2019 IoT for Sustainability Conference Speakers
(in order of appearance - list updated regularly)

Bilel Jamoussi, Ph.D.

Chief of the Study Groups Department, International Telecommunication Union (ITU) [United Nations] Standardization Bureau, Geneva, Switzerland

A distinguished engineer, leader, and diplomat; multilingual standardization expert and holder of 22 patents, Tunisian-born Dr. Bilel Jamoussi has been Chief of the Study Groups Department of ITU Standardization Bureau (TSB) in Geneva Switzerland since 2010. He has led the coordination of the bureau’s standards moving activities into a new era characterized by digital transformation that needs an increased collaboration with vertical sectors such as healthcare, transportation, utility, and banking.

Key achievements under his tenure have been important new standards while effectively managing staff by recruiting new talent, improving gender balance, delivering new work methods, and staying within budget. Prior to 2010, he worked in the private sector for 15 years. As Director of Standards, he managed more than 50 staff and the company participation in more than 90 standards organizations worldwide.

In the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), he authored a number of Internet standards. As an IEEE Senior Member, he was elected to the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) Board of Governors and the IEEE-SA Corporate Advisory Group. He holds a BSc, MSc and PhD degrees in Computer Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University, USA. He is fluent in Arabic, French, and English and speaks some Spanish and German.

Robert Schmid

Chief IoT Technologist, Deloitte

Robert has more than 20 years of experience transforming Global Fortune 100 and start‐up companies to new 21st century technologies. He has deep expertise delivering business value through innovative solutions and effective partnerships in the areas of wearables, the Internet of Things, social media, mobile workforce, cloud computing, merger integration, complex integrations, ERP implementations, and off‐shore & outsourcing for Deloitte Consulting LLP’s clients. He is a frequent author and public speaker.

Reed Peterson

Senior Vice President, GSMA

Reed Peterson is Head of MWC Los Angeles (formerly Mobile World Congress Americas), responsible for the planning, development and execution of the largest mobile tradeshow and conference in the Western Hemisphere.

Previously, Reed was Head of North America, overseeing all activity in the North America region for the GSMA, the mobile industry trade organization spanning 200 countries and uniting nearly 800 of the world’s mobile operators with more than 300 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem. Prior to joining the GSMA, Reed spent nearly a decade in management consulting – primarily focusing on international growth strategy and the expansion of U.S. companies into global markets.

Reed earned a BA from Brigham Young University and an MBA from Duke University.

Mariya Filipova

Vice President, Anthem Innovation

Mariya Filipova helps organizations accelerate their digital transformation by deploying the full potential of exponential technologies and business models to optimize talent, product development, and revenue generation capabilities. She curates high performing healthcare ecosystems to identify, pilot, and scale initiatives that transform care management and delivery.

Mariya’s past experience as an entrepreneur and wall street analyst has shaped her perspective on transformation in closely regulated industries in Europe and the United States. She is a trusted advisor to both healthcare veterans and new entrants, from established industry leaders to start-ups in e-commerce, retail, and tech. 

Mariya previously led Deloitte’s global Future of Work Program Office, a portfolio of investments that use exponential technologies (e.g. blockchain, artificial intelligence) to redefine the way we do and monetize work.  She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Economics, summa cum laude, from Mount Holyoke College. She remains active in her alumni community where she serves on the Board of Governors for the Harvard Business School Association of Boston. She is currently based in Boston, MA.

Pramod Kalyanasundaram, Ph.D.

Vice President and Chief Technologist, Verizon Connect

Dr. Kalyanasundaram led until recently the Consumer OEM product lines for Verizon Connect starting in 2016 that includes Hum and OEM products. Under his leadership Hum has grown to a subscriber base of over a million devices and the OEM product line supports millions of subscribers. Prior to Telematics, Pramod has been with Verizon since 2012 and was instrumental in crafting the vision for Verizon’s Thingspace platform and ecosystem. The first version of Thingspace launched in 2015 to the developer community and now has thousands of developers. Pramod also was responsible for building the team across geographies that took the Verizon Internet Services Platform (VISP) from concept to full deployment in Verizon Wireless’ network. Over the past eight quarters VISP has helped with the Root Metrics scores in performance and reliability.

Prior to joining Verizon, Pramod served as the VP of Engineering for multiple successful venture funded startups and has held senior leadership roles in publicly traded companies. Pramod started his career at Center for Development of Telematics (CDOT), India, which developed a suite of telecom products ranging from PBXs, rural exchanges and Class 5 switches that has revolutionized the Indian telecom infrastructure and accounts for 40 percent of the lines being served in India.

Pramod has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Delaware and a BSEE from University of Madras. He is the author of several publications, served as a referee for several international conferences and a member of IEEE. He has four issued patents. Pramod’s interests are his family, giving back, music, photography, and thinking good thoughts about the role of technology in future.

Jessica Phillips

Director of Internet of Things Strategic Development, Comcast Cable

Jessica Phillips develops product solutions and helps define product strategy and new business opportunities for Comcast’s Internet of Things initiatives, MachineQ initiative. Jessica has extensive experience with strategy and finance, real estate development, and utility energy efficiency incentive programs. She earned her LEED AP accreditation in 2009 while working in construction management and engineering design; she continues to apply the LEED framework and tools while focused on deploying Internet of Things business solutions.

Jessica holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from Cornell University.


Sameer Vittal, Ph.D.

Senior Director and Head of the Data Science and Analytics Practice, GE Digital, Global Services

Dr. Sameer Vittal is the Senior Director and Head of the Data Science and Analytics practice for GE Digital, Global Services. He has over 20 years’ experience building IoT solutions and most are in production today managing GE’s installed base of power generation assets. In his current role, he is responsible for IoT and Industry 4.0 strategy, analytics consulting and delivery of GED analytics solutions for GE Business Units (Aviation, Healthcare, Power, Renewables, Oil & Gas) and customers (Manufacturing, Automotive, Consumer and Packaged Goods, Industrial Banking and Biotechnology). He manages teams of globally distributed data scientists and engineers with personal expertise in Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Industrial Statistics with applications to Manufacturing Execution Systems, Operations Optimization & Asset Performance Management.

Sameer has his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), New York and is based out of Atlanta, GA.

Farzaneh Badiei, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Internet Governance Project (IGP), School of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology

Dr. Farzaneh Badiei is the Executive Director of Internet Governance Project (IGP), where she brings policy proposals and public comments directly to the Internet governance processes and institutions such as the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), Regional Internet Registries and the United Nations. She has also been actively involved with policymaking at multistakeholder Internet governance institutions such as the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

She has nearly a decade of experience researching Internet governance at various American and European research institutes. Between 2011 and 2014, she was a member of the United Nations Internet Governance Forum Secretariat.

Her latest research and advocacy projects bring her history of work on cybersecurity and Internet governance to the topic of governance of the Internet of Things. She has studied and published on IoT security governance, related regulatory frameworks and multistakeholder governance processes.

Dr Badiei holds a Ph.D. in Law from the University of Hamburg, Institute of Law and Economics.

Jim Haskins

Smart & Connected Communities Business Development Manager, Cisco

Jim Haskins heads Cisco’s Smart+Connected Communities Business Development for the Eastern U.S. Jim works with leaders in State and Local Government, as well as Education to develop strategies and solutions to improve transportation, safety and resilience, and drive economic, social and environmental sustainability. 

Throughout his career, Jim has held positions of increasing seniority in sales, marketing and business development, and led award-winning teams that specialize in design, implementation and maintenance of voice, data, video, physical security and integrated building technologies.

Forrest Pace

Client Engagement Leader for Major Accounts, American International Group, Inc. (AIG)

Forrest Pace is the Client Engagement Leader for Major Accounts, advising clients and industry partners on emerging risks and board-level exposures. Since joining AIG he has held positions as the Cyber Sales Leader for the South Zone and within Executive Liability as a senior professional liability underwriter and as the Regional Cyber Expert specializing in robotics and the Internet of Things. 

Forrest serves on the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce IoT Leadership Council and is Vice Chair of Thought Leadership for the Georgia Institute of Technology Center for the Development and Application of Internet of Things Technologies.

Forrest earned his B.B.A. in Risk Management and Insurance from the University of Mississippi.

Dennis Shelden, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, School of Architecture; and Director of the Digital Building Laboratory in the College of Design, Georgia Institute of Technology

Dr. Dennis Shelden is an expert in applications of digital technology to building design, construction and operations. His experience spans across professional practice, technology development, research and academia, in multiple architecture, building engineering and computing disciplines.

Shelden maintains strong ties to academic and industry research bodies.

He is currently Director of the Digital Building Laboratory in the College of Design and Associate Professor at the School of Architecture at Georgia Tech. He was Associate Professor of Practice in MIT’s Design and Computation program from 2005 to 2015, and has held positions at UCLA’s IDEAS Laboratory and the Southern Institute of Architecture. He has served on industry standards bodies including working on the National Institute of Building Sciences’ data interoperability initiatives, and served as chair of the Building Information Modeling Standard Legal and Contracting Committee. He holds three degrees from MIT including an MS in Civil & Environmental Engineering and a PhD in Design & Computation, and is a licensed Architect in the State of California.

Dr. Shelden is a Founder and former Chief Technology Officer of Gehry Technologies, a building industry technology company formed in 2001 by the research and development team of Frank Gehry Partners and acquired by Trimble Navigation in 2014.

Daniel Marut

Director of Technology and Partnerships, Comcast Corporation

At Comcast, Daniel is responsible for internal and external technology partnerships and leading business development efforts that contribute to the aspirational goals and objectives of the Office of Sustainability. Enhancing Sustainability and Environmental Policies for the Cable, NBCU and Spectacor divisions with a special focus on Energy Technology, Renewable Energy and IoT deployments. Before joining Comcast, Daniel worked for the United States Patent and Trademark Office examining international patent applications; including software, business methods, electrical and mechanical engineering related patents.

He has more than 20 years of hands-on industry experience in the software development and engineering fields. He is a graduate from the Temple University Beasley School of Law and completed his graduate work within the College of Information Science and Technology and the College of Engineering at Drexel University, combining the fundamentals of software and building systems.

John Wallace

Director Innovation, Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions
John Wallace

John Wallace is the director of innovation at Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions. He has been active in the design and development of electronic control systems for more than 20 years and holds several patents related to the control of HVAC and refrigeration systems.

John is a member of ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers) and has served on many industry committees, including the LonMark Refrigeration committee and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Building Alliance, and currently chairs the NAFEM (North American Food Equipment Manufacturers) Data Protocol standardization committee and the AHRI (Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute) Electronics Controls section.

He is a recognized expert in the field of smart buildings and has testified before the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources committee on the impact of smart building technologies on the nation’s infrastructure.

John earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Kentucky and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Missouri.

Andrew Dugenske

Principal Engineer; Director, Factory Information Systems Center; and organizer of the annual Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute (GTMI) Workshop on IoT for Manufacturing, Georgia Institute of Technology - 5th annual IoTfM worskhop: November 13th, 2019
Andrew Dugenske

Andrew Dugenske is the Director of the Factory Information Systems (FIS) Center and a Principal Research Engineer at the Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute (GTMI). He is also founder and C.E.O. of Factory Right LLC, a software company that provides information technology solutions to manufacturing enterprises and was co-founder and president of Great Technological Collaborations Inc.

In addition, he is a State of Georgia registered professional engineer. For the past 20 years, Andrew has led dozens of industry-funded projects relating to software systems and supply chain issues across a variety of industries. He currently acts as an industry liaison for Georgia Tech, conducts short courses, publishes, and consults in the area of Factory Information Systems (FIS). He is a member of the National Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (NEMI) FIS working and implementation groups, the NEMI road mapping team, several IPC technical committees, the JISSO International Council and the joint NEMI-IPC CAMX standardization committees.

Prior to his arrival at GTMI, he was a Research Engineer at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI), where he developed computer-controlled radar positioning systems, conducted structural analysis using finite element analysis, and provided design expertise. Andrew received a B.S. from the University of Illinois, an M.S. from the Georgia Institute of Technology both in Mechanical Engineering.

Matt Rachford

Director of Innovation, Georgia-Pacific

Matt Rachford is a Director of Innovation at Georgia-Pacific, one of the world's leading makers of tissue, pulp, paper, packaging, building products and related chemicals. Matt leads the Environmental Innovation team, with focus on improving Georgia-Pacific’s (GP) environmental footprint through technology and process improvements in our operations. With prior experience in operations excellence & sustainability roles, Matt has seen how sustainability and environmental stewardship is fundamental to achieving manufacturing excellence.

The Environmental Innovation team at GP is heavily weighted toward Digital Solutions, running projects through ideation, experimentation, and full-scale deployment. The portfolio of projects includes mobile apps, process automation, IoT sensors, and Unmanned Inspections (drones) – coupled with advanced analytics to make sense of all the new data.

Matt is an Atlanta native who graduated from Georgia Tech with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. Matt and his wife, Meghan, have two young boys who are eagerly awaiting kickoff of the new football season.

Sean Riley

Global Industry Director for Manufacturing & Transportation, Software AG

Sean Riley is the Global Industry Director for Manufacturing & Transportation for Software AG. Over the past eight years, Mr. Riley has been obsessively focused on enterprise digital transformation with a focus on leveraging technologies like IoT, Predictive Analytics, Machine Learning and Intelligent Automation as applied to production, field services, supply chains, logistics and new product development. Prior to joining Software AG in 2011, Mr. Riley has over ten years of experience in the supply chain, logistics & manufacturing fields.

In addition to his work experience, Mr. Riley has received a BA in Business Administration from Hanover College, a MBA with Distinction from DePaul University and is a certified Six Sigma Greenbelt. As well as being a continual guest lecturer for DePaul University, Mr. Riley also sits on the curriculum advisory committee for the DePaul Graduate Program for Supply Chain and Operations Management and has been named a Supply & Demand Chain Executive “Pro to Know” for seven consecutive years.

Ciannat Howett

Director of Sustainability Initiatives, Emory University

Ciannat Howett became Emory's first Director of Sustainability Initiatives (OSI) in 2006, managing a University-wide effort to ensure that Emory's actions and policies support environmental, social, and economic systems that provide a healthy, productive, and meaningful life for current and future generations. She is also an Adjunct Professor at Emory's Rollins School of Public Health.

Howett networks with and facilitates internal and external resources to the goals of Emory OSI. She leads the development, implementation and evaluation of sustainability initiatives across the University while also building partnerships with surrounding communities and key Atlanta institutions.

Howett attended Emory University as an undergraduate, receiving her B.A. in 1987. She then worked in fundraising at Emory until 1989, and then earned a law degree from the University of Virginia. She practiced environmental law with Kilpatrick Stockton and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and served as Director of the Southern Environmental Law Center's Georgia and Alabama office. She is a frequent regional and national speaker on sustainability issues and serves on many community leadership boards and commissions.

Steven Ferguson

Chief Information Officer, Information Technology and Data Resources, Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG)
Steve Ferguson

Steven Ferguson is a 23-year veteran of the IT industry. As the Chief Information Officer for the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), he leads a talented team of IT professionals in support of TCSG’s technical education, adult education, economic development and workforce divisions across the 88 campuses of Georgia’s 22 technical colleges. Recently, he spearheaded the adoption and deployment of an award-winning artificial intelligence chat bot, successfully championed a data center infrastructure consolidation initiative, standardized and expanded enterprise cybersecurity technologies and led the system through the rollout of a new mobile app to enhance the student experience.

Ferguson holds an M.S. in Information Technology from Southern Polytechnic State University, a B.S. in Business Administration, Information Technology from Columbia Southern University, an A.S. in Engineering from Gainesville State College, and is a proud graduate of TCSG’s Executive Leadership Academy.

Ferguson is the only Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert employed by the State of Georgia, becoming CCIE #10202 in September of 2002, adding the coveted certification to a stable of certifications from CompTIA, Microsoft, Cisco and Red Hat.

Beyond his service to the State of Georgia, Ferguson is very active in his local community, currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Development Authority of Lumpkin County, Advisory Board Member for the Georgia Digital Government Summit, President of the Board of Directors for Castleberry Ridge, recently as the Communications Chair for Leadership Lumpkin County and as a volunteer for various non-profit and educational organizations.

Balaji Jayaseelan

Head/Sr. Manager, Sustainability, Newell Brands

Balaji Jayaseelan manages the overall sustainability program at Newell Brands. Jayaseelan’s primary responsibilities involve providing strategic advice to business units on a wide range of sustainability issues including energy/climate change, digital manufacturing, green product innovations and lifecycle management. He advises startup firms in the field of IoT and currently is working on machine learning implementation for energy and safety management in key factories.

Balaji is a Chemical Engineer. He obtained his Masters in Environmental Management at Illinois Institute of Technology and completed his Executive MBA at Emory University.


Beth Mynatt, Ph.D.

Regents and Distinguished Professor, College of Computing; Director, Institute for People and Technology (IPaT), Georgia Institute of Technology

Dr. Elizabeth Mynatt is the Executive Director of Georgia Tech’s Institute for People and Technology (IPaT), a Distinguished Professor in the Georgia Tech College of Computing, and the Director of the Everyday Computing Lab. She investigates the design and evaluation of health information technologies including creating personalized mobile technology for supporting breast cancer patients during their cancer journey, evaluating mobile sensing and mHealth engagement for pediatric epilepsy patients and their caregivers, and investigating the positive and negative influence of social media on self-harm behaviors such as eating disorders. She is also one of the principal researchers in the Aware Home Research Initiative; investigating the design of future home technologies, especially those that enable older adults to continue living independently as opposed to moving to an institutional care setting. Mynatt is an internationally recognized expert in the areas of ubiquitous computing and assistive technologies. Her research contributes to ongoing work in personal health informatics, computer-supported collaborative work and human-computer interface design.

Mynatt is also the past Chair of the Computing Community Consortium, an NSF-sponsored effort to engage the computing research community in envisioning more audacious research challenges. She serves as member of the National Academies Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (CSTB) and as an ACM Council Member at Large.

She has been recognized as an ACM Fellow, a member of the SIGCHI Academy, and a Sloan and Kavli research fellow. She has published more than 100 scientific papers and chaired the CHI 2010 conference, the premier international conference in human-computer interaction. Prior to joining the Georgia Tech faculty in 1998, Mynatt was a member of the research staff at Xerox PARC, working with the founder of ubiquitous computing, Mark Weiser. Her research is supported by multiple grants from NSF and NIH including Smart and Connected Health, CHS, HCC and CAREER awards. Other honorary awards include being named a Mobility Star in 2014 by the Atlanta Metro Chamber of Commerce, the Top Woman Innovator in Technology by Atlanta Woman magazine in 2005 and the 2003 College of Computing’s Dean’s Award.

Mynatt earned her Bachelor of Science summa cum laude in computer science from North Carolina State University and her Master of Science and Ph.D. in computer science from Georgia Tech.

Irene J. Petrick, Ph.D.

Senior Director, Industrial Innovation, Internet of Things Group, Intel Corp.
Irene J. Petrick, Ph.D

Dr. Irene J. Petrick joined Intel in 2015 and currently serves as senior director of industrial innovation for the company’s Internet of Things Group. She received her Ph.D. in manufacturing and strategy in a joint degree from the Colleges of Engineering and Business at Penn State University in 1997, and served as a faculty member of Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology and College of Engineering.

Her research interests include technology forecasting, 3D printing and distributed production, collaborative innovation and business ecosystem development.

She has been actively engaged with companies in their innovation and technology strategy activities for over two decades, including work with Fortune 100 companies, the U.S. military, and a wide variety of small to medium sized enterprises.

John E. Osborne II

Vice President of IoT Sales and Marketing LEEDARSON and Chairman of the Board, Zigbee Alliance

John Osborne is currently vice president of Internet of Things (IoT), sales and marketing at LEEDARSON, and chairman of the board for the Zigbee Alliance. In these capacities he helps educate and grow the IoT market globally. LEEDARSON is a global provider in lighting and sensors. The Zigbee Alliance has been the premier IoT standards development organization since 2002.

John has extensive experience in new product development, rapid product commercialization, systems innovations, and operations improvement. He has demonstrated the ability to manage and inspire multi-cultural, international-external teams. He is a skilled communicator and presenter, and has a sound background in budgeting, resource allocation, and operations efficiency.


Ivan Alvarez

IT Vice President – Big Data and Analytics, NCR Corporation

Ivan has been VP Information Technology for NCR Corporation since September of 2012. He is the Big Data & Analytics VP for the Corporation since January 2019. Ivan also represents NCR on the Master of Analytics at Georgia Tech. Previously he was responsible for the ecommerce program of NCR and the technology that supports Service Delivery and Managed Services offers. This included the enablement of the of NCR Digital Connected Services (IoT), Data Analytics, Oracle Enterprise Services, the development and/or support of Managed Services applications like End Point Management, Software Distribution, Remote Management and Monitoring, Cash Management - planning and Call Centers applications like Cisco Call Management and others.

Prior to joining NCR Ivan was VP of Products and Process Development for SunGard Availability Services between 2008 and 2011. During his tenure at SunGard AS he developed the SunGard-Enterprise Cloud service and three Backup as a Services products working with CISCO, EMC, Data Domain and I365. These products had double digit revenue growth for SunGard AS during the first three years in the market.

Between 2003 and 2008 Ivan worked for NCR Corporation where he had three roles: Director of IT Field Services, Program Manager of the Teradata Spin-Off and Director of IT Strategy and Architecture. In his role as Director of Strategy and Architecture he drove the development of the plans to achieve NCR’s IT “Efficient Destination – aka Less possible cost” vision. Those efforts translated on reducing the IT operational cost by more than 40% with a very positive impact on company valuation on the same period.

Previously, Ivan worked for Goodyear Tire and Rubber for sixteen years. His last responsibility at Goodyear was Director of Corporate Applications where he was in charge of the Corporate SAP applications suite. Before his assignment as the Corporate Applications Director, Ivan was Director of Applications for the Latin America business unit. On this assignment he led the Business to Business implementations in Latin America driving revenue in excess of $400M on annual basis. He was also the head of the ERP implementations on the same operating unit of the company between 1997 and 2000 where he deployed the full suite of BAAN process systems to more than thirteen countries. During his career at Goodyear, he had different international assignments in Brasil, Venezuela and Belgium. At Goodyear Ivan also held different positions in Logistics, Manufacturing, Finance and Customer Support.

Ivan earned his Master of Business Administration - from the University of Notre Dame. He holds a BS in Software Engineering and Computer Sciences from University of Los Andes – Colombia. Ivan is married to his wife Ana who works in linguistics and automated translation. They have two children. Ivan enjoys outdoor activities including Cycling and Diving and also likes reading about business affairs and technology development.

Adam Coonin

Principal, Capgemini Supply Chain Practice Lead, Digital Operations

Adam has more than twenty five years of experience in a variety of industries and functional areas as a consultant and in industry. He currently leads the North America Digital Manufacturing Center of Excellence at Capgemini, a global leader in consulting, technology services and digital transformation with over 200,000 team members in more than 40 countries (the Group reported 2018 global revenues of EUR 13.2 billion).

Adam has held consulting positions from Senior Consultant through Vice President at prominent firms including Grant Thornton, Ernst & Young, Hitachi Consulting and Black & Decker. His areas of expertise include supply chain management, manufacturing, and IT strategy/planning/implementation.

Adam is a past President of the National Capital Area Roundtable of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP). He holds a B.S in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University and an M.B.A with concentrations in Finance & Information Technology from the University of Maryland.

Wesley J. Johnston, Ph.D.

CBIM RoundTable Professor of Marketing; and Director, Center for Business and Industrial Marketing, J. Mack Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University
Wesley J. Johnston, Ph.D

Dr. Wesley J. Johnston’s research interests include the application of behavioral sciences to marketing in the areas of customer relationship management and strategic account programs, with particular expertise in network dynamics and relationship strategies, especially sales force management.

Dr. Johnston’s research has been published in journals such as Journal of Marketing, Journal of Consumer Research, and Decision Science, and he has served on the editorial boards of several journals. Currently, he edits the Journal of Business and Industrial Marketing and is the director of the Center for Business and Industrial Marketing.

He has conducted executive seminars in the People’s Republic of China, Australia, Korea, Singapore, Finland, Argentina, and Slovenia. Dr. Johnston’s most recent book is titled Professional Selling: Types, Approaches and Management.

He holds a B.A., MBA and Ph.D., all from the University of Pittsburgh, and an M.A. from Ball State University.

Dave Adamson

Technical Director, Global Services & Solutions, Michelin
Dave Adamson

Dave Adamson is based in Greenville, South Carolina. Michelin solutions is a company within the Michelin group whose mission is to develop and operate fleet services and solutions. It is active in the areas of tire management, fuel savings, telematics and asset tracking. Adamson directs the research, development and industrialization of the technologies upon which services and solutions are constructed.

Prior to joining Michelin solutions in 2012, Adamson held a number of management and technical positions within the Michelin group (USA & France) in the areas of scientific computing, tire instrumentation (RFID & TPMS), and industrial quality. He is an inventor on 15 issued patents.

Adamson holds a Bachelor's Degree, Electrical and Electronics Engineering and an MBA both from Clemson University.

Nell Fry

Senior Manager of Sustainability, Sodexo North America’s Office of Corporate Responsibility

Nell Fry is responsible for supporting our operators in implementing more sustainable operating practices, with an emphasis on waste reduction, throughout Sodexo’s 13,000 sites in North America. Sodexo has committed to eliminating avoidable waste in all their locations by 2025 in alignment with the United Nations Sustainable Development goal 12.3 and the United States’ target of 50% food waste reduction by 2030. Sodexo will take action accordance with the EPA Food Waste Hierarchy and ReFED’s Roadmap to Reduce U.S. Food Waste. Nell is responsible for developing initiatives that can be rolled out to Sodexo sites nationally that eliminate waste by raising awareness, improving processes, measuring impact and collaborating with other thought leaders.

Nell has a BS in Management from Georgia Institute of Technology. She started her career at Sodexo as a Sustainability Coordinator and Energy Analyst. Nell later joined EY where she supported the sustainability missions of Fortune 500 companies by working directly with a diverse client base to mitigate risk, manage brand value and make a positive impact on their communities and the world.