Executive Director – Pennsylvania Conservative Energy Forum
Chad Forcey has served in public policy since 1998, and has focused on conservation and small business growth throughout his career. He previously ran his own environmental consulting firm, and spent five years as State Affairs Director for the Irrigation Association (IA). At the IA, he fought to advance water conservation and efficient technologies across the 50 states. Chad built public/private partnerships in California and Texas to reduce potable water use during drought emergencies, and increase the use of smart irrigation controllers, surface and sub-surface high efficiency systems in the landscape and agricultural sectors. Chad also represented the Pennsylvania Landscape & Nursery Association for six years, where he drafted and implemented legislation on right to farm, immigration reform, and green infrastructure. He achieved an $11.6 billion federal appropriation for landscape revitalization, and secured $33 million for urban air and water quality projects in Philadelphia. Chad began his career in public service as an aide with the Virginia House of Delegates, as Personal Assistant to Pennsylvania Governor Mark Schweiker, and with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Chad is a member of the Penn State Agriculture Council, and provides industry and conservation advice to the U.S. Senate as a member of the Agriculture Advisory Team. He holds a Bachelors of Science in History from Liberty University, and has completed coursework towards a law degree from Penn State.
President – Solar PV Consulting & CEO – Direct Gain Consulting, LLC
John R. Easoz currently operates Solar PV Consulting, a consulting firm providing services in areas of strategic business planning and assessment, operations startup, and equipment and process evaluation related to the international photovoltaic (PV) solar industry. Since January 2009, he has developed a client base of over forty companies, ranging from startups to well established PV firms, and covering the value chain from silicon production through installed systems. He has worked in this industry since 1985, and has over 40 years of experience in energy engineering and research, PV development and manufacturing, and technical and corporate management. John is concurrently CEO, and a director of Direct Gain Consulting, LLC. This company is an executive level consulting firm specializing in the renewable energy industry.
Until 2009, John was COO of Solar Power Industries (SPI), where he was responsible for company operations including strategic planning, manufacturing, engineering, research, sales, human resources, and general administration, moving SPI from a startup in 2003 to a company with over $80MM in sales in 2008. SPI is a vertically integrated solar cell manufacturer, which also produces silicon ingots and wafers. Prior to starting SPI, John was Vice President and co-founder of EBARA Solar Inc., an R&D company dedicated to the development of dendritic web silicon processes. He also worked in the areas of nuclear fusion development, surface/particle interactions, ion beam physics, crystal growth, thermal hydraulics, and control systems development while employed at Westinghouse Electric Corporation. John has authored or co-authored over twenty-five technical publications and has two patents.
Partner – Green Roads Solar Energy & Iceburgh Associates
Tom Stevenson is a partner of Green Roads Solar Energy and Iceburgh Associates. A native of Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania, Tom is a graduate of Penn State University and Western New England College School of Law. He is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and has been admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and the Federal Courts of Pennsylvania.
Active in community affairs, Tom has and continues to serve on numerous board of directors for various non-profit entities. He is also a founding member of the Mt. Lebanon Sunrise Rotary Club. Tom was a Mt. Lebanon Commissioner for seven years and served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for ten years.
Green Roads Energy, LLC and Iceburgh Associates, LLC were formed in 2011 to provide energy services to business, government, and non-profit clients. These two companies provide innovative programs for supplying electric power and building solar energy generation systems in Pennsylvania and Ohio.
President & CEO – WINDSTAX Inc.
WINDSTAX Inc. is a full-service developer of integrated alternative energy solutions. The company is a pioneer in large vertical wind turbines and microgrids that are changing industry’s perspective of energy as a commodity to energy as an opportunity. Ronald Gdovic serves as Chief Executive Officer and President at WINDSTAX Inc. Prior to starting Windstax, Ron served as President of Digital Media & Marketing Division at Mace Security International, Inc. and served as its Chief Operating Officer of the segment. Prior to Mace, he served as Executive Director of InSITeS, the Institute for the Study of Information Technology and Society. Additionally, he served as the Executive Director of 3 Rivers Connect, a cutting-edge technology company resolved to establish Greater Pittsburgh as the leader in advancing social, educational, and economic development agendas through information technology. He has over 20 years of business experience. Ron holds both a B.A. Degree and M.S. Degree from the University of Pittsburgh.
SVP for Operations and Government Affairs – Pittsburgh Technology Council
Brian Kennedy is the Senior Vice President of Operations and Government Affairs for the Pittsburgh Technology Council. The Tech Council is an advocate for local tech-focused businesses in the Pittsburgh region and helps to make connections and create a better business climate. Prior to joining the Tech Council, Brian worked in community and economic development for the U.S. Senate. Brian is a graduate of Gannon University.
Green Roads Solar Energy & Iceburgh Associates
David Jason is a native Pittsburgher who grew up in Scott Township, where he has resided most of his life. He was a student of both the Charters Valley School Distinct and Valley Forge Military Academy in Wayne, PA, where he graduated in 1987. David attended Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA, studying history and political science, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in 1991.
In 1993, he joined the USAF/PAANG and served both on active duty and in the reserves. He trained as a Security Forces Police Officer and has traveled extensively while being deployed abroad to Japan and Amman, Jordon.
After returning home from his military duty in 2000, David began a new career in the food and beverage industry as the general manager of several local taverns and sports bars in the Pittsburgh area.
In 2007, he changed career paths, moving into the commercial insurance industry and later commercial real estate financing. Through his work in helping secure venture capital for new business startups, David developed a strong interest in the renewable energy sector, which le him to co-found Green Roads Energy, LLC and Iceburgh Associates, LLC with Tom Stevenson and Paul Steigerwald in 2011.
David has served four consecutive terms on the Scott Township Board of Commissioners since first being elected to that position in 2001. He is currently serving as Board President.
CEO - RoadBotics
Mark is an experienced technology entrepreneur. He is currently the CEO of RoadBotics, which is further developing a CMU technology that created a smartphone road inspection tool for diagnosing road defects. By utilizing the latest technological advances in machine vision and machine learning, the technology has the potential to one day rapidly identify road issues at a massive scale and an affordable price. Prior to RoadBotics, Mark co-founded and was Executive Chairman of kWantix, an energy hedge fund (acquired by Moody Aldrich Hedge Fund). He also co-founded and was CEO of kWantera, a GE Ventures-backed energy predictive analytics company. Previously, Mark was CEO of Think Through Learning, a venture-backed online tutoring company (acquired by Imagine Learning) and US Managing Director of ANGLE Technology, PLC, a UK-based venture capital firm and consultancy. Mark co-founded and serves as a director to several other venture-backed tech firms.
In a prior career, Mark was the director of government relations for Texas Instruments and earlier served in policy positions in Washington, D.C. including as a senior policy analyst in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the U.S. Department of Commerce, both in the Administration of George H. W. Bush. He previously served on the staffs of the late U.S. Senator John Heinz. Mark was also a management consultant with Booz Allen.
Mark is currently an Adjunct Professor at Carnegie Mellon University and has lectured at Princeton University and Dartmouth College. He was previously an Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland. Mark holds a BA and MBA from the University of Dayton, an MS in Technology Management from The American University and a PhD in Public Policy from George Mason University. Mark is active in Pennsylvania, serving on the boards of several non-profits.
Secretary, PA Department of Environmental Protection, 1995 - 2001
Jim Seif’s career has spanned over four decades of leadership in the legal, environmental, energy and political fields on a state and national level. In 1971, Jim began his career in the US Attorney’s Office in Pittsburgh where he prosecuted some of the earliest environmental cases of the modern era. In 1977, Jim joined the Dick Thornburgh gubernatorial campaign in Pennsylvania and served as administrative assistant to the Governor for six years until becoming a lobbyist for AT&T. Then in 1985, Jim was appointed as the Regional Administrator for the EPA. Following his work as the Regional Administrator, Jim was appointed as the Pennsylvania Secretary of Environmental Protection by Governor Ridge in 1994. His hard work for the Department of Environmental Protection allowed him to be nominated for and awarded the Lifetime Award of Public Service from the National Academy of Public Administration.
Jim has worked in the private sector as the vice president of corporate relations for PPL, Inc., a Fortune 5000 energy and utility company in Allentown, and as a principal of the Energy and Environmental Practice at Ridge Global, LLC, a strategic consulting firm in Washington D.C. Currently, Jim maintains his own consulting practice, serves on the board of BioChem Technology Inc., a water pollution control company in King of Prussia, and is on the Advisory Committee of the Dick Thornburgh Forum of Law and Policy at the University of Pittsburgh.
Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Temple University
32nd Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Jim Cawley is Temple University’s Vice President of Institutional Advancement. As vice president, he directs the university’s fundraising and alumni relations operations to ensure Temple’s mission of providing affordable, accessible, diverse and high-quality education.
Jim has been part of the Temple family for over 25 years. He graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1991 and a law degree from the Beasley School of Law in 1994. An active alumnus, he also served as a Commonwealth Trustee at Temple from 2011 until his appointment as vice president.
With a long career in the service of others, both regionally and nationally, Jim has significant experience with fundraising, organizational advancement and addressing the needs of the surrounding community. As president and CEO of United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, he led the organization’s work to improve Education, Financial Stability and Health for the region’s most vulnerable populations. He oversaw UWGPSNJ’s mission to harness, leverage and strategically invest the collective power of more than 100,000 donors, advocates and volunteers to drive measurable, lasting impact.
As the 32nd Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Jim honed a unique understanding of how various strategic improvements can lift the entire region. He also brought government and community leaders together through his work with various statewide commissions and partnerships. Prior to being elected to statewide office, Jim served on the Bucks County Board of Commissioners, as Chief of Staff to State Senator Tommy Tomlinson, and as a member of the board of the Bristol Township School District.
In the community, Jim has served on the board of directors for Lower Bucks Hospital and as trustee of Bucks County Community College and Manor College.
John Storey, Ed.D.
Harrisburg Director, Pennsylvania Conservative Energy Forum
John Storey is the Harrisburg Director for the Pennsylvania Conservative Energy Forum. Prior to PennCEF, John served as Associate Director, Regional Director and Assistant Vice-President for the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). John developed and executed ACSI’s strategic efforts in secondary education certification, professional development and leadership development. Throughout his career, John has focused on his educational mission with an entrepreneurial spirit, developing the means and systems to take an organization from where it was and move it toward its potential. He has also served as a spokesman and advocate on behalf of education professionals and institutions before the federal government, the United States Congress, and numerous state and local officials. John received his Bachelor’s Degree from Tennessee Temple University, his Masters from Villanova University, and his Doctorate from Nova Southeastern University.
Owner/Operator, Pickel’s Wildlife Services
Jerry Pickel is the owner/operator of Pickel’s Wildlife Services, a wildlife managing company in York County, Pennsylvania. Jerry is an avid outdoorsman, trapper, hunter and angler. He has served as a National Trustee for Ducks Unlimited, where he is also a Life Sponsor member. He is a member of the following organizations: Pennsylvania Trappers Association, National Trapper Association, North American Trap Collectors Association, Amateur Trap Shooter’s Association, Handyman’s Club of America and the Starview Sportsmen’s Association. He is a former Hunter-Trapper Education Instructor with the Pennsylvania Game Commission, and served as State and Regional Director for the National Wildlife Control Operators Association. He began his career with the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of the Interior. He has also worked as a designer and draftsman. Jerry holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Penn State, where he majored in both Civil Engineering and Forestry, and minored in Surveying.
Dr. John Lehman
U.S. Secretary of the Navy, 1981-1987
Dr. John Lehman is a founding partner of J. F. Lehman and Company, and has been involved in all aspects of the firm’s private equity investment and management activities since JFLCO’s inception. As Chairman, Dr. Lehman provides strategic and oversight expertise and approves all capital commitments made by JFLCO. Immediately prior to forming JFLCO, he spent three years as a Managing Director in Corporate Finance at PaineWebber, Inc. where he led the firm’s Aerospace and Defense Group.
From 1981 to 1987, Dr. Lehman served as Secretary of the U.S. Navy. As the chief executive of the Navy, he was responsible for the management of 1.2 million people, an annual budget of $95 billion and total assets equivalent to those of the seven largest Fortune 500 corporations combined. Prior to serving as Secretary of the Navy, Dr. Lehman was President of the aerospace consulting firm Abington Corporation, served as a delegate to the Mutual Balanced Force Reductions negotiations, was the Deputy Director of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency and served as a senior staff member to Dr. Henry Kissinger at the White House.
He has served on the boards of Ball Corporation, TI Group plc, Westland Helicopter plc, Sedgwick plc and many of JFLCO’s realized investments. He currently is a director of National Response Corporation, Trident Maritime Systems, Verisk Inc. and EnerSys. He is also Chairman of the Princess Grace Foundation and an Overseer of the School of Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Lehman was also a member of the 9/11 Commission and the National Defense Commission.
A Pennsylvania native, Dr. Lehman holds a B.S. degree from St. Joseph’s University, B.A. and M.A. degrees from Cambridge University and a Ph.D.
Sen. Chuck McIlhinney
Pennsylvania State Senator, 2007-2019
Charles T. McIlhinney Jr. is a Republican former member of the Pennsylvania State Senate, representing the 10th District from 2007 to 2019. Previously he was a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 1998 through 2006. He won election to the house in a special election on February 3, 1998. McIlhinney announced in January 2018 that he would retire from the state senate when his term expired in early 2019.
McIlhinney attended La Salle College High School, graduating in 1985, before earning a degree in finance from Bryant College in 1989.
He was on the borough council of Doylestown, Pennsylvania from 1994 to 1996. He also served as Director of the Bucks County Office of Employment and Training.
CEO of Moore Energy
Barry is a founding member of Moore Energy LLC. His motivation to begin Moore Energy stemmed from the fact that there were a lack of businesses in Pennsylvania providing a single source solution for the design, cost-benefit analysis, and the installation of solar energy systems.
Barry acquired his MBA from the University of Connecticut and has over 30 years experience in Banking and Financing, building successful and profitable businesses both in the United States, Europe and Asia. He has also worked closely with numerous State and Federal agencies during this time. This knowledge of governmental policies and procedures ensures that our clients receive the full amount of all government sponsored incentives and renewable energy credits. Most recently Barry was executive Vice President and General Manager of Anglo Irish Bank, prior to that he was an Executive Vice president at GMAC Commercial Mortgage.
Barry and his family live in a 200-year-old solar-powered farm house in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. He is currently involved in a number of nonprofit activities to preserve the environment. Most recently, he was President of the Churchville Nature Center in Bucks County. He serves as an elected member of his local Township Board of Supervisors.
CEO of Feeney's Wholesale Nursery
Education Program Associate for Energy, Business and Community Vitality, Penn State University - College of Agricultural Sciences
Ed has been active in the energy industry for over three decades. He has spent 25 years working for investor owned electric utilities and in the public power sector before joining the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences, Cooperative Extension.
His focus on renewable & sustainable energy technologies span the more than 18 years. Since joining Penn State Extension, he has worked exclusively on building renewable energy capacity through education, the development well designed public policy, reconfiguration of the modern transmission and distribution grids, and the design and leveraging equitable incentives.
In 2008 he founded and leads the Future Times Energy renewable energy aggregation group. This organization consists of over 400 customer generators with an installed capacity of over seven megawatts.
At Penn State Extension he has led a number of funded programs including the Pennsylvania Wood Energy Team, the Renewable Energy for Municipal Authorities project and the Farm Energy IQ program.
He writes for several newsletters and has authored a number of factsheets on energy technology and the modern transformation of the electric grid. He holds a master’s degree in Renewable Energy & Sustainability Systems from Penn State University. Ed also serves on the Environmental Quality Board in Peters Township, PA where he resides.