2nd Annual Seminole Tribe of Florida Renewable Energy and Sustainability Conference – Instructor Biographies

Jeff Benavides

CEO of Market Transformation

Rigby Innovations

Since 2007, Jeff Benavides has been a pioneer in launching award winning energy, water, and waste reduction projects with Wyndham Resorts, Orlando Health Hospitals, the City of Orlando and the Solar and Energy Loan Fund that have sustained more than $5 million savings in annual expenses. He has managed building certifications projects for LEED NC, Energy Star, ISO 14001, Green Globes and most notably LEED Existing Building Certification for the second largest convention center in the world. Jeff has led the deployment of nearly three megawatts of rooftop solar and battery back-up power including four Net Zero Energy projects. He serves on the board for the U.S. Green Building Council Central Florida, ASHRAE Central Florida and the National Workforce Development Committee with the Solar Foundation. He also is a published sustainability author/columnist and a graduate of the University of Central Florida and the International Society of Sustainability Professionals Certificate Program.

Bill C. Bradford

Senior Vice President

Hanson Professional Services Inc.

Bill C. Bradford, P.E., is a Senior Vice President at Hanson Professional Services Inc., and serves as Hanson’s Energy, Sustainability and Resiliency Principal. Mr. Bradford has served as the principal-in charge for multiple programs including commissioning of a $1.5 billion expansion of the Hard Rock Casino and Hotel in Hollywood, Florida and a $300 million expansion of the Hard Rock Casino in Tampa, Florida; development of Design and Sustainability Standards for the Seminole Tribe of Florida; and development of energy roadmaps (strategic plans) for Orlando International Airport and multiple Florida Hospital campuses throughout Central Florida. He is a participating member for the Energy & Environment Committee and the International Committee for the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC, and in Florida he is the Energy Director and the Chair of the Energy Committee for ACEC-Florida.

Michael Bland

CDE Manager

Travois New Markets

Michael Bland, CDE manager, is responsible for maintaining Travois New Markets’ loan and investment portfolio, which includes loan servicing and compliance monitoring. He also projects community impacts of potential New Markets Tax Credit projects and documents investment impacts. Michael has been at Travois for 8 years and during that time his team has deployed more than $250 million in New Market Tax Credit allocation in Indian Country.

Ann Marie Bledsoe-Downes (Winnebago)

Executive Vice President of Community Impact and Engagement

Ho-Chunk, Inc.

Ann Marie Bledsoe-Downes is the Executive Vice President of Community Impact and Engagement at Ho-Chunk, Inc. She previously served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs for Policy and Economic Development for the U.S. Department of the Interior and also as the Acting Director of the Bureau of Indian Education. Ann Marie was Executive Director of the Indian Legal Program (ILP) at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and prior to holding that position she also served as the Director of Graduate Programs and an associate faculty member in the Indian Legal Program. She worked as Policy Advisor for Tribal Affairs for Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano in 2003. Ms. Bledsoe Downes served as President of Little Priest Tribal College from 2000 to 2003, and as Interim President in 2013. Ms. Bledsoe Downes received a B.A. from Wayne State College and a J.D. from Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.

Wade H. Conlan

Commissioning Engineer

Hanson Professional Services, Inc.

Wade H. Conlan, P.E., CxA, CPMP, LEED AP, has more than 22 years of commissioning and design engineering experience, and has served as a project manager, commissioning engineer and mechanical engineer. He has extensive experience commissioning Casinos, Hotels and Resorts worldwide. Over the past several years he has commissioned or retro-commissioned for over 50 million square feet of Casino and Hotel space in the United States, Singapore and Macao. In addition, he has commissioned or designed a multitude of central energy plants that have a combined installed capacity exceeding 150,000 tons. Mr. Conlan is currently the Lead Commissioning Agent (CxA) for the $1.5 billion expansion of the Hard Rock Casino and Hotel in Hollywood, Florida and the $300 million expansion of the Hard Rock Casino and Hotel in Tampa, Florida. He is very active in American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and has held various positions at the Chapter, Region and Society level including voting member of Technical Committee 7.9 building Commissioning, Guideline 1.1 “HVAC&R Technical Requirements for the Commissioning Process”, and Guideline 1.6P “Cx for Data Centers”. Mr. Conlan has received many ASHRAE awards including the Distinguished Service Award and the 2015 Technology Award.

Scott Douglas

President of Sales

Greenshine New Energy LLC

Scott Douglas has spent the last 25 years in the lighting industry covering all facets of industrial, commercial and government lighting projects. He has worked for companies like Philips and Genlyte Thomas. Mr. Douglas has spent the last 8 years focused on commercial grade solar lighting for outdoor applications helping customers to achieve their Net Zero goals as well as making their communities safer.

Jana Ganion

Sustainability and Government Affairs Director

Blue Lake Rancheria

Jana Ganion is the Sustainability and Government Affairs Director for the Blue Lake Rancheria (a federally recognized tribal government). Jana works on strategic policy and programs at the nexus of federal, state, and tribal governments, and has established the Tribe’s strategy for zero-carbon resilience across energy, water, food, communication/IT, and transportation lifeline sectors. Her development experience includes a community-scale microgrid with 500kW solar PV + 1MWh battery storage that powers the Tribe’s central campus of government offices, economic enterprises and critical infrastructure. She has also led energy efficiency measures and developed green fuels including electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure. Jana’s current project is a ‘replicable resilience package’ microgrid for the Tribe’s fuel station/ convenience store complex that combines solar PV, battery storage and advanced building controls. An appointee to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Indian Country Working Group, the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management California Task Force, California’s Integrated Climate Adaptation and Resilience Technical Advisory Committee, and the California AB 617 Consultation Group, Jana works on policies, programs, and investments to achieve rapid, cost-effective transition to decarbonized and resilient communities. For climate action and resilience results, the Tribe has been recognized by the U.S. DOE and White House as a 2015-2016 “Climate Action Champion,” and received the 2017 FEMA “Whole Community Preparedness,” and the 2018 DistribuTech and PowerGrid International “Project of the Year, DER Integration” awards.

Anthony J. Giacobbe (Seneca Nation)

Director of Power and Gas

Seneca Nation

Anthony J. Giacobbe, Seneca Energy, Director of Power and Gas, has over 15 years experience in corporate strategic planning, account management, sales & marketing, policy making, and employee training for both national and international companies. Mr. Giacobbe has served as the Director of Power and Gas at the Seneca Nation for the past 5 years. and has experience with distributed generation projects, natural gas and electricity supply, natural gas distribution expansion, interstate supply interconnection, rate analysis and energy efficiency initiatives. Anthony received his bachelor’s degree from Clarkson University and a graduate degree from Canisius College.

Jake Glavin

Senior Manager of Consulting

Avant Energy

Jake Glavin is the Director of Consulting at Avant Energy. He brings a mixed engineering and business background to help clients navigate complexity in the energy industry. Mr. Glavin has significant experience working with Tribes, utilities, regulators, and technology providers. Mr. Glavin is passionate about performing quantitative analyses to support practical recommendations. Mr. Glavin is the Executive Director of the Midwest Tribal Energy Resources Association (MTERA), an intertribal organization that seeks to empower Midwest Tribes to pursue energy opportunities. He received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering cum laude from the University of Notre Dame. He received an M.B.A. from Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business with a concentration in Strategy and Operations.

Michelle Holiday (Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma)

Founder & President

Michelle Holiday & Associates

Michelle Holiday and Associates (MHA), is an American woman-owned consulting firm based in greater Washington D.C. The firm’s business specializes in tribal energy, consulting services and governmental affairs. Michelle founded the firm after more than 20 years of experience in Customer Relations, Public Affairs, and Senior Management roles specializing in Legislative, Governmental and Native American Affairs for Edison International and Southern California Edison (SCE). She has held positions in tribal administration serving her own tribe, the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma, and currently as a consultant for government relations, strategic planning and tribal development.

Lyle Johnson (Potawatomi-Ojibwe-Odawa)

Walpole Island First Nation

Giiwedin Noodin First Nation Energy

Councillor Lyle Johnson is a band member of Bkejwanong First Nation and has been an elected councillor since 2012. Lyle serves his community in the role of portfolio councillor to Public Works, Governance, Wealth, Lands and Natural Resources Management and Police/Civil Authority Committees. In addition to these roles, Councillor Johnson was recently appointed to the Ontario Technical Services Corporation Board and also serves on the band-owned farm corporation board, International Ferry Corporation Board, and two Wind Turbine Boards, including Giiwedin Noodin Wind.

John B. Lewis (Gila River Indian Community)

Executive Director of Tribal Client Development

Avant Energy

John Lewis is the Executive Director of Tribal Client Development for Avant Energy (Minneapolis). John also serves as an appointed official for the Gila River Indian Community near Phoenix Arizona in two capacities: he is the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Gila River Indian Community Utility Authority (GRICUA) and also serves on the Board of Directors for Gila River Telecommunications Inc. (GRTI). John has over ten years of development and planning experience with tribal energy and infrastructure projects. John attended Stanford University and studied Civil & Environmental Engineering.

Brandi Liberty (Iowa Tribe of Kansas/United Houma Nation)

Owner

Morning Star Consulting

Brandi Liberty is the owner of Morning Star Consulting and provides grant writing and training consulting services for Tribes, Tribal businesses, and non-profit organizations. She has almost 10 years of experience in working in Indian Country. Her specialties include: Human Resources, Grant Writing, Grants Management, Tribal Housing Technical Assistance, Tribal Government Technical Assistance, Tribal Economic Development Planning, Low-Income Tax Credit Housing, Asset Management, Indian Housing, Policy Development, Compliance, and Training. Brandi graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a BA in History. She holds a MA from the Center of Indigenous Nations Studies at the University of Kansas, where her focus was in Tribal Human Resources. Brandi is an enrolled member of the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska and a descendant of the United Houma Nation in Southern Louisiana.

Eric Luttmann

Architect and Project Manager

Wantman Group, Inc.

Eric Luttmann, AIA, is an Architect and Project Manager with Wantman Group, Inc. (WGI). WGI is headquartered in West Palm Beach, and has offices throughout Florida and nationwide. Mr. Luttmann is located in Tampa and is currently serving as the Project Manager for the development of Design and Sustainability Standards for the Seminole Tribe of Florida. He assisted the Florida Department of Transportation with building design standards for Central Office in Tallahassee; and has managed various development projects and building typologies of all sizes across the state. He is a leader in the Architecture Community utilizing the latest building information modeling (BIM) technologies to realize contextual, creative, thoughtful, and resilient design.

Dan Miskokomon (Walpole Island First Nation)

Chief

Walpole Island First Nation Bkejwanong Territory

Over the past 30 years, Chief Dan Miskokomon has served as Chief of his own nation and as the First Nation Manager for Walpole Island, Moravian of the Thames, and Munsee-Delaware First Nation. He has also had considerable business experience as the owner and CEO of a successful consulting company, as a general contractor, and as an engineer with a building and environmental auditing background. Chief Dan Miskokomon has also continued to improve his management and planning expertise, and holds a master’s degree in Business Administration.

Bradley W. Perrott

Facilities Practice Lead

Hanson Professional Services Inc.

Bradley W. Perrott, P.E., LEED AP, specializes in mechanical and energy systems design while having a strong background in project and client management. He has over 15 years experience and leads Hanson’s mechanical, electrical, and plumbing design projects for Florida and the southeast United States. He has been a LEED AP since 2005 and an Energy Management Professional (EMP) since 2016. He has designed numerous projects under the LEED and Green Globes rating systems. In 2013, he was named one of Consulting-Specifying Engineer magazine’s 40 Under 40.

Adam Rose

Senior Project Coordinator

Travois

Adam Rose, Senior Project Coordinator, joined Travois in 2008 and has more than a decade’s experience helping tribes and tribal housing authorities to develop affordable housing. Working with clients, tribal leadership, and community stakeholders, Adam listens and learns about needs, discusses and explores development possibilities, and once planning moves forward, he helps prepare and submit competitive Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) applications, and other gap financing applications, such as grants through the Affordable Housing Program (AHP).

Adam helps clients to win awards to bring private investor funds and grants to build new homes and rehabilitate existing homes to create decent, safe and affordable housing for families in Native communities.

Adam also works with the state housing agencies that decide LIHTC awards to ensure that tribally sponsored projects can compete evenly with other projects by following the states Qualified Allocation Plans (QAPs). Adam graduated from Marquette University with a bachelor’s degree in political science and from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a master’s degree in urban planning. He is a Housing Credit Certified Professional (HCCP), designated by the National Association of Home Builders. He supports local housing efforts as a member of the board of directors for Kim Wilson Housing of Kansas City, KS.

Eric Trerotola

Regional Sales Manager

Greenshine New Energy LLC

Eric Trerotola is Greenshine’s Regional Sales Manager handling the Central and Eastern United States. Eric assists clients with solar lighting projects from the beginning of the design stage through implementation and continued support once the project is completed. Eric focuses on lighting projects that save money on day one and also provides a green and sustainable future.