2010 Corporate Summit - Speakers


Bren School Corporate Partners Summit

April 29-30, 2010

“Corporate Sustainability:

Internal Innovation Approaches and

New Venture Creation”


Corporate Speakers


Timothy J. CohenFacilitator: Timothy J. Cohen
Vice President, URS



Tim Cohen is a Vice President of URS Corporation, a fully integrated engineering, environmental, construction and technical services firm with the capabilities to support every stage of a project life cycle for public sector clients and Fortune 500 companies worldwide.  Tim manages offices and major project locations in the Central Coast Region for URS.  In addition to his management responsibilities, Tim serves as a senior principal and program manager on a wide range of projects including CEQA and NEPA analysis, public and stakeholder involvement, energy facility siting and licensing, and environmental permitting.  Tim has a BA in Biological Sciences and an MA in Environmental Resource Management.  He is a member of the American Planning Association and the American Institute of Certified Planners.


Bill Barber

President, Southern California Chapter, Maverick Angels, LLC and

Co-founder & CEO, ISOmatrix, Inc.



Bill Barber brings 20-plus years of experience in management and corporate development, and in the founding, funding, and development of start-ups. He has a degree in aquatic biology from UC Santa Barbara and an MBA from the University of Colorado. He has worked closely with multiple private companies as CEO, investor, board member, and advisor, and with investors in the private funding of start-up ventures as a charter member of the Maverick Angels investment network. He is the founder and former CEO of DVDPlay, which was sold to NCR for the automated physical distribution of DVD rentals through networked kiosks now branded as “Blockbuster Express.”

Bill became the CEO of Displaytronix Inc. a provider of specialized repair technologies for flat-panel displays, where he accomplished a corporate turnaround within one year and completed its sale to Celestica Inc, one of the top four global leaders in contract manufacturing. As an early employee of Amgen, Inc., he was part of the scientific staff in biology, biochemistry, medicinal chemistry, and combinatorial chemistry. Currently, he is co-founder and CEO of ISOmatrix, Inc., which focuses on business-management consulting and environmental management.

See Bill Barber's PowerPoint slides.


Jay Clare

Vice President, Infrastructure & Environment Division, URS



Jay B. Clare is a Vice President of the Infrastructure and Environment division of URS Corporation and the Business Line Director for Sustainability. This role includes development and leadership of strategic sustainability consulting, greenhouse gas management, energy management, water management, renewable energy, and sustainable infrastructure design and construction services. Jay formerly served as the West 1 Regional Business Unit Private Sector Leader, with responsibility for growing and continually improving service to URS’s private-sector customers in California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Western Canada, and China. He has held various leadership positions throughout his 21-year career with URS and has participated in and managed a wide range of environmental projects in the U.S., South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. Mr. Clare has a Master of Engineering degree in mechanical engineering from UC Berkeley.


Mark Heintz

Corporate Social Responsibility Director, Deckers Outdoor Corporation

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Mark Heintz is Deckers Outdoor Corporation’s, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Director. He is responsible for developing Deckers CSR strategy and driving key CSR initiatives. Mark came to Deckers from Hewlett-Packard where he was a senior manager in their Office of Social and Environmental Responsibility. Mark led HP’s stakeholder relations team and program for four years. Mark also held other sustainability positions within HP as Environmental Stewardship Business Manager advising design and supply chain engineers on sustainable product design and as Environmental Affairs Manager.  Mark has a Bachelors of Science in Engineering and a MBA degree.

See Mark Heintz's presentation notes.


Nikki Rodoni

Sustainability Coordinator, Gill's Onions



Nikki Rodoni is Director of Sustainability for Gills Onions, the Nation’s largest fresh onion processor. Over the last three years Nikki has led Gills Onions to become one of 243 founding members of The Climate Registry; set a goal of achieving zero waste for the company and helped to establish Gills as a leader in sustainability for the food processing and agriculture industries. With her guidance, Gills’ efforts in sustainability are now being used by organizations and regulators as a successful model to help shape future regulations. Under her leadership, Gills Onions received the 2009 Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA) for its Advanced Energy Recovery System (AERS). In March of this year, the California Energy Commission and Gills Onions were presented with the 2010 Green California Leadership Award at the Green California Summit and Exposition. Gills is also the recipient of the 2010 American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Golden State Award.

With Nikki’s production assistance, Gills will be featured on How it’s Made and Dirty Jobs television segments that will air on cable networks in 2010.

See Niki Rodoni's Powerpoint slides.


Faculty Speakers


Steve Gaines, Dean

Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, UCSB

Marine Science, Sustainable Fisheries


Steve Gaines's research focuses on marine ecology and conservation, sustainable fisheries, the design of marine reserves, and the impact of climate change on ocean ecosystems. He has served as director of the UC Santa Barbara Marine Science Institute, and as UCSB Acting Dean of Science and Acting Vice Chancellor for Research. Professor Gaines currently serves as a science advisor for the Joint Ocean Commission and is a principal investigator for PISCO (Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans), a long-term consortium was instrumental in establishing to further collaborative study of marine ecosystems throughout the Pacific.


Christopher Costello, Associate Professor

Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, UCSB

Resource Economics


While there is broad agreement that resources are valuable and need to be used wisely and sustainably, there is less agreement on the definitions of such terms as “wisely” and “sustainable,” meanings that evolve within the context of identifying society’s objectives and creating the mechanisms and policies to achieve them. Chris Costello works in this realm, focusing on the economics of environmental regulation and natural resource management under conditions of uncertainty (inaccurate, unavailable, or contradictory information), with a particular emphasis on the value and effect of information on management decisions. Correlate to this is his interest in adaptive management programs that have a learning component intended to resolve uncertainty. He has applied this perspective to studies in biological diversity, introduced species, regulation of polluting industries, and marine policy.

See Chris Costello's presentation and the Patagonia presentation.


Roland Geyer, Assistant Professor

Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, UCSB

Industrial Ecology, Production & Operations Management



Born and educated in Germany, where he was trained in engineering and physics, Roland Geyer came to the Bren School in 2003 and now teaches courses in production and operations management, and in the emerging field of industrial ecology. Geyer is interested in the life cycle of manufactured goods – the processes in the form of energy and material flows that are related to transforming raw materials into products and, ultimately, waste – and in the environmental and economic potential of reuse and recycling activities. He also studies the evolution of green business plans, a model that relates corporate financial performance to corporate environmental performance. Geyer has worked extensively as an advisor to the steel industry as it evolves and creates better products that can be made with fewer resources.


Sangwon Suh, Assistant Professor

Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, UCSB

Corporate Environmental Management, Industrial Ecology, Life Cycle Assessment



Sangwon Suh's research interests include how materials and energy are extracted from nature, how they are transformed and used, and, finally, how they are discarded back to nature, which forms the metabolic structure of the coupled, human-nature complexity. In addition to making important theoretical and applied contributions in LCA, MFA, I/O and their combinations), he also is contributing to the policy and economics literature. Although he has covered a wide range of resources, several of his most recent contributions have focused on carbon and water, in part due to his growing interest in the issues associated with biofuels.