“Energy is big business.  It’s also small business and a government mission.  Energy Summit 2016 brings participants from all three together under one roof for two days to foster business and mission success.”

Day 1: Tuesday, November 15, 2016

7:30 – 8:00am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 – 8:05am

Introduction and Welcome: Mr. Jay Newkirk, Chairman of the Board, Energy Huntsville

8:05 – 8:10am

Welcome: Mayor Tommy Battle, City of Huntsville

8:10 – 8:15am

Welcome: Dr. Deborah Barnhart, CEO and President, U.S. Space and Rocket Center

8:15 – 9:00am

Opening Keynote: Mr. Patrick O’Neill, Chief Technology Officer, U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC)

Energy Entrepreneurs

Start-up Companies, both young and mature, from a variety of energy technologies, will share their success stories and their visions for where the industry is going.  This session is rich in experience and will provide an exciting set of case studies and advice for commercial energy success.

9:00 – 9:45am

Session Keynote: Governor John Sununu, New Hampshire (ret.)

9:45 – 10:00am


10:00 – 11:00am

Energy Entrepreneurs Panel

Moderator:  Congressman Zach Wamp (1995-2011)

Mr. Matt Kisber, President & CEO, Silicon Ranch Corp

Mr. Josh Richman, VP Global Business Development and Policy, Bloom Energy

Mr. Mike McGough, Chief Commercial Officer, NuScale Power

Mr. Cole Walker, President & CEO, Energy Surety Partners

11:00 – 11:30am


Mr. Bob Cochran, Former CEO, Kaiser, Babcock and Wilcox Technical Services, and CBI Federal

11:30 – 1:00pm


Partnering With the Government

With new mandates and policies, the government is aggressively moving forward with energy conservation, efficiency, and renewables.  This session brings together some of the major government leaders in this transition, to show industry how it can help the government achieve its goals. 

1:00 – 1:45pm

Session Keynote: Mr. Mark Correll, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Environment, Safety and Infrastructure

1:45 – 2:00pm


2:00 – 3:45pm

Panel – Federal Government Energy Initiatives and Partnerships

Moderator: Ms. Porscha Porter, Energy Division Branch Chief for Strategy and Business Management, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntsville Center (USACE HNC)

Mr. Skye Schell, Supervisor of Project Transactions, Department of Energy Federal Energy Management Program (DOE FEMP) Leadership Team

Mr. Robert Hughes, Director, U.S. Air Force Office of Energy Assurance (Office established in 2016)

Mr. Mike McGhee, Executive Director, U.S. Army Office of Energy Initiatives (OEI), (Appointed in January 2016)

Mr. David Williams, Energy Programs Integration Chief, USACE Headquarters, Washington DC

Ms. Sarah Mandes, Energy Conservation Investment Program (ECIP) and Renewable Energy Program Manager, Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management, Headquarters, Department of the Army

Ms. Kinga Porst Hydras, Energy Services Performance Contracting (ESPC) and Green Buildings Specialist, U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)

Ms. Mary Snodderly, GSA, Strategic Sourcing, Building Maintenance and Operations (BMO) Team

Ms. Pamela Griffith, Defense Logistics Agency (DLA)

3:45 – 4:30pm

First Day Closing Keynote: Alabama Lt. Governor Kay Ivey

4:30 – 6:00pm

Networking Social

Day 2: Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Building Bridges Between Small Business, Large Business and the Federal Government

Large businesses form a solid bridge between small businesses and government agencies.  Large businesses have small business quotas they must meet, and small businesses benefit from the mentoring and market access large businesses provide.  This session specifically addresses how to build those bridges.

8:30 – 8:40am

Introduction – Mr. Michael Janssen, Director of Federal Programs, Johnson Controls

8:40 – 9:20am

Session Keynote Speaker: Ms. Mary Birdsong, Assistant Director, Office of Small Business Programs, Army Contracting Command

9:20 – 10:00am

Topic: How Do Small Businesses Qualify for Government Contracts?

Ms. Karen Baker, Environmental Division Chief, USACE HQ
Ms. Rebecca Goodsell, Director, Small Business Division, USACE HNC

10:00 – 10:30am

Topic: How Large Businesses Engage Small Businesses: A Case Study

Mr. David Lochlair, Project Manager Leader, Honeywell

10:30 – 10:45am


10:45 – 11:15am

Topic: How Does a Small Business Succeed? A Success Story

Mr. Ben Polote, VP, The Polote Corporation

11:15 – 11:45am

Topic: How Large Businesses Engage Small Businesses: A Case Study

Mr. Joe Marsilii, Small Business Manager, Johnson Controls

11:45 – 12:00pm

Wrap Up: Ms. Suzanne Johnson, Account Executive, Honeywell

Structured Networking Opportunity

A key feature of the Energy Summit is the opportunity for participants and attendees to meet and establish relationships.  In order to facilitate this the event is closing with this session in which representatives from some of the larger companies and government agencies make themselves available to attendees to discuss general or specific opportunities real-time.  A complete list of those representatives will be made available during registration. 

12:00 – 1:00pm

Organizer:  Mr. Jay Newkirk, Chairman of the Board, Energy Huntsville

1:00 – 4:00 pm

Continued open networking at the Energy Expo, Saturn Hall