Stephen A. Segebarth
Sr. Vice President, Government Relations, Regulatory Affairs, and Law Verallia North America / Saint‐Gobain Containers, Inc.
Steve has been with Verallia North America (VNA), formerly known as Saint‐Gobain Containers, for more than 15 years, first as General Counsel and now as Senior Vice President, Government Relations, Regulatory Affairs, and Law. Prior to joining VNA, Steve held various positions with Thomson Consumer Electronics and The General Electric Company with special focus on trade regulation, labor law, and government relations matters; and has a broad range of experience in regulatory, compliance, and legal matters. Steve’s current focus with VNA is on promoting legislative activity and stakeholder dialog that support the sustainability goals of this multi‐national glass container manufacturing company, which traces its origins back more than 300 years. Steve received his J.D. with Distinction from the University of Iowa and is a member of the Indiana, Virginia, and Iowa Bar Associations. He also holds a Masters in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University, a Masters in Political Science, and a BA in History from the University of Northern Iowa. He is currently a trustee on the GMP – Employers Retiree Healthcare Trust, a trustee on the University of Northern Iowa Foundation, a member of the Board of Directors of the Container Recycling Institute, and previously served as a commissioner on the Indiana State Employees Appeals Commission and in the United States Navy.
Executive Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel, Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc.
Tom joined Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. (SIA) in 1989 as Corporate Counsel, and has been promoted to various positions within SIA since that date. He currently serves as Executive Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel; and as a Member of the Board of Directors of SIA. He is the first American to be appointed to the SIA Board of Directors. Tom is active in organizations at the local, state and national levels, including service as a Director of the: SIA Foundation (President), Crossroads of America Council of the Boy Scouts of America (President), Indiana Chamber of Commerce (Executive Committee), Indiana Automotive Council (Chairman), Japan‐America Society of Indiana (Senior Vice President), National Association of Manufacturers, and Lafayette Parks Foundation. Tom has served as a speaker at numerous conferences on legal, business and environmental matters. He was the recipient of the 2009 Purdue Excellence in Manufacturing Innovation Award. Tom holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management and Administration and a Juris Doctorate from Indiana University.
Manager, Environmental Compliance – Supply Management, John Deere World Headquarters.
Born and raised in Metropolis, IL (Home of Superman). Graduated from Purdue University, West Lafayette campus in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Health Science (School of Health Sciences). Sister is also a Purdue graduate. Began career as Health Physics Specialist and Environmental Engineer with Allied‐Signal Chemical Company, a uranium hexafluoride processing facility in southern Illinois. Served as Environmental Engineer and Coordinator for Lafarge North America, a French owned cement manufacturing company. Joined John Deere in 2005 as Environmental Engineer in the Construction & Forestry Division at Davenport Works (Iowa). Managed air quality, hazardous waste, universal waste, stormwater (NPDES) and the US EPA Performance Track program while at Davenport Works. John Deere Davenport Works was the first John Deere factory to be selected as a member of the US EPA Performance Track Program in 2006. In 2007, transferred to the Ag & Turf Division at Harvester Works in East Moline, Illinois, as Sr. Environmental Engineer. Responsibilities included overseeing the facility EMS (Environmental Management System), air quality, water quality, hazardous and non‐hazardous waste, universal waste, SPCC (Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure), stormwater management, chemical review, energy and GHG data, and supplier environmental audit program. In 2010, transferred to Deere & Company as Manager of Environmental Compliance for Worldwide Supply Management. Responsibilities include managing the environmental audit program for suppliers, John Deere policies and procedures for chemical compliance and restricted materials, sustainability strategy, and supply chain environmental risk management for high risk suppliers. Served on Board of Directors for the US EPA Performance Track Participants Association. Served as panel member of United Way of the Quad Cities Community Investment ‐ Strong Families Program. Active in the community and avid volunteer for United Way, Jr. Achievement, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, and Living Lands & Waters. Member of NAEM (National Association of Environmental Managers). Played violin in the Murray State Symphony Orchestra as a child. Proud owner of two adored rescue dogs (Bouvier des Flandres) who are brother and sister littermates. Proud aunt of a wonderful nephew and niece who will be future Purdue graduates. Lives in Davenport, Iowa.
Chief Sustainability Officer, 5 Kingdoms Development, LLC.
Brandon is an award winning change agent and educator, having gained his passion for social and ecological entrepreneurship, systems thinking, sustainable design and education at an early age. He has led public and private workshops on design solutions for over a decade and has given nearly 400 presentations across the globe, including MIT, Yale, the United Nations University in Tokyo and many other venues on his work in Indiana, sustainability and zero emissions efforts. He is currently working with a variety of organizations from Fortune 500’s to municipalities and NGOs to entrepreneurs. He is diligently pushing the boundaries of sustainability inspired by the innovations of nature and is exposing other to the opportunities within the Blue Economy (http://www.theblueeconomy.org/). Brandon has also traveled extensively to nearly 40 countries researching the best practices and learning from dozens of global projects and implementers in this field. He has been the subject of numerous radio shows, TV spots, and newspaper and magazine articles in central Indiana and internationally. He is also a ZERI certified practitioner since 2003.
MA, AIP (Appreciative Inquiry Practitioner), Business Developer for WALCO Tool & Engineering, WALCO Tool & Engineering
As an entrepreneur who wanted to pay for her education while she learned, Karen Schultz received her associates degree in art and special education while researching, “Why Art is Fundamental to Learning, and the Innovative Edge and Health of our Country.” She pursued her interests in business with a focus on organizational behavior and development, while working with behavior disorder students in K‐8. Her students taught her about the importance of being happy and its effects on your circle of influence. She found herself being pursued by a small manufacturer, WALCO Tool & Engineering, to diversify their portfolio. She attended to earning a Master’s Degree full time, while working full time, to hope to inspire her work community of the power of education, their voice and its influence on the sustainability of their career and work community. The industry leaders who were outsourcing for stability would require our high level of machining intelligence and skills. To differentiate ourselves and be able to embrace the technology of manufacturing of the future, we must be able to embrace the unknown profitably with resources of science, math, communication, art, technology and a bit of business savvy. My past student teachers were clear. For success, there was a need to find passion, nurture it and find a place where it can be grown strategically and sustainably. If you are healthy and happy, your relationships tend to be, as well.
Executive Director, Corporate Responsibility, Americas
Heather Loebner leads Corporate Responsibility (CR) for the Americas region of ArcelorMittal, the world’s leading steel company, which encompasses over 50 steel production, mining and finishing facilities and approximately 40,000 employees. As a member of the global CR team, she drives best practice sharing across the group and informs strategy and policy design. Regionally, Loebner directs country level CR reporting and stakeholder engagement, leads sustainability initiatives, and manages responsible sourcing and human rights programming. As Executive Director of the ArcelorMittal USA Foundation, Loebner serves on Corporate Committees for USBCSD, the Council on Foundations, and Chicago Wilderness. A member of CECP, CROA and former corporate council member of the BlueGreen Alliance, she is a frequent speaker on corporate responsibility topics, including environmental leadership, governance models, and public‐private partnerships. She graduated with her Bachelors in Business, emphasis in Marketing from St. Louis University and a Masters in Political Science from University of Illinois.
Environmental Manager, Indiana Harbor, ArcelorMittal
Kevin has over 35 years of environmental experience with a variety of steel companies. He started his career with US. Steel and after several years joined the former National Steel Corporation. While with National, he was Manager of Environmental Affairs and Energy where his duties encompassed all environmental responsibilities as well as the purchase of natural gas and electricity. From there he was promoted to General Manager of Container Sales where he was responsible for National Steel’s largest customer base. After a twenty year career with National, Kevin went to work for the former ISG where he was responsible for the environmental duties for the former LTV facility. When ISG and Mittal Steel merged to form ArcelorMittal Kevin became responsible for the environmental programs for the Indiana Harbor works which is the largest facility in North America. Throughout his career Kevin has negotiated many permits within all the medias. He has been responsible for the permitting and construction of two landfills and has developed habitat for an endangered species (Karner Blue Butterfly). Kevin is a Certified Industrial Hygiene Technologist (CIHT) and Certified Hazardous Materials Manager.
VP of Operations, Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies
Cindy Farrer is the Vice President of Operations for Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies. In this role, she has responsibility for all the sector’s manufacturing plants and supply chain activities in North and South America. She has over 25 years of experience in Plant Management, Industrial Engineering and Quality across diverse industries including Automotive, Safety and Security Electronics and Architectural Hardware. Her prior experience includes Global Quality Director roles (both at Ingersoll Rand and Delphi) and 6 years in Mexico as running Delphi’s largest automotive electronics site. Cindy holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. She also was certified as a Black Belt and Quality/Operational Excellence Leader through the American Society of Quality (ASQ) and earned a Supply Chain Certification through the University of San Francisco. Cindy is married and is the mother of 4 daughters ages 17‐26. Two of her daughters are recent graduates of Krannert with BS degrees in Management. Cindy’s husband, Tom, received his MSIA from Krannert. She and her family live in Carmel, Indiana.
Owner of Artisan Machine and Break Rubber Technologies
David has been a journeyman machinist since 1974 with a background in machine design, fabrication, and trouble shooting. Also holds journeyman card with the IBEW in machine work, motor repair, alignment, dynamic balancing and motor controls. Owner of Artisan Machine and Break Rubber Technologies since 1995. Both companies specialize in machine design for the recycling industries specifically tires and industrial rubber waste. Our innovative designs have become industry standards and are located across the USA, Canada, Europe, South America and Russia. We have become an integral link in the supply chain of the recycled tire industry. Dave's mindset is: If you don't know how it works, find out. If you're not sure if it will work, try it. If it doesn't make sense, play with it until it does. If it's not broken, break it. If it might not be true, find out. “I love when things break, work better then expected, or perform below expectations. It offers an opportunity to investigate and learn.
Manufacturing Manager, General Motors
Bill is employed with the Vehicle Manufacturing Group, General Motors, LLC as a Manufacturing Manager at the Fort Wayne, IN Assembly facility. He has been with General Motors for 31 years functioning in numerous capacities across several locations. The past 23 years have been spent in vehicle assembly operations in such areas as Paint Processing, Competitive Operations, Business Planning, Manufacturing Engineering, and several different production departments across product lines including Full‐size Trucks and SUV’s, Medium Duty Commercial Vehicles, mid‐size sedans, luxury/premium cars, and the EREV – Chevy Volt. Bill was the Manufacturing Launch Director on the initial joint venture between GM (USA) and Isuzu (Japan) to launch the NPR class 5 tilt‐cab gas vehicles. Prior to his vehicle assembly experiences, his time was spent in the Metal Fabricating business with the Fisher Body Division and the Buick‐Oldsmobile‐Cadillac Group in both Michigan and Indiana. Work assignments over this time included Production Supervisor, Industrial Engineering Manager, General Supervisor Quality Control, and Manager Labor Relations. Bill obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial / Manufacturing Engineering from Purdue University in 1981. He returned to the West Lafayette, IN campus on a GM Graduate Fellowship and received his Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering in 1982. While at Purdue Bill was active in Alpha Pi Mu, Tau Beta Pi, Engineering Student Council, AIIE, and Intramural athletics. He has been a member of the GM ‐ Purdue University Relations Team for the past 23 years. Bill has been the Team Director for this GM‐PU Team for the past eight years. He also is currently functioning as a Manufacturing Functional Leader for GM’s Talent Acquisition Center. Bill also served as an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Michigan‐Dearborn for an academic year teaching a Production Systems Management course. Bill is married to Laurie (a Ball State grad!) and they have two children: Lance who is 25 years old and Kristen who is 19 years old. His community involvement has included being a Team Captain for the March of Dimes Walk America for six years, a Babe Ruth State Baseball Coach, a YMCA volunteer Youth Basketball Coach and a member of Forward Janesville’s (WI) Council on Continuing Education. He is currently serving on the Indiana Automotive Council Taskforce on Workforce Development.
Supply Chain Manager, Caterpillar
Gary Smith is currently the Supply Chain Manager for Caterpillar’s Lafayette, Indiana Large Engine facility and is responsible for leading all supply chain activities including strategic process transformation, supply chain planning, material requirements management, inventory management, demand and orders management, supply chain performance and logistics, and ensuring linkage between process planning and execution. Gary has a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering from Rose‐Hulman Institute of Technology and an MBA from Lewis University. Gary has extensive experiences in order‐to‐ delivery processes at various Caterpillar facilities as well as 6 Sigma and Lean continuous improvement processes and operating principles.