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Working with the US Military
UBS/Arbor Group
Seattle, WA
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Working with the US Military
Washington Clean Technology Alliance presents a lunch on Working with the US Military, a panel discussion featuring leaders from the U.S. military, Washington cleantech business, and economic development organizations on how clean technology companies can engage the U.S. military and the Department of Defense for business expansion.

Cleantech startups and established players can learn more about the opportunities in one of the world's largest energy markets: America's armed services.  Expert panelist presentations will be followed by a chance to ask questions.   Confirmed particpants are:

Sean Murphy, Executive Director, Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition. Sean earned his bachelor's degree in government from Eastern Washington University. During his senior year, he spent time on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., and with the Washington state Legislature in Olympia. Following graduation Sean spent time with a leading political fundraising organization in Washington state, Newman Partners, where he was assigned to a diverse group of prominent accounts. After two years of working with fundraising campaigns, Sean moved on to work in the official offices of Governor Christine Gregoire, U.S. Representative Brian Baird, and, most recently, with U.S. Senator Patty Murray. While working for the Senator as her South Sound Regional Director and Statewide Veterans Outreach Coordinator, he was able to work on an extensive list of issues affecting current military and veterans. Sean resides in Olympia, where he shares a home with his dog Rainier. When Sean is not working, he enjoys spending time at his family's fishing resort in Alaska, volunteering at his local fire department, and practicing his golf game, which is a work in progress.

John Plaza, President/CEO/Founder, Imperium Renewables, will provide his perspective at Imperium Renewables as it engages with the armed services to provide renewable aviation fuels for such initiatives as the Navy's "Great Green Fleet." Mr. Plaza is a national expert in the field of biodiesel and alternative fuels who has testified before Congressional committees and presents regularly at forums and events related to energy policy and renewable fuels in Europe, the Americas, and Australasia. His expertise has been requested at global conferences to illustrate the importance of biofuels to the aviation industry, as well as the opportunities for growth with 2nd generation feedstocks. Mr. Plaza founded Imperium in 2004 by building Seattle Biodiesel, the first commercial scale biodiesel production facility in the Western US. The company's focus was to develop and build advanced technology for biofuel production which differentiated itself in the market with fuel quality, scale, and sustainability.This innovative direction helped Imperium to grow significantly over a short time period.  Imperium developed, built, and  operates Imperium Grays Harbor, one of the largest biodiesel production facilities in the world at 100M gals per year. Prior to founding Imperium, Mr. Plaza was a pilot for 20 years, starting his career in Alaska as a bush pilot then flying for Northwest Airlines.

Paul T. Steucke, Jr., CIV USA IMCOM has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Oregon State University and is the Environmental Chief at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), Washington.  The JBLM Public Works was ISO 14001EMS certified in 2000 and in 2001, JBLM forests were certified sustainable by the Forest Stewardship Council.  In 2002, they began the quest to achieve sustainable operations by 2025.  Last April JBLM was designated by the Army as a "Net-Zero by 2020" installation.  Mr. Steucke is married to his wife, Stacy of 23 years with four daughters, aged 20 to 29 and is passionately working to bring about a sustainable planet.

Tim Vinopal, Chief Engineer, Environment, Health and Safety, Boeing, is responsible for developing the Integrated Defense Systems environmental engineering strategy and ensuring it is implemented across Boeing's diverse programs and services while meeting Boeing's supplier and customer needs. As an integral member of both the IDS Engineering and Boeing EHS leadership teams, Vinopal also is responsible for developing an enterprisewide plan for environmental technology research efforts. Prior to joining Boeing's EHS team in 2007, Vinopal served as chief engineer and director of the systems engineering and integration team for the Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) program, where he led the overall technical integration of the surveillance, communications and battle management systems. In 2001, Vinopal joined Connexion by Boeing as Systems Engineering leader, and in 2004, was named director of Engineering for the worldwide high-speed network for mobile platforms. While there, he led the development of satellite communication and onboard network solutions for mobile platforms ranging from commercial 747 airplanes to cruise ships to Army Stryker vehicles.

$5 Discount for registering before December 4.


UBS/Arbor Group (View)
925 Fourth Avenue, 18th Floor Conference Room
Seattle, WA 98101
United States



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