2018 Speakers and moderators

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Callie Babbitt is the associate professor of sustainability at Rochester Institute of Technology. She teaches courses in industrial ecology, sustainable product design, life cycle assessment, and sustainable food-energy-water systems for both the MS and Ph.D. programs. Babbitt also conducts research on the environmental implications of emerging technologies, including consumer electronics, nanomaterials and lithium-ion batteries. Her research and teaching have been recognized by the National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program Award in 2013, and she was honored with the AT&T Technology and Environment Award in 2011.

Concurrent Session H: Changing Streams
10:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. | Empire Ballroom B
 


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Serdar Bankaci is the president and founder of Pennsylvania-based CyberCrunch. The company was started in 2011 under the name Commonwealth Computer Recycling after Bankaci read about the negative impact electronics have on our environment. Keen to marry environmental sustainability with a viable business model, Bankaci has built the firm into the mid-Atlantic region’s leading electronics recycling, data disposal, and asset recovery service. Previously, he founded real estate data brokerage startup Default Research in 2004, growing the business to become one of the largest data providers in the country.

Plenary Session IV: What to Expect From the Year Ahead
1:00 – 2:30 P.M. | Empire Ballroom BC


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Will Barker is the co-founder and CEO of Mint Innovation. Barker is a seasoned start-up executive with a background in IP security, partnership development, building high performance teams and capital raising. 

Concurrent Session C: Pushing Forward Precious Metals Refining
1:30 – 3:00 P.M. | Empire Ballroom C


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John Beauclair is the senior principal with New State Capital Partners. He has a background in sourcing and executing transactions across a broad range of industries, including manufacturing, specialty vehicles, agriculture, packaging and business services. Previously, he was a principal with Vector Capital, a $2.2 billion fund focused on the technology sector. Beauclair has over 18 years of experience in investment banking, private equity and operations.

Plenary Session III: All About ITAD
8:30 – 10:00 A.M. | Empire Ballroom BC


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Brandon Bray is a physical scientist in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Program, where he works on projects related to packaging and electronics sustainability. Bray works on standards development activities such as EPEAT and R2. He also handles stakeholder engagement and international plastics sustainability efforts through the Commission for Environmental Cooperation and OECD.

Concurrent Session F: Lithium-ion Batteries Explored
3:30 – 5:00 P.M. | Empire Ballroom C


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Gary Diamond is the president and CEO of Shift Group of Companies. He started Shift Recycling in 2010 and has grown it to one of the largest recyclers of electronic waste in Ontario. Diamond’s goal is to build an international organization that is the company of choice for local, national and international e-waste collection. 

Concurrent Session F: Lithium-ion Batteries Explored
3:30 – 5:00 P.M. | Empire Ballroom C


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Kevin Dillon is the co-founder, chief marketing officer and chief sales officer for ERI. He currently oversees all of the company’s corporate sales and marketing efforts, acquisitions and business development. With a key role in building ERI from the ground up, Dillon has helped lead the firm to its current standing as the nation’s leading recycler of electronic waste and the world's largest IT asset disposition (ITAD) and cybersecurity-focused hardware destruction company, processing more than 275 million pounds of electronic waste annually at eight locations, serving every ZIP code in the United States.

Plenary Session I: Assessing the Industry's Vital Signs
9:00 – 10:00 A.M. | Empire Ballroom BC


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Jeff Gloyd is the vice president of sales and marketing at URT. He is responsible for all sales strategy, revenue growth and marketing-related activities for the company. Being a part of URT enables Gloyd to assist businesses in managing risk and cost while ensuring compliance. Prior to working for URT, he was a strategic account manager at Waste Management. Earlier in his career, Gloyd gained experience while managing a regional hazardous waste and landfill operation in Wisconsin. He currently serves on the board of directors of the North American Hazardous Materials Management Association.

Concurrent Session D: State Program Evolution
3:30 – 5:00 P.M. | Empire Ballroom A


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Bob Johnson is the founder and CEO of the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID), the nonprofit trade association for the data destruction industry. Established in 1994, the organization currently serves more than 1,700 member locations globally. In his capacity as NAID CEO, Johnson has personally provided testimony to international legislative and regulatory agencies seeking his advice in data protection and compliance regulations. That testimony has occurred in front of the U.S. Senate, European Commission, Australian Information Commissioner’s Office and the Canadian Parliament. He also routinely writes official submissions on behalf of the industry regarding proposed data protection legislation around the world

 Concurrent Session B: The Latest From Certification Standards
                                           1:30 – 3:00 P.M. | Empire Ballroom B


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Miles Harter is the CEO and co-owner of Dynamic Recycling. He gained his sense of work ethic and values through growing up in his family’s refuse and recycling business, Harter’s Quick Clean-Up. After recognizing a need for electronics recycling, he co-established Dynamic Recycling in 2007. Dynamic Recycling has evolved over the years into a complete ITAD, recycling, scrap processing and logistics company with three U.S. locations. 

Plenary IV: What to Expect from the Year Ahead
1:00 – 2:30 P.M. | Empire Ballroom BC
 


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Darrell Kendall is the executive director at RIOS. In this position, Kendall travels the world speaking about the value of management systems, and he works directly with processing facilities to assist them on their path to more responsible operating procedures. Prior to his time at RIOS, Kendall worked in international development, managing higher education development projects funded by the U.S. State Department and private entities.

Concurrent Session B: The Latest From Certification Standards
1:30 – 3:00 P.M. | Empire Ballroom B


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Jonathan King is the vice president of legal affairs for TCL and oversees the company’s electronics recycling programs throughout the United States. An advocate of environmental sustainability, King is focused on building TCL's vision of convenient recycling solutions in all 50 states into a reality.

Concurrent Session D: State Program Evolution
3:30 – 5:00 P.M. | Empire Ballroom A


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Mandy Knudtson is the business director for e-Stewards. In this role, she provides guidance and support to corporations, nonprofit groups and NGOs in the electronics recycling and reuse industry. Knudtson initiates program development as well as ongoing maintenance of the certification standard. She also ensures the integrity of the policies and procedures of the e-Stewards program. Additionally, she manages internal and external program activities, including trainings, workshops and conferences, with the objective of increasing awareness and adoption of the e-Stewards gold standard and brand to a global audience.

Concurrent Session B: The Latest From Certification Standards
1:30 – 3:00 P.M. | Empire Ballroom B


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Dan Leif is the managing editor at Resource Recycling Inc., which produces E-Scrap News and the E-Scrap Conference, among other industry magazines and events. He has worked in editorial roles at trade publications for more than 10 years and joined Resource Recycling in 2013.

Plenary Session I: Assessing the Industry's Vital Signs
9:00 – 10:00 A.M. | Empire Ballroom BC


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Mike Leach is the vice president of device operations for HYLA Mobile. He is responsible for supply chain strategy and optimization and leads efforts to provide rapid, accurate and efficient device processing to maximize yields and residual value of the devices. Leach has 20 years of experience in supply chain management focusing on performance optimization and revenue maximizing solutions. 

Concurrent Session G: The World of Repair
10:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. | Empire Ballroom A


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Jason Linnell is co-founder and executive director of the National Center for Electronics Recycling (NCER). At NCER, he leads activities including research on electronics recycling data and policy as well as management of the Electronics Recycling Coordination Clearinghouse. Under Linnell’s direction, the NCER manages networks of collectors and recyclers for the Oregon State Contractor Program and Vermont State Standard Plan. Prior to forming the NCER in 2005, he worked in the Environmental Affairs Department for the Electronic Industries Alliance, a trade association for electronics manufacturers and suppliers.

Plenary Session II: Hot Button Issues in 2018
10:45 A.M. – 12:15 P.M. | Empire Ballroom BC


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Sean Magann is the vice president of sales and marketing for Sims Recycling Solutions and is one of America’s thought leaders on all aspects of IT asset disposition. In his more than 15 years of experience in the electronics reuse and recycling industry, he has launched global sites and managed operations across the world. 

Plenary Session III: All About ITAD
8:30 – 10:00 A.M. | Empire Ballroom BC


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Duane Nelson is the founder and CEO of EnviroLeach. Most recently he was the CEO and co-founder of Silvermex Resources Inc., a past TSX listed gold and silver producer. He is also the founder of Quotemedia Inc., a successful financial market data company established in 1998.

Concurrent Session C: Pushing Forward Precious Metals Refining
1:30 – 3:00 P.M. | Empire Ballroom C


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Jim Puckett is the founder and executive director of the Basel Action Network (BAN), a nonprofit organization focused on confronting the global environmental injustice, economic inefficiency and devastating local impacts of the toxic waste trade. Prior to this role, he directed the International Toxics program at environmental group Greenpeace and worked to create numerous global treaties and instruments, such as the Basel Convention and Basel Ban Amendment, to combat toxic waste dumping. In the last several years, BAN has devoted much attention to creating the e-Stewards certification program to help leaders in industry honor international waste trade agreements.

Plenary Session II: Hot Button Issues in 2018
10:45 A.M. – 12:15 P.M. | Empire Ballroom BC


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Rafael Reveles is an experienced recycling engineer and president of Converge Engineering, a full-service e-scrap and metals recycling system integrator with manufacturing capabilities. He has a diverse 18-year history of working in the technology services and electronics/metals recycling industries in operations and engineering roles. His expertise extends to data destruction equipment, shredders, environmental and safety management systems, and commodity recovery. He leads a highly skilled team of 24 engineers, electricians and fabricators, and together they deliver high-quality equipment.

Concurrent Session F: Lithium-ion Batteries Explored
3:30 – 5:00 P.M. | Empire Ballroom C


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Kyle Wiens is the co-founder and CEO of iFixit, the largest online repair community and Apple parts retailer. In 2011, he started Dozuki, a software company that is revolutionizing online technical documentation. He co-authored the first free repair manuals for Apple hardware while studying computer science at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, Calif. He is a board member of Softec and the IEEE CE Society.

Plenary Session II: Hot Button Issues in 2018
10:45 A.M. – 12:15 P.M. | Empire Ballroom BC