Energy Solutions for a Bright Future
                  Clean Energy & Green Jobs Showcase

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The Showcase will consist of  a series of live presentations on April 4, 2012 by experts on clean energy jobs, workforce development and sustainable economic development … plus highlights of quality clean energy companies … and unveiling of timely online resources to assist communities, corporations and citizens in tapping clean energy and sustainable approaches, with their many benefits.

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                Agenda, Speaker Bios & Showcase Sneak Preview Follow
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Schedule of Activities
April 4, 2012     1:00 – 5:00 PM

The preliminary agenda of activities for our April 4 Showcase event follows:

• 1:00 PM Opening Remarks: Three day event kickoff, highlights of Virtual Expo, preview of available resources & clean energy company achievements – Marcia Elder, Executive Director, Future Is Now Foundation … Charles Pattison, FAICP, President, 1000 Friends of Florida … Deb Swim, Attorney & Energy Consultant

• 1:15 PM – Presentation: Mike Aller, Executive Director, Space Coast Clean Energy Consortium

• 1:30 PM – Presentation: Workforce Florida – Debbie McMullian, Program Director - on the role of Workforce Florida …

& Dean Minardi  – Florida Clean Tech Industry Task Force member - on Task Force activities and next steps to build a Clean Tech industry, with skilled talent in Florida

• 1:55 PM – Spotlight: Online Showcase Tour ... plus Exhibitor and clean energy company highlights

• 2:05 PM - Presentation: Florida Green Academy - Rick Frazier,  Director of Economic & Workforce Development … and Marc Dick, Program Specialist, Division of Workforce Development, Tallahassee Community College

• 2:30 PM – Spotlight: Larry Leetzow, President, Magnaray International, a Division of World Institute of Lighting and Development Corporation

• 2:40 PM –  Presentation: Enterprise Florida - Ilona Vega Jaramillo, Director, International Business Development – on financial incentives for clean energy businesses and industry

• 3:00 PM - Spotlight: Ygrene Energy Fund - John Wakefield, Director of Program Development, FL ... & President/CEO, EcoAsset Solutions ... on establishing PACE energy finance programs in the state of Florida

• 3:15 PM – Presentation: Dell Jones, Senior Vice President (SVP), Project Development /Technology,  Regenesis Power, LLC
... presenting on model clean energy projects and jobs connection

• 3:30 PM – Presentation: Workforce Florida - Debbie McMullian, Programs Director & Sarah Fixel, Worker Training Program Specialist- incentives for workforce training available for businesses that create jobs or that upgrade skills for incumbant workers -- all with an eye toward energy efficiency and renewables industries

• 3:50 PM - Spotlight: Meet clean energy company leaders and learn about their products, services *   

• 4:00 PM – Presentation: Susan Glickman Director,
Florida Business Network for a Clean Energy Economy

• 4:15 PM – Presentation: Amy Flom, Consultant, American Wind Energy Association (AWEA)

• 4:30 PM – Presentation: TBA

• 4:45 PM – Announcement of additional free resources,  exhibitor highlights, final remarks & Virtual Conference preview

Showcase Presenters     

  Mike Aller

Mike Aller is the Executive Director of the Space Coast Energy Consortium, a non-profit business association devoted to convening and supporting innovative energy and clean technology businesses in the Space Coast and Central Florida region. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Rollins College in Winter Park where he teaches international economics, energy and the environment, and public policy. He has a dozen years’ experience in economic and policy research, serving on the staff of the Brookings Institution, the Peterson Institute, and the White House Office of Management and Budget. Mr. Aller holds a masters degree in International Economics and Environmental Policy from the University of California at San Diego, and a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

Debbie McMullian, Director  
Workforce Florida

Debbie McMullian serves as the Program Director at Workforce Florida Inc., the state’s business-led workforce strategy and policy board comprised of leaders in business, government, education and economic development. In this role, she works to support job creation and retention, bolster business competitiveness in targeted industries and advance efforts to make Florida the world’s top business destination.

Debbie is a graduate of the Sorrell College of Business at Troy State University.  A native of rural Florida, Debbie understands the importance of economic development to businesses and citizens who live in Florida’s rural communities.

  Ilona Vega Jaramillo, CEcD

Ilona is Director of International Business Development at Enterprise Florida, the state’s official economic development organization. She is based in Miami where she recruits strategic foreign direct investment to the state of Florida. Since 2005, she has worked with hundreds of foreign-owned companies and helped to establish many of them in the state.

Previous to her job at Enterprise Florida, Ilona worked in several industries including: the fresh flower industry; an import/export business; a web-based business; business consulting services; a non-profit multilateral organization; and a telecommunications manufacturer.

The common thread throughout her varied professional experience has been international business. And, for this reason, her experience provides her with the necessary background and knowledge needed to understand the needs of foreign companies.

Ilona has a Masters’ degree in International Affairs from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and business from Villanova University. She is also an IEDC certified economic developer.

    Sarah Fixel
Sarah Fixel has been with Workforce Florida since February 2010, and currently serves as its Incumbent Worker Training (IWT) Program Specialist. In her role, Sarah advances Workforce Florida’s ongoing mission to help Floridians enter, remain and advance in the workforce by aligning the talent needs of Florida’s business with the needs of Florida’s workforce for educational and employment opportunities through training programs. Since beginning her tenure at Workforce Florida, Sarah has been instrumental in efforts to increase the competitiveness of Florida businesses by awarding nearly $10 million in grants used to train over 30,000 Floridians, increasing their skills, value and ability to remain and grow in jobs in key state industries.

Before joining Workforce Florida, Sarah worked for eight years in SunTrust Bank’s corporate headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. A graduate of the Calloway School of Business at Wake Forest University, Sarah received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and currently is taking economic development coursework through Georgia Institute of Technology’s Economic Development Institute.

   R. Dean Minardi(财务总监 – 迪恩 米纳尔迪)

Florida Clean Tech Industry Task Force member and Chief Financial Officer
Bing Energy International, Tallahassee, Florida – Rugao, China

Dean is probably best described as a Serial Entrepreneur. He has worked for and/or founded numerous companies in industries as diverse as Department of Defense ammunition handling, sailboat manufacturing, and real estate development. He holds a Master’s degree in international accounting from Florida State University and is a recently retired CPA after founding his own successful accountancy firm. Outside of his “day job” with Bing he is a professional race sailor on the Super Yacht P2.

Marc C. Dick

Marc is a Program Specialist with the Tallahassee Community College Division of Workforce Development.  He was an integral participant in the initiative that led to the formation of The Florida Green Academy at TCC in 2010.  Marc is also an instructor of incumbent workers and career-changing adults in the career areas of renewable energy (currently solar heating and solar photovoltaics), weatherization and the construction trades, on-site treatment and disposal, and in sustainability for building construction and maintenance, and the GREEN ADVANTAGE Residential and Commercial Certifications at the Florida Green Academy. He is an active trainer in the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Stormwater, Erosion and Sedimentation Control Inspector and Green Industry – Best Management Practices certification programs.

Prior work included campus master planning, single-family and multi-family housing development, small- and large-scale public recreation design and construction, habitat conservation and restoration, urban streetscape design and construction, and public works and redevelopment agency support.

Marc earned a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree from THE University of Florida and is currently taking Master of Business Administration in Sustainability coursework at the San Francisco Institute of Architecture.  He is a U. S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP), a Florida Green Building Coalition Certifying Agent, a Building Professional Institute (BPI) Building Analyst and a Florida-Building Energy Rating System - Certified Class III New Residential Rater and Class II Existing Residential Rater.

Rick Frazier

• Over thirty years of experience in higher education, government and private business

• Masters and Bachelor’s degrees from Florida State University

• Post Graduate Work at Florida State University and Western Carolina University

• Currently the Director of Business and Industry for Tallahassee Community College’s Division of Workforce Development managing the strategic positioning of various college programs including the FL Green Academy (e.g., renewable energy and energy efficiency and green building), Corporate Services, special projects (e.g., grants/subcontracts related to economic development), the Agency for Persons with Disabilities on-line training, manufacturing (the Advanced Manufacturing Training Center), construction and skilled trades, and apprenticeship programs. 

John Wakefield

Mr. Wakefield’s professional experience spans over 12 years of service in corporate and investment banking, wealth and investment management and strategic corporate development. In 2007, Mr. Wakefield joined the Lykes Bros.’ executive management team and is responsible for strategic corporate growth and business development initiatives. As a result of this strategic work, Mr. Wakefield planned, organized and launched EcoAsset Solutions for Lykes Bros. Currently, he is the President & Chief Operating Officer of EcoAsset Solutions and responsible for the division’s operating performance.

Prior to beginning his work at Lykes Bros., Mr. Wakefield spent nine years working in various capacities of the financial services industry. Initially, he worked for Wachovia Bank in Atlanta, GA in the bank’s large corporate finance group. In this role, Mr. Wakefield concentrated on credit structure and analysis as well as capital markets solutions and advisory for clients located in the Southeast.

Following this role, Mr. Wakefield joined a newly formed Media and Telecommunications corporate and investment banking group at Wachovia. In this capacity, Mr. Wakefield was responsible for managing the due diligence and underwriting process related to capital structure advisory and solutions that his clients used for corporate development, management buyouts, mergers and acquisitions. In 2001, Mr. Wakefield relocated to Tampa to join Wachovia’s regional corporate banking group and
subsequently, moved to SunTrust Bank where he worked in the Commercial Banking and Wealth and Investment Management lines of business.

Mr. Wakefield obtained a BA-English from the College of Charleston and an International MBA from Thunderbird-American Graduate School of International Management.

Dell Jones
Senior VP, Project Development/Technology
Regenesis Power, LLC

Dell Jones has a high-level and wide-ranging career facilitating development of renewable energy projects and creating renewable energy jobs. He has served on industry boards and has been a panelist, keynote speaker, published author, and subject matter expert for investors, government agencies, and industry groups, since 1979.

Just a few Highlights:
•    Installed solar systems on the Florida Governor’s mansion (Chiles admin), for Florida Power & Light, at FAMU, FSU, FGCU, and the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, among many others.
•    Served the U.S. Department of Energy as a Peer Reviewer over several years (this group is formed from the most experienced scientists and specialists in renewable energy nationally).
•    Currently working on the nation’s first program to offer Solar Hot Water as a service through utility companies (  
•    Vast and deep experience across all facets of renewable energy implementation, from planning, negotiations, and approvals, to installations and operations.

Dell can address most Topics associated with alternative energy:
•    History and trends (industry and consumer)
•    Benefits, obstacles, issues, past perceptions, and recent advances
•    Specifics of science and technology
•    Both domestic and commercial practices
•    International policies and procedures

About Regenesis Power:
With high-performance solar projects across the country, Regenesis Power is led by a world-class executive team of energy industry and business leaders, with the board chaired by William Randolph Hearst II. Regenesis Power, primarily known for developing and operating solar photovoltaic (PV) projects for municipal and commercial facilities, is now developing mass-distributed domestic solar hot water service programs through utility companies and municipal organizations. Information is available at

  Susan Glickman

Susan Glickman is a strategist, policy expert and communications specialist in Florida. She directs The Florida Business Network for a Clean Energy Economy, a coalition of business leaders working together to advance the clean energy economy. Susan is a consultant on climate and energy issues to Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, Natural Resources Defense Council, Union of Concerned Scientists and Physicians for Social Responsibility. She has worked over the last decade with numerous organizations such as Clean Energy Group, Ceres, Union of Concerned Scientists, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Environmental Defense Fund, Friends of the Earth and Clean Air Task Force.

Susan has worked in a variety of issue areas – on tobacco policy with the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids; on nationwide health-tracking for the John Hopkins School of Public Health and the Trust for America’s Health; as an advocate for federal research funding for prostate cancer with the National Prostate Cancer Coalition.

She was recently named by the St. Petersburg Times as one of 10 People to Watch in these turbulent economic times and Creative Loafing’s Green 100 - people, places and businesses leading the way toward a greener Tampa Bay. She has worked on numerous political campaigns including two statewide ballot initiatives and has trained candidates and grassroots political organizations in 45 states and in the former Soviet Union.

Susan serves on the Board of Florida’s Foundation. She was Founding Chair of The Florida Commission on the Status of Women. A Florida native, Susan grew up in Tampa, attending St. John’s Episcopal Day School and the Academy of the Holy Names. She holds a BS in Speech Communications from the University of Texas at Austin and attended Florida State University. Susan resides in Belleair Beach on the central Gulf coast.

Amy Flom ... Bio Coming

"Sneak Preview!

One important resource to set the stage for more to come is our February recording with a guest presenter: Vesselka McAlarney, Economist & Green Jobs Analyst, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. Access it here:


Showcase Resources

The online component of the Showcase is divided into the following five parts ... click on each for an array of resources:

1. Defining/Surveying Green Jobs for Florida

2. Preparing for Clean Energy Jobs

3. Finding Your Clean Energy Job

4. Building or Attracting Clean Energy jobs for Your Community 

5. Other Timely Resources



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