript.” Ms. Zarpas regularly lectures on fashion related legal issues at
various venues, including the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, the Otis School of Fashion
Design, Cal State University at Northridge, and the University of Southern California. Additionally, Ms.
Zarpas has participated as a panelist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Counterfeiting and Piracy
Awareness Conference, the American Apparel & Footwear Association “Knock It Off” Conference and
the San Fernando Valley Economic Summit. Likewise, Ms. Zarpas has been consulted by various
publications, including the California Apparel News, the Los Angeles Times, the San Fernando Business
Journal and LA Weekly, in connection with various copyright and trademark issues.

Ms. Zarpas is a founding partner of MANN & ZARPAS, LLP which offers expertise in the above
areas as well as general civil and business litigation matters.


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