2017 Speakers and moderators

The 2018 speakers and moderators will be announced summer 2017.

Steve Alexander
The Association of Plastic Recyclers
Plenary Session I: Opportunity Amid Buzzwords
serves as president and chief executive officer of the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), a Washington, D.C.-based international trade association representing the plastics recycling industry. In addition, Alexander is the president and founder of The CMR Group, a government relations and public affairs consulting firm which serves as the management arm of the APR. Prior to forming CMR, Alexander spent more than 20 years representing corporate and association clients on Capitol Hill and in statehouses across the country.

Jose Alfaro
Michigan State University
Concurrent Session H: Technical Track - Syllabus for Success
is an assistant professor of practice at the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan, and he previously worked for five years in the plastics industry for Mitsubishi Polyester Films, Inc. His research interests remain in developing countries where he focuses on the use of technology and policy as catalysts and force multipliers that can create virtuous cycles of well-being.  He focuses on the food, energy, water nexus (FEW) and uses the tools of complex systems and industrial ecology to identify, develop and implement best practices.

Stephanie Baker
KW Plastics
Plenary Session II: Where Do Resin Markets Go From Here?
is the director of market development for KW Plastics Recycling Division and speaks to the economic advantages and opportunities for plastics recycling. She represents the world’s largest HDPE and PP plastics recycling company, focusing on projects surrounding sustainability, packaging design and increasing quality supply throughout North America.  Baker’s experience includes establishing closed loop recycling programs, beyond-bottle expansion initiatives, policy, communications, economic development, strategic planning and community affairs.

Jules Bailey
Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative
Concurrent Session B: Driving Plastics Recycling with Good Policy
is the chief stewardship officer and director of external relations for the Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative (OBRC). As CSO, Bailey is responsible for charting the future of bottle bill implementation and ensuring the deposit and redemption system remains convenient, relevant, and effective for Oregonians. He is also responsible for new initiatives, including the proposed "bottle fill" program for refillable beer bottles. Prior to joining OBRC, he served as a commissioner for Oregon's Multnomah County and is a former state legislator with experience working on the Oregon bottle bill.

Rey Banatao
Connora Technologies
Concurrent Session F: The Next Material to Target
is a serial entrepreneur focused on sustainable materials. At Connora Technologies, Banatao is working to change the paradigm for how the world deals with composite manufacturing waste and end-of-life. Connora’s long-term goal is to convert composites manufacturing waste into high performance materials and realize a circular economy in industries including automotive, transportation, and consumer products. Prior to Connora, Banatao was a co-founder of Entropy Resins, a pioneering bio-based resin company in the composites industry.

Shahram Baradaran
Green Toys
Plenary Session III: Digging into Market Demand
is the quality and compliance program manager at Green Toys Inc., a leading manufacturer of children's toys made from 100 percent recycled plastic. Before joining Green Toys Inc. in 2013, Shahram spent six years working as a quality engineer and project manager at a plastic injection molding company in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Nina Bellucci Butler
More Recycling
Concurrent Session G: Strategic Tools to Make Recycling Work
is the CEO of More Recycling. The company is the next generation of Moore Recycling Associates, and its name is an intentional nod to its predecessor. The new More Recycling is a research and consulting firm with expertise in plastic recycling. With a focus on information analysis, More gathers the critical information to build the tools and programs for sustainable materials management. Bellucci Butler has more than 16 years of experience in plastic recycling and has designed and implemented numerous programs and resources.She is the chief technical advisor for the Wrap Recycling Action Program, a national plastic film recycling initiative.

Jaime Camara
PetStar
Concurrent Session E: Latin American Success Stories
is the founder and CEO of PetStar, the world’s largest food-grade PET recycling plant. PetStar is located in Mexico CIty. Camara regularly speaks about collection and recycling of plastics in forums in Mexico and around the world.

Kelly Cramer
GreenBlue
Concurrent Session G: Strategic Tools to Make Recycling Work
is senior manager at the Sustainable Packaging Coalition and leads the How2Recycle program. She came to the Sustainable Packaging Coalition with an environmental law degree and experience in conservation and policy. Cramer is interested in using the art of strategy and analysis to creatively solve sustainability challenges within complex systems.

Mike Centers
Titus MRF Services
Concurrent Session I: Sorting Through the Issues
is the founder of Titus MRF Services, an equipment and maintenance service company that supports the existing materials recovery facility (MRF) infrastructure. Centers is currently the acting CEO, CFO and president. Prior to starting Titus, Centers spent eight years with Strategic Materials, Inc, the largest glass recycler in North America and served as senior vice president of the western region.

Louis “Jamie” Christopher
PakTech
Plenary Session III: Digging into Market Demand
is the sales and marketing operations manager at PakTech, a company that manufactures high-density polyethylene packaging in Eugene, Ore. Prior to working with PakTech Christopher owned his own distribution company, was a practicing attorney, and was an officer in the U.S. Navy. Having landed in HDPE packaging sales and marketing, he has been able to use his diverse background to wear many hats to serve his customers as well as the company’s interests.

Craig Cookson
American Chemistry Council
Concurrent Session B: Driving Plastics Recycling with Good Policy
is the senior director of recycling and energy recovery for the Plastics Division of the American Chemistry Council, a trade association representing the leading companies engaged in the business of chemistry. Cookson is responsible for leading the plastics division's strategic national initiatives to increase the recycling of plastics, advance opportunities for energy recovery and promote awareness of the role of plastics in providing sustainable solutions to society’s greatest challenges.

Robert Combs
Burt's Bees
Plenary Session III: Digging into Market Demand
is the category lead for packaging production services with consumer products brand Burt’s Bees. He has been with Burt's Bees for over 10 years, helping the company fulfill its dedication to creating environmentally friendly products and packaging. Combs wrote and launched the Burt’s Bees Packaging Standard, which is the company’s road map to selecting sustainable packaging materials and processes.

Paola Crea
Fimic
Concurrent Session D: Technical Track - Melt Filtration Under a Microscope
is the sales manager for Fimic, an Italian company that designs and manufactures guillotines and automatic self-cleaning screen changers for plastics recycling. Prior to her position with Fimic, Crea specialized in the plastic recycling extrusion fields. She has been with Fimic for 10 years.

Dylan de Thomas
The Recycling Partnership
Concurrent Session I: Sorting Through the Issues
is vice president of Industry Collaboration for The Recycling Partnership, working with the team there to increase the quantity and quality of the curbside collected recyclables across the U.S. as well as working to boost the economic health of the recycling industry as a whole. Previous to joining the Partnership, he worked for Resource Recycling, Inc. for a decade, directing and producing editorial content for three publications and three conferences covering various aspects of the recycling industry.

Sarah Dearman
Coca-Cola
Concurrent Session A: Technical Track - Connecting the Links of Plastics Recycling
leads sustainable packaging for The Coca-Cola Company in North America. She collaborates internally and externally to reduce the environmental footprint of Coca-Cola’s packaging through design, innovation and end-of-life solutions. Prior to joining Coca-Cola more than five years ago, Dearman worked on sustainability programs for the state of Georgia. She serves in advisory roles with several industry and community organizations including The Recycling Partnership, Closed Loop Fund and Sustainable Packaging Coalition.

Domenic Di Mondo
Green Mantra
Concurrent Session A: Technical Track - Connecting the Links of Plastics Recycling
is a chemist with a specialization in catalysis and polymer chemistry. As technical director at GreenMantra Technologies, his focus is on the development of new intellectual property, products and end-market formulations related to GreenMantra’s patented thermo-catalytic process for the controlled depolymerization of hard-to-recycle plastics. This process can convert raw materials such as agricultural and consumer films into higher value specialty chemicals, including synthetic polyolefin waxes.

Mike Diletti
Ettlinger
Concurrent Session D: Technical Track - Melt Filtration Under a Microscope
started his plastics career as a mold maker apprentice in 1981, building tooling for small intricate parts as well as large single-cavity molds. A move into the hot runner industry followed, including design, service and sales. Diletti then worked at Husky Injection Molding Systems for 18 years, mostly in technical sales for the hot runner, mold and machine groups. Since 2011, he has been part of the recycling world with Ettlinger NA LP, a global provider of continuous melt filtration systems as well as injection molding machines for large-part, thick-walled molding.

Jacobo Escriva
San Miguel
Concurrent Session E: Latin American Success Stories
is the manager of the recycling business division for San Miguel Industrias PET. He represents Peru's first PET bottle-to-bottle recycling plant, launched four years ago.

Tamsin Ettefagh
Envision Plastics
Plenary Session III: Digging into Market Demand
is the vice president of sales with Envision Plastics. She has over 28 years of experience in recycling, and her responsibilities have included implementing a recycling collection program, running the recycling operations for a materials recovery facility, and purchasing raw materials for plastics recycling companies. Additionally, she has experience in selling recycled resins for plastics recycling companies and consulting for agencies, banks and potential plastic manufacturers on market conditions.

Sergio Firpo
Azure Technologies, Inc.
Concurrent Session D: Technical Track - Melt Filtration Under a Microscope
is the president of Azure Technologies, Inc., which provides cost-effective process solutions for the recycling industry. Azure designs and engineers systems, identifies and implements process improvements and provides turnkey management services for the plastics recycling industry. Firpo has over 30 years of experience and clients in North and South America, including Coca Cola, Waste Management, Anheuser-Busch, Wellman Plastics, Eco-Emballages and Dart Container.

Robert Flores
Berry Plastics
Concurrent Session A: Technical Track - Connecting the Links of Plastics Recycling
is the director of sustainability for Berry Plastics, a leading provider of value-added plastic consumer packaging, nonwoven specialty materials, and engineered materials delivering high-quality customized solutions to customers. In this role, he leads Berry Plastics’ greenhouse gas reduction, waste reduction, and Operation Clean Sweep initiatives. He has been actively involved in recycling since joining the Association of Plastic Recyclers in 2009, and he has subsequently worked with several other organizations to foster recycling, including the American Chemistry Council’s Flexible Film Recycling Group, the Plastics Industry Association’s Recycling Committee, and the Foodservice Packaging Institute’s Plastics Recovery Group.

Zach Freeze
Walmart
Plenary Session I: Opportunity Amid Buzzwords
is the senior director for sustainability at Walmart. He is responsible for global product sustainability, working with buyers and suppliers in Walmart’s general merchandise and consumables categories on key initiatives such as factory energy efficiency, chemical, and packaging. Freeze has been on the company's sustainability team for over three years and has been with Walmart for over 10 years, holding a number of roles within the company, including environmental compliance and indirect sourcing and procurement.

Kailin Fu
IHS
Plenary Session II: Where Do Resin Markets Go From Here?
is a senior analyst in IHS Chemical’s plastics group, with focus on the polyolefins and engineering plastics market. Her prior experience includes working as a management analyst at Promontory, a financial consulting firm in Denver, and as a process engineer at an engineering design company. She joined IHS four years ago, primarily covering the Global Plastics and Polymers Report and the Global Engineering Resins Report.

Santiago Garcia
ECOCE
Concurrent Session E: Latin American Success Stories
is an independent consultant in the area of sustainability and PET recycling. Additionally, he works as a senior consultant for PET packaging and recycling in the U.K. and with ECOCE, an association that features the most important PET recyclers in Mexico. In 1989 he began working with Continental Can Company to lead a project to produce PET containers in Mexico using technology for reusable, returnable bottles. Santiago went on to become the sales director with Continental PET Technologies until 2001.

George Gatlin
Invema
Concurrent Session E: Latin American Success Stories
is the founder and general director of Inversiones Materiales (Invema), the largest PET bottle recycling company in Central America, processing 24,000 metric tons of bottles per year. Invema is a buyer and processor of all types of scrap metals, cardboard, vehicle batteries, electronic scrap and PET bottles. It employs 385 people, and collects approximately 120,000 metric tons of scrap materials per year in its facility in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

Nina Goodrich
GreenBlue
Plenary Session I: Opportunity Amid Buzzwords
joined the sustainability nonprofit group GreenBlue in 2012 as executive director and director of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition. Prior to GreenBlue, she held leadership positions in research and development with Alcan Packaging, Amcor, The Guelph Food Technology Center and Magic Pantry Foods. She has a background in research and development management and has done graduate work in technology management and sustainability strategy. She speaks and writes frequently on the convergence of sustainability, innovation and technology.

Sandy Guthrie
ADG Solutions
Concurrent Session D: Technical Track - Melt Filtration Under a Microscope
is the founder of ADG Solutions, a technological leader in the recycling industry. He has been in the plastics machinery industry for over 35 years and is instrumental in the guidance of his company. Previously, Guthrie was the business director for Davis Standard from 2005 to 2010, specializing in the Merritt product line following his sale of Merritt Davis to that company. He was a founder of Merritt Davis in 1989 and was president and CEO from its inception until its sale in 2005. From 1978 to 1989, he was director of sales and marketing for Sterling Extruder Corporation, one of the largest U.S. manufacturers of plastics machinery.

Monika Gneuss
Gneuss
Concurrent Session D: Technical Track - Melt Filtration Under a Microscope
is the vice president of sales and market manager at Gneuss, a company that sells filtration technology, measurement technology and processing technology for the plastics industry. Previously, she was a research and development engineer in the plastics department of the Mainz Institute of Microtechnology in Mainz, Germany.

Kristina Hansen
Plastics Forming Enterprises
Concurrent Session A: Technical Track - Connecting the Links of Plastics Recycling
is the technical director at Plastics Forming Enterprise LLC (PFE) and is an active participant of the Association of Plastic Recyclers' PET and olefin technical committees. Her role at PFE has been to work closely with clients (reclaimers, brand owners, suppliers, converters and trade associations) to better understand the recycling community and the ways product selection and design affect the quality of the recycling stream. She also manages projects for PFE's full-service testing analytical lab and recycling pilot facility.

Stewart Harris
American Chemistry Council
Plenary Session IV: A Sea of Challenges
is the director of marine and environmental stewardship at the American Chemistry Council’s Plastics Division where he manages ACC’s Marine Debris program. He is also Chair the Advocacy Committee for industry’s Global Action Team, which implements the Declaration of the Global Plastics Associations for Solutions on Marine Litter. As part of the Global Declaration, signatories have implemented over 260 projects addressing marine litter since 2011.

Keefe Harrison
The Recycling Partnership
Plenary Session IV: A Sea of Challenges
is the CEO of The Recycling Partnership, a national nonprofit transforming recycling in municipalities across America. Formerly, she served as a senior consultant for Resource Recycling Systems, the director of communications for the Association of Plastic Recyclers and the project director for the Southeast Recycling Development Council. She was also a local government assistance team member for the North Carolina State Recycling Office. She has worked in the waste reduction and recycling field since 1998 and is an active national speaker and published author on recycling issues.

Clemens Kitzberger
Erema
Concurrent Session D: Technical Track - Melt Filtration Under a Microscope
is the business development manager of post-consumer applications for Erema. He joined Erema in 1999 after working as the production manager for an Austrian textile company. At Erema he has held a variety of positions in the processing and product development departments, and in his current role, Kitzberger provides global expertise and support to customers for post-consumer applications with a focus on melt quality and filtration technology.

Derrick Lawrence
Seventh Generation
Plenary Session III: Digging into Market Demand
is the director of packaging development at Seventh Generation, a company that produces environmentally conscious household products. He leads the packaging development and water product development departments at Seventh Generation. He has been with the company for five years and has steadily guided the increase of post-consumer recycled plastics in bottles to an average of 95 percent.

Jonathan Levy
Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries
Concurrent Session H: Technical Track - Syllabus for Success
is the director for member services with the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries. ISRI provides advocacy, education and compliance training. The group also builds public awareness of the vital role recycling plays in the U.S. economy, global trade, environmental protection and sustainable development. Levy works with members to develop tools and educational materials that help them run their facilities more efficiently.

John Maddox
SBA-CCI
Plenary Session II: Where Do Resin Markets Go From Here?
is the president of SBA-CCI, Inc., a consultancy that covers the entire global PET value stream, including petrochemical feed stocks, PET resin and containers, and recycling. After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, his entire career has been in the PET industry.  He first worked for a major PET resin producer, then as the vice president and general manager of a PET preform manufacturer, and for the past twenty years, he has been a principal at SBA-CCI.

Robert Malloy
University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Concurrent Session H: Technical Track - Syllabus for Success
is an emeritus professor at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell in the Plastics Engineering Department. He has been a faculty member at UMass Lowell since 1987.  Prior to joining the faculty there, he was a faculty member at the Algerian Petroleum Institute in Annaba, Algeria.  He has taught courses on the subjects of plastics materials, physical property testing, plastics processing and plastic product and mold design, and is an active researcher and consultant in the areas of thermoplastic processing, plastic part design, mold design and plastics recycling.

Chaz Miller
National Waste & Recycling Association
Concurrent Session I: Sorting Through the Issues
is the director of policy and advocacy for the National Waste & Recycling Association, a trade group for private-sector haulers, recyclers, composters and disposal companies. He joined EPA’s Resource Recovery Division in 1976 and has also worked for the Glass Packaging Institute. Miller has testified at Congressional and state hearings on solid waste and recycling issues and has been a keynoter and speaker at solid waste and recycling conferences in the United States, Canada, Japan and China.

Patty Moore
Moore Recycling Associates
Concurrent Session G: Strategic Tools to Make Recycling Work
is the president of Sustainable Materials Management of California, the founder of Moore Recycling Associates Inc and a globally renowned expert on plastics recycling. Her influence on recycling began in 1983: She was manager of the recycling program in Wilton, N.H, and started one of the nation’s first plastic bottle collection programs. Moore founded Sustainable Materials Management of California (SMM of CA) this year to allow her to dramatically reduce her work responsibilities. SMM of CA specializes in the management of environmental organizations.

Rick Moore
National Association for PET Container Resources
Concurrent Session B: Driving Plastics Recycling with Good Policy
is the executive director of the National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR). NAPCOR is a trade association for the PET packaging industry with 52 members encompassing the entire PET value chain. In addition, he is president of Rick Moore Consulting, a business and recycling consulting firm. Prior to forming RMC, Moore spent almost 40 years in multiple leadership roles with ITW/Signode, a leading manufacturer of protective packaging systems.

Joel Morales
IHS
Plenary Session II: Where Do Resin Markets Go From Here?
is the senior director of polyolefins for North America and is currently the service leader for the Global Plastics and Polymers Market Advisory service, which covers pricing, supply and demand analytics for six major resin categories across the globe. Recently, his role has been expanded to include polyolefins coverage for all of the Americas. Morales brings a processor’s perspective to IHS and has taken an active role in the continued development of the company’s global plastics services.

Scott Mouw
North Carolina Division of Environmental Assistance & Customer Service
Concurrent Session B: Driving Plastics Recycling with Good Policy
recently joined The Recycling Partnership, a national nonprofit group dedicated to improving the performance of the U.S. recycling system. Prior to joining the organization, he directed North Carolina’s recycling program, overseeing policies and programs to expand and enhance the recovery of materials, increase public access to recycling services, and grow the state’s recycling economy. He has participated in a wide range of regional and national initiatives to advance recycling and materials management.

Rick Perez
Avangard Innovative
Plenary Session I: Opportunity Amid Buzzwords
is the founder and CEO of Avangard Innovative. He drives the overall strategic vision for the company, which consists of nine independent businesses spanning across 12 countries. Perez’s primary focus is on transforming the waste and recycling industry through a vision-driven company that is a premier worldwide sustainable solutions provider.

Kara Pochiro
The Association of Plastic Recyclers
Concurrent Session G: Strategic Tools to Make Recycling Work
is the communications director for the Association of Plastic Recyclers and is responsible for overseeing the development, implementation and marketing of technical guidelines and educational programs. Additionally, she is responsible for the overall management of APR internal and external communications, conferences and programs.

Jerry Powell
Resource Recycling, Inc.
Concurrent Session I: Sorting Through the Issues
is the president of Resource Recycling, Inc., a publishing and conference management firm. Resource Recycling is a sponsor of Plastics Recycling 2017 as well as the publisher of three trade journals: Resource Recycling, Plastics Recycling Update and E-Scrap News.

Jerry Qi
Georgia Tech
Concurrent Session F: The Next Material to Target
is a professor and the Woodruff Faculty Fellow at the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology.Qi’s research is in the broad field of physics and mechanics of active polymers and composites. His recent work focuses on 3-D printing and recycling thermosetting polymer and composites. Recently, his group developed a new method to recycle carbon fiber reinforced epoxy composite with near 100 percent recyclability. He has published more than 90 papers in peer reviewed journals and is a member of the board of directors for the Society of Engineering Science.

Will Sagar
Southeast Recycling Development Council
Concurrent Session F: The Next Material to Target
is the executive director with the Southeast Recycling Development Council and has been with the organization since 2010. He has 18 years of experience as county solid waste director in two counties in western North Carolina. Sagar is also a past president of the board of directors for the Carolina Recycling Association. For several years, he chaired the board of The Free Clinic of Transylvania County, which serves the medical needs of the uninsured.

Ted Siegler
DSM Environmental
Plenary Session IV: A Sea of Challenges
is a partner at DSM Environmental Services and a resource economist with 40 years of solid waste management experience. He has specialized in improving the efficiency of recycling collection and processing systems in the United States, and he has worked in 14 countries around the world focusing on municipal finance and solid waste management. Siegler recently participated in an international working group on marine plastic waste, which was sponsored by the Ocean Conservancy at the National Center for Ecological Assessment and Synthesis at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Brett Stevens
TerraCycle
Plenary Session IV: A Sea of Challenges
is TerraCycle’s global vice president of material sales and procurement and has been with the recycling company for over seven years. Aside from managing the processing of collected material for TerraCycle and moving the recovered streams to relevant downstream applications, he helps lead packaging integration initiatives with TerraCycle’s brand partners. The most recent example is P&G’s announcement at the World Economic Forum in Davos regarding their plans to introduce Head & Shoulders shampoo bottles made with 25 percent beach plastic supplied by TerraCycle.

Philip Taynton
Mallinda LLC
Concurrent Session F: The Next Material to Target
holds a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Colorado. His work on malleable thermosets led him to co-found Mallinda LLC in 2014. The company is focused on making high-throughput production of carbon fiber composites a reality. In addition to the advantages they bring to the manufacturing process, Mallinda’s composite materials are 100 percent recyclable in a room temperature, cradle-to-cradle process.

Jason Wang
CSPA
Concurrent Session C: China's Plastic Recycling Market – In the Midst of Changes
is the standing vice chairman and secretary general of the China Scrap Plastics Association (CSPA) and has been working with the group for 13 years. He founded the magazine China Scrap Plastics and the Wechat platform “The Story of Scrap Plastic.”

Steve Wong
CSPA
Concurrent Session C: China's Plastic Recycling Market – In the Midst of Changes
is the founder and managing director of Fukutomi Company Limited, a Hong Kong-based plastic recycler, injection molder and machinery manufacturer. Wong also serves as the executive president of CSPA.

Keith Vorst
Iowa State University
Concurrent Session H: Technical Track - Syllabus for Success
serves as the director for the Polymer and Food Protection Consortium in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. His research area is the technical development and safety of food packaging. Prior to joining academia, he worked for three major packaging companies and served as a consultant for a major automotive manufacturer. Vorst has several peer-reviewed publications and patents for plastic characterization, contamination monitoring, carbon nanotubes, medical device manufacturing, microbial testing methods and polymer design.