2018 Speakers

Smithers Apex is pleased to announce the 2018 speaker lineup

  • Dr. Peter Allen

    Co-Founder nu Angle

    Dr Peter Allen is co-founder and Director at nu Angle and also works with Bally Design, out of Pittsburgh. Working across both of these organisations enables him to integrate strategic Technology and Innovation management with Design Thinking and downstream Product Design. He focuses on helping clients build clear roadmaps that connect customer and strategic business with technology – this connection is then embodied in roadmaps of product concepts that enable marketing, R&D and other stakeholders to align around concrete plans for future innovation and growth.

    Peter earned his Batchelor’s and PhD degrees in Physics from Imperial College, London and worked initially in surface science and solid-state physics research before moving into a start-up and then on to a career in consulting. In his consulting career, he has worked in a Cambridge, UK innovation and technology company, blue-chip advisory firms (Cooper & Lybrand and Monitor), his own firm (nu Angle) and a Design House (Bally Design).

    Peter has spent his time working mainly for product-based companies – primarily in the medical device and consumer goods sectors. He works on enabling these companies to develop new opportunities for growth through the application of technology both from within and via networks of external experts.

    In his free time, Peter plays golf, has a strong interest in plants and gardening and recently took up surf fishing.

  • Monica Becker

    Co-Director and Innovation Project Lead Green Chemistry and Commerce Council

    Monica Becker is the Co-Director and Innovation Project Group Lead of the Green Chemistry & Commerce Council (GC3), and runs the GC3 Collaborative Innovation Project on Preservatives and the Green & Bio-based Chemistry Startup Network. Monica is also the Principal of Monica Becker & Associates Sustainability Consultants, a multi-disciplinary provider of sustainability solutions for businesses, trade associations, universities, governments and NGOs, with a particular focus on chemicals.

  • 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.

  • Tom Burns

    Staff Scientist Novozymes

    Tom Burns is a Staff Scientist at Novozymes North America, where he provides technical and formulation support to the company’s customers across the Americas.

    Burns joined Novozymes in 1992 in technical service, formulating and evaluating the performance of enzymes in detergent products for use in both household and industrial laundry.  Based at the company’s Brazilian office from 1998-2003, he served as technical and business development manager, covering applications of bio-based products throughout Latin America.  Previously, Burns was a formulation chemist at a household-cleaning products company in New York State. Burns began his career as a secondary-school science teacher in Latin America, and speaks fluent Spanish and Portuguese. 

  • Sean Busch

    Co-Founder Puracy LLC

    Sean began his consumer products journey in high school, when he started a company specializing in surface care for luxury and exotic cars. He became deeply passionate about his craft and very involved in R&D for the major car chemical cleaning companies. Many of the vehicles he cared for were entered into prestigious events, such as Concours d’Elegance. He continued to run this business part-time through college and into his early professional career.

    As Sean embarked on his professional career after college, he moved into clinical sales roles at Novartis and Johnson & Johnson. Here, he used science, data, and brand equity to provide world class service to his clients. He used the Johnson & Johnson Credo to help shape the Puracy business plan.

    After four years in healthcare, Sean relocated to Austin to take on a Director role of a fast-growing consumer goods e-commerce company. He led business development for the firm, which deepened his business knowledge of CPG, business and customer acquisition, e-commerce, international brand expansion, and other facets of fast-growing digital companies.

    Sean met his co-founder Paul in 2012. They were neighbors and quickly became friends. They started talking about business ideas which played strongly into Sean’s background: surface care with an evidence-based approach, applied to consumer products. Sean and Paul saw the value of launching a new brand of natural and organic soaps, cleaners, and personal care items online. Their deep knowledge allowed them to gain momentum and surpass the market presence as brands exponentially the size of them. Since selling their first product in 2014, Puracy has more than doubled in size every year. Their deep level of customer interaction, constant innovation, and dedication to producing the best possible product in each category have yielded robust growth and many product awards. Puracy is 100% privately owned by Sean and Paul and based in Austin, TX.

  • Antonio Calcagnotto

    President of ALIADA (LATAM) – Corporate Affairs Director at UNILEVER Brazil ABIPLA and ALIADA

    Antonio Candido Prataviera Calcagnotto is a graduated in Business Administration and Law. He holds a Masters in Strategic Planning (FGV / SP) with exchange at York University, Canada.

    In his career, Calcagnotto has held highlights positions in important companies, including: Marcopolo SA, Navistar International Trucks, Supermarkets Calcagnotto SA, Renault-Nissan Alliance and Unilever.

    Since January 2014, HEAD of the Corporate Affairs at Unilever Brazil, he is responsible for sustainability strategy for Unilever Brazil and External Affairs for Latin America.

    Besides executive of Unilever, Calcagnotto accumulates the positions President of ABIPLA (Brazilian manufacturing of Cleaning Products Industry), President of ALIADA (Cleaning Products LATAM Association), vice-president of ABIA (Brazilian Association of Food Industries), titular member of CNI - MEI (National Confederation of Industry/Business Mobilization for Innovation) and CNI-National Forum of Manufacturers. Member counselor of: CEBDS (Brazilian Business Council for Sustainable Development), of ABIHPEC (Brazil manufacturing HPPC Association - Personal Hygiene, Perfumery and Cosmetics), of Britcham (The British Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Brazil) and of  Dutcham (Dutch Brazilian Chamber of Commerce). Also, holds presidency of Britcham South Brazil.

    He is MBA professor in strategic business management, Communication & marketing and ethics since 1989 in couple universities, among them, mainly at ESPM.

    Additionally, Calcagnotto, in the public activities, holds the title of Commander (ComC), appointed and honored by the State of Parana/Brazil, thereby becoming member of the Order of Pinheiro, due to the work he carried out in favor of the social, industrial and economic development of Paraná/Brazil, as well as the negotiations and the support in attracting other companies to the state.

  • Todd Cline

    North America Section Head, Fabric Care, Research and Development P&G

    Todd Leads a Products Research organization in developing new programs as well as operation of the current business across Gain and Tide Laundry detergents, the leading two brands in the industry. His role spans many facets including:

    Sustainability - R&D leader for North America sustainability efforts including leading design and launch of Tide purclean, a key entry of P&G Fabric Care into sustainable/renewable detergents. Key experiences include sustainable consumer insights/expertise, life cycle assessment/sustainable design, and external credentialing (e.g. USDA Bio-preferred program). Recently also launched Dreft purtouch - a plant based version of Dreft laundry detergent. The innovation fueling purclean and purtouch was recognized as a 2017 Edison Award winner for Innovation in Sustainability.

    Unit Dose - Lead design and qualification of new unit dose innovation across Tide PODs and Gain Flings for North America, from early design/ideation through going operation of the business.

    Go to Market - Lead ongoing R&D go to market/current business for Gain and Dreft brands.

  • Jack Corley

    Chief Sales Officer; President - Natural Fragrance Division Custom Essence

    Jack Corley is Chief Sales Officer of Custom Essence Inc. and serves as President of Custom Essence Inc.'s Natural Fragrances Division. He is also a member of the Custom Essence, Inc. Senior Advisory Committee. Mr. Corley has 37 years’ experience in the Fragrance and Flavor Industry. Prior to joining Custom Essence in July 2014, Mr. Corley was Vice-President and Director of Sales and Marketing for Symrise, managing the PureScent  (Trilogy Fragrances) division and brand. Mr. Corley also spent 21 years with International Flavors and Fragrances.

    Custom Essence is a mid-sized Fragrance creator and manufacturer based in Somerset, NJ and is the Industry leader in the natural fragrance category.

     Mr. Corley has been retained by some of the largest Fragrance and Flavor Companies in the world, advising them on natural and organic product/market development, natural and organic ingredient sourcing and natural/organic product formulation, labeling and regulatory issues.

     His career during this time has included Senior Management positions in both Sales and Purchasing, with a background heavily oriented towards Natural Ingredients.

     He has written numerous articles related to personal care subjects over the years and is a featured speaker at Fragrance and Personal Care events and seminars as well. In addition, he was a founding member of the Natural Product Association Personal Care and Home Care Standards Committees; and remains a Joint Committee member of the NSF-305 task force.

     Mr. Corley is a member of the Board of Directors for the Center for Vocational Rehabilitation, Monmouth County, NJ.

    Additionally, Mr. Corley is as an Adjunct Professor of Business at Monmouth University, in West Long Branch, NJ for the past 14 years.

     Mr. Corley holds both a BBA and an MBA from Baruch College, is a former Associate Professor of Business at St. John’s University, New York

  • Clive Davies

    Lead for the Safer Choice Program in the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics EPA

    Clive Davies leads the Safer Choice Program in the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics.  He is committed to advancing EPA’s chemical safety mission, and is proud to work with a talented, innovative, and dedicated staff of environmental professionals.

    Clive built Safer Choice, the Agency’s program to distinguish and label safer products, such as cleaners and detergents.  Safer Choice-labeled products – more than 2,000 branded cleaners, detergents, and other classes of products – can be found in retailers and distributers across the country.  The program also developed and maintains the Safer Chemical Ingredients List (SCIL), which includes hundreds of high-functioning chemical ingredients that meet rigorous health and environment criteria.   These ingredients can be used to manufacture Safer Choice-labeled products, and are being used to process or manufacture safer products around the world.

    Clive also began the DfE Alternatives Assessment Program to inform industry decision making in selecting alternatives to hundreds of millions of pounds of high-priority chemicals.  He convened multi-stakeholder partnerships that guided the transition for chemicals that included high-volume flame retardants, and BPA in thermal paper.

    Clive has worked in EPA’s Office of Water and in the Office of Air and Radiation. Clive led the first Survey of Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs, which Congress used to allocate up to $1billion per year in infrastructure funding.

  • Dr Joey DeCourcey

    Senior Scientific Officer Allergy Standards

    Joey DeCourcey is the Senior Scientific Officer of the international standards body Allergy Standards Ltd where he maintains the scientific standards behind the asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program. The program allows consumers to identify products which have been proven through rigorous testing to be more suitable for asthma and allergy sufferers.

    Dr DeCourcey holds a BSc in Analytical Science and a PhD in Immunology. He has worked in basic, clinical and industry led research in Ireland and the UK and has expertise in inflammatory disease mechanisms, assay development and analytical techniques. He has led several industry-partnered research projects, published peer-reviewed articles in leading international journals and presented work at international conferences. When he is not working he likes to spend time with his growing family along the Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland.

  • Christine Dimmick

    CEO/Founder The Good Home Company

    Christine Dimmick is Author of Detox Your Home (Rowman and Littlefield 2018) and the Founder and CEO of The Good Home Company Inc. She pioneered the move to combine natural ingredients and true to life scents in cleaning products over 20 years ago in her NYC kitchen. She and Good Home products have been featured in O Magazine, Instyle, Dr. Oz and House Beautiful, along with appearances on the Today Show. She is a public speaker promoting health and wellness at Canyon Ranch, Lenox, Mass. and other wellness facilities.  Christine can also be found blogging on Facebook for over 35,000 Good Home fans and hosting wellness events – spreading her unique message of health. Christine also consultants with hotels, businesses and private homes where she helps clients to detox, remove toxic products and create a place of health and wellness.


    About Detox your Home:

    Cancer affects 1 in 2 persons, and nearly everyone has an autoimmune-related disease or allergy.  We live in a world where the incidence of illness grows as fast as the GDP.  Industrialization has created a world that puts products before human and environmental health.  Exercise and eating right is not enough. In this rapidly growing world, our resources are depleting along with our health and the public sees and feels this daily.

    Health and Wellness speaker, advocate and Good Home Company Founder, Christine Dimmick, takes a deep dive into the toxins found in our very own homes, and how you can limit your exposure and take control of your own health.  Detox Your Home addresses all of these issues – from clothing to food to the cleaning products used every day in homes just like yours. Dimmick unveils what manufacturers won’t, so you can avoid exposing yourself and your family to the hidden toxins eating away at America’s health and wellness.  Detox Your Home is the essential go-to book for how to live a life of wellness, and will show you how to improve – in every part of your life.

  • Julia Solomon Ensor

    Attorney - Division of Enforcement Bureau of Consumer Protection, Federal Trade Commission

    Julia Solomon Ensor is an attorney in the Enforcement Division of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection where she works on a variety of compliance and enforcement matters, including environmental marketing and “Made in USA” matters. Prior to joining the FTC in 2010, Ms. Ensor was an Associate at King & Spalding LLP in Washington, D.C. Ms. Ensor holds a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

  • Daniel Fabricant, Ph.D.

    President/CEO The Natural Products Association

    Daniel Fabricant, Ph.D. is President and CEO of the Natural Products Association (NPA), the nation’s largest and oldest trade organization representing the natural products industry, including dietary supplements, foods, personal care products and more. He is responsible for implementing board policy for the advancement and protection of the natural products industry, while overseeing every aspect of the association’s programs and activities. Most recently, Daniel Fabricant served as the Director of the Division of Dietary Supplement Programs at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), where he directed agency policy, public affairs and regulatory action regarding regulation of the dietary supplement industry for more than three years. While with the agency, he successfully navigated the large, heavily-matrixed governmental organizational structure to bring life to a regulatory function that was non-existent for almost 20 years. Prior to the FDA, Daniel Fabricant was vice president, global government and scientific affairs, for NPA, responsible for establishing and leading industry coalitions dealing with a range of legislative, regulatory and scientific matters. Daniel Fabricant carried his interest in natural products into the classroom, earning a Ph.D. in Pharmacognosy from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he has served as an adjunct professor in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy since 2009. Pharmacognosy is the study of drugs derived from natural sources (plants and animals). He has also published extensively and is internationally recognized for his regulatory and governmental public health expertise and natural products research

  • Nancy Falk

    Research Fellow The Clorox Company

    For the least 13 years, Nancy has been a strategic technical leader in the development of consumer products for The Clorox Company.  Her experience includes technology development, product development, creative problem solving, ideation, intellectual property, and development of a novel technical leadership network.  In her current role, she utilizes technical expertise, business acumen, and consumer insights with strategic thinking to develop compelling and exclusive solutions for consumers.  Nancy also develops novel technologies for consumer products and works with cross functional team of marketing and consumer research to develop compelling consumer product ideas.


    Prior to joining Clorox, Nancy spent 12 years as a Senior Project Scientist for Unilever in their Home and Personal Care division in North America where she developed a wide range of laundry products, including liquid, powder, and tablet detergents, fabric softener liquids and sheets, color-safe bleaches, and spray, gel, and soft-solid pretreatment products.  She also developed capability in novel surfactant systems.


  • 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.  

  • Jack Fox

    Application Development Specialist Univar

    Coming soon!

  • Mat Franken

    CEO Aunt Fannie's

    Mat Franken, Founder and CEO of Aunt Fannie’s, is improving the health of indoor microbiomes like homes and offices with evolutionary-adapted cleaning and pest solutions from whole, food-based ingredients. Born out of a years-long journey to understand and resolve his family’s mysterious and life-threatening medical conditions, Mat founded Aunt Fannie's in 2013 and has since led the company to raise more than $5 million in funds and distribution in more than 1,250 retailers throughout the United States and Canada.

    After graduating from the University of Florida in 2000, his expertise led him to produce a top-tier private wealth management practice, serving a selective clientele of C-level entrepreneurs and corporate executives. Mat sold his PWM partnership in April 2013 to fully pursue his business interests, including Aunt Fannie's, through his holding company Dr. E. Brown Enterprises. Over the years Mat joined in many volunteer opportunities including CCLA, University of Florida Alumni Association and NEXT High School.  

    Today Mat is an avid public speaker and continually in pursuit of educating and re-enlightening consumers to what our ancestors understood: that a chemical-filled, hyper-sanitized home destroys the beneficial, human-friendly microorganisms our homes and families need for health.

  • Jennifer Goodyear

    Chemist Evonik

    Jennifer Goodyear has been working in the chemical industry at Evonik for 10 years. She began her career in the analytical department and then moved to the formulations and applications side in the Business Line Household Care. During her 8 years as an applications chemist she has worked on a wide range of projects including fabric conditioning, oilfield, and currently car care and cleaning.

  • Marshall Hayes

    Founder Amplio Digital

    Marshall has spent the better part of the last decade in Digital Advertising and more specifically, how the future of retail is shifting into eCommerce through major retailers like Amazon. Currently he runs Amplio Digital, a Digital Advertising Agency focused on helping brands grow sales on Amazon.

  • Melissa Hockstad

    President & CEO American Cleaning Institute

    Melissa Hockstad joined the American Cleaning Institute as the President & CEO in January 2017. She is responsible for the overall leadership of ACI including advocacy, science and research, communications, consumer education, sustainability, financial oversight and member engagement.

    Prior to joining ACI she served as Vice President, Petrochemicals at the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM). In this capacity, she was responsible for managing AFPM’s petrochemical activities including oversight of various petrochemical committees, organization of the International Petrochemical Conference, and providing support for addressing legislative, regulatory and communications issues impacting the petrochemicals membership.

    She previously held positions at the Plastics Industry Association where she was the Vice President – Science, Technology and Regulatory Affairs, the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) where she served as Performance Improvement Director as well as at Basell Polyolefins (now LyondellBasell) where she was a Senior Engineer.

    Melissa received a M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and a B.S. in Engineering Science from the University of Virginia.

  • Elizabeth Kinney

    Senior Communications Manager, North America Fabric Care P&G

    Elizabeth works for the Procter & Gamble global fabric care business as a Senior Communications Mangager. She started with P&G in 2011 in the Media Relations department, then moved into a Communications Manager role for Global Sustainability.  In 2014, Elizabeth Led P&G's global onsite media relations strategy and execution for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Then, worked on P&G's global Thank You Mom campaign to develop the communications strategy and execution across 35+ markets and 18+ brands for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.  Elizabeth holds a Masters degree in Strategic Communications from American University. 

  • Todd Krieger

    Manager, Product Stewardship & Regulatory DuPont

    Todd Krieger is a life cycle assessment certified professional, LCACP, working for DuPont Industrial Biosciences (IB) in their product stewardship and regulatory group. His 17 years with DuPont include work as an internal consultant performing both environmental LCAs and techno-economic analysis for various DuPont businesses and products. He moved into his current role in IB last year, now focusing his efforts on developing life cycle assessments and sustainability strategy for both commercial and pre-commercial bio-based materials, bioactives ingredients, and other products. He is an active advocate for DuPont and LCA with BIO, ACI, and the Sustainability Apparel Coalition.  Todd holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware.

  • Lieve Laurens

    Senior Scientist & Project Lead – Bioenergy R&D National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

    Lieve Laurens, Senior Scientist & Project Lead – Bioenergy R&D, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

    Lieve Laurens's research interests in this realm are primarily focused on analytical biochemistry investigating novel ways to understand lipid, carbohydrate, and protein production and composition in microalgae and other microorganisms. Laurens is particularly interested in the molecular dynamics of the composition of biomass in relation to outdoor environments and physiological stressors such as nutrient deprivation and light and temperature fluctuations. The influence the environment makes on the biochemical profile and the ultimate composition of the biomass can provide valuable information and guide cultivation parameters at fuel-relevant scales.

    Her areas of expertise include:

    • Dynamic biochemical composition of bioenergy-relevant biomass
    • Coproduct development from primary algal biomass components
    • Biofuel precursor behavior during biomass conversion processes
    • Algae-derived green crude valorization
    • High-throughput screening technologies for compositional analysis of microbial biomass
    • Standardization of algal biomass compositional analysis
    • Technical standards for the algae industry
  • Kate Lewis

    Deputy Program Manager, US Department of Agriculture, BioPreferred Program USDA

    Deputy Program Manager, US Department of Agriculture, BioPreferred Program

    Kate is the Deputy Manager of BioPreferred, a program that requires all Federal Government agencies to buy and use biobased products identified by USDA. Kate co-manages the development, marketing/sales, purchasing and evaluation of biobased products for the Federal, commercial and consumer sectors to advance the market for renewable bioproducts made from agricultural materials. She pioneered the development of, and leads the implementation of, a voluntary biobased product certification and labeling effort launched by USDA in 2011. In the past seven years, 3,000 biobased products in more than 150 categories have been certified by USDA.

    Previously, she was a senior sales and marketing manager for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR Program. She spent 14 years at EPA initiating, growing and evaluating the ENERGY STAR brand on commercial and consumer products. She began her work in the energy and environmental arena as a technical writer for an engineering consulting firm.

    Kate has a BA degree in Rhetoric and Communications from the University of Virginia.

  • Brent Lindberg

    Founder and Principal Fuseneo, USA

    Brent Lindberg is annoying, and he knows it. It’s more than just the corny jokes and odd quirks. With a curiosity that rivals George, Brent has the habit of relentlessly asking questions like a 5-year-old. He also has an obnoxious appetite for the unexpected (as anyone who’s seen his wardrobe can tell you). 

    Together these traits produce an unorthodox approach to structural packaging design which has built a culture at Fuseneo, the creative studio he started. And somehow, it seems to be working. Their incessant inquisition and boundary-pushing has been reshaping packaging experiences across retail and e-commerce for more than a decade.  

  • David Mackinson

    Research Manager Euromonitor International

    David Mackinson studied economics at the University of Illinois and then Georgetown University. He currently works in market research and consumer trends at Euromonitor International and he manages a team of analysts that specializes in the Home Care industry. David’s team oversees key trends in the industries throughout the year and is responsible for interacting with companies in the region, providing a detailed perspective of their corporate activity as well as the current state of the industry. 

  • Betsy McGinn

    CEO McGinn eComm

    Betsy began her career in eCommerce with Seventh Generation, the leading nontoxic household cleaning products and baby personal care company. In 2014, Betsy founded McGinn eComm to provide expertise in eCommerce strategy to consumer products companies, ranging from launch stage to multi-billion dollar brands. With an aggregate twelve years of experience with Amazon.com and other strategic eCommerce partners, Betsy guides companies through this new and complex channel, aligning their multi-functional marketing, finance, operations, sales and other strategic teams around this unique opportunity. Since its inception, McGinn eComm has launched, optimized and recalibrated over 50 brands on Amazon.com, helping them increase their growth, revenue, and overall success.

    Betsy holds a Bachelor’s degree from Duquesne University in Pittsburg and an MBA from Temple University in Philadelphia.

  • Nhat Nguyen

    Chief Analyst Chemical Watch

    Nhat Nguyen is a US licensed attorney with over 9 years of global regulatory compliance. He currently serves as the Chief Analyst for Chemical Watch Research Ltd. He leads a new department at Chemical Watch which provides further insights and solutions to Chemical Watch's customers on regulatory compliance, technology, and scientific data regarding chemical and chemical products. Mr. Nguyen is a recognized speaker at global conferences on a wide variety of issues.

    Mr. Nguyen is a U.S. licensed attorney with over seven years of regulatory experience. Prior to 3E, Mr. Nguyen worked as an attorney and consultant, advising multi-national corporations on a variety of issues involving EU, US and Southeast Asian laws and regulations.   He earned a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a law degree (J.D.) from American University Washington College of Law.   Mr. Nguyen is fluent in Vietnamese and has a working knowledge in French.

  • Jamie Rosenberg

    Senior 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.

  • Anthony Rossi

    Vice President, Business Development Terracycle

    Anthony has been with TerraCycle, Inc. for more than 4 years. Before leading the global business development team, Anthony was a member of TerraCycle Canada’s business development team in Toronto. Prior to joining TerraCycle, Inc., Anthony worked in the Business Development departments for a law firm with offices all over North America and Europe. Anthony holds a BA from the University of Western Ontario and a MSc in International Management from the Ecolé Superieur de Commerce de Dijon Bourgogne.

  • Dave Rousse

    President INDA

    Dave Rousse became INDA's President in late 2012 following over 15 years' experience with nonwoven producing companies and engineered materials. Rousse graduated from Dartmouth and its associated Engineering and Business schools. Rousse was President, Hygiene/Medical Americas at Fiberweb in Simpsonville, SC before being promoted in 2007 to President of all of Fiberweb Americas and based in Nashville. Recently, he served as CEO of HydroLogex LLC, a young Nashville-based designer/supplier of proprietary decentralized wastewater treatment systems in the CleanTech sector. Prior to Fiberweb, Rousse was a Vice President at Monadnock Paper Mills, a manufacturer of nonwovens and specialty papers. He was also a Vice President & General Manager at FiberMark Inc., another specialty paper/nonwovens producer. Prior to that he held a series of marketing/sales leadership positions at International Paper.

  • Lauren Simonelli

    Co-Founder ThreeMain

    Lauren Simonelli is a Co-Founder of ThreeMain, a Boston-based company offering subscription-based, naturally-derived household cleaning products that are made with simple ingredients and sustainable packaging. At ThreeMain, Lauren is focused on leading Product Development and Marketing.

    Prior to ThreeMain, Lauren led Product at Boston-based Ad-Tech startup Gozaik, that was later acquired by Monster Worldwide in 2014. Upon the   acquisition, Lauren went on to spend nearly 4 years in Product Management at Monster Worldwide, developing industry-leading social recruiting tools. 

    In her personal life, Lauren enjoys all facets of exercise and healthy living, and traveling the world.

  • Courtney Sunna

    VP of Strategic Business Development Allergy Standards

    Courtney is passionate about health and environmental sustainability -- she believes in clean living and advocates for companies to adopt frameworks for healthier product development and responsible health-related marketing claims. 

    She is an avid traveler of over 50 countries, embracing local cultures, customs, and foods - and never turns down an opportunity for adventure: she's been deep-water scuba diving with bull sharks, sailing from Greece to Croatia, meditating at a yoga retreat in Sri Lanka, flying to the top of Mt. Everest, backpacking through India, piranha-fishing in the Amazon, and floating in Jordan's Dead Sea. 

    In her professional life, Courtney is the VP of Strategic Business Development for the asthma and allergy friendly® Certification run by the international scientific standards body Allergy Standards Ltd. and the patient advocacy group The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), based in New York City.

    She is also Chair of the Future Leaders Board for a leading Irish business organization, the IIBN, and recently served as a delegate on a Trade Mission to Ireland and Northern Ireland and met with Senators and City Officials to build stronger relationships, trade, and investment between the U.S. and Ireland.

    This year, Courtney was selected to attend the UN Assembly on the theme “Innovation & Collaboration for a Sustainable World," and was named an Outstanding Young Leader based on work involvement, achievements, and interest in sustainable development with the United Nations.

    Courtney earned her MBA from the University of Pisa while living in Italy, and recently completed her Certificate in Disruptive Strategy at Harvard Business School. Prior to her role at Allergy Standards, she managed strategy and growth for Adept Technology and was based in Dubai.

    Courtney was recently named a One Young World Delegate and Youth Health Programme Scholar, from a pool of 2000+ applicants from more than 150 countries, to tackle and devise solutions to the world’s most pressing issues. 

  • Douglas Troutman

    ACI General Counsel & VP, Government Affairs American Cleaning Institute

    Douglas Troutman is General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Vice President, Government Affairs at The American Cleaning Institute® (ACI). Mr. Troutman serves as a legal professional for the Institute, and also advocates on chemical management, product safety, environmental and energy policy issues important to the cleaning products industry.

    Mr. Troutman joined ACI (then the Soap and Detergent Association) in 2007 as Director of Government Affairs. He came from Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Inc.’s Washington, D.C. office, where he was Senior Manager, Legislative Affairs. He previously worked as Senior Manager, Government Relations, at the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) in Arlington, Virginia. Mr. Troutman was a legislative aide to U.S. Senator Arlen Specter from 1992 to 1996. He later worked as Associate Vice President at Newmyer Associates in Arlington, Virginia and as a summer law clerk to the Delaware County (Pennsylvania) District Attorney.

    Mr. Troutman earned his J.D. from the Villanova University School of Law, and his B.A. in International Affairs and Russian studies from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and New Jersey.

  • Scott Tuchinsky

    Global Sales Director - Home Care & Water Treatment Croda

    Scott originally joined Croda in 1987 as a sales representative.  He left the company in 1990 to pursue his graduate degree full time.  Upon graduation, Scott joined Stepan Chemical as a National Account Manager with responsibility for multi-national accounts in the consumer markets.  He returned to Croda in 1997 and has since held a number of commercial positions covering markets such as Energy, Personal Care, Home Care, Polymer Additives, Coatings, Water Treatment, and Industrial Specialties.  In his current role, Scott is responsible for global sales into the Home Care and Water Treatment markets. In addition to his commercial role, Scott also sits on the global management team for Croda’s Performance Products business sector.

    Scott holds a BS in Biochemistry from the University of Massachusetts and an MBA from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business.

  • Annemarieke van Heeswijk

    Global Category Leader Liquid Enzymes DuPont Home & Personal Care division

    Annemarieke van Heeswijk is Global Category Leader Liquid Enzymes at the DuPont Home & Personal Care division. She is responsible for giving strategic direction to the category and the global execution of the marketing mix for the total portfolio.

    Annemarieke is working in the enzyme business now for 6 years. Prior to joining DuPont she worked for DSM in diverse marketing and sales positions.

    A native from the Netherlands, Annemarieke holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Maastricht University with a specialization in Marketing & Innovation Management. She moved to the USA in 2013 and currently resides in Charlotte, North Carolina.

  • Martin Wolf

    Director, Sustainability & Authenticity Seventh Generation

    Mr. Wolf is responsible for ensuring the design of sustainable products at Seventh Generation, Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of ecological household and personal care products. He is also responsible for creating frameworks for more sustainable businesses and more sustainable systems of commerce.

    Mr. Wolf brings over 40 years of experience in industrial and environmental chemistry to his work, starting with environmental fate and metabolism studies for agricultural chemicals, followed by studies of the occurrence of hazardous chemicals in the environment, conducting life cycle studies of product systems, and designing more sustainable household cleaning products.

    Working at Seventh Generation, Mr. Wolf has developed frameworks for environmental product design, helped educate his coworkers, customers, and consumers about the environmental impacts of consumer products and the industries that produce them, successfully lobbied for passage of phosphate bans in a number of states, helped develop standards for voluntary ingredient disclosure, and brought change to the cleaning products industry through more sustainable product designs.
    In addition to his work for Seventh Generation, Mr. Wolf served as the Co-Chair of the Research, Technology, and Regulatory Committee of the American Cleaning Institute (2015-2018), and has served as the Vice Chair and Chair of the Sustainability Committee (2010-2015), and as the Vice Chair and Chair of the Strategic Advisory Committee (2007-2011).

    Mr. Wolf was appointed a Fellow of the Aspen Institute, Environmental Forum in 2006, and received an EPA Region 1 Environmental Merit Award in 2011. In 2013 Mr. Wolf was appointed by the National Academy of Science to the Committee on Design and Evaluation of Safer Chemical Substitutions. In 2015 he won the Elva Walker Spillane Distinguished Service Award of the American Cleaning Institute, and in 2016 was appointed to the Working Group On Toxic Chemical Use In Vermont by the State’s Agency Of Natural Resources.

    Mr. Wolf holds an M.A. in Chemistry from Yeshiva University (New York) and a B.S. in Chemistry from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Massachusetts).