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2018 Green Drives$ Conference and Expo

When Thursday, May 17, 2018
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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The Lake Michigan Consortium – a partnership between Clean Cities coalitions from Chicago, Wisconsin and Northern Indiana – will host the 2018 Green Drives Conference & Expo at Northern Illinois University’s Conference Center in Naperville on Thursday, May 17.

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 and highlights of this year’s program include:

  • John Davis, the Emmy Award-winning host of “MotorWeek,” television’s longest-running automotive series.
  • John Boesel, President and CEO, CALSTART.
  • Dean Stapleton, Senior Manager, Alternative Fuels, Penske Truck Leasing.
  • Adam Goldstein, Managing Partner and Chief Technical Officer for North American Operations, STAG USA.
  • Julie Furber, Executive Director, Electrification Business, Cummins.
  • Richard D. Cupka Jr., Sustainability and Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM) Program Manager Commercial Vehicles, Ford Motor Company.
  • Susan Keenehan, Regional Director, North Central Region, General Motors Fleet.
  • Advanced technologies, electric vehicles and alternative fuels will be showcased, including three dozen green vehicles and 20 indoor exhibitors.
  • An alternative-fuel-vehicle ride-and-drive will be held.
  • Businesses and municipalities will discuss how they went green with their fleets and saved money!

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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2018 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
8:45-9:45 AM John Boesel, President and CEO, CALSTART

John Davis of MotorWeek Television

Alternative Fuels 101

9:45-10 AM Transition to Breakout Sessions
10 AM Susan Keenehan, Regional Director, North Central Region GM Fleet and Commercial, Chevrolet

Julie Furber, Executive Director, Electrification, Cummins 

Richard Cupka, Manager, Sustainability and Qualified Vehicle Modifier, , Ford Motor Company

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 - Sponsorship Available
12:30 PM Luncheon Remarks: The Payoff for Going Green for Fleets

Dean Stapleton, Senior Manager, Alternative Fuels, Penske Truck Leasing

Adam Goldstein, Managing Partner and Chief Technical Officer for North American Operations, STAG USA

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

  • Financing & Leasing
    • Moderator: Samantha Bingham, Clean Transportation Program Director, Chicago Department of Transportation
    • Kevin Campbell, Department of Fleet and Facility Management, City of Chicago
    • Chanel Caron, Village of Elmhurst
    • Dan Legler, Energy Systems Group
  • Fleet Success Stories
    • Rich BeBoer, Ozinga
    • Johnny Van Vleet, City of Hobart
2:10-3 PM Sessions Repeat
3 PM Conclusion of Afternoon Sessions
3-4:30 PM Reception

Vehicle Registration

At Green Drives, we can accommodate up to 40 environmentally friendly vehicles, including passenger vehicles, medium-duty trucks and buses, transit and school buses, and heavy-duty Class 8 tractors. However, if you are interested in bringing an alternative-fuel, electric or hybrid vehicle, you must register your vehicle(s) by May 1 using our registration link below. Instructions about bringing vehicles to the conference the day of the event will be sent to you in early May. To see photos of vehicles that were brought to Green Drives in 2017, please click here.

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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, served 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.


Dean Stapleton
Senior Manager, Alternative Fuels
Penske Truck Leasing

Dean StapletonDean Stapleton is Senior Manager, Alternative Fuels, for Penske Truck Leasing. Based at the company’s headquarters in Reading, Pennsylvania, he heads the corporation’s alternative fuels program, which provides natural gas, propane, hybrid and electric-powered vehicles for Penske’s rental, lease, and logistics customers. Stapleton leads its development and management, alternative fuel equipment implementations, government grant management, analytics and reporting.

Upon joining the company in 2005, he served in a variety of capacities for Penske Truck Leasing and Penske Logistics which included: Six Sigma Black Belt, logistics Project Manager, Driver Sourcing Leader and Manager of Organizational Development.

Before becoming a Penske associate, Stapleton was a career United States Naval engineering officer, serving for 26 years before retiring with the rank of Lt. Commander.

During his time with the Navy, he served tours in nuclear submarines and diesel and steam powered surface ships. In addition, Stapleton was a naval special warfare engineering officer, director of the naval firefighting school and a chief auxiliaries inspector.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration, technology management from Saint Leo University in Florida.


John Boesel
President and Chief Executive Officer

John BoeselJohn Boesel is the President and Chief Executive Officer of CALSTART, which works with business and public sectors to develop and implement clean, efficient transportation solutions.

The public/private nature of CALSTART is reflected in John's background. Upon graduating from the University of California, Davis, in 1982, John worked in the California legislature as a legislative aide to then Assemblyman (now Congressman) Sam Farr. In that position he managed energy and environmental legislation for nearly four years.

He received his MBA from the Haas School at UC Berkeley in 1989. After graduating from business school he worked as a commercial banker in Wells Fargo's Corporate Headquarters building in San Francisco. In 1993 John joined CALSTART as the Vice President of Technology Programs. In 2001 the Board of Directors promoted him to the position of President and CEO.

John serves on the Advisory Board for the Precourt Energy Efficiency Center (PEEC) at Stanford University and is also a board member of the Clean Vehicle Foundation.


Adam Goldstein
Chief Technical Officer

Adam GoldsteinAdam Goldstein graduated from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. His family has been in the automotive aftermarket industry since the 1950s, and he open his first automotive repair facility in 1997, growing it to a 15-bay facility and selling it in 2009 to pursue opportunities in the alternative fuel field.

Adam became the Chief Technical Officer for STAG USA in 2011. STAG USA has grown to become one of America’s premier alternative fuel manufacturers specializing in police-pursuit vehicles and severe-duty applications.

Adam lives in Indianapolis with his wife, Karen. They have four grown daughters. Adam volunteers his time and service extensively. His past service includes being a police officer with the Fortville, Indiana Police Department; serving as an elected member of the Board of Education of the Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township; Board member of the Lawrence Township School Foundation. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Indianapolis Better Business Bureau.

Julie Furber
Executive Director of Electrified Power
Cummins, Inc.

Julie FurberJulie Furber is the Executive Director of the Electrified Power segment at Cummins. She is responsible for overseeing the development and acceleration of Cummins knowledge and capability in electrification, positioning the company to be the leading provider of electrified powertrains in commercial and industrial markets.

A disruptor at heart, Julie has been at the forefront of identifying the products and solutions critical to the success of Cummins customers. Prior to leading the Electrification business, Julie was responsible for product planning and product management across the company’s $8-billion Engine Business, the largest of Cummins’ four business segments. This included all new product programs, market-based innovation and new business incubation.

Julie joined Cummins in 2005 as the Global Finance Director for Cummins Generator Solutions, based in Stamford, England. She then moved to the United States where she has held a variety of key commercial roles, which included leading the global off-highway business for Cummins Emission Solutions, serving as the Global Integrated Account Management leader for PACCAR, Cummins’ largest customer, and leading the entire North American Truck team.

Prior to joining Cummins, Julie had more than 15 years of business leadership experience in sales, operations and finance in diverse industries, including security printing, glass and food.

A native of the United Kingdom, Julie is a qualified accountant and holds bachelors and masters degrees in mathematics from Oxford University. She is a Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children. Julie and her husband, Paul, have two daughters and reside in Columbus, Indiana.

Susan Keenehan
Regional Director, North Central Region
General Motors Fleet

Susan KeenehanSusan Keenehan is the Regional Director for General Motors Fleet in the North Central Region. She leads a high-performance sales and service team focused on developing and implementing transportation solutions for fleet, commercial, government and small business customers and dealers.

She began her career with General Motors in 1985 as a Buick district sales manager. Since then, she has worked for all of GM’s brands and she has served in a number of roles, including marketing and promotions, dealer network, customer strategy and brand analysis. Prior to her move to GM Fleet in 2012, she served as zone manager for Buick GMC and later Chevrolet in Northern California.

Keenehan holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Boston College and an MBA from the University of Michigan-Flint.


Event Sponsors & Exhibitors


CumminsXL HybridsRenewable Energy GroupGPS InsightLightning SystemsOrange EVROUSH CleanTechNicor GasLindco Equipment Sales, Inc.Howell Tractor and EquipmentNAFA



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