John Anton is the lead steel expert, as a director in the Pricing and Purchasing Service at S&P Global Market Intelligence. He has expertise in the ferrous metals industry, he is responsible for evaluating the outlook for steel. He also specializes in forecasting commodities and works closely with the Automotive, Construction, Energy and Economics teams at S&P Global Market Intelligence. Steel demand is linked to outlooks from these key sectors. In turn, the profitability of these sectors can rise or fall depending on the price and availability of steel.
Prior to joining IHS Markit (now part of S&P Global) in 1995, he was in the private practice of law as well as an economist and statistician for the United States Department of Labor in the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
John received a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Florida State University, US, and a Juris Doctor from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary, US.
Tristam resides just outside San Francisco, CA, and his professional passion is integrative carbon mitigation solutions for the built and business environments. He has spent his career pursuing sustainable solutions across multiple disciplines, including transportation, packaging, supply chain, green building, and corporate sustainability practices. Before offering his skills and passion to others via êffecterra, he spent most of his career leading sustainability and environmental initiatives for multinational grocer Whole Foods Market. As Director of Sustainability & Facilities, he led a team responsible for implementing environmentally responsible programs, sustainable engineering initiatives, ongoing facility management, and environmental compliance. Tristam is a LEED AP and sustainability leader with environmental expertise in multiple areas, including high-performance buildings, refrigeration/HVAC systems, renewable energy, and waste diversion.
Peter Cooke has over twenty years of experience developing sustainability tools and programs for businesses, government, academia, and non-profits. He co-founded Ratio Institute to develop tools and resources for food retailers. He has worked with over 1,000 grocery stores since 2012 and performed sustainability audits at over 600 grocery stores. Peter is ISO 14001 Lead Auditor certified, Commercial Energy Auditor trained, Building Operator Certified, and Hazardous Waste Operations certified.
Nicholas Doherty is a professional engineer with 17 years of experience in the design and construction of refrigeration projects for remodel and new store designs across the country. Currently, he is the refrigeration service sector leader in the refrigeration design group at Cushing Terrell. During his time with Cushing Terrell, he has led teams that help in developing the refrigeration criteria designs for many projects.
Kaimi has been with Honeywell Refrigerants for 4 years as a R&D Engineer. She is now the tech lead responsible for low GWP (environmentally benign) refrigerant research and development for commercial and industrial refrigeration applications. She holds a PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M Univeristy, College Station, TX, USA
Garlich oversees marketing programs, media relations and the association’s digital strategy, managing and directing communications outreach and activities related to FMI’s priority and emerging issues, which include government relations; regulatory; food safety; consumer outreach; research; products; services; programs; and events. I
Garlich was previously a part of Porter Novelli’s food, beverage and nutrition practice in Washington, D.C., where she worked on major food brands and commodity boards. Earlier in her career, Garlich worked at the Grocery Manufacturers Association (now known as Consumer Brands Association), where she served as the manager of membership communications. Before joining GMA, Heather was an analyst for CARMA International, Inc., a global media analysis firm covering food, agriculture and pharmaceuticals.
With more than 30 years of HVACR industry experience, Derek Gosselin currently serves as Director of Technical Product Support for all Hillphoenix products, a Dover Food Retail Company, located in Conyers, GA. Derek began his career as a store planner at Associated Grocers of New England in Manchester, NH, before joining Tyler Refrigeration as its New England district sales manager, then the National Account Manager. in 2009 as part of the Hillphoenix acquisition of Tyler, Derek joined Hillphoenix as a National Account Manager before moving into operations as a systems division Product Manager with a focus on business and product development. With the recent trends in the industry, he has moved into the lead position on a team to support the promotion and education for the application natural refrigerant with the deployment of developing technology.
Andrew S. Harig currently serves as Vice President, Tax, Trade, Sustainability & Policy Development at FMI-The Food Industry Association. In this position, he is responsible for lobbying Congress and the Administration on behalf of FMI members, with a primary focus on agriculture, taxes, trade, sustainability, food waste, and pensions. Prior to joining FMI, Andy was an associate trade advisor and speechwriter for the Senate Finance Committee under its Chairman, Max Baucus (D-MT). From 1999-2001, he was the senior research associate for the Global Economic Policy Project at the New America Foundation, a Washington, DC-based think tank. Andy holds a B.A. from the College of William and Mary and an M.A. from DePaul University in Chicago, IL.
Amanda Lai is Consulting Senior Manager and Food Retail Practice Lead at McMillanDoolittle, a Chicago-based consultancy serving the retail industry. Amanda manages McMillanDoolittle’s food retail practice and manages strategic planning, retail concept development, consumer research, and real estate analysis for a wide range of global retail clients. Since joining the team in 2017, Amanda has worked with brands across the Grocery, Restaurant, Apparel, Consumer Electronics, Automotive, and Real Estate sectors. Amanda was recognized as a “Rising Star of Consulting” by Consulting Magazine in 2021 in the category of Retail Excellence. She has been featured as a subject matter expert on TD Ameritrade, CBS News, and Chicago’s WGN Radio, and has been quoted in publications including The Chicago Tribune, Crain’s, Progressive Grocer, and Winsight Grocery Business.
Richard Ling is representing the Business Development & Partnerships team at Station A. Station A is the US's leading clean energy marketplace for commercial and industrial (C&I) onsite solutions. At Station A, Richard helps clients navigate their clean energy journey by identifying the best sites for clean energy projects and sourcing competitive quotes for those projects via Station A's network of 2,000+ providers. Station A's clients range from the smallest single-family businesses to the largest Fortune 500 companies. Prior to joining Station A, Richard worked as a Solar Energy Researcher at the Singh Center for Nanotechnology, an Energy Policy Analyst at the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy, and an Energy Efficiency and Solar Developer at CEG Solutions. Richard received his BSE from the University of Pennsylvania in Systems Science & Engineering and Earth & Environmental Science.
Brandon Marshall, Regional Marketing Manager for Thermal and Specialized Solutions at The Chemours Company has over 15 years of experience in the HVAC and refrigeration industry serving in a variety of roles including contracting, engineering, and marketing. Brandon is passionate about supporting the HVACR industry in navigating the complex technological and regulatory landscape of today’s market to further institute the use of new technologies that achieve a reduced impact on the environment and customer’s bottom line. He currently holds a Bachelors of Science in HVACR Design and Technology from Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, PA and a Masters of Business Administration from Maryville University in St. Louse, MO.
Kersey has worked in various sectors before coming to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) where he is the Program Manager for EPA’s GreenChill Advanced Refrigeration Partnership. Most recently, he worked for 3.5 years at the California Air Resources Board implementing an incentive program for cleaner agricultural equipment and ensuring that Cap-and-Trade incentive programs benefitted disadvantaged communities. Prior to that, he worked with state agencies to plan hydrogen fueling infrastructure for fuel cell electric vehicles. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, a B.S. in Materials Science & Engineering, an M.S., and a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering, all from the University of California, Irvine.
In his role at FMI, Markenson oversees the research & insights practice. He leads the discovery process on the latest industry trends and operational insights that champion FMI as a credible voice of the food retail industry. Markenson is a market research executive with 30 years of progressive experience in his field. His diverse experience includes research design, information/data collection and analysis and strategic planning.
Markenson was formerly the president of WBA Research, a national market research firm founded in 1987, where he oversaw more than 30 full-time professionals, along with a part-time staff of more than 100 telephone interviewers, field interviewers and support staff. Earlier in his career, Markenson worked at Snyder Communications, where he directed all aspects of more than 90 annual market research studies and presented results to brand management, market research departments, advertising and promotion agencies.
Scott Martin currently serves as Director, Business Development and Industry Relations for Hillphoenix, A Dover Company, located in Conyers, Georgia. A third generation Refrigeration Engineer, Scott received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Southern Polytechnic State University in 1985. Scott has held a wide variety of industry roles including Product Manager, Director of Engineering and R&D, and most recently Director of Sustainable Technologies. Today, Scott’s focus reflects a strong Hillphoenix commitment to providing product and technology answers that help retailers supply higher quality food products while advancing efforts toward environmental stewardship.
Michael McMahon oversees the Phoenix Energy Technologies sales department by driving go to market sales initiatives and also helps develop internal efficiencies that maximize results. He is experienced with bringing new technologies to market and most notable for working with growth companies to scale in complex markets. Prior to Phoenix Energy Technologies, Michael was general manager for an international virgin company and led the 12-year high-tech company to first profitability and scalability in the U.S. and European markets.
With 1300 supermarkets in 7 Southeastern states. Forty years in Supermarket Refrigeration, installation, service, and maintenance. Currently responsible for oversight of Publix's refrigeration and HVAC equipment and installation specifications and input to future refrigeration designs. Our core team also facilitates research and development of advanced technologies in refrigeration systems, energy management, compliance, and sustainability.
Brad Morris is Senior Manager of Engineering and Energy for Giant Eagle Inc., a regional supermarket chain based in Pittsburgh, PA, with stores in Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Brad is responsible for managing the Architectural and Engineering design teams, the operation and maintenance of the refrigeration and HVAC systems and the execution of energy efficiency projects.
Brad holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Grove City College and an M.B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh. He is also a licensed Professional Engineer.
Jason is a change management expert, with experience in building and forming complex strategies to execute and sustain desired outcomes through a systemic approach. This approach enabled Jason to lead the highly successful delivery of the IMS Evolve application for the world's largest retailer, across their estate of 5,300 stores in under 6 months. Jason is passionate about establishing a culture of continuous improvement by identifying focused outcomes that ensure the customer recognizes consistent value from the IMS Evolve solution. Jason has deep domain knowledge of the retail store, food quality, and maintenance operations that are continuously utilized to develop both customer engagements and drive significant innovation within the IMS Evolve solutions stack.
Jeff is a seasoned architectural retail designer with broad project management experience and strong creative flair. He’s proven himself to be talented in implementing a wide variety of design and development projects and can readily conceptualize innovative ideas. Jeff worked on a variety of commercial project and program types, ranging from hospitality, retail, and restaurant to governmental and healthcare, but his heart and the large bulk of his portfolio belongs to retail design. His portfolio includes work with: -BTI Partners -Fields & Table -Powell’s Supermarket -Seritage Growth Properties -Stellar Partners -WS Development -Disney World -Kroger -Walgreens -Starbucks -Chick-fil-a -Wendy’s -Burger King -McDonald’s Jeff holds a Bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and a Masters of Architecture from the University of Michigan, and he is pursuing his architectural license. Before joining api(+) Jeff held retail design positions with respected firms including Studio H2G, Miter House and Rick Swisher Architect Inc. A true craftsman and creative, outside of the office he designs and builds furniture. His creativity also extends to the kitchen where he enjoys cooking traditional Lebanese dishes.
Andre is responsible for supporting sustainable system-related innovation and leveraging Emerson’s global cold chain to drive the adoption of an integrated solution in North America. Andre has more than 37 years of industry experience in sales, marketing, training, and business development. He most recently led marketing efforts pertaining to Emerson’s food retail and chiller markets. Prior to that, he had managed Emerson’s global CO2 development.
Nilesh has been with Honeywell Refrigerants for four years as an Advanced R&D Engineer. He is responsible for the development of environmentally preferable and energy-efficient refrigerants to replace high Global Warming Potential (GWP) fluids in refrigeration and air conditioning applications and, more specifically, in commercial and industrial refrigeration applications. Nilesh holds a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India.
Greg Retz is a Development Chef with over 25 years experience in the culinary world. Greg's experience includes operations and development for retail, healthcare and education as well as creating new products for private label and own brands. Working as the Director of New Concept Development for Southeastern Grocers Greg was instrumental in the creation of trendsetting concepts for the Southeastern US for prepared foods and traditional deli. Most recently Greg worked as the Corporate Chef for the world's largest vertically integrated tilapia farming company, creating a full line of value added items for retail and food service .
Patrick Schwerdtfeger is a business futurist and keynote speaker specializing in technology trends including artificial intelligence and blockchain. He's the author of Pandemic, Inc.; 8 Trends Driving Business Growth and Success in the New Economy (2020, Authority Publishing) as well as five other business books.
Patrick has been featured on a wide variety of media outlets and is a regular speaker for Bloomberg TV. He's also the host of the Strategic Business Insights video blog with 26,000 subscribers and over 7 million views on YouTube. He's spoken about business trends and emerging technologies at hundreds of conferences around the world.
Jonathan has more than 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur and a business executive for both Fortune 500 and privately held companies. His career began with driving energy efficiency at food manufacturing and food packaging plants. He transitioned to energy-efficiency work at food retail outlets in the early 2000’s, focusing on refrigeration, HVAC, and lighting. Jonathan holds a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Studies from Saint Louis University, a Master’s in Business Administration and Management from Pepperdine University, and has completed continuing education units at the University of Oxford
Fritz brings over 25 years of senior management experience in both the industrial and electrical distribution markets. In his role at Therm, Fritz helps organizations accelerate the transition from climate-damaging refrigerants by monetizing the displaced carbon and making capital investments more tenable. Prior to Therm, Fritz served as Executive Vice President of Dalkia Energy Solutions (formerly Groom Energy Solutions) where he co-led operations and business development-related activities. Before Dalkia, Fritz was President of Poplar Consulting Group, Inc., providing strategic consulting services to manufacturers, distributors, and private equity firms in the supply chain markets. Earlier in his career, Fritz was a senior executive with WW Grainger. During his 10-year tenure with Grainger, he held several senior management positions in Integrated Supply, National Accounts, and the Industrial Supply Division. As Vice President of Grainger Integrated Supply, he co-founded and built the $240 M division into the industry’s leading Management Services outsourcing entity.
Helen holds a Master’s degree in chemical engineering with a concentration in environmental engineering from Syracuse University. She started working for DuPont in 1995 in the Titanium Technologies business, where she held various technical, manufacturing and business roles. She spent eight years managing the fluorochemicals foam expansion agent business and the next generation, low GWP, foam expansion agent development program including the manufacturing plant design. She then managed Chemours Fluorochemicals Global Regulatory Affairs. Helen has been evaluating and working on LCA's for insulation and refrigeration for the past decade and does a significant amount of environmental, business and financial modeling. She is a co-chair of the UN Montreal Protocol Foams Technical Options Committee, the Science Advisor for The Alliance for Responsible Atmospheric Policy (The Alliance), and through 2018 was on the Board of the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) as the Chair of the Supplier Division.
Danielle Wright is the executive director of the North American Sustainable Refrigeration Council (NASRC), a nonprofit dedicated to advancing climate-friendly natural refrigerants. Prior to her current role, she developed and implemented large-scale utility energy efficiency programs with a specific focus on optimizing the performance of refrigeration systems in order to reduce costs and increase sustainability of grocery stores.