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PANELISTS
Jeff Barnett is Manager of Corporate Development for Exelon Corporation. Exelon is one of the
nation's largest electric utilities with approximately $17 billion in annual revenues. The company
distributes electricity to approximately 5.4 million customers in Illinois (ComEd) and Pennsylvania
(PECO), and gas to 485,000 customers in the Philadelphia area (PECO). The company's Corporate
Development group is responsible for sourcing, analyzing and executing a wide variety of merger,
acquisition, investment and strategic partnership activities. Within the Corporate Development group,
Jeff is focused on clean and emerging technology initiatives. Prior to Exelon, Jeff founded Blue
Square Energy (BSE), where he successfully led the company to profitability based on the
manufacturing of solar cells from recycled semiconductor wafers. He has held management positions
at AstroPower, a manufacturer of solar cells and solar panels and Intel Corporation. Jeff holds a B.S.
degree in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University.
Thomas A. Bowen, Esq., CPA, MST is Director of Incentives for McCullough Consulting Group, LLC, an
affiliate of Stevens & Lee., with over 20 years of experience in state tax and economic development
policy. During his career he has negotiated over $125 million from discretionary state and local funding
programs in dozens of projects in more than 15 states, including the American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). He is currently involved with securing grants for municipalities or
municipal authorities for water and sewer projects, and represents several potential applicants for
grants under (ARRA) and the Pennsylvania Alternative Energy Investment Act of 2008. Mr. Bowen has
experience identifying and securing incentive packages for foreign owned companies wishing to
expand operations or relocate existing businesses to the United States.
Roger Carolin is currently a Venture Partner at SCP Partners and has over 20 years experience in
technology related businesses. SCP is a diversified multi-stage venture capital firm with over $1 billion
under management. Prior to joining SCP, Roger was co-founder and CEO of CFM Technologies, Inc. a
successful semiconductor equipment company that went public in 1996 and was subsequently sold to
Mattson Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: MTSN) in 2001. Prior to CFM, Roger worked in the defense and
aerospace industries in high-speed digital systems development at Honeywell and The General Electric
Company. He is a director of Amkor Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: AMKR), Biap Systems, and Aviom, Inc.
Roger received his B.S. in electrical engineering, from Duke University and his M.B.A. from Harvard .
Mark deGrandpre, Ph.D. is the Director of Investments: Physical Sciences, Ben Franklin Technology
Partners of Southeastern PA where his responsibilities bridge business and technology. He has over
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23 years of experience with innovative business and technology development, having worked for Rohm
and Haas Company, Polytribo and Polysciences Inc. He holds a PhD in organic Chemistry from UCLA.
Joyce M. Ferris is a founder and Managing Partner of Blue Hill Partners., an investment firm focused
exclusively on the green technology sector. Joyce has over 24 years of experience in the
management, development and financing of Green Technology projects including, energy efficiency,
biomass and agricultural waste fired energy projects, industrial waste disposal facilities, waste-coal
fired power plants, geothermal, and hydroelectric projects. Joyce was a senior founding executive for
Reading Energy Company where she managed project and corporate financial transactions totaling
over $500 million. Ms. Ferris was a major shareholder and Director of Business Development for
Energy Products of Idaho, a combustion technology firm specializing in the conversion of a wide variety
of solid waste material. Joyce has held numerous board positions and is currently on the boards of
Princeton Energy Systems, E3 Bank and Aircuity Inc. She is on the Advisory Boards of the
Pennsylvania Green Growth Partnership, The National Wildlife Federation Business Council and the
Cleantech Venture Network. She holds a B.A. from Reed College and an M.S. from the University of
Pennsylvania in Energy Management and Policy with a concentration in finance at the Wharton School.
Craig Glazer serves as the Vice President--Federal Government Policy for PJM Interconnection where
he coordinates all of its regulatory and legislative policies before Congress, the Federal Energy
Regulatory Commissions, the United States Department of Energy and other federal agencies. PJM
operates the largest competitive wholesale electricity market in the world and serves over 9% of the
United States population. Mr. Glazer heads PJM’s Washington, D.C. office. Prior to coming to PJM,
Mr. Glazer served as Commissioner and Chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. He has
served on boards of several utility organizations, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the
Northeast Midwest Institute, a bipartisan research arm of the Northeast and Midwest region’s
Congressional delegations. Mr. Glazer is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the
Vanderbilt University School of Law.
Dan Griffiths is Deputy Secretary, Office of Energy and Technology Deployment, Pennsylvania
Department of Energy. In this position, he oversees energy policy, assesses energy and environmental
technologies, and promotes the use of appropriate technologies to address environmental problems.
Mr. Griffiths is a 30-year veteran of the energy and electricity industries and state government, having
worked for the state’s Office of Consumer Advocate, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission and
the private sector. He holds a bachelor’s degree rom Lehigh University and has completed courses
towards a master’s degree in Political Science from The Pennsylvania State University.
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Christopher D. Myers is Vice President, Solar Energy Programs at Lockheed Martin Maritime Systems
& Sensors (MS2), where he responsible for establishing and growing MS2’s presence in this alternative
energy field. During his 12 year tenure at Lockheed Martin he had extensive experience in missile
defense and radar programs. Mr. Myers is a combat decorated veteran of the Persian Gulf War. He is
a graduate of the University of Colorado, and holds a master’s degree in public administration,
specializing in defense policy, from Cornell University.
Michael Peck is Director of Media, Institutional, and Labor Relations for North America on behalf of the
leading Spanish wind turbine manufacturer, Gamesa USA. He is the founder of MAPA Group (1994), a
strategic and creative business development consulting practice focusing on transformational projects
and relationships, with a geographical subspecialty in Spain and Latin America.
Peter A. Peyser, Jr. is a government affairs professional at Blank Rome Government Relations, having
served Representatives Geraldine Ferraro (N-NY), Peter Kostmayer (D-PA) and James Delaney (DNY) and having worked for the City of New York. Since 1982 he has been in private practice. He has
extensive knowledge of many issues, including transportation, energy and economic development and
he has cultivated relationships with public and private sector leaders throughout the United States.
Jeanne Wilson is the External Research Strategist at Dupont / Pioneer Hi-Bred and Research
Intelligence Analyst at Pioneer with responsibility for competitive technical intelligence, intellectual
property, agriculture, emerging technologies, molecular biology, genetics, and data mining. She has
degrees from University of California, San Diego and California Institute of Technology
Brian Yerger is the President and Chief Executive Officer of AERCA Advisors, a global consulting
company focused on alternative energy. Brian brings to AERCA more than 15 years of experience on
Wall Street, as Senior Vice President of equity research at Jesup & Lamont Securities focused
exclusively on the alternative energy industry and in investment banking analysis, research support,
and institutional sales at Jesup & Lamont, Wachovia Securities, and Ferris Baker Watts. He holds a
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Delaware and is a Chartered
Financial Analyst® charterholder.
Audrey Zibelman is a founder and Chief Executive Officer of Viridity, LLC, a provider of smart grid
technologies for carbon and energy management. Ms. Zibelman has more than 25 years of utility
experience in both the public and private sectors, including serving as Executive Vice President and
Chief Operating Officer of PJM Interconnection, an RTO that serves 14 states throughout the eastern
U.S., and CEO and Chairman of TRANSLink LLC, a transmission management company. She serves
on various industry and non-industry Boards, including ReliabilityFirst Corporation, a not-for-profit
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company whose goal is to preserve and enhance electric service reliability and security and GridWise
Alliance.
CHAIRS
Sidney Amster is Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Fox School of Business, Temple
University, co-founder and partner in Phase II International, an early stage private investment fund and
one of the founders of Good Company Ventures, a unique incubator designed for first time
entrepreneurs. Mr. Amster is a serial entrepreneur, having created companies in environmental and
high tech fields, with numerous successful exits. He serves on numerous public and private boards
and has extensive experience in working overseas. Mr. Amster holds both an M.SC. and M.B.A. with
Honors from the University of Toronto.
Beth Cohen is the director of emerging growth services at Blank Rome. She is a business
development, marketing and legal executive with broad experience in both domestic and international
markets. She has led diverse strategic and marketing initiatives and negotiated key business
relationships, including technology transfer arrangements, strategic alliances and acquisitions. In
addition to her experience at multi-practice law firms, Ms. Cohen was of counsel at Towers Perrin,
general counsel for an early stage technology company, principal in a private equity firm, and a
member of the international legal department of Tadiran Ltd., Israel's largest electronics company. Ms.
Cohen holds an M.B.A. from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, a J.D. from Rutgers
University, where she was an editor of the Law Review, and received her B.A., magna cum laude, from
Brandeis University. Ms. Cohen is the 2003 recipient of the Wharton Distinguished Alumna Award.
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