Brian Kocour: President
Senior Director at Cushman & Wakefield-Associate Broker
Brian Kocour is a twenty-year proven commercial real estate agent representing both Tenants and Landlords while specializing in synergistic urban mixed-use developments, infill properties/adaptive reuse in vibrant communities, neighborhood shopping centers, power centers and free standing buildings. A innovative and passionate broker with the ability to execute and work in partnerships with creative ideas, strategies and team goals resulting in success.
Brian’s approach in work and leadership is think and do with collaboration. Brian promotes and educates sustainability as best practices in business and daily life. Brian’s mission as the President of the Green Chamber is to continue to promote and grow sustainable businesses in Arizona, broaden the resources and network of the chamber, and increase the viability of the job growth in Arizona by linking the talented sustainability job candidates with existing and new companies expanding in Arizona. Further the exposure for the ASU School of Sustainability for internship programs and conduits for graduates pairing them with new innovative/technology companies wishing to anchor in Arizona.
The Green Chamber looks to be a premier model for all sustainable chambers in the country that wish to be successful with rewarding benefits to their members. Brian looks to partner and continue collaboration with organizations with like-minded people and sustainable missions with community first. Brian is a native of Phoenix, Arizona and graduate of the University of Arizona.
Advanced Charging Technologies
Marc Sobelman is the EV Charging Specialist for Advanced Charging Technologies Marc is responsible for ACT’s comprehensive EV charging solutions including EV home charging, public charging, fast charging, data collection, grid-integrated communications and complete installation, training and support services for consumers, businesses, municipalities, utilities, educational market and government agencies.
Marc has over 25 years of sales, sales management, project management and consulting experience most recently with ECOtality North America. As a Regional Manager for ECOtality, Marc was responsible for the sales, project management and installation of the Blink Level 2 and DC Fast Chargers for the DOE EV Project, both in the public and private sectors in Phoenix, Tucson, Northern & Southern California, Houston, and the Greater Philadelphia area. In 2013, Marc was promoted to National Channel Sales Manager, selling Blink Residential and Commercial EVSE through dealers and channel partners such as Electric Contractors, Home Builders, Auto Dealerships, Solar dealers, etc.
“ACT has a long history and track record of introducing innovations that help its customers succeed,” said Sobelman. “The company has established leadership positions in the markets for automotive and deep cycle batteries, providing mechanical installation for material handling and storage equipment, stand-by power, industrial electric vehicle charging systems and passenger electric vehicle charging solutions. I look forward to working with the ACT team to further our market leadership and to realize the potential for this organization,” said Sobelman.email@example.com
Green Living Magazine
Dorie Morales is the publisher and CEO of Green Living magazine, the state’s only eco-conscious lifestyle magazine. Each issue of Green Living is dedicated to bringing readers cutting-edge information as it relates to sustainability in the areas of Live, Work and Play.
Prior to owning her own magazine, Dorie cut her teeth in the publishing industry as a sales representative at the Apartment Guide in Tucson in 1997. Soon after starting, she was recognized for her tenacious can-do attitude and thus promoted to position of publisher of the company’s Tucson office. In 2004, Dorie went on to partner in the start-up of a new print publication called Apartment Showcase. Just three years later, the Apartment Showcase’s success, thanks to Dorie, was recognized and The Apartment Finder purchased the publication. She was asked to continue on as publisher, and she excelled in that position.
In 2010, Dorie was presented with the opportunity to partner in a start-up magazine, Green Living. It debuted with immediate success because it truly gave, and continues to give, the state something it lacked undefined a high-end lifestyle magazine that focuses on a functional undefined and fun undefined approach to leading a sustainable life. As publisher and CEO, she is deeply entwined in the local “green scene” and heavily involved with the Phoenix Green Chamber, Arizona Forward, Local First and the USGBC. She has served on the Environmental Excellence Awards committee, and currently sits on the board of the Green Chamber’s Phoenix Chapter and sat on the Central branch of the USGBC and will is on the board of the Arizona state chapter of the USGBC.
Dorie holds a bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Arizona. She truly lives and breathes the green lifestyle in her personal and professional life. Green Living utilizes a Sustainable Forestry Initiative certified printer, and runs a very efficient, sustainable office that utilizes recycled electronics and reduces, reuses and recycles at every avenue.
Dorie loves spending time with her husband and two sons along with their large extended family, cooking, practicing yoga, sweating it out in Zumba and extreme fitness classes and taking in the local arts scene.
Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr. Ph.D: Vice President
Dr. George Benjamin Brooks Jr. holds an earned Ph.D., in Wildlife and Fisheries from the School of Renewable Natural Resources at the University of Arizona and is an established social, environmental, economic and political leader and business consultant. A powerful public speaker he is an award winning writer and editor with a number of scientific and popular publications including two of Phoenix’s first sustainability focused magazines, Southwest Green and NxT Horizon.
As a graduate student in the 1980’s, Dr. Brooks was part of the first class of Ebony Magazine’s 30 Under 30 series and has been quoted in Black Enterprise magazine for his knowledge of the new green economy. More than 300,000 people have seen his recent “Grandma was Green” video. He is the co-founder of RighTrac a company focusing on the urban aquaculture of tilapia (fish), vegetables, fruit and giant freshwater prawns and he is a frequent writer and contributor to the Arizona Republic Newspaper on issues including green jobs, water, diversity and community awareness. He was the first Executive Director of the Arizona Commission on African American Affairs for Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano the current president of the University of California system. He was an active member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Phoenix Black Chamber of Commerce and Chair of the Board of Directors for the Southminster Social Service Agency. A member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., he is a former member of the Governing Board of Arizona’s largest high school district, Phoenix Union. He is also a former member of the Board of Directors for the Central Arizona Project, the organization that provides water from the Colorado River to Central Arizona. He currently is Vice Chair of the South Mountain Village Planning Committee part of the Phoenix Planning Commission and is a Vice Chair of the Plan Phoenix Committee that is writing the new City of Phoenix General Plan. Through RighTrac Inc., he is currently working in partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Mesa Community College and the Roosevelt School District to implement a environmental education grant that will: teach S.T.E.M., create new local economies, improve family wellness teach environmental stewardship and revitalize neighborhoods in South Phoenix and Mesa Arizona.
A visionary, thinker and doer, his mission is to harness the power of sustainability to solve real world problems.
Monique Whitney describes herself as a “relentless advocate” for the power of communication. She is a principal at Felice + Whitney PR, a Phoenix-based marketing agency known for delivering creative results for clients in markets across the U.S.
She believes that communication – when practiced responsibly – makes communities stronger, environments healthier and businesses abundantly prosperous. To that end she focuses much of her efforts on small and medium-sized businesses in the industrial, recycling, processing and manufacturing sectors and advises select not-for-profit organizations on how to best optimize communication channels and message for maximum results. She frequently speaker on the topics of communication style and organizational effectiveness.
Monique’s career has spanned 20+ years among some of the most heavily-regulated industries, including banking, healthcare, post-secondary education and environmental regulatory compliance. She is an expert in strategic management and planning, building and maintaining long-term relationships with stakeholders and restoring damaged reputations. Her team are tactical specialists in content development, marketing, advertising, social engagement and PR. She is Accredited in Public Relations (APR) and holds an MBA from Arizona State University and Bachelor of Arts from the University of New Mexico.
Executive Vice President and Director of Licensing, Distribution & Systems Integration, MQ Corporation / Solar Liquid Power, Walnut Creek, CA, & United Kingdom
Tim is the Executive VP, Director of Licensing and Systems Integration for MQ Corporation, manufacturers of Solar Liquid Power a innovative and nanoscale liquid solar coating that can be laid down on any substrate and outperforms solar PV panes for half the cost! He is working with MQ principals to help develop a global market for this innovative and disruptive solar coating that delivers two and a half times more power - 40Wp/SqFt, than current Solar PV modules -13-18Wp/SqFt and can collect light energy from 360 degrees.
Tim is passionate about renewable energy going back to 1982 with Arco Solar/Photocom, now Kyocera Solar! He shares his passion for renewables with Sustainable Green Building Practices as a Master’s graduate of the Sustainable Building Advisory Institute!
Tim is a 5th generation Arizona native going back to 1892 with grandparents coming from Scotland. He left Arizona to return again in 1980 and has been here ever since, is single with family here in Arizona and up in the North West! Tim is also an accomplished event producer and spent years honing his skills in event sales & marketing, largest event being the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City!
Tim is working with the Arizona Green Chamber to help develop new events, sponsor resources and member benefits.
Ryan Johnson is the executive director of executive and professional programs in the School of Sustainability at ASU – the first degree-granting school of sustainability in the U.S. In this role, Ryan helps private, public and nonprofit organizations meet their sustainability goals through custom education and training programs.
Prior to joining ASU, Ryan was Vice President at Arizona-based WorldatWork, an organization that delivers HR trainings to professionals worldwide. Ryan began his career on the staff of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Small Business. After graduate school at ASU, Ryan spent seven years at ASU’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy. He has also been a consultant with the Washington DC-based Institute for Strategy Development (ISD) and with Creative Healthcare Solutions (CHS), of Columbus, Ohio.
Ryan has authored or co-authored more than three dozen of articles and research reports, and several books during his career. He has also been an active professional and community leader, both in Arizona and nationally. Among other boards, he is the past chair of the non-profit Association Media and Publishing (AM&P), and the Arizona Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism.
Mark Peterson has over 25 years of management and commercial lending experience in various financial institutions. He started his career at Continental Illinois National Bank providing commercial banking services in Miami and then in Chicago. Later in Chicago he joined BNP Paribas where he headed their Corporate Desk managing a team of bankers responsible for Fortune 500 companies in throughout the Midwest. In 1991, Peterson moved his family to Phoenix where he joined Bank of America and was involved primarily in commercial lending activities in Arizona. While there he served as a department manager for commercial lending and managed BofA’s largest sports franchise portfolio. Peterson joined the Phoenix Coyotes of the National Hockey League in 1997 as Chief Financial Officer and was responsible for all financial and administrative activities for the team. In 2004, he was instrumental in organizing as a separate national charter, UMB Bank Arizona and later provided consulting services to various companies in the Phoenix market. In 2015, he joined BMO Private Bank as Regional Director, Banking. Peterson graduated from Brigham Young University with an MBA in finance.
Telpriore Gregory Tucker, Ph.D.
Dr. Telpriore G. Tucker graduated from Tennessee State University earning a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with honors in 2006. He attained the Doctor of Chemistry with an emphasis in electrochemistry for fuel cells and batteries systems at Arizona State University, where he was named 1 of 6 most outstanding graduates for the Fall Class of 2014.
The research towards his dissertation was the utilizations of ionic liquids as the internal chemical components of low-temperature sodium-ion batteries for energy storage and non-humidified fuel cells for energy generation. These projects were primarily funded by Sandia National Labs, Army Research Office, U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), U.S. Department of Energy (DoE), and National Science Foundation (NSF). Tucker conducted research on fuel cell devices at Pacific Northwest National Lab in 2007 then ionic liquid synthesis for Solar Ionix photovoltaic startup venture from 2008-10.
Tucker continues to pursue his passion in renewable energy for practical applications as a bike battery specialist and an entrepreneur by launching Sirius E- Bikes. This company provides sustainable travel solutions to the public through sales and rentals of electric bicycles (ebikes) along with guided tours. Thus creating a mobile-friendly, green network for daily commuters and weekend riders of the local communities within the Phoenix Metro Valley.
He was the founding president of the Central Arizona Graduate Chapter of The Electrochemical Society (ECS) for fellow doctoral students, which was awarded the ECS Chapter of Excellence for 2013-14. Also the founding director of the ASU club, Electric Battery Bike Organization (TEBBO) in 2013. Tucker is presently a life- coach with The Ironmen Network of the Eastlake Park downtown community and general body member of the Eastlake-Garfield Steering Committee for the Reinvent Program by the City of Phoenix.
Tammy Bosse is Owner & Designated Broker of Boss Properties, based in Scottsdale. Tammy is the first REALTOR in Arizona to become a Certified Sustainable Building Advisor and is a National Association of Realtors GREEN designee. She serves on the Green Chamber Greater Phoenix Board of Directors and Public Policy Committee. She also serves on the United States Green Building Council Residential Green Building Committee. She is a Graduate of Scottsdale Leadership and Valley Leadership, where she has served in various capacities over the years. She stays engaged with neighborhood and community initiatives that she feels make a difference in the Valley. Tammy is passionate about working towards making sustainable building practices and community development become the norm instead of the exception. She is working to integrate green practices into the real estate acquisition process. She has a strong passion for helping people embrace eco-friendly choices and encouraging business embrace green principles as a better and more profitable way of conducting business.
Pierce Energy Planning
Laurel Kruke is a Sustainability Manager for Pierce Energy Planning, where she works with school districts to better understand and lower their energy consumption, demand, and costs. Prior to starting with Pierce Energy Planning, Laurel earned her Masters of Arts in Sustainability from ASU’s School of Sustainability. Her research concentrated on what high school students know about climate change, and how they make behavioral decisions when it comes to environmental actions. This research, along with her other activities, created a spark in her to educate and engage others, at all ages and in all industries, with sustainability.
Before moving to Arizona, Laurel grew up in Chicago, earned her Bachelor of Science in Design and Environmental Analysis from Cornell University, and spent five years working at Gensler, a global architectural and design firm. At Gensler, she worked with the Boston office’s Consulting group as a Workplace Strategist. Laurel’s key client areas were financial organizations, product design companies, and institutions of higher education. Among other roles and responsibilities, she worked with design teams to understand her clients’ business and work processes, and recommend effective space strategies for their future work environment.
Laurel is passionate about sustainability, and is excited to help grow the reach of the Arizona Green Chamber. Her goal is to engage as much of the Arizona population as possible in sustainability initiatives!
Southwest Resource Strategies
Jim Buster has extensive contacts in the environmental, government and business communities. He has served as a city councilman, mayor, county supervisor and state senator. As a state senator he chaired the Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment committee. In that capacity he dealt with water and environmental legislation. He sponsored and successfully navigated several major pieces of natural resource/water legislation through the process. After Jim left the legislature he served as the director of legislative affairs for the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality for almost 14 years.
Currently Jim manages Southwest Resource Strategies. In this capacity he represents organizations and businesses of an environmental nature. During his time as a city councilman Jim served as the vice-chair of the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association. He currently serves as the president of the Arizona State Parks Foundation and chairs the policy committee for the Arizona Green Chamber of Commerce.
ABC 15 News
Quita Jackson is a graduate of Northern Arizona University, Producer at ABC 15 News in Phoenix, and a resident of Phoenix’s South Mountain village. She is also one of the founders of GreenDesert.org and the Co-founder and Co-host of the radio podcast "In the Green Room." While some would call her an urban farmer or a gardener, she prefers to consider herself spiritually connected to mother earth and her environment. She loves everything about nature! GreenDesert.org is all about showing people ways to be more self-sufficient. Whether you’re gardening, making your own clothes, recycling, or making your own cleaning products… every little bit counts.
Quita is all about living the lifestyle…everything from maintaining a garden rich with herbs, vegetables and fruit, to raising chickens and tilapia, to using a water generator to make water from the humidity in the air, to collecting rainwater and the list goes on. She is quite passionate about this topic because she believes we are all in this together… and must recognize how our actions about the environment affects others. In addition, saving money is a huge priority for her and of course that’s a huge part of being green.