Sustainability Panel

Thursday, October 10, 2013, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Fermanian Conference Center

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Professionals Register HERE!


Thursday, October 10, 2013

Fermanian Conference Center

Professional Panel and Networking Reception

5:30 p.m. - Check-In and Pre-Networking

5:45 p.m. - Panel Presentation

6:15 p.m. - Questions and Answers

6:30 p.m. - Networking Reception

Network with Professionals from the following Companies:

Málama Composites
David Saltman, Chairman and CEO 

David Saltman is Chairman and CEO of Málama Composites.  Prior to founding Málama, Saltman was CEO of Open Energy Corporation which developed photovoltaic roofing tiles and membranes.  He was Chief Marketing Officer of Flexform Technologies, the first natural fiber composites company in North America. Flexform enabled engineers at Ford, GM and Chrysler to produce automotive interiors that were stronger, lighter, less expensive and far more easily recycled than glass reinforced plastics.  

Saltman served on the Presidential task force that developed green procurement guidelines for the US government.  He has received awards from the American Marketing Association, the National Recycling Coalition, and the American Composites Manufacturing Association among others.  He was a founding member of CleanTECH San Diego and former Executive Director of the Surfrider Foundation.  He is a graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles. 

Charles "Muggs" Stoll, Director

Charles Stoll, more commonly known as "Muggs", is the Director of Land Use and Transportation Planning for the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) in San Diego, California.  He directs a team of over 30 professionals in developing critical land use and transportation planning initiatives for the San Diego region, such as the 2050 Regional Transportation Plan and the first Sustainable Communities Strategy pursuant to Senate Bill 375 in the State of California.   Previously, Stoll was the TransNet Program Manager for SANDAG.  TransNet is the half-cent regional sales-tax transportation program for San Diego County which involved developing strategies for securing matching transportation funds, the development of new performance measurement systems and implementation of an innovative regional environmental mitigation program.  He also had the interim responsibility as SANDAG’s Communications Director for four months until the position was permanently filled in 2007.

Stoll joined SANDAG in April 2007 after spending over twenty years with the California Department of Transportation in their San Diego District Office where he gained experience in many functional units including project development and environmental analysis.  He was the Project Director for the South Bay Expressway, a toll road developed through a public-private partnership arrangement.  He began his involvement in the Transportation Research Board (TRB) while at Caltrans and has continued his activities as a member of the TRB Environmental Analysis in Transportation Committee (ADC10), where he assumed the Chair in 2009.

Stoll received a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Civil Engineering in 1983 and a Master's degree in Business Administration (M.B.A.) in 1985.  Both degrees were earned at San Diego State University.  He has been a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of California since 1988.

Environmental Health Coalition

Karim Bouris, Development and Planning Director

Karim Bouris presently serve as the Development & Planning Director at Environmental Health Coalition, a San Diego/Tijuana social and environmental justice non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention and cleanup of toxic pollution threatening our health, our community and the environment. His main goals at EHC are to expand the agency's development efforts, as well as to spearhead its strategic planning, evaluation and data work.

Bouris comes to this with extensive experience developing, implementing and evaluating the effectiveness of programs that provide critical education, training, support and empowerment to disadvantaged communities. Prior to joining EHC, he worked on projects that include a federally-funded green jobs training programs; a construction job training program for youth; an initiative designed to support the Latino population in pursuing careers in healthcare; a leadership development program; a national pilot program to support aging-out foster youth; developed an employment division for a community center; managed a State-wide job training program for adults in need; and worked with homeless youth in an urban shelter.

Karim is committed to collaborative, evidence-based strategies and motivated by the potential of the nonprofit sector to be innovative, forward-thinking change agents for our community’s most pressing social challenges. He has a Master’s in Business Administration (University of Denver), and completed his undergraduate studies in Psychology (University of Denver & University of Paris-X, France).

Sapphire Energy

Christopher Yohn, Trait Discovery, Associate Director

Dr. Christopher Yohn is currently the Associate Director, Trait Discovery at Sapphire Energy.  He leads the trait discovery efforts for yield improvement and yield protection in algal species for production of Green Crude.  He manages and directs trait discovery efforts for external collaborations.  Dr. Yohn provides bioinformatics expertise and oversee informatics programs.  He has advanced the company’s expertise and knowledge of stress response, nutrient utilization and photosynthetic efficiency and has contributed to technologies necessary for successful launch of Integrated Algal Biorefinery.

Dr. Yohn is a demonstrated achiever with exceptional knowledge of molecular and cellular biology, metabolic engineering, bioinformatics.  He has a strong scientific background combined with management experience, with 23+ years of hands-on lab knowledge and 9+ years in management.  Dr. Yohn has a proven project management track record, including successful leadership of external collaborations.

Dr. Yohn received his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University and his Ph.D. in Macromolecular and Cellular Structure and Chemistry from The Scripps Research Institute.

San Diego Water Board

James Smith

James Smith is an executive with the San Diego Water Board. The mission of the Water Board is to protect and enhance water quality for the needs of agriculture, industry, recreation and wildlife. Smith oversees policy development, enforcement, government relations, budgets, technology, board relations and human resources for the Water Board, which is part of the California Environmental Protection Agency and partners with the United States Environmental Protection Agency. He has worked at the Water Board since 2001.

Smith, a San Diego native, holds a Master of Science from San Jose State University through Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, and a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from the University of California, San Diego. Recently, he has served as an instructor with the Executive Leadership Program through University of California, Davis Extension. An avid surfer and baseball enthusiast, he lives in Mission Hills with his wife, Rebecca, and their son, Ezra, who attends High Tech High.