session descriptions

The session agenda for the 2019 E-Scrap Conference and Trade Show is nearing completion and below is a rundown of the sessions and speakers confirmed for the stage in September.

Check back for updates and a final list of speakers in the coming weeks. And if your organization has a representative interested in speaking on one of these topics, contact our conference program manager, Bobby Elliott, at


Plenary I: Tech Giants at the Table I 8:30 - 10:00 A.M I Orange Ballroom D

To kick off the 2019 iteration of the E-Scrap Conference and Trade Show, major tech companies will take part in a round-table discussion on recyclability, reuse, product design, stewardship efforts and more.

  • Erika Chan, Director, Corporate Sustainability, Dell

  • Mark Newton, Head of Corporate Sustainability, Samsung Electronics North America

  • Doug Smith, Director of Corporate Environment, Safety and Health, Sony

  • Jonathan King, Vice President of Corporate and Legal Affairs, TCL

  • Moderator: Kevin Dillon, Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Sales Officer, ERI

Plenary II: Where Things Stand in Asia  I 10:45 A.M. - 12:15 P.M. I Orange Ballroom D

Import restrictions in China and other countries have caused turmoil in markets for e-plastics and some key metals recovered from electronics. Get the latest on export uncertainties and learn how processors and others can take steps to keep material moving.

  • Michael Espada, Senior International Business Development Manager, Sims Recycling Solutions

  • Neil Peters-Michaud, CEO, Cascade Asset Management

  • Craig Thompson, Managing Director, SIA - Semper Augustus Consulting

  • Steve Wong, Executive President, China Scrap Plastics Association

  • Moderator: Anne Peters, President, Gracestone Inc.

Concurrent A: Growth in a Turbulent Time I 1:30 - 3:00 P.M. I Florida Ballroom 1-4

A variety of industry companies have launched new processing sites or expanded their reach globally in recent months. We hear from company leaders about the factors fueling these exciting developments.

  • Rod McDaniel, CEO, S3 Recycling Solutions

  • Ken Ehresman, Chief Operating Officer, Advanced Technology Recycling

  • Todd Zegers, Vice President, ITAD, Commerce and Lifecycle Services, Ingram Micro

  • Kelley Keogh, Managing Director, Greeneye Partners (Speaker and Moderator)

Concurrent B: ITAD Deep Dive: Defining ITAD (Organized by E-Reuse Services) I 1:30 - 3:00 P.M. I Orange Ballroom D

The first of three “deep dive” sessions devoted entirely to ITAD, this panel will explore the rise in companies entering the space and what it means to be an ITAD service provider in today’s day and age.

  • Craig Boswell, President, HOBI International

  • Michael Buckles, President, TechnoCycle

  • Theresa DiMarco, Program Manager, Reverse Supply Chain, Best Buy

  • Bo Guilbeault, ITAD and Sustainability Champion

  • Karen Pollard, Senior Electronics Management Expert, U.S. EPA

  • Moderators: Sarah Kim, Co-Founder, E-Reuse Services and Michael Cheslock, Co-Founder, E-Reuse Services

Concurrent C: Programs in Flux I 1:30 - 3:00 P.M. I Orange Ballroom E-G

Changes to stewardship programs throughout North America have sparked debate about the future of electronics recycling programs. Hear from some of the leading stakeholders on how programs are evolving and what could come next.

  • Jason Linnell, Executive Director, National Center for Electronics Recycling (Speaker and Moderator)

  • Resa Dimino, Senior Consultant, Resource Recycling Systems

  • Jason Schott, Vice President of Sales, Dynamic Lifecycle Innovations

  • Shelagh Kerr, President and CEO, Electronics Product Stewardship Canada

Concurrent D: CRTs in Focus I 3:30 - 5:00 P.M. I Florida Ballroom 1-4

The industry's most infamous "negative value" material remains a major talking point, with new processing technologies recently unveiled and a major stockpile lawsuit now targeting processors that supplied glass. We offer updates on all fronts.

  • Megan Tabb, Director of Sales and Compliance, Synergy

  • Marc Artozqui, CEO, Kuusakoski U.S.

  • Jeff Gloyd, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, URT

  • Moderator: Mark Latham, E-Waste Recycling Program Leader, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

Concurrent E: ITAD Deep Dive: Global Connections I 3:30 - 5:00 P.M. I Orange Ballroom D

With more multinational corporate entities looking for streamlined ITAD services, vendors are moving fast to find cost-effective methods of expanding internationally. This session brings together a varied group of experts who are developing bold initiatives to keep pace with the needs of clients across continents.

  • David Carite, Director of Global ITAD, EPC

  • Ofira Varga, Senior Consultant, 1 CC Consulting

  • Joost de Kluijver, Director, Closing the Loop

  • Rohi Sukhia, Founder, OBADA Open Blockchain for Asset Disposition Alliance (Speaker and Moderator)

Concurrent F: The Latest on e-Stewards (Organized by e-Stewards) I 3:30 - 5:00 P.M. I Orange Ballroom E-G

The e-Stewards certification continues to evolve and even more changes are ahead in the coming months. In this session, attendees will learn what’s in store and how it will impact their businesses.

  • Jim Puckett, Executive Director, Basel Action Network

  • Bob Johnson, CEO, NAID

  • Bill Morris, Founder, Blue Star Recyclers

  • Chris Kaasmann, Product Stewardship Manager, Samsung

  • Moderator: Bob Akers, Enterprise Director, e-Stewards


Plenary III: Commodities, International Trade and Logistics (Organized by ISRI) I 8:30 - 10:00 A.M. I Orange Ballroom D

With the industry at an inflection point, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries convenes a detailed discussion on the key issues facing the e-scrap marketplace and how businesses can adapt to both domestic and global headwinds.

  • Adina Renee Adler, Assistant Vice President, Environmental Affairs, ISRI

  • Joe Pickard, Chief Economist and Director of Commodities, ISRI

  • Jason Tutrone, Associate, Thompson Hine

  • Moderator: Jim Levine, CEO, Regency Technologies

Concurrent G: Past, Present and Future of Certification in the Industry (Organized by SERI) I 10:30 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. I Florida Ballroom 1-4

This session will look at how certification has changed the electronics reuse-recycling industry, the growing number of new industry sectors that rely on certification, and how the newest version of the R2 Standard (R2v3) is being tailored to further enhance best practices and continue to drive global responsibility.

  • Amanda Cotton, Electronic Waste Program Coordinator, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

  • Corey Dehmey, Executive Director, SERI

  • Theresa DiMarco, Program Manager, Reverse Supply Chain, Best Buy

  • Bob McCarthy, Vice President of Business Development, Cobalt

  • Moderator: Patty Osterberg, Director of Education and Outreach, SERI

Concurrent H: ITAD Deep Dive: Data Security I 10:30 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. I Orange Ballroom D

In the last of three sessions devoted to ITAD, panelists will discuss the importance of data security from a number of angles as well as the keys to running a top-flight data security operation.

  • Renee Schafer, Director of Operations, Data Security Inc.

  • Namrata Sengupta, Head Partner and Affiliate Business, Stellar Information Technology

  • Kyle Wiens, CEO, iFixit

  • Moderator: Bob Johnson, CEO, NAID

Concurrent I: Batteries: What’s in Store I 10:30 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. I Orange Ballroom E-G

With batteries continuing to present handling, storage and management challenges, attendees will hear from some of the leaders in the field about ways to mitigate risks and take advantage of the rising stream.

  • Thaddeus Puccini, Global Development Manager, Labelmaster

  • Ed Green, Senior Vice President, Retriev

  • Kunal Phalpher, Chief Commercial Officer, Li-Cycle

  • Josh McNally, Staff Scientist, Idaho National Laboratory

  • Moderator: Marcy McGrath, Waste Management Specialist, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Plenary IV: Who Pays for Closed Loop Glass? I 1:00 - 2:00 P.M. I Orange Ballroom D

Two of the figures at the center of the multi-million dollar lawsuit against suppliers of shuttered CRT glass processor Closed Loop Refining and Recovery will take the stage for the closing plenary panel of the 2019 E-Scrap Conference and Trade Show.

  • Karl Heisler, Partner, Katten Muchin Rosenman

  • Eric Harris, Founder, Lone Star Consulting

  • Moderator: Dan Leif, Managing Editor, E-Scrap News