ACT Expo 2012 Announces New Speakers

ACT Expo 2012 announces new speakers have been added to the event's agenda.

The 2012 Alternative Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo agenda promises a full roster of esteemed speakers offering the latest information on the spectrum of alternative fuel types and clean vehicle technologies. The ACT Expo announces the addition of the following distinguished speakers to the growing lineup of alternative fuel industry stakeholders:

Wesley K. Clark

Retired Army General, Former Supreme Allied Commander Europe, Co-Chairman, Growth Energy, and Member, Clinton Global Initiative's Energy and Climate Change Advisory Board

Opening Keynote Address

Tuesday, May 15

General Clark’s dedicated efforts to promote the importance of an energy-independent future and advancement of alternative transportation fuel options, especially ethanol, biodiesel and natural gas, has been vital to educating the American people about the importance and security of a domestic energy supply.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa

City of Los Angeles

Keynote Address

Wednesday, May 16

Mayor of the second largest city in the U.S. and President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Villaraigosa has demonstrated a clear commitment to supporting the advancement of clean transportation technologies over the last 20 years including the conversion of LACMTA’s 2,221-bus fleet to compressed natural gas, overseeing the successful deployment of the largest alternative fuel municipal fleet in the country, the successful implementation of the San Pedro Bay Ports Port Clean Truck Program, and recent launch of an aggressive electric vehicle program throughout the city.

Mayor Bob Foster

City of Long Beach

Conference Welcome and Opening Remarks

Tuesday, May 15

As the former president of Southern California Edison, Mayor Foster has set aggressive goals for the City of Long Beach to improve air quality and pioneer the deployment of many cutting-edge, clean, alternative fuel vehicles and trucks. Mayor Foster’s leadership has positioned the City of Long Beach to become a national center of developing and deploying clean, advanced transportation technology projects, as highlighted by the nearly 1,000 natural gas trucks that resulted from the Mayor’s oversight of the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Truck Program over the last several years.

Samuel F. Thomas

President & CEO, Chart Industries

Executive Roundtable Speaker

Thursday, May 17

As part of a CEO roundtable discussion exploring alternative fuel investment strategies, Samuel Thomas will highlight Chart Industries' advocacy for natural gas as a domestically abundant and economically viable alternative fuel of the future. Thomas will showcase the substantial investment of Chart Industries in cutting-edge production facilities to support the rapid growth of the LNG vehicle market in the U.S. as a testament to the company's commitment to advanced clean transportation technologies.

Gregory T. Swienton

Chairman & CEO, Ryder System, Inc.

Keynote Address

Thursday, May 17

In his keynote address, Gregory Swienton will discuss Ryder’s leadership and commitment to trucks powered by compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG), and hybrid electric drive systems. Swienton will provide an update on Ryder’s multiple public-private partnerships to deploy hundreds of heavy-duty natural gas powered trucks in its Southern California network as well as in Arizona, Michigan and elsewhere.

Jim Arthurs

President, Cummins Westport

Executive Roundtable Speaker

Thursday, May 17

Jim Arthurs will showcase the company's recently announced ISX12 G 12-liter heavy-duty factory-built dedicated natural gas engine, one of the most highly anticipated new products in the alternative fuel marketplace today. This new natural gas engine platform will play a significant role in the accelerated growth of the North American over-the-road natural gas truck market. The commercial launch of this product in early 2013 will undoubtedly contribute to one of the alternative fuel market's mega trends in the forthcoming year.

The ACT Expo's keynote speakers, plenary and breakout sessions, networking events, training sessions, technical tours and ride-and-drive will guide attendees through the economic, energy and environmental benefits of alternative fuel use. Join fleet managers, procurement specialists, maintenance directors, engineers and other industry leaders for three days of discussions, networking and strategic sessions with a spotlight on showcasing alternative fuel vehicle fleet deployment success stories.