Speaker Bios - Green Business Forum

 

 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - Topic: A Conversation with Montgomery County’s New Director of Environmental Protection, Elisabeth (Lisa) G. Feldt

 

Elizabeth (Lisa) G. Feldt, Director, Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection

Lisa Feldt serves as the Director of the Department of Environmental Protection in Montgomery County, Maryland. She oversees four divisions comprising solid waste management, watershed management, and environmental policy and compliance, and water and wastewater management comprised of 166 personnel and a combined budget of approximately $131 million. She leads the coordinated response to the state of Maryland-issued municipal separate stormwater permit that covers run-off in most of the County including all public school property. She represents the County at regional water and sewer utilities and commissions. She is responsible for County programs and legislative initiatives on sustainability, energy, air quality, noise, climate change, litter, streams/watersheds, stormwater and more than a dozen other areas that impact the environment.

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - Topic: Greening Your Supply Chain

Arthur B. Weissman, Ph.D., President and CEO, Green Seal, Inc.

Arthur Weissman has over 30 years of experience in environmental policy, standards, and enforcement.  He joined Green Seal in 1993 as Vice President of Standards and Certification, and served as Chair of the Global Eco-Labeling Network from 1994-1997.  Prior to joining Green Seal, he was responsible for developing national policy and guidance for the Superfund program at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  Dr. Weissman also served as a Congressional Science Fellow and worked for The Nature Conservancy in Connecticut.  In 2014, he authored and published a book entitled In the Light of Humane Nature: Human Values, Nature, the Green Economy, and Environmental Salvation.  He holds a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in physical geography and environmental science, a masters in natural resource management from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and a bachelors degree from Harvard University.

Robert "Bobby" Firestein, CEO, ecoprint

Robert "Bobby" Firestein has enjoyed a successful and vast career in the printing industry for over 30 years. As the CEO of SVECONWAY, Bobby incorporated green technologies, procedures and materials into his business, catching the attention of American Printer Magazine. In 2009, the publication honored SVECONWAY with the Environmental Excellence Award. In 2013 after an 12 year working relationship he merged his business with ecoprint. Today, Bobby is the CEO of ecoprint, working with its Founder and President Roger Telschow to help lead the way in green printing.

When not overseeing day-to-day operations at ecoprint, you can find Bobby biking, kayaking or doing most anything outdoors. Bobby is a proud father of two daughters, Taylor and Bailey. As a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology, he enjoys supporting events for his School and Fraternity, as well as being an active parent and business owner.

Chris O’Brien, Director, Office of Sustainability, American University

As American University's Director of Sustainability, Chris is responsible for sustainability policy, planning, outreach and implementation. He leads the university's commitment to achieving climate-neutrality by the year 2020, as well as building and operating green buildings, eliminating waste sent to landfill, and greening the university's procurement. He also teaches about energy, climate, carbon markets and sustainability in the School of International Service and the Kogod School of Business.

Previously, he directed the Responsible Purchasing Network at the Center for a New American Dream, and earlier served as Managing Director of the Green Business Network and the Fair Trade Federation. He is Treasurer of the Fair Trade Resource Network, and co-owns the Seven Bridges Organic Brewing Supply Cooperative. He serves on the Electronic Products Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) Advisory Board, the Green Advantage Standards Board, The Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council Board of Directors, and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education's STARS Steering Committee.

 

Thursday, June 26, 2014 - Topic: Get On The Bus! Get Certified!

 

Jennifer Woofter
President

Strategic Sustainability Consulting

Jennifer Woofter is the founder and president of Strategic Sustainability Consulting (SSC). In this role she draws upon more than a decade of experience in the fields of organizational sustainability, corporate social responsibility, and socially responsible investing.

 
She has worked with more than 50 clients on projects including Green Auditing, Sustainability Planning, Carbon Footprint Analysis, Stakeholder Engagement, Training and Facilitation, and Sustainability Reporting. She currently manages the SSC Consultant Network, an association of more than 650 professionals with expertise in virtually every area of sustainability.
 
Jennifer is a member of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) and Net Impact, and has authored a number of sustainability-related articles and reports. She speaks regularly on panels, working groups, webinars and at conferences. She is a regular contributor to publications including Environmental Leader, CSRwire, and the Toronto Sustainability Speakers Series.
 

 

Jim Conlon
Owner and Founder
Elysian Energy, LLC

 
Jim is the owner and founder of Elysian Energy. He first conceived Elysian Energy while working as a researcher and intern at the American Council on Renewable Energy. He founded the company in 2007 and has overseen its growth to over 35 employees working across a variety of energy efficiency sectors. His vision, enhancing the built environment for a more sustainable future, has become a core bedrock of the company culture.
 
Jim has worked in energy for over ten years, with over 9 years of energy efficiency work. During that time he has become certified as a LEED for Homes Green Rater, a Certified Passive House Consultant, a HERS Rater, a HERS QAD rater, a PHIUS+ Rater, a BPI Building Analyst, BPI Envelope Professional, and Energy Auditor trainer.
 
Jim grew up in Chicago and earned a degree in Biology (Ecosystem Management and Conservation Biology concentration). Jim instituted the volunteer program at our company, and is passionate about local non-profit work. In addition to making contributions to local animal shelters, he rescued his Border-Collie mix, Gaia, from the Washington Animal Rescue League. Gaia is also our unofficial office mascot.
 

 

Mindy Kursban
Vice President and Corporate Counsel
Family & Nursing Care
 
Mindy is Vice President and Corporate Counsel for Family & Nursing Care, a family-owned home care services company her mother founded in 1968 with more than 50 office employees and a pool of 900 caregivers to refer to the 500 clients the company services each week. Mindy spearheaded efforts at the company to lessen their impact on the environment, which led to the creation of the company’s “Green Steering Committee”, and most recently to the Company becoming a certified Green Business in Montgomery County. Mindy previously served as general counsel and then Executive Director of the nonprofit health advocacy group Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, where she is currently Chair of the Board. Mindy holds a J.D. from the Emory University School of Law and a B.S. from the University of Maryland.
 

 

Susan Conley
Firm Administrator
Snyder Cohn, PC - CPAs and Trusted Advisors

As the Firm Administrator, Susan oversees the administrative and facilities services for Snyder Cohn.  Susan has more than 20 years of experience managing personnel and operations in a variety of administrative industries. She focuses on creating and maintaining the firm’s nurturing environment, based on respect and support for our associates and clients. Susan has expertise in personnel management and team development, operations management, client service, process development and implementation, and project management.
 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - Topic: Greening Government Procurement

 

Kevin Kampschroer
Director, Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings
Office of Government-wide Policy
U.S. General Services Administration

 

Kevin Kampschroer is the Director of the Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings at the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). He has created the framework for which GSA responds to the challenges of greenhouse gas emissions reductions and of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s mandate to move GSA’s Federal building inventory toward high-performance green buildings.  He has devised a challenge for companies to dramatically improve the government’s ability to achieve deep retrofits through Energy Savings Performance contracts—which has doubled the amount f energy conservation from these contracts.  His team manages the government’s implementation of a comprehensive improvement in the training and certification of facility managers and personnel across the entire Federal government (Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act of 2010).  He is GSA’s Senior Climate Adaptation Official, ald leads the agency in planning for climate change risks.
 
Mr. Kampschroer was the Project Manager for the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center (344 M2), and he has lectured at various universities such as MIT, Harvard, Georgia Tech, and Yale. His most recent publication as a contributing author is the first medical study showing the link between building characteristics on office worker stress and heart function-which showed the beneficial results of good lighting, natural light and IEQ.  He has worked for GSA for over 39 years and is a graduate of Yale University. 
 

 

 

Margaret Proul, Environmental Sustainability Engineer, Lockheed Martin Corporation

 

Margaret Proul is an Environmental Sustainability Engineer in Lockheed Martin Corporation’s Energy, Environment, Safety and Health organization. She is involved with the development of the corporate strategy for energy and environmental sustainability in coordination with the Corporate Sustainability Office and external communications and reporting regarding the company’s positions relative to these issues.  She is also the program lead for Lockheed Martin’s chemical sustainability and electronic waste stewardship programs.  Ms. Proul began her working career as a consultant at Blasland, Bouck & Lee working on large environmental remediation projects for industrial clients.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY and a Master of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY.

 

David Dise, Director, Department of General Services at Montgomery County
 
David Dise has worked in the public sector for over 30 years. He currently serves as director of the Department of General Services for Montgomery County, Maryland, directing procurement, facilities management, fleet maintenance and operations, real estate, and capital project design and construction services for all county departments. Prior to this he served as Director of Montgomery County’s Office of Procurement, deputy director of Purchasing and Supply Management for Fairfax County, Virginia and served as chief procurement officer and chief of engineering technical resources for Fairfax Water, one of the nation’s largest public water utilities.
 
He has successfully developed and directed a wide range of intergovernmental functions, created and lead departments in engineering and procurement disciplines and is experienced in achieving success through leadership by overcoming institutional obstacles, managing change, and motivating professionals.
 
David has been active in the American Public Works Association (APWA), the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP), the Virginia Association of Governmental Purchasing (VAGP), the Institute for Supply-chain Management (ISM), and the National Electronic Commerce Coordinating Council (NECCC), serving on the board of directors for VAGP, NIGP and NECCC, as well as serving on various APWA committees.
 
In addition, he has chaired regional intergovernmental councils and committees.
David has published and contributed to research papers in public policy, and developed and conducted seminars on management, professional development, and public-private partnerships.
 
 

Sherlon L. Ferguson, Manager, Integrated Energy Solutions Department
Shapiro & Duncan, Inc.
Rockville, Maryland

Sherlon Ferguson is the manager of the Integrated Energy Solutions Department of Shapiro & Duncan, Inc., a full service Mechanical Contracting Company in Rockville, MD. He is charged with implementing Energy Efficiency Measures within the existing building market and working with the Company’s Design Build Department to insure that energy conservation and saving measures are incorporated during the design phase of projects.

 
Mr. Ferguson has over thirty (30) years’ experience in the Automatic Temperature Control and Central Building Automation System Industry.  He has worked with most of the leading Consulting Engineering Firms, Construction Management Companies and Energy Auditing Organizations in the region assisting them in the implementation and deployment of cost effective building control solutions. Ferguson has also played key roles with Energy Savings Companies (ESCO’s) such as Washington Gas Energy Services, AMERESCO and Pepco Energy Services providing a broad range of comprehensive energy solutions and conservation strategies in government buildings and on military bases.
 
Sherlon worked as a Platform Member of The Energy Efficient Building Hub (EEB) established February 1, 2011 in Philadelphia by the U.S Department of Energy (DOE). This was an Energy Regional Innovation Cluster with a unique dual mission of improving energy efficiency in buildings and promoting regional economic growth and job creation. He also has worked with The Alliance to Save Energy through an Affiliation with Morgan State University to create Energy Awareness on College campuses.   
 
Mr. Ferguson is a Graduate of Morgan State University.
 

 

Friday, November 1, 2013- Topic: Business as Agents for Social and Environmental Change

 

Seth Goldman, President and Tea-EO, Honest Tea

Seth Goldman is President and TeaEO of Honest Tea, the company he co-founded in 1998 with Professor Barry Nalebuff of the Yale School of Management, which was acquired by The Coca-Cola Company in March 2011. Today, Honest Tea is the nation’s top selling ready-to-drink organic bottled tea, and is carried in more than 100,000 outlets.  Over the past fifteen years the company has thrived as consumers have shifted toward healthier and more sustainable diets.  Mission in a Bottle, the Story of Honest Tea, written by Seth and Barry, will be published by Crown Business Books in September, 2013.

 

Scott Nash, Owner, MOM’s Organic Market

In 1987 at the age of 22, Scott Nash started MOM's with a $100 investment as a home-delivery/mail order company run out of his mom's garage.

With 10 stores currently open and more on the horizon, MOM's remains family owned and operated. MOM’s successfully operates in the DC/Baltimore region where there are more Whole Foods stores than any other region in the country.

MOM’s Purpose is to protect and restore the environment. MOM’s was the first grocery chain in the country to offset 100% of its carbon with wind energy, to eliminate plastic grocery bags, to carry only sustainable seafood, and to ban the sale of bottled water. Additionally, MOM’s recycles, reused, and composts 80% of all waste.

MOM’s ingredient standards are unmatched by any other grocery chain in the country.

MOM’s works to protect and restore the environment by showing other businesses that a corporation can do well by doing good, educating employees and customers, financially supporting environmental organizations, and by striving to be large enough to substantially influence the grocery industry.

 

Ed Groark, Chairman of the Board, Worldwatch Institute

Edward C. Groark spent his career in the technology industry helping clients align their technology with their business strategy. Since 2001, he consulted primarily with non-profits helping them leverage their mission using the Internet and social media. Prior to that, Mr. Groark was President of Riverbend Group, Inc., a technology consulting and integration group focused on networking personal computers for corporate computing that he founded in 1983. In the early `90s, he was instrumental in building Riverbend Group into a consortium of 30 similar companies across North America called USConnect. USConnect assisted customers in developing first generation enterprise wide-area networks, corporate e-mail and groupware and web applications. In 1997, IKON Office Solutions acquired USConnect and Mr. Groark served as IKON's Division President for the Technology Services Division until June 1999.

 

Melissa Carrier, Assistant Dean, Center for Social Value Creation & Office of Global Programs
Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland 

Melissa Carrier joined the Robert H. Smith School of Business after a decade of managing growth strategies for technology companies ranging from Fortune 500 to early stage start-ups. During her tenure at the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship, Melissa grew the Capital Access Network angel investor program into a leading regional investor group, and created the Social Venture Consulting Program, which has served more than 450 students and 120 organizations since inception. In 2009, Melissa designed and launched the Center for Social Value Creation. She is responsible for the center's strategic direction across curricula, co-curricular, and research platforms. Melissa also teaches social entrepreneurship and sustainable systems to MBA and Undergraduate students. She is the faculty champion for the Social Innovation Fellows program and Assistant Dean of Global Programs.

Melissa began her career as a process consultant for Andersen Consulting (now Accenture). During this time, she worked with U.S. and European clients on business process design and ERP system implementations. Subsequently, she served as a director at two startup technology companies focused on Internet business-to-business strategies. Immediately prior to obtaining her MBA, Melissa led strategic development of core processes for SAP's Global Solution Center. Melissa also worked at AT&T where she led investments for its corporate venture fund. In this role Melissa developed the investment pipeline, analyzed financial data, performed on-site due diligence, and executed deals. During her tenure at AT&T, she also served as the product manager lead for the wireless data platform as well as manager of strategy and business development for AT&T Consumer Services.

Melissa received a BS in Chemical Engineering from the Ohio State University and an MBA with honors in finance and strategic management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She currently lives with her husband, three boys, and a flat-coated retriever in Potomac, MD.

 

Doug Weisburger, Manager, Green Business Certification Program
, Senior Planning Specialist,
Sustainability Programs
, Department of Environmental Protection


Montgomery County Government

Doug Weisburger is a Senior Planning Specialist in Montgomery County’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) where he coordinates community sustainability programs and manages the Green Business Certification Program. Prior to his work with DEP, Doug worked in the County’s Office of Management and Budget focusing on environmental policy and budgeting. Doug holds a Master of Public Policy with an emphasis on environmental policy from the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy, and a Master of Arts in International Affairs from The George Washington University.  Before working for the County, he worked with the Peace Corps (staff and volunteer); Ashoka: Innovators for the Public; and the Council on Foreign Relations.  

 

 

Tuesday, June 25, 2013- Topic: Better Business through Energy Efficiency

 

Eric R. Coffman, CEM, CDSM, LEED-AP -- Senior Energy Planner with the Montgomery County, Department of Environmental Protection

Eric Coffman is responsible for developing and overseeing the deployment and operation of the County’s energy programs. Comprised of $7.6 million of programs providing loans to consumers, grants to businesses, workforce training, and education and outreach; these programs collectively seek to build a high level of energy consciousness and action in the community. In addition, he oversees the County's greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory, provides guidance on economic development initiatives, coordinates energy actions with County Agencies and is responsible for overall energy policy. Eric is an active participant of policy development, on behalf of the County, at the state and federal level.

Brian Fitzpatrick, Energy & Property Accountant, DavCo Restaurants

Brian Fitzpatrick joined DavCo Restaurants in January 2012 as an Energy & Property Accountant. DavCo owns and operates 153 Wendy’s Restaurants in MD, DC, and northern Virginia.  As an Energy & Property Accountant, Brian’s primary duties include: managing DavCo’s utility accounts, contracts, and day to day utility issues. 
 
Brian has also integrated energy saving efficiency projects and best practices into his job description. Efficiency projects that DavCo has implemented include: lighting upgrades and retrofits, high efficiency equipment procurement, building shell evaluations, energy management software, variable motor drives, and operational best practices.  
 
Susan Marinelli, Program Manager, Pepco Holdings, Inc.
 
Susan Marinelli is a Program Manager of Direct Load Control programs (Energy Wise Rewards) for Pepco Holdings, Inc. Previously, Susan was the Program Coordinator for several renewable energy and energy efficiency programs at the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection. She also served as an Account Manager for the ENERGY STAR program on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy. Susan earned a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Maryland, and holds two Bachelor of Science degrees from Rutgers University – Environmental Policy, and Environmental and Business Economics. In her spare time, Susan hikes, bikes, skis and snowboards across the country, and travels abroad as much as possible. 
 

Manuel Vera, Program Manager of Commercial and Industrial Energy Savings Programs, Pepco Holdings, Inc.
 
Manuel Vera is a Program Manager of Commercial and Industrial energy efficiency programs for Pepco Holdings, Inc., (PHI) parent company of Pepco and Delmarva Power, electric utilities serving customers in the District of Columbia and portions of Maryland. PHI’s portfolio of efficiency programs includes incentives for existing buildings, new construction, multi-family properties and small business customers.
 
Manuel’s career includes work with Pepco Energy Services, Inc., an unregulated subsidiary of PHI that provides competitive energy supply and energy efficiency services at a national level. His responsibilities included product development, marketing and customer care. 
 
He holds Bachelor’s degrees in Information Systems Management, and Government and Politics. 
 
 
 
Wilbur Williams, C.E.M., Process/Utility Improvement Engineer, MedImmune, Inc.
 
Wilbur G. Williams is the Energy Manager for the MedImmune Research and Development facility in Gaithersburg, MD.  He has a mechanical engineering degree from the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico, and close to 15 years of experience in the pharmaceutical, biotech, and R&D facilities.  After spending more than 8 years as a Commissioning and Validation Engineer in several +$500MM facility start-ups, including Medimmune’s Award Winning Frederick Manufacturing Center (2011 Facilities of the Year Award Winner), Wilbur changed his focus to Energy Management and Process Improvement. It was then when he obtained his Certified Energy Manager certification, which has help him strategically implement energy efficiency improvement. For the last 18 months, Wilbur has been working on the creation and implementation of an Energy Management System (EnMS), following ISO50001 and Superior Energy Performance (MSE-50021) standards. By partnering with state and federal agencies such as the Maryland Energy Administration and the US Department of Energy, as well as with their electrical utility provider PEPCO, MedImmune has been able to reduce its energy intensity about 10% in less than 3 years.
Currently the Gaithersburg Energy Management System is on schedule for certification audit on Q4 2013.
 
 

April 25, 2013- "GREEN LEASING: What is it?"

 

Moderator: Eric R. Coffman, CEM, CDSM, LEED-AP, Senior Energy Planner, Montgomery County, Department of Environmental Protection.

Eric Coffman is responsible for developing and overseeing the deployment and operation of the County’s energy programs. Comprised of $7.6 million of programs providing loans to consumers, grants to businesses, workforce training, and education and outreach; these programs collectively seek to build a high level of energy consciousness and action in the community. In addition, he oversees the County's greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory, provides guidance on economic development initiatives, coordinates energy actions with County Agencies and is responsible for overall energy policy. Eric is an active participant of policy development, on behalf of the County, at the state and federal level.

Laurie McMahon, Senior Managing Director, Principal, Cassidy Turley

Laurie McMahon joined Cassidy & Pinkard Colliers in 1998 as the Director of Downtown Property Management. From 2002-2008, Laurie was responsible for the firm’s Property and Project Management Groups, growing these service lines by over 400%. Cassidy & Pinkard Colliers’ Property Management Group currently manages over 21 million square feet of commercial office and retail space in the Washington and Baltimore metropolitan areas, including over $600 million in client funds. The company’s Project Management group manages $80 million in construction annually.
 
In 2008, Laurie joined the firm’s leasing group to focus on large, complex and sustainable / “green” client requirements where she can contribute her operational, construction and financial knowledge and experience and her passion for excellence to deliver better results for our clients.
 
Laurie earned her Bachelor of Arts from Rutgers University, where she was a GTE CoSida Academic All-American. Laurie holds a Project Management Certificate from Virginia Polytechnic and State University, is a licensed Property Manager in the District of Columbia, a Certified Emergency Management Specialist (SEM), a U.S. Green Building Council LEED Accredited ProfessionalTM (LEED® AP), a Green Advantage Certified Commercial Professional (GA-CTM) and a Motorola University Six Sigma® Green Belt. She is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) National Core Curriculum Committee, the Apartment and Office Building Association Advisory Council, and the Board of Directors for the Crystal City Business Improvement District.

 

Adam Sledd, Program Manager, Green Leasing and Federal Buildings, Institute for Market Transformation

Adam works to engage public- and private-sector stakeholders in developing nationally recognized standards for green leasing practices.
 
As a founding partner at Sledd Properties LLC, Adam brings almost a decade of commercial real estate management experience to IMT. Prior to joining IMT, he was a business development and marketing associate at Ready Corporation Worldwide, a leading provider of pre-engineered sustainable building systems. His work there included developing housing proposals for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as well as the governments of Ghana and Haiti. Adam has also worked extensively in the film and publishing industries.
 
Adam received his bachelor’s degree in media studies from Pitzer College and is currently working toward his MBA at American University.
 

 

 

January 22, 2013- "Greening Government Procurement: It’s coming!"

 

Maribeth Malloy, Director of Environmental Sustainability & Governance, Lockheed Martin Corporation

Maribeth Malloy is Director for Environment, Safety and Health (ESH) Strategy, Policy and Advocacy for Lockheed Martin Corporation in Bethesda, Maryland reporting to the Vice President of Energy, Environment, Safety and Health. Ms. Malloy is responsible for development of the corporate strategy for sustainability, corporate policy and procedure, regulatory interpretation and analysis, and corporate advocacy, relative to ESH issues. Ms. Malloy previously served as the Director of ESH and Medical Services in the Aeronautics Company, Director of Governance in EESH and Senior Manager for Corporate ESH Audit. Ms. Malloy began her working career with IBM responsible for the chemical management program at a major semi-conductor facility. She received a BS in Microbiology from the University of Akron and is a Masters Level Certified Hazardous Materials Manager.

Nancy Gillis, Director, Federal Supply Chain Emissions PMO, U.S. General Services Administration

Nancy Gillis directs the General Services Administration (GSA) Federal Supply Chain Program Management Office (PMO) which is tasked to create and promote a more sustainable federal supply chain. She chairs the Section 13 Interagency Working Group, addressing the use of product and corporate GHG emissions in procurements; manages the Sustainable Supply Chain Community of Practice, a collaborative effort between industry/academia/non-profits seeking to reduce environmental impacts throughout the supply chain; and manages the Sustainability in Procurement Fellowship, a government-wide program focused on leveraging procurement to increase federal government sustainability. Ms. Gillis has spent the majority of her career in the area of sustainability and has worked internationally on biodiversity, supply chain, economic development and technology innovation projects. Ms. Gillis received her graduate degree from Georgetown University and is a proud alumnus of the Santa Fe Institute Complexity program.

David Dise, Director, Department of General Services at Montgomery County
 
David Dise has worked in the public sector for over 30 years. He currently serves as director of the Department of General Services for Montgomery County, Maryland, directing procurement, facilities management, fleet maintenance and operations, real estate, and capital project design and construction services for all county departments. Prior to this he served as Director of Montgomery County’s Office of Procurement, deputy director of Purchasing and Supply Management for Fairfax County, Virginia and served as chief procurement officer and chief of engineering technical resources for Fairfax Water, one of the nation’s largest public water utilities.
 
He has successfully developed and directed a wide range of intergovernmental functions, created and lead departments in engineering and procurement disciplines and is experienced in achieving success through leadership by overcoming institutional obstacles, managing change, and motivating professionals.
 
David has been active in the American Public Works Association (APWA), the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP), the Virginia Association of Governmental Purchasing (VAGP), the Institute for Supply-chain Management (ISM), and the National Electronic Commerce Coordinating Council (NECCC), serving on the board of directors for VAGP, NIGP and NECCC, as well as serving on various APWA committees.
 
In addition, he has chaired regional intergovernmental councils and committees.
David has published and contributed to research papers in public policy, and developed and conducted seminars on management, professional development, and public-private partnerships.
 
 
 
Gregory S. Knoop, Principal 
OKKS Studios, Inc.
 
Mr. Knoop started his architectural career in Pittsburgh in 1990.  In 1995 he joined Oudens Knoop Knoop + Sachs Architects (OKKS); and since joining the firm, Mr. Knoop has developed expertise in medical planning, master planning, security design, programming, site planning, historic renovations, and environmentally sustainable design.  He became an owner of the firm in 2003 and a managing principal in 2005.
 
Mr. Knoop is responsible for overseeing a majority of the firm’s work with federal and local government agencies, including the US General Services Administration, the US Army Corps of Engineers, the US Department of Justice, the US Department of State, and the Montgomery County Department of General Services.   Mr. Knoop also manages the firm’s international portfolio.
 
A regular participant in value engineering workshops, Mr. Knoop has provided these services for the US Department of State, the US Army Corps of Engineers, the US Department of Defense, and several private institutional clients.  Mr. Knoop has been published in several journals regarding value engineering practices and was a featured speaker at the SAVE International Convention in Houston in 2006.
 
Mr. Knoop directs the firm’s continuing tradition of designing for diplomacy.  His experience in embassy planning, security planning, project management, and design has included projects for US embassies in Ljubljana, Slovenia; Paris, France; Ankara, Turkey; Abuja, Nigeria; and Hermosillo, Mexico.  Mr. Knoop is a past member of the US Department of State Overseas Building Operations Industry Advisory Panel 2007-8.
 
Mr. Knoop is an active member of the local professional community.  He was a member of the Friendship Heights Transportation Management District Advisory Panel from 2003-9 and was the chairman for two years. He was also part of the core group that drafted the Green Business Certification for Montgomery County and continues to advise the County on the development of the program.  Mr. Knoop was on an industry advisory panel for the US General Services Administration Region 3.
 
Mr. Knoop is a LEED accredited professional and heads the firm’s sustainable design program. He has been published in several journals and frequently lectures on green building practices—including a recent speaking engagement in Heilongjiang, China. 
 
Mr. Knoop graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University in 1990 with University Honors.  He received the Jan Judge Architectural scholarship to study Art and Architecture of Islam and traveled to Egypt, Morocco, and Turkey.  Since graduation he has been a guest speaker and architectural juror for the university.  From 1993-1995, Mr. Knoop was a teacher with the University’s architecture for children program.
 
Registration
Architecture: District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia
 
Certification / Affiliations
Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce; American Institute of Architects; National Council of Architectural Registration Boards; US Green Building Council; Design-Build Institute of America; SAVE International; American Society of Military Engineers