2016 Speakers

  • Chantal Bergeron

    Manager of R&D and Disruptive Innovation Seventh Generation

    Chantal Bergeron, PhD, is the manager of R&D and disruptive innovation for home and personal care products at Seventh Generation.  In her role, she is identifying new bio-based technologies to improve sustainability and performance of current products and new product categories. Previously, Dr. Bergeron was previously Director of research at Tom’s of Maine, where she developed novel plant-based materials for oral, personal and self-care products. Her innovative work has led to the development of botanical solutions to be used as deodorant, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory or whitening agents for oral care. She attended graduate school at Laval University in Quebec City (M.Sc), Canada, and got her Ph.D from the School of Pharmacy at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland isolating and characterizing components of medicinal plants; her post-doctorate work on quality control of Echinaceae was completed at the University of Ottawa, Canada. She holds numerous patents, and has authored or co-authored 25 scientific papers and co-edited a book on Biorefinery Co-Products.

  • Dr. Steven Bolkan

    Director of Research Church & Dwight Co. Inc.

    Dr. Steven A. Bolkan is the Director of R&D for Transformational New Product Development for Church and Dwight Co., Inc., Princeton NJ.   Dr. Bolkan received his B.S., B.A., and PhD degrees in Chemistry from Oregon State University, Corvallis Oregon.   He has over twenty five patents and publications which outline his R&D achievements.   He is a current member of the Strategic Advisory Board for the American Cleaning Institute, a past Chairman for the Industry/University Collaborative Research Center: Particulate and Surface Science with the University of Florida and Columbia university, and a former Vice Chair and Chairman for the Surfactants and Detergent Division of the America Oil Chemistry Society.   


  • Mike Eaton

    CEO & Founder Hero Clean

    As an industry veteran with more than 20 years of international and domestic brand and entertainment marketing, sponsorship and licensing experience, Mike Eaton has recently created and launched a game-changing men’s-only brand named Hero Clean.

    Emerging from an agency background working on business for Procter & Gamble, Heinz Pet Food, Chiquita, Curad and Star-Kist Tuna, Eaton jumped to the client side with Reebok, running Marketing for the Midwest Region. 

    Eaton then shifted his sights to New York, where he joined FremantleMedia, the co-creator of the hit television series, American Idol, where he oversaw North American brand marketing and sponsorship. In that role, Eaton created the ground-breaking business model for all current product integration programming in television with American Idol partnership deals with Ford, Coke, and AT&T Wireless. He also created the first national phone and test voting systems as well as the show-based consumer product licensing programs – many of which are still in the market today. 

    Eaton also served as the Head of North American Enterprises for 19 Entertainment where he oversaw sponsorship and licensing programming for stars including Annie Lennox, Kelly Clarkson, Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard.  

    Most recently, Eaton served as the VP, Global Business Development for IMG, where he was tasked with creating revenue streams across all the IMG divisions.

    Eaton is an avid motorcycle racer who used his love of the sport, along with the need to get rid of the grime that comes along with it, as inspiration to develop Hero Clean.

    A native of Cincinnati, Eaton holds a Bachelor’s in Advertising from Southern Methodist University. He grew up in the Procter & Gamble family, as his father worked there for nearly four decades. He currently resides in Miami.

  • Malin Edvardsson, PhD

    Field Application Specialist Biolin Scientific AB

    Malin Edvardsson, PhD, graduated in Physics from Chalmers University of technology, Gothenburg, Sweden in 2006. Having completed her PhD in the research group where the QCM-D technology was born, she continued with a post-doc that focused on experimental setups combining QCM-D with complementary technologies. In 2010 Malin joined Biolin Scientific to work as a Product Manager for the Q-Sense brand.

  • Patrick Elias

    Product Safety Toxicologist The Clorox Company

    Patrick Elias is a product safety toxicologist in the Global Stewardship department of Clorox R&D.  In this position, he provides safety and regulatory expertise for Clorox products, with an emphasis on providing regulatory guidance and strategies when bringing products to market.  Specific areas of focus are FDA food contact assessments and CPSC and EPA regulations for registered and non-registered cleaning products. 

    Patrick received his PhD in Toxicology from Washington State University in 2008 and B.S. from Washington State University in 2002.  

  • Jason Fairbanks

    Senior Scientist The Clorox Company

    Jason Fairbanks is a Senior Scientist at Clorox R&D, Cleaning Base Business. His present work focuses the development and commercialization of wipes. Prior to joining Clorox in 2009, he held positions at Kimberly-Clark, BBA Nonwovens/Fiberweb, Sonoco, and International Paper - Veratec. He is also a veteran of the US Army.

    Jason earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 1994. 

  • Jim Flannery

    Senior Executive Vice President, Operations, and Industry Collaboration Grocery Manufacturers Association

    Jim Flannery is Senior Executive Vice President, Operations and Industry Collaboration at the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA).  He leads the association’s Industry Affairs practice, which engages with members and prospective members. In addition, Jim helps GMA identify and implement innovative services and programs that enhance the value of GMA membership.

    Jim also has primary responsibility for developing and implementing collaborative relationships, initiatives and programs with retailers and their trade associations across all retail channels. 

    Jim leads GMA’s work to develop and launch the industry-wide SmartLabel™ transparency initiative, which enables consumers to get access to information about hundreds of attributes on thousands of food, beverage, personal care, household product and pet care products. 

    Jim joined GMA in 2013 from after 36 years at Procter & Gamble (P&G), where he most recently served as Managing Director, Customer Development, P&G Global Operations.  Prior to that position, Jim was Director, Global Customer Marketing, from 1998 to 2003 and had responsibility for P&G’s industry-wide commercial collaboration efforts and the internal capabilities required to deliver them.
    Jim’s responsibilities at P&G began in the U.S. soap and detergent and food and beverage businesses from 1977-1994, where he had sales and management roles in the coffee, orange juice, shelf stable drink, peanut butter and snacks businesses.  He served as Market Strategy and Planning Manager for P&G’s food and beverage business before departing to Australia in 1994.  From 1994-1998 he directed customer business development and customer marketing in Australia and Asia.

    At P&G, Jim held volunteer leadership positions at GMA, the Food Marketing Institute, ECR-Australasia and ECR- Asia, and played an instrumental role in the creation of the Consumer Goods Forum. 

    A native of New York, Jim holds a B.A. degree in Human Resources Management from Upsala College in East Orange, New Jersey.  

  • Kristoffer Friis Gleberg

    Senior Marketing Director Novozymes

    Kristoffer Friis Gleberg joined Novozymes in 2010. He is commercially responsible for all business and product development activities related to the Household Care industry, which provides biological cleaning solutions to detergent producers globally. This responsibility includes all product launches that Novozymes brings to the market. He is also a member of the cross-company steering groups comprising Novozymes’ major Household Care customers and is a key figure in setting the overall strategic direction for the industry.

    Mr. Gleberg has extensive experience within the fields of innovation management and strategic marketing management. At Novozymes, he has driven the implementation of a customer-focused approach to innovation.

    An economist by training, Mr. Gleberg started his career at IBM where he spent six years in Management Consulting and at Qvartz – a leading management consulting firm in the Nordics. He holds a master’s degree in Economics & Management from the University of Aarhus, Denmark.

  • Christopher Havanas, RAC

    Senior Regulatory Affairs Specialist GOJO Industries

    Christopher M. Havanas, RAC, is a Sr. Regulatory Affairs Specialist at GOJO Industries with over 20 years of experience in Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance for Cosmetic products and OTC Drugs in the US.

    Chris has experience managing completion of regulatory requirements for new product launches, registrations, claims, label development, product quality complaints, 3rd party product certifications and industrial alcohol use permit maintenance.

    Chris holds US Regulatory Affairs Certification from The Regulatory Affairs Professional Society and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Akron 

  • Tony Herber

    Consultant Scientific & Regulatory Consultants, Inc.

    Tony is a Consultant at Scientific & Regulatory Consultants, Inc. (SRC). He assists clients with obtaining timely pesticide registrations by placing appropriate studies and making registration filings with the EPA. He also manages registration and label negotiation with the California Dept. of Pesticide Regulation (DPR), and provides professional review of pesticide labels for compliance with applicable regulations. 

    Tony possesses a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Manchester College (now Manchester University). Tony was previously a high school physics and chemistry teacher before joining SRC. 


  • Anna Howe

    Applied Technology Manager, North America Evonik

    Anna Howe is Applied Technology Manager, North America, for the Personal Care business of Evonik Corporation at the new Business & Innovation Center in Richmond, Virginia. Her responsibilities include global product development as well as leading regional customer projects.

    Ms. Howe has over 25 years of experience in the cosmetic industry. Prior to joining Evonik, she held positions of increasing responsibility at Inolex Chemical Company, Rhône-Poulenc (Rhodia) and Alcolac Chemical Corporation.  A member of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists, she holds several application patents, and has authored a number of scientific papers in the personal care area. 

    Ms. Howe earned a bachelor’s of science in Chemistry at Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University in Blacksburg, Va.  

  • Francis Kruszewski, Ph.D., DABT

    Senior Director of Human Health and Safety American Cleaning Institute

    Dr. Kruszewski is Senior Director, Human Health and Safety at the American Cleaning Institute (ACI) where his duties focus on the human safety, toxicology, and public health issues relating to cleaning products and their ingredients and to related activities on research, regulations, and outreach.  Prior to joining ACI in 2001, he worked as a Staff Scientist for The Gillette Company for seven years and as a Senior Research Toxicologist for Avon Products, Inc. for four years.  

    In these positions he supervised and implemented the research, development and application of in vitro toxicological testing methods as animal alternatives for product testing.  Dr. Kruszewski’s academic background was in microbiology, chemical carcinogenesis, and toxicology. He has received a Master's degree from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey (1978), a doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin (1987), and has been a Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology since 2003.

  • Monica Marshall

    SVP, Director Ketchum Purpose

    Monica lead’s Ketchum’s Purpose Practice. This includes developing and executing sustainability and social impact programs that are fully integrated with marketing and communications campaigns to build brands, strengthen corporate reputation and increase awareness and stakeholder engagement. Monica works with many global companies including J.P. Morgan Chase, Kohler, P&G, Whirlpool, Fruit of the Loom, Nestle and others.

    Prior to this, Monica was the Deputy Director of Private Partnerships at the United Nation’s World Food Programme (WFP). During her tenure at the U.N., Monica forged public-partnerships with a host of global, regional and local companies in the areas of disaster relief, food/nutrition, supply chain, logistics, finance, technology and hospitality. While at the U.N., Monica worked with global companies including Pepsi-Co, Yum! Brands, Unilever, UPS, Kraft and others.
    Prior to joining WFP, Monica was with Ketchum in New York, Egypt and Washington, DC and was responsible developing and implementing global marketing/communications campaigns around economic development, trade and tourism for the governments of Puerto Rico, Egypt and Malawi. In addition, Monica built a corporate and social marketing practice to support US-based campaigns around major issues such as human trafficking, education and Medicare.

    Marshall spent five years in Cairo, Egypt. Two were focused on the completion of her Masters in Middle East Studies and Arabic with the remaining three years spent leading a domestic and international communications campaign on privatization and investment liberalization for the Government.

    Marshall holds a BA in Business and Economics from the American University in London and a MA in Middle East Studies and Arabic from the American University in Cairo. She is married with three children.

  • Dwayne Roark

    Global Business Communications Director The Dow Chemical Company

    Dwayne Roark is a global business communications director for The Dow Chemical Company and an adjunct professor for American InterContinental University.

    In his role at Dow, Roark is responsible for leading a global team to create and implement all communications strategies with a primary focus on measurable strategic communications programs and executive counsel to help achieve business goals for the Home, Institutional and Personal Care Solutions business. Additionally, as a member of the Dow Public Affairs function, Roark plays a critical role in supporting the company's overall reputation and business branding initiatives. Roark joined Dow in 2008 as a business communications manager for Dow Biocides and ANGUS Chemical Company, a then wholly owned subsidiary of Dow. He most recently served as the global business communications director for the Dow Microbial Control and Dow Consumer & Industrial Solutions businesses.

    In his role at American InterContinental University, Roark focuses on undergraduate business courses concentrated on advanced logic for today’s ‘smart business’ environment. Prior roles for Roark include marketing and communications leader positions with MISUMI USA, Inc and the Danaher Corporation.

    Roark is an accomplished author and speaker for PR News and frequently engages in sustainability communications conversations through various stakeholder networks. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism / Mass Communications with an Advertising / Public Relations Concentration and a Marketing Minor from the University of St. Francis and a Master of Science degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from Roosevelt University.

  • Jamie Rosenberg

    Global Household and Personal Care Analyst Mintel

    Jamie has close to 20 years’ experience as a competitive intelligence analyst and consultant, with a focus on new business opportunity, trend analysis and futures tools. Prior to Joining Mintel, Jamie spent 11 years with Kimberly-Clark Corporation, where he led intelligence projects supporting new product launches, corporate strategy and emerging market growth. Jamie also worked for ORC International where his role as a market opportunity consultant honed his ability to spot shifts in market trends, while exposing him to numerous businesses across the healthcare and consumer packaged goods industries.

  • Charlotte Skidmore

    Director of Energy and Environmental Policy Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers

    Charlotte Skidmore joined AHAM in 2011 and serves as AHAM’s Director, Energy and Environmental Policy.  Skidmore provides analysis and facilitates policy and strategy development on environmental and technology-related issues such as end-of-life management, sustainability, IoT, connected appliances, smart grid, and green chemistry. 

    Prior to joining AHAM, Skidmore served as Associate Director of Environment and Regulation for the White House Council on Environmental Quality, directly advising the council chairman on environmental issues such as climate change, renewable energy, and air toxics while collaborating with senior officials throughout the White House Office of Management and Budget, the National Economic Council and the Environmental Protection Agency. She was responsible for the formulation and execution of the EPA’s budget for air, chemical and international issues and OMB’s Report to Congress on Climate Change Expenditures.

    Skidmore holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering with a concentration in Environmental Engineering from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from George Washington University.


  • George Smith

    Research Fellow Huntsman Corporation

    Smith has a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the Institute of Applied Surfactant Research at the University of Oklahoma.  

    Smith is currently a Research Fellow at the Huntsman Corporation and manages the Home and Personal Care and Industrial Additives technology group for the Americas.  

    He received the Samuel Rosen Memorial Award for Applied Surfactant Chemistry in 2005 and was the AOCS S&D Division Chairman in 2007.  He is currently the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Surfactants and Detergents.

    Smith has published over 20 articles and book chapters on applied surfactant chemistry and holds over 30 US patents.

  • Marc Williamson

    Director of Business Development Martex Fiber Southern Corp.

    Marc Williamson is the Director of Corporate and Business Development at Martex Fiber.  Marc has been with Martex for almost 10 years and has also served in roles in finance as well as operations over the course of his tenure with Martex.

    Marc began his career in public accounting with Arthur Andersen where he was a commercial audit manager.  Upon leaving public accounting, Marc moved into industry as the Chief Financial Officer of Narricot Industries, the largest automotive seatbelt and airbag manufacturer in North America.  After spending several years at Narricot, Marc joined the Martex team in early 2007.

    During Marc’s tenure at Martex, he has helped the company expand through capital investment as well as through acquisition, personally leading the effort from identification, through due-diligence, to integration. 

    Marc has helped grow the vision of sustainability at Martex and has developed the concept of t-shirt to wipes from concept to its commercial stage.

    Marc is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from La Salle University.  Marc will complete his Master of Business Administration in early 2017, with a concentration in Finance, from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where he is currently attending.

  • Jeana Wirtenberg, Ph.D.

    President & CEO Transitioning to Green

    Jeana Wirtenberg, Ph.D. helps companies and organizations make sustainability a mainstream, routine business practice. She is an expert on the leadership, organizational dynamics, and psychology required to make that happen. Jeana is president and CEO of Transitioning to Green (www.transitioningtogreen.com). Her company develops individual and organizational capacity to make sustainability take root. She is co-founder and senior advisor of the Institute for Sustainable Enterprise (www.fdu.edu/ise) at Fairleigh Dickinson University, and Associate Professor of Professional Practice at Rutgers University.

    Her book Building a Culture for Sustainability: People, Planet and Profits in a New Green Economy (Praeger, 2014) shows how to holistically integrate sustainability throughout the culture of organizations. The book features Church & Dwight as one of nine case studies of companies leading the way. Jeana is lead editor for The Sustainable Enterprise Fieldbook: When It All Comes Together, first and second edition (Greenleaf Publishing, 2008, 2016).

    Wirtenberg was HR Director for Development, Quality and Organization Effectiveness at Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) where she led a variety of initiatives to transform the firm and build organizational capacity. Formerly, she held several leadership positions in AT&T Human Resources and Marketing. Jeana started her career in the Federal government where she was a Social Science Analyst in the Office of Research at the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and led the Women’s Research/Social Processes team at the National Institute of Education.

    She teaches Organizational Behavior in Rutgers MBA program, Women Leading in Business and Management Skills in Rutgers Department of Management and Global Business. She received her Master’s degree and Ph.D. with honors in Psychology from U.C.L.A.