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2017 Green Drives$ Conference and Expo

When Thursday, May 18, 2017
from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM (CDT)
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Where NIU Naperville Meeting and
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1120 East Diehl Road
Naperville, IL 60563
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More than 200 attendees participated in our 6th annual Clean Cities Green Drive$ Conference & Expo on May 18. The event featured 40 environmentally friendly vehicles and 20 exhibitors.

Hosted by the Lake Michigan Clean Cities Consortium, Green Drives is one of the largest green-transportation conferences held in the Midwest. The annual conference is a must-attend event for public and private fleets, including commercial and municipal fleet managers, as well as federal, state and local government officials, dealerships, fuel suppliers, conversion companies, small businesses, and clean-tech and clean-energy professionals.

Speakers for 2017 included:

  • John Davis, the Emmy® Award-winning host of MotorWeek, television’s longest-running automotive series.
  • Doyle Sumrall, Managing Director, NTEA – The Association for the Work Truck Industry.
  • Michael G. Britt Sr., Director of Maintenance and Engineering, Ground Fleet, United Parcel Service (UPS).
  • Carlton Rose, President, Global Fleet Maintenance & Engineering, UPS.
  • Matthew Carr, General Manager – Branch Sales, Central Region, Cummins, Inc.
  • Representatives from commercial and government fleets from throughout the Midwest.
  • Executives from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Chevrolet, Cummins and CALSTART.

Vehicles included:

  • All-new 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV
  • All-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
  • All-new 2018 Workhorse W-15 electric extended-range pickup truck
  • The Mitsubishi Fuso eCanter battery-powered Class 4 truck
  • Chevrolet Cruise Diesel – powered by B20 biodiesel
  • Police cruisers powered by alternative fuels
  • And many more…

Presentations from the conference are available at these links below:

Going green pays off, and Clean Cities wants to show you how!

About the Lake Michigan Consortium

Lake Michigan Consortium Logo copy 2The Lake Michigan Consortium is comprised of three Clean Cities Coalitions: Chicago Area Clean Cities, South Shore Clean Cities, and Wisconsin Clean Cities. The three nonprofit coalitions are focused on promoting cleaner energy for private and public fleets in the Chicago area, Wisconsin and Northern Indiana.

Created in 1999, the consortium is made up of more than 500 member organizations. It serves a geographic population of nearly 16 million people with 11 counties that hold non-attainment status for the U.S. EPA 2008 Ground Ozone standard.

The trio of coalitions holds numerous outreach events and trainings aimed at educating the public, fleets, and automotive technicians. There are nearly 100 Clean Cities coalitions across the country that are affiliated with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program, which brings together stakeholders to increase the use of alternative fuel and advanced-vehicle technologies, reduce idling, and improve fuel economy and air quality.


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2017 Green Drive$ Conference & Expo – Agenda

8-8:30 AM Registration and Coffee & Tea with Atrium Exhibitors
8:30-8:45 AM Welcome by Lake Michigan Consortium
8:45-9:20 AM Dennis Smith, National Clean Cities Director

Diane Turchetta, Transportation Specialist, U.S. DOT

John Davis of MotorWeek Television

  • Success Stories, Electric Vehicles, Hybrids, Alt Fuels
9:20-9:25 AM Transition to Breakout Sessions
9:30 AM Fiat Chrysler | Chevrolet | Cummins | CALSTART
10 AM Sessions repeat
10:30 AM Sessions repeat
11-11:15 AM Refreshment Break with Atrium Exhibitors
11:15 AM Visit Vehicle Displays and Exhibitors / Ride & Drives
12:15 PM Lunch - Sponsored by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
12:30 PM Luncheon Remarks: The Payoff for Going Green for Private and Public Fleets

1:15 PM Transition time
1:20 PM Breakout sessions

First Responders

  • Moderator: Carl Lisek, Executive Director, South Shore Clean Cities
  • Matt Chlebowski, Division Director, City of South Bend
  • Amy Dobrikova, President, Intelligent Fleet Solutions
  • Forest Preserve of District DuPage County Police Department
  • Dave Hagopian, VP Operations, Advance V-Tech

Clean Fuel Incentives and Navigating Local VW Funding

  • Moderator: Samantha Bingham, Clean Transportation Program Director, Chicago Department of Transportation
  • Shawn Seals, Senior Environmental Manager, Indiana Department of Environmental Management
  • Illinois Environmental Protection Agency – Invited
  • State of Wisconsin – Invited

The Potential for Saving Money by Going Green

  • Moderator: Ted Barnes, Senior Engineer, Gas Technology Institute
  • Ozinga
  • Claire Cameron, Facility & Quality Assurance Manager, Testa Produce
  • Jeff Tews, Fleet Services Manager, City of Milwaukee
  • Tom Ustanik, Owner, Lansing Cleaners

Case Studies in Local Freight and Delivery

  • Moderator: Lorrie Lisek, Executive Director, Wisconsin Clean Cities
  • John Sheehy, President/CEO, Sheehy Enterprises
  • Rob Petzold, VP, Moran Transportation Company
  • Bob McGuire, VP, Director of Logistics, Alpha Baking Company
2:10-3 PM Sessions Repeat
3 PM Conclusion of Afternoon Sessions
3-4:30 PM Reception

Our Speakers

John H. Davis
Creator, Host and Executive Producer

John H. DavisJohn Davis, the Emmy® Award-winning host of MotorWeek, television’s longest-running automotive series, will serve as the master of ceremonies and a featured speaker at Green Drive$. Davis is seen by millions of viewers on PBS, Velocity and V-me Spanish-language network. One of the most trusted and recognized automotive journalists in the nation, Davis has been featured on CNN, Weekend Today, Live with Regis and Kelly, PARADE magazine and The Baltimore Sun, as well as local media throughout the country.

More than three decades after its debut on public television in 1981, MotorWeek remains the leading source of unbiased information on automotive safety, fuel efficiency and in-depth car and truck reviews. Davis oversees the show’s editorial content, travels the world covering auto shows and new vehicle launches, and steers the series’ increasingly high-profile efforts in covering green-motoring technologies and the use of alternative fuels.


Doyle Sumrall
Managing Director
NTEA – The Association for the Work Truck Industry

Doyle SumrallDoyle Sumrall’s insights come from more than 30 years of engineering and business management experience. Prior to his current management role at the NTEA, he held several executive positions, including vice president of manufacturing for Stahl/Scott Fetzer Company and director of engineering and operations and general manager of hydraulics for WALTCO Truck Equipment Co. Doyle also serves as managing director of the Green Truck Association, NTEA’s well-known affiliate division which focuses on green truck products, truck technology developments and alternative fuel initiatives. Doyle is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SA) and serves on the Board of Clean Fuels Ohio.


Carlton Rose
President, Global Fleet Maintenance & Engineering
United Parcel Service (UPS)

Carlton Rose

Carlton Rose is President, Global Fleet Maintenance and Engineering for UPS. He is responsible for all facets of global automotive engineering including inventory and asset management, safety performance, procurement of a vehicle fleet of package cars, tractors, trailers and containers, and airport-gateway ground-support equipment.

Carlton leads a dedicated team of nearly 8,000 managers, supervisors, and technicians that support 424,000 employees throughout the world. He oversees an annual budget of more than $2 billion, which does not include fuel expenses. Carlton is a native of Marion, Indiana, where he began his UPS career.

Carlton is a member of the Hall of Fame of his alma mater, Lincoln College of Technology. He is on the Board of Directors for the Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence in Atlanta. He also is a past board member for the Quad County Urban League in Aurora, Illinois, and the Star Struck Foundation in Atlanta.


Michael G. Britt, Sr.

Director of Maintenance and Engineering – International Operations
United Parcel Service

Michael G Britt Sr.

Michael has served customers with UPS for more than 30 years. He has worked in various capacities, including operations, industrial engineering and automotive engineering. For 10 years, he worked in California as the region automotive engineering manager and has a clear understanding of the environmental concerns in that state. Michael has led efforts in alternative-fuel projects and technology development for the domestic fleet and recently for the international fleet. These projects include compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas, propane, electric technology, hydrogen fuel cells, and hybrid-vehicle development, including both hybrid-electric and hydraulic-hybrid technologies.

Currently, Michael manages maintenance and engineering for all international operations and fleet sustainability issues globally for UPS. He is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), Technical Advisory Group to the America Trucking Association, Calstart Board Chair, Clean Cites Board Member and served with The United Way as a member of the Board of Directors in several locations. Michael holds a bachelor’s degree in automotive technology and an MBA.


Jerry J. Johnson
Regional Manager
Cummins Westport

Jerry has held many different roles in his 20 years with Cummins. He started in the Warranty Department and then moved to Quality Review Engineering. After that he took a role in the Vehicle Integration group, where he performed prototype builds and testing. He was asked to take an Applications role where he worked with two key OEM’s on the installation of the first heavy-duty EGR Cummins product. After this work he moved to a Territory Manager position in the western division. He was a Territory Manger for five years and his key role was calling on large fleets within the territory. His current role is Western Regional Manager for Cummins Westport and his territory consists of 18 western states which encompass four Cummins Distributors. He is responsible for the growth and exposure of CWI products within these states. He also is responsible for some key customers within his territory.

Jerry graduated from the University of Southern Colorado (Colorado State University-Pueblo) with a Bachelors Degree in Automotive Engineering and Industry Management with a Minor in Business. Jerry, his wife and their two children, live in Denver. His interests include motorcycle riding, playing golf, skiing, and camping with his family.

Event Sponsors & Exhibitors


Fiat Chrysler AutomobilesLightning SystemsMitsubishi FusoComEdRenewable Energy GroupCumminsBAE SystemsSTAG USATesta ProduceNicor Gas



Ozinga Energy | ANGI Energy Systems | Worthington Industries | B20 Club | AmeriGas | XL Hybrids | Workhorse | Frank H. Gill & Company | Advanced VTech | Nissan | Nicor Gas | Agility Fuel Systems | Intermotive Vehicle Controls

For exhibitor and vehicle instructions, visit to this link. For agenda.