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George Bandy, Jr.


Vice President of Sustainability
Mohawk Group

George Bandy, Jr. serves as vice president of sustainability for Mohawk Group, a leading commercial flooring company known for cutting-edge and innovative flooring solutions. George is responsible for managing the comprehensive concepts and practices of sustainability for Mohawk. He identifies opportunities to position environmental, economic and socially responsible solutions for both the organization and its customers so that, together, they can demonstrate the type of sustainability leadership that will result in a brighter future for us all.

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Terrance Clark


President and CEO
New York New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council

Terrence Clark serves as the President and CEO of the New York New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council. At the Council, Terrence provides operational oversight and carries out full management and operational responsibilities for the Council staff including personnel, administration, work delegation and performance evaluations. He also provide supervision and direction related to the Council program areas and activities in the Council’s market areas which are the State of New York and New Jersey up to the Trenton area.

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Steve Cohen


President
Excelsior Growth Fund

Steven Cohen is president of Excelsior Growth Fund (EGF), a prominent Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) providing small business financing and advisory services. Prior to joining EGF, Mr. Cohen was executive vice president and deputy commissioner at Empire State Development, where he led the Department of Small Business Services and Community Economic Development.  Mr. Cohen served as senior vice president for Seedco Financial Services where he worked in executive management and economic development, as well as loan portfolio management. He also founded and ran a music production company in San Francisco. Steve has a bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley and a master’s in public administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School.

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Michael Dohnert


Senior Director
Ballpark Operations, New York Mets ballpark, Citi Field

Michael began his career with the New York Mets in 1999 as an intern in the Stadium Operations department at Shea Stadium. Now Senior Director, Ballpark Operations for the New York Mets ballpark, Citi Field, which opened in 2009. His day to day operations include assisting in the maintenance and operation of the ballpark and oversight of in-house labor (engineers, plumbers, electricians, utility / grounds crew), life safety, vertical transportation, trash removal as well as all structural issues, repairs and financial analysis of the department. He is spearheading the current, and future, sustainability efforts of the ballpark and is solely responsible for the data collection, benchmarking, reporting and increasing efforts based on findings

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Illonka Javette Hines


Director, Supply Chain Development, Inclusion, and Sustainability
Citi

Illonka (Javette) Hines is Director, Supply Chain Development, Inclusion, and Sustainability at Citi. Javette joined Citi Procurement Services in 2008. She manages and sets direction within Procurement for Citi’s Supplier Diversity and Sustainability initiative. Additionally, she ensures awareness of current legislation and trends and is spearheading Citi’s role in the groundbreaking Supplier Connection initiative, www. Supplier-connection.net. The dual role has been a win-win as it ensures supply chain and supplier alignment in Citi’s sourcing efforts and aligns with Operations and Technology’s 2015 sustainable supply chain goals. Most important, it has allowed for an additional educational platform for MWBEs and a way to further realize a level playing field and a greater understanding of contractual requirements regarding sustainable procurement/ethical sourcing.

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George Hodge


Director
CDP Supply Chain Program

George is the Director of CDP’s Supply Chain Program in North America. His responsibilities include establishing and maintaining relationships with sustainability and procurement executives in major corporations and other purchasing entities. George and his team assists member companies with the development of strategic plans that enable the integration of CDP environmental criteria into their key sustainability decisions.

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Jason Kobeda


Sr. Coordinator
Facility Operations in the Commissioner’s Office of Major League Baseball

Jason Kobeda is Sr. Coordinator, Facility Operations in the Commissioner’s Office of Major League Baseball.  In this role, Jason oversees many aspects of ballpark operations such as security, fan experience, concessions and environmental sustainability. Jason also provides planning and management support for MLB jewel events such as the All-Star Game and World Series.

Prior to joining the Office of the Commissioner, Jason spent four seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates as Ballpark Maintenance Manager where he oversaw daily operations and worked with Populous and senior leadership to develop a long-term holistic master plan for PNC Park.

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Rafael Martinez


CEO
MBE Capital Partners, Inc.

Rafael Martinez has over 29 years of experience working with middle market companies in developing financial solutions that allow clients to leverage the use of internal assets to increase cash flow. He has overseen over $8.7 billion in financing over the last five years, which helped clients increase revenues exponentially. He’s an enthusiastic leader with proven achievements in spearheading innovative, cost effective sales strategies and initiatives that produce dynamic business results.

Rafael uses his strong interpersonal skills to help seasoned CEOs/CFOs develop an understanding of their most pressing needs and develop financial solutions that address them. He has built a solid reputation with capital markets professionals for providing viable financing opportunities that have performed at or above projected levels.

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Ariel Meyerstein


Senior Vice President, Corporate Sustainability
Citi

Dr. Meyerstein works in Citi’s Sustainability team, helping to lead the development of policy frameworks and risk management approaches to human rights and sustainability issues. Prior to joining Citi, Meyerstein led multilateral organization policy engagement on human rights, labor affairs, sustainable development and corporate governance for the United States Council for International Business, an association of Fortune 500 U.S. businesses. In addition to representing the U.S. business community at the OECD, the ILO and with various U.S. executive branch agencies, Meyerstein conceived of and launched in 2015 the Business for 2030 portal for the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), one of the earliest platforms to promote business engagement in the SDG.  Prior to USCIB, Meyerstein spent several years developing expertise in international dispute resolution while working for global law firms and in international courts and tribunals. From 2008-10 he served as Legal Adviser to the Hon. Charles N. Brower of the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal, where he also assisted with investor-state disputes, and clerked from 2007-08 for the Hon. Judge M. Margaret McKeown of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

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John Sack


Chief Procurement Officer and Source-to-Pay Global Process Owner
Enterprise Infrastructure - Enterprise Supply Chain (ESC)

John Sack joined Citigroup in August, 2010 and is presently the Chief Procurement Officer and Source-to-Pay Global Process Owner within Citi’s Enterprise Supply Chain Organization. In this capacity, Mr. Sack leads an organization responsible for developing and executing Citigroup’s source-to-pay strategies and processes globally across all non-compensation categories of spend in support of all Citi Businesses and geographies worldwide.

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Anahita Williamson


Director
Division of Environmental Science and Assessment

Dr. Williamson has a strong background and extensive experience in the field of chemical and environmental engineering, including manufacturing process modification for improved material recovery and reuse, sustainability and green engineering.  Dr. Williamson serves as the Director of the Division of Environmental Science and Assessment (DESA) at EPA Region 2 and oversees a staff of 63 employees to carry out DESA’s mission.  Dr. Williamson is responsible for planning, organizing, directing, controlling, and coordinating the implementation of Region 2’s environmental science and assessment programs.

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