Georgia Clean Economy Summit

Thursday, February 15 | 2:00pm – 6:00pm
Tech Square ATL | 848 Spring St NW, Atlanta, GA 30308

Georgia is quickly becoming a hub for the new clean economy. More than 25 major clean energy and clean transportation manufacturing projects have been recently announced in the state—the most of any state in the country—set to bring nearly $15 billion of new private investments and nearly 15,000 new clean economy jobs to Georgia, adding to a statewide clean energy workforce that already employs more than 78,000 Georgians.

Join E2 and partners for the inaugural Georgia Clean Economy Summit to hear from and connect with business, government, and non-profit leaders who are helping to drive Georgia’s clean economy boom. With panel discussions, keynote speakers, and networking opportunities, the Summit will serve as a unique opportunity to learn from and network with the leaders creating the foundation for a clean, prosperous, and equitable economic future for Georgia and the Southeast as a whole.

Summit Agenda

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Registration & Networking

2:30pm – 2:50pm

Welcome Remarks & Overview of Georgia’s Clean Energy Economy

Speaker: Bob Keefe | Executive Director, E2

2:50pm – 3:35pm

Panel Discussion | Growing the Clean Economy: Georgia as a Cleantech Hub

Speakers:

  • Scott McMurray | Deputy Commissioner, Georgia Quick Start
  • Tonya Hicks | President & Chief Executive Officer, Power Solutions Intl
  • Scott Moskowitz | Senior Director of Market Strategy & Industry Relations, Qcells North America
  • Emilie Oxel O’Leary | Chief Executive Officer/Owner, Green Clean Solar

Moderated by Michael Oxman | Managing Director, Georgia Tech Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business

3:50pm – 4:40pm

Panel Discussion | Growing the Clean Economy: Building Off Success

Speakers:

  • Dana Clare Redden | Founder, Solar Stewards & Board Member, Black Owners of Solar Services
  • Kristofor Anderson Director of Energy Resources, Georgia Environmental Finance Authority
  • Carrie Horrocks | Chief Operating Officer, Radiance Solar & Board Member, Georgia Solar Energy Association
  • Shalaya Morissette | Chief, Minority Business & Workforce Division, Office of Energy Justice & Equity, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Dr. Shelley Francis | Co-Founder & Managing Partner, EVNoire

Moderated by Pamela Fann | Principal Owner, Impact Energy

4:40pm – 5:00pm

Keynote Address | Georgia’s Clean Economy Future is Now

Keynote Speaker: Stuart Countess | President & Chief Executive Officer, Kia Georgia, Inc.

Introduced by Lloyd Avram | President & Chief Executive Officer, Georgia Association of Manufacturers

5:00pm – 6:00pm

Networking Reception

Complimentary refreshments & hors d’oeuvres will be provided

Keynote Speaker

Stuart Countess

President & Chief Executive Officer,
Kia Georgia, Inc.

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Bio

Stuart Countess is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Kia Georgia’s manufacturing facility in West Point, Ga. Countess is responsible for all operational facets of the four-model assembly plant that employs more than 3,200 team members and produces a capacity of 350,000 vehicles annually. A graduate of the University of Alabama in Electrical Engineering, Countess began his 30-year manufacturing career with Hughes Aircraft Corporation before moving into automotive at the Mercedes Benz assembly plant in Vance, Ala.

In 2008, Countess was hired as the Sr. Manager for Kia Georgia’s General Assembly shop, where he was a key figure in developing and implementing The Kia Way and the Georgia Production System as core practices of the facility’s operational system. Since his hiring, Countess has held positions as the company’s Director of Quality, Vice President of Quality and Chief Administrative Officer, and Chief Operating Officer before assuming his current role.

Countess is highly active in community, civic, and educational organizations promoting individual development and providing leadership through service on multiple boards and committees in various capacities. Among them are the Georgia Chamber, LaGrange College, LaGrange Academy, Georgia State Workforce Development Board, The Ray, Georgia Association of Manufacturers, The Carter Center, and was the chair of a key committee in Georgia’s Electric Mobility and Innovation Alliance (EMIA).

Countess has been included in GEORGIA 500 – The State’s Most Influential Leaders and received the Georgia Titan 100 Award in 2023.

Countess is an avid golfer and loyal supporter of the Alabama Crimson Tide. He and his wife, Dana, reside in LaGrange, GA. They have four children and five grandchildren.

Other Speakers

Scott McMurray

Deputy Commissioner
Georgia Quick Start

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Bio

Scott McMurray is the Deputy Commissioner for the Georgia Quick Start workforce training program for the state of Georgia. McMurray helps lead the Quick Start team to provide world-class training programs for new businesses coming to Georgia as well as those Georgia-based companies looking to expand.

In his previous role as Deputy Commissioner of Global Commerce for the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), McMurray led Georgia’s team that focuses on job creation and investment by recruiting and locating new and expanding businesses in the state.

Prior to joining GDEcD in 2005 as a project manager, he held management positions with Warehouse California Corp. and Overseas Operations Export Management in Los Angeles, CA. From 1988 until 1993, McMurray worked as both a public high school English teacher and college instructor in Miyazaki, Japan. From 1993 until 1996, he held a position as an import manager for a retail store chain in southwestern Japan.

Tonya Hicks

President & Chief Executive Officer
Power Solutions, Inc.

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Bio

Tonya Hicks, an accomplished leader, and trailblazer in construction, energy, and promoting women’s empowerment. As the President and CEO of Power Solutions, Inc., Managing Principal of Women Do Everything, LLC, and Founder/President of sheEV, Inc. Tonya has made significant contributions in several male-dominated industries. With a passion for excellence, Tonya’s journey began as she broke barriers, becoming the first woman to become a Journeyman Inside Wireman Electrician in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Local 917 and the first Black Woman to become an IBEW Journeyman Electrician in the State of Mississippi.

In 2000, at the age of 28, Tonya founded Power Solutions, Inc., an electrical contracting, and facility maintenance company. Today PSI specializes in renewable energy, electrification, and EV charging solutions. Her visionary leadership has driven the company’s success, expanding its operations internationally, as featured in Forbes Japan in November 2019. Recognizing the importance of promoting diversity and inclusion, Tonya launched Women Do Everything LLC in 2015. Through this initiative, she has been instrumental in training and supporting women in male-dominated industries, both through employment and entrepreneurship. During the pandemic, Tonya founded sheEV, to provide safer EV charging locations for women, elderly, and disable persons. In 2024, the launch of the sheEV Car Club will be the first of its kind; providing community support, educational resources, and products members can trust.

Emilie Oxel O’Leary

Chief Executive Officer/Owner
Green Clean Solar

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Bio

Emilie Oxel O’Leary is the CEO/Owner of Green Clean Solar based in Marietta, Georgia. She has a strong passion and expertise in the solar industry focusing on waste management and landfill diversion services while building a diverse workforce. Her previous company (which she started and sold!) installed solar on many well-known companies across the nation such as Amazon, L’Oreal, Target, Perry Ellis, Blue Cross Blue Shield. She continues to develop and foster relationships with EPC/Owners and solar manufacturers throughout the United States while making Green Clean Solar a leader in the industry.

Michael Oxman

Managing Director
Georgia Tech Center for Sustainable Business

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Bio

Michael serves as the Managing Director of the Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business and Professor of the Practice. He teaches business sustainability courses at undergraduate and graduate levels and helps to oversee the Center’s industry outreach, partnerships, and educational initiatives. The Center manages a number of initiatives that engage students, faculty, and industry partners including, for example, the Drawdown Georgia Business Compact. Michael has also served as Chair of the Scheller College Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council for 3 years and has been involved in a number of campus-wide sustainability and strategic planning activities.

Prior to joining Scheller, Michael spent over twenty-five years working at the intersection of international business, sustainability, and risk management including serving in leadership roles at Acorn International, LLC and Business for Social Responsibility (BSR). In these roles, he advised a broad range of international companies on local content, social impact, risk management, community engagement, reporting, corporate social responsibility, and human rights initiatives.

Dana Clare Redden

Founder
Solar Stewards

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Bio

Celebrating over a decade in the solar industry, Dana Clare Redden is a passionate solar energy professional dedicated to the development of distributed generation solar globally.  She is the founder of Solar Stewards, a social enterprise connecting corporate social responsibility initiatives with historically excluded communities.  Dana holds a Bachelors of Science degree from Drexel University as well as an Executive MBA from IE Business School and Brown University.  She is among GRIST Magazine’s 2021 50 Fixers, a two-time judge at the DOE/NREL Solar District Cup, a co-founder of BOSS: Black Owners of Solar Services, an inaugural American Council of Renewable Energy (ACORE) Accelerate member, and serves on the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) board of directors.

Carrie Horrocks

Chief Operating Officer
Radiance Solar

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Carrie Horrocks is the Chief Operating Officer for Radiance Solar, a solar EPC headquartered in Atlanta, GA focused on the distributed generation market.  As a 7 year veteran of Radiance, she is responsible for executing organizational strategy and developing highly functional teams. Carrie serves on the boards of Georgia Solar Energy Association, Amicus O&M Cooperative, and Bravo Infrastructure Group.

Pamela Fann

Principal Owner
Impact Energy

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Pam is co-owner/principal of Impact Energy, a certified Black women-owned energy services company that focuses on energy efficiency project implementation and workforce development. Their mission is to promote equitable job expansion within the energy industry that positively impacts lives and supports community economic advancement.

She is also the Founder and CEO of Integrated Solutions. Integrated Solutions, a Diversity, Inclusion, and Integration consulting company that develops frameworks to implement diversity successfully and sustainably within organizations. Integrated Solutions mission is to drive industry transformation through organization cultural competency, caring conversations, and additional diversity advisory services.

Bob Keefe

Executive Director
E2

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Bob Keefeis E2’s executive director, overseeing all aspects of E2’s work and its staff and chapters stretching from New York to San Diego. Bob speaks regularly about the clean energy economy and the economic benefits of smart environmental policies. He has testified before Congress and numerous state legislatures and has appeared in media outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, Fox, CNN and others. Bob is the author of two books on the economics of climate change: “Climatenomics: Washington Wall Street and the Economic Battle to Save Our Planet” (2022) and “Clean Economy NOW: Stories from the Front Lines of an American Business Revolution” (2024) and co-author of several other business-related books. Prior to joining E2 in 2011, Bob spent more than 20 years as journalist, covering business, political, national and environmental news from coast to coast.

Scott Moskowitz

Senior Director of Market Strategy & Industry Relations
Qcells North America

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Scott Moskowitz is the Senior Director of Market Strategy and Industry Relations for Qcells North America where he works in support of the company’s policy and business development goals. Scott is widely regarded as a leading expert on the global renewable energy industry with a specific concentration on supply chains, competitiveness, and technology. Scott sits on the board of directors for the Solar Energy Industries Association and Georgia Solar Energy Association, and previously spent five years as a market analyst at GTM Research, the leading market intelligence firm in the U.S. clean energy industry.

Shalaya Morissette

Chief, Minority Business & Workforce Division, Office of Energy Justice & Equity
U.S. Department of Energy

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Shalaya Morissette(she/her) is Chief of the Minority Business and Workforce Division at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), located within the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity. She is a highly sought-after collaborator and co-conspirator in the clean technology space. Most recently she hails from the utility sector in safety and compliance. In 2022 she took on an additional role at Dearborn STEM Academy in Boston, Massachusetts as a teacher to 11th and 12th graders – delivering a curriculum for engineering with energy in mind.

Previously she held various roles in higher education, including enrollment services project manager and in global transportation as the Director of Affiliate Relations. She is the former president of the Greater Boston chapter of the American Association of Blacks in Energy. Serving as the first African American board member of the New England Women in Energy and Environment, she has been devoted to elevating and engaging women and people of color in the energy space.

Kristofor Anderson

Director of Energy Resources
Georgia Environmental Finance Authority

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Kristofor Anderson is the Director of Energy Resources with the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA), which is the state’s energy office. Kris leads the state energy office programs, including the Weatherization Assistance Program, the State Energy Program, the Fuel Storage Tank Program and multiple programs newly created by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act. Kris joined GEFA as a program manager in 2010 and prior to that was a planning consultant and worked on a range of planning and management programs for federal and energy industry clients. At GEFA, Kris has managed millions of dollars of federal grants for energy efficiency, renewable energy, and energy resiliency.

Dr. Shelley Francis

Co-Founder & Managing Director
EVNoire

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Bio

Dr. Shelley Francis is Co-Founder and Managing Partner with EVNoire, an award-winning, tech consultancy working on electric, connected, shared, and autonomous vehicle solutions. Dr. Francis utilizes her years of expertise to integrate E-Mobility best practices, diversity, equity, inclusion, and public health into the transportation sector. She is also the founder of EVHybridNoire, the nation’s largest network of diverse EV drivers and enthusiasts with thousands of members and chapters across the globe who are focused on increasing EV adoption and awareness in under-represented communities.

Lloyd Avram

President & Chief Executive Officer
Georgia Association of Manufacturers

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Lloyd Avram is the President and CEO of the Georgia Association of Manufacturers (GAM). He has led the Association since July 1, 2022.

Lloyd joined GAM from Chevron, one of the world’s leading energy producers and manufacturers of refined products. During his 13 years with Chevron at headquarters in San Ramon, CA, he oversaw global Media Relations and issues management for the company, and then served as National Manager, State Government Affairs.

Prior to Chevron, Lloyd held senior management positions in corporate and executive communications with Atlanta-based power company Mirant, and satellite communications manufacturer, DataPath.

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