2019 Speakers

Sachin Arora

Global Business Leader, Fluorine Products, Honeywell International, Inc

Sachin leads Honeywell’s Fluorine Products Emerging Business, managing and mobilizing a global team as they shape the future of the Company’s Smart Refrigeration Solution (SRS) offering. He is currently responsible for overseeing the commercialization activities of the innovative SRS business.

Sachin joined Honeywell 2011 as the Strategic Marketing Leader for the Honeywell’s Healthcare Packaging business. In 2015, he assumed the role of Global Strategy & Marketing Leader for the Fluorine Products business. During his time at Honeywell, Sachin has led key new business development initiatives and breakthrough product strategies. Cumulatively, he has 16 years of experience in various industries, including refrigeration, food/nutrition, polymers, and chemicals.

Sachin is originally from India, born in Abu-Dhabi, UAE and raised in various regions
across the Middle East. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering
from the Indian Institute of Technology (Delhi) and his MBA from Penn State University.
Sachin is based in Morris Plains, NJ

Lee Churchill

Vice President Sales, Seasons 4 Inc.

Brian Fricke

Group Leader, Building Equipment Research, Energy & Transportation Science Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Brian Fricke is the Group Leader for the Building Equipment Research Group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Brian has over 20 years of experience in the areas of commercial and industrial refrigeration, including the evaluation of low global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants, the development of energy efficient refrigeration technologies and modeling of refrigeration system energy consumption and emissions.

Brian is an active member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), where he is member of several technical committees.  In addition, Brian is a member of the International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR) where he serves as the chairman for the U.S. National Committee of the IIR, and Vice-President of Commission C2, Food Science and Engineering.

Sarah Johnston

Client Portfolio Commodity Services Director, Calpine Energy Solutions

Ms. Johnston began her career with Calpine in 2009 as a data analyst. She assumed her current role in 2011 when her focus shifted to reporting and analysis for risk management clients. As Client Portfolio Commodity Services Director, Ms. Johnston manages a roster of Calpine Energy Solutions’ Portfolio Risk Management clients with complex and expansive footprints or portfolios.  She is responsible for analyzing data on macroeconomic trends, commodity market influences, and broader energy markets, while ensuring that Calpine’s key clients’ electricity portfolios are balanced and well managed. Her expertise in energy portfolio management guides clients through the use of advanced risk analytics, evaluation of strategy performance, and guidance in creating and executing energy policies and strategies. Ms. Johnston is also a frequent speaker at summits and forums on the topics of energy portfolio management, corporate sustainability, and commodity risk management.

Education and Credentials

  • B.S., Business Administration, Elmhurst College
  • Graduate Certificate, Corporate Sustainability and Innovation, Harvard University

Tom Land

GreenChill Partnership Program Manager, Stratospheric Protection Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Tom Land has worked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for over 20 years. He has implemented and managed EPA regulatory programs to phase out chemicals that deplete the ozone layer. He also represents the U.S. at international treaty negotiations of the Montreal Protocol and helps guide the Multilateral Fund in approving cost-effective projects that assist developing countries to transition from ozone-depleting substances. Now, as manager of EPA's GreenChill Partnership Program, Tom is collaborating with the food retail industry to adopt practices and advanced refrigeration technologies to reduce refrigerant emissions and the amount of refrigerant in systems for cost-savings and environmental benefits.

John Lerch, CEP

Director, Energy and Facilities, Weis Markets, Inc.

John Lerch is the Director of Energy and Facilities for Weis Markets, Inc. a regional supermarket chain based in Sunbury, PA with stores located in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, and West Virginia. John is responsible for the energy procurement, facility maintenance, HVAC/ Refrigeration Maintenance, equipment maintenance, and the implementation and execution of energy efficiency and sustainability programs at 200+ stores.

Charlie Lowe

Director of Refrigeration, K-VA-T Food Stores, Inc.

Charlie is responsible for the operational readiness and the energy efficient operation of the refrigeration, lighting, electrical, plumbing, and food processing equipment systems installed in K-VA-T’s Food City and Super Dollar stores. Charlie is based out of Abingdon, VA.


Lauren MacGowens

Sector Lead, Refrigeration Technology, Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute

Lauren MacGowens is the Sector Lead for Refrigeration Products at AHRI. Lauren is responsible for developing, implementing, and communicating the overall strategy for the entire Refrigeration Sector of AHRI.  Lauren joined AHRI in 2012 as an Associate Certification Engineer.  She held numerous intermediate positions within certification in technical, managerial, and regulatory roles, prior to serving as the Lead Regulatory Advisor, Refrigeration Technology. 

Lauren has been intricately involved in industry updates for standards, certification programs, codes, and regulations. She continues to support regulatory affairs for all items pertaining to refrigeration technology.  Throughout her career, she has served on advisory roles for many associations and engineering societies within our global industry.  Within ASHRAE, she chairs and holds voting positions for a number of standards and technical committees.  She has been instrumental in standards publications and updates of both method of test and ratings standards used in many Department of Energy (DOE) regulations. She also provides input to EPA, DOE, foreign governments and other regulatory agencies regarding ozone and climate and energy efficiency regulations.  

Lauren holds a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Catholic University of America.

Brad Morris

Senior Manager, Engineering and Energy, Giant Eagle, Inc.

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.

Gustavo Pottker

Applications Group Leader - Refrigerants, Honeywell International, Inc

Gustavo Pottker joined the Advanced Materials Division of Honeywell in Buffalo/NY in 2012. He currently leads the research and development of low global warming potential refrigerants and software enabled services for commercial refrigeration.

Gustavo is originally from Brazil where he received his B.Sc. and M.Sc degrees in Mechanical Engineering and got his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from University of Illinois. He has 19+ years of academic and industry experience in refrigeration and air conditioning, including domestic and commercial refrigeration, residential and mobile A/C.

Michael Sansolo

Retail Food Industry Consultant and Research Director, Coca-Cola Retailing Research Councils of North and Latin America

Countless studies and years of work with some of the world’s most innovative companies gives Michael Sansolo a unique and diverse view of the changing nature of trends impacting shoppers, employees, competition, economics, supply chains and management. A long-time senior vice president of the Food Marketing Institute and now a consultant, speaker and author, Sansolo has traveled the globe working with companies on adjusting to new market conditions.

He currently serves as the research director of the Coca-Cola Retailing Research Councils of both North and Latin America, working with these groups on emerging business topics such as social networking.

Sansolo recently authored Business Rules! a collection of diverse and useful lessons in business success. Stories are gathered from companies of all sizes and lessons from professional sports, Broadway Theater, a New York City catering company and pop star Lady Gaga.

Previously, Sansolo co-authored The Big Picture: Essential Business Lessons from the Movies, a book that identifies creative lessons in leadership, marketing and workplace dynamics gleaned from movies as varied as The Godfather and Young Frankenstein. Topics in the book include ethics, brand building, crisis management, outside-the-box thinking and diversity. Sansolo also writes a weekly column on wide-ranging business trends for www.MorningNewsBeat.com, a daily blog with nearly 35,000 readers.

Helen Walter-Terrinoni

Vice President Regulatory Affairs, Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute

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.