Preliminary Agenda


Wednesday, July 27, 2011


8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
9:00 - 9:15 a.m.

Official Welcome and Introductions

  • Carol Singer Neuvelt, Executive Director, NAEM                      
  • Leo Raudys, Senior Director Environmental Affairs, Best Buy              
9:15 - 10:15 a.m.

Regulatory Update: Enforcement Priorities and Issues to Watch

Compliance is the cornerstone of any EHS program, so it is imperative to stay on top of current and future regulations. This regulatory update will provide an overview of new and expected domestic and international legislation.  Plus, attendees will get a list of the top 10 most frequent citations from the EPA and OSHA to help you avoid common pitfalls.

  • Paul C. Beatley, Director, Enhesa Inc.
  • John Sullivan, Director, Environment, Health, and Safety News, BNA Inc.
10:15 - 10:30 a.m.


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Successful Strategies for Ensuring Enterprise EHS Compliance

This session will provide a look at how three unique companies ensure EHS compliance across their businesses. Speakers will share a big picture look at their efforts and highlight key strategies they use to lead compliance assurance at their organizations.  From allocation of resources and budgets to what their management systems look like, attendees will walk away with a clear understanding of how successful companies  understand and minimize compliance risk.

  • Thomas Hawkinson, Corporate Manager, EHS, The Toro Co.
  • Tony Shea, Senior Manager, Environmental Business, NRG Energy
  • Majo Thurman, Director, Environment, Health & Safety, Rockwell Automation Inc.

Moderator: Milan Dylal, Dakota Software

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.


1:00 - 2:15 p.m.

Navigating the Maze of Product Focused Regulations

The proliferation of product-focused regulations impacts many companies, from the beginning of the supply chain to the end retailer. The case studies in this session will examine how companies have dealt with a wide variety of regulations, from REACH and RoHS to producer take-back programs. Find out how these leading organizations have addressed these emerging regulations by working with partners up and down stream, as well other departments internally. Attendees will also hear an update on the pending SEC rule regarding Conflict Minerals

  • Connie Deford, Director, U.S. Chemicals Management Policy, The Dow Chemical Co.
  • Mark Duvall, Principal, Beveridge & Diamond PC
  • Karen Yeadon, Manager, Environment, Health & Safety, Emerson Process Management

Moderator: Mark Duvall, Beveridge & Diamond PC

2:15 - 2:45 p.m. Break
2:45 - 4:00 p.m.

Advancing GHG programs in an uncertain regulatory environment

Is there still a business case for moving forward with greenhouse gas reduction programs in the absence of a meaningful federal regulation? This session will examine what companies are doing to manage their GHG emissions and what changes they are making to their programs, if any. Speakers will address both how they are managing and distributing EHS resource for GHG as well as what they are doing to prepare for potential regulatory outcomes.

  • Billy Grayson, Director of Corporate Sustainability, WESCO International, Inc.
  • Mark Manninen, Environmental Permitting Supervisor, 3M Co.
  • Jeff McComas, Advanced Environmental Specialist, 3M Co.

Moderator: Dick Pastor, Shaw Environmental & Infrastructure

4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Networking Reception

7:05 p.m.

Saint Paul Saints Baseball game vs. Kansas City T-Bones

Join us as we root, root, root for the home team! Tickets are $12 and include a shuttle ride to and from the game. Purchase your St. Paul Saints ticket when you register for the conference.


Thursday, July 28, 2011


8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 - 10:15 a.m.

Best Practices for Global Auditing and Corrective Actions

Auditing remains the foundation of an effective global EHS management program. This session will examine the critical elements of a global EHS auditing program, with specific attention to best practices in data gathering, presentation of audit results to senior management, and corrective action programs. Attendees also will learn how to encourage collaboration between the auditors and the facilities in a way that promotes positive change.

  • Don Bezek, Corporate Environmental, Health and Safety Manager, Donaldson Co. Inc.
  • James A Bilgo, Supervisor of  EHS Program Management, Kohler Co.
  • Dave Hadzinsky, Director, EHS, PCC Airfoils, LLC

Moderator: Joanne Schroeder, E2ManageTech

10:15 - 10:30 a.m..


10:30 - 11:45 a.m.

Integrating EHS Management Functions after a Merger or Acquisition

One of the biggest challenges for a company following a merger or acquisition is integrating the EHS management system and culture. Attendees will hear what it takes to get back to business quickly, along with tips and strategies for how to blend two distinct cultures to ensure continued EHS management success.

  • Marc Juaire,Corporate Process Safety Manager, The Valspar Corporation, Ltd.
  • Chris England, EHS Manager, ITT Corp.

Moderator: Matt Airhart, KMI

11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


12:30 - 1:45 p.m.

Communicating EHS Risk as a Strategic Business Risk

It’s often difficult for EHS managers to explain the strategic value of what they do for the company. This session will focus on how to communicate the value of EHS to senior management and internal stakeholders in a way that promotes further collaboration between EHS and other business functions as well as shared   ownership of EHS responsibilities.

  • Mariam Georgaroudakis, Strategic Commodity Management Team, Raytheon Co.
  • Michael Miller, Global Director, Risk Management & EHS, Apex Tool Group LLCs

Moderator: Scott Recker, Antea Group

1:45 p.m.

Conference Adjourns


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