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Keynote Breakfast

Monday, June 4, 2012
7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

The Importance of Innovative Manufacturing to the State of Ohio and A Role for NASA Glenn in an Ohio Manufacturing Revolution! 

 James Free

Featured Speaker: 

James Free
Deputy Director, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

John H. Glenn Research Center

Mr. Free assumed his role as deputy director of NASA Glenn Research Center in November 2010, and was officially appointed on January 16, 2011. He shares with the center director responsibility for planning, organizing and controlling the accomplishment of all missions assigned to the Center. Prior to becoming deputy director,  he served as the director of space flight systems at Glenn and was responsible for overseeing the management of Glenn’s activities, including significant roles in the agency’s Constellation, Space Shuttle, International Space Station, Space Communications, Human Research and Science programs. Free earned his bachelor’s degree in aeronautics from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and his master’s degree in Space Systems Engineering from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.


Keynote Luncheon

Tuesday, June 5, 2012
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Energy Efficiency: America’s Path to Sustainability and Self Sufficiency

 Tom Kiser

Featured Speaker:

Thomas Kiser
PSI Energy Solutions, LLC

Tom Kiser has 30 years of experience implementing holistic, innovative energy efficiency strategies that have proven time and time again that a systems approach is about more than energy savings – they can drive reductions in the costs of manufacturing production. In his keynote speech he outlines a necessary and transformative shift in the way we think about producing, distributing and using energy that will set America on the path to sustainable self-sufficiency.

Meet Tom Kiser, America’s Energy Coach
Thomas E. Kiser is known as “America’s Energy Coach” and coaches his brand of energy innovation as a Professor of Practice in Sustainable Energy at Arizona State University to develop interdisciplinary energy curriculum; as a board member of the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential center; as an advisory board member to the H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment; as a consultant to the Wege Foundation for their “Economicology Sustainable Strategy for Colleges and Universities”; as the company approved by the Ford Motor Board of Directors to write a playbook executing the largest energy project in Ford’s history that included 25 million square feet of manufacturing facilities with savings and avoided costs in excess of $300 million over the last ten years; and as a member of the Joint Board of Counselors for the China-U.S. Center for Sustainable Development. He is also the first foreigner to be appointed as a senior advisor to the Shanghai Municipal Economic Commission where he leads an initiative to create sustainable energy efficiency demonstration projects in Shanghai.

Kiser’s company, PSI Energy Solutions, LLC, has created award-winning demonstrations of energy strategies and technology that have been featured in major national magazines and more recently helped build the world’s first LEED Platinum food manufacturing plant. In 2012 Kiser teamed up with an Ohio based metals manufacturing company, Worthington Industries, Inc., as part of his push to take PSI global. The combination of PSI’s expertise and successful track record with Worthington’s history of taking innovation to scale will help even more companies with the desire to have energy efficiency programs drive productivity and reduce costs while enhancing environmental sustainability.

Kiser earned a degree in Aeronautical Engineering from St. Louis University. He lives in Fremont, Ohio with his wife, three sons, a daughter and six grandchildren.

Announcing a NEW Ohio based company: PSI Energy Solutions, LLC
PSI has teamed up with Worthington Industries, Inc. (NYSE:WOR) to form a new company that will operate as PSI Energy Solutions, LLC. Combining PSI’s energy efficiency expertise and successful track record with Worthington’s resources and history of successfully working with partnerships, PSI energy efficiency strategies will be available on a wider scale helping companies drive energy performance. Tom Kiser will continue to be CEO of the new venture and will be actively involved with Worthington to grow PSI and expand our efforts both domestically and internationally.

Worthington is a leading metals manufacturing company, headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. Employing more than 9,500 people and operating 80 facilities in 12 countries, Worthington generated $2.4 billion in sales for fiscal year 2011. For more information visit Worthington’s website: