Diesel engines power the equipment that gets work done for fleets around the world. As fleet managers consider strategies to lower carbon emissions from their operations as quickly and effectively as possible, biodiesel and renewable diesel are answering the call. Hear how Original Equipment Manufacturers and fleets across multiple market segments are tapping into the benefits of clean fuels today, and their drive toward use of higher blends in the future. We’ll also get a preview of the latest diesel models coming to market in 2023!
Director of Fleet Engineering and Sustainability
Adam Buttgenbach is the Director of Fleet Engineering and Sustainability at PepsiCo. He leads the team in developing and deploying equipment that improves safety, reliability, and sustainability performance across the PepsiCo North American fleet, one of the largest private fleets in North America. As part of its pep+ initiatives, PepsiCo announced a goal to achieve net-zero emissions across its value chain by 2040. PepsiCo is decarbonizing its fleet through the use of zero emission and alternative fuel vehicles. Prior to his time at PepsiCo, Buttgenbach started his career in the California agriculture transportation industry. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from California Polytechnic State University and a Master’s in Supply Chain Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Fleet Fuel Operations Manager
Florida Power and Light
Patti Earley serves as Fleet Fuel Operations Manager for Florida Power & Light. FPL operates one of the most sophisticated power grids in the nation, serving 12 million customers statewide. It also operates one of the largest and longest-known biodiesel-powered fleets in the country, with approximately 1,840 biodiesel-powered vehicles, purchasing more than 400,000 gallons of B100 annually. Earley is part of FPL’s emergency response effort, responding to Hurricanes Ian and Nicole in 2022, where biodiesel played a prominent role. Earley is a Certified Automotive Fleet Manager, an appointed member of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Emergency Route Working Group, as well as Past President of the National Association of Fleet Administrators, one of only 5 women to serve as president. She also serves as a Bio Ambassador.
Vice President and General Manager, Large Power Systems Growth Markets, Energy & Transportation
Joel Feucht is Vice President & General Manager for Large Power Systems Growth Markets at Caterpillar Inc. In this role, Feucht is accountable for product development of Caterpillar’s largest engines, including power systems, controls development, product support, lifecycle services and core engine components. Additionally, Feucht has responsibility for executing Caterpillar’s Alternative Fuels strategy.
Feucht, a fourth-generation Caterpillar employee, joined the company in 1988 and has a broad background having held various positions in engineering, operations, purchasing, marketing, and general management with increasing responsibilities within Caterpillar’s engine businesses. Feucht completed the Executive Program at the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business in 2008. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois.
Engine Business Strategy Director
Ivan Iazdi serves as the Engine Business Strategy Director at Cummins, responsible for developing and executing strategies to grow business with decarbonization strategies including advanced internal combustion engines, low carbon fuels, electrification, and hydrogen technology such as fuel cells. Iazdi has two decades of experience in the commercial equipment industry, most notably in the diesel market. He has held several roles at Cummins, starting in the Sales & Marketing function leading business with one of the largest truck manufacturers in the U.S., and then leading the Global Market Intelligence function. Prior to Cummins, Iazdi worked at WABCO (now ZF) leading the South America OEM business. He is a Mechanical Engineering graduate from Methodist University in Brazil, and an MBA graduate from Indiana University.
Diesel Technology Forum
Allen Schaeffer is Executive Director of the Diesel Technology Forum, a not-for-profit educational organization of global leaders in advanced diesel engine, equipment, and fuels technology. The Forum’s work focuses on the sociability and sustainability of advanced diesel technology in a wide range of applications including commercial vehicle, power generation, marine, rail, construction and other industrial applications. Schaeffer’s 30+ years of experience covers an expansive range of issues in environmental, public health, transportation, climate, and energy policy. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from the University of Maryland College Park and a Master of Environmental Health Sciences degree from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, MD.
Program Manager, Sustainability
Kim Noe is Program Manager, Sustainability for Deere & Company, a position she has held since April 2022. She is responsible for execution of sustainability strategy and embedding sustainability within the organization.
Noe joined Deere & Company in 2007 as an intern for five consecutive summers. After graduation, she joined the company full time and has held positions of continuing responsibility in Facilities Engineering, Global Energy, and Product Sustainability. Her most recent previous role was Manager, Corporate Sustainability Reporting, where she was responsible for execution of sustainability strategy and climate change and leading Deere’s sustainability reporting.
A native of the farming community Golden, Illinois, Kim graduated in 2012 from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering, with a focus in power and machinery.
Chief Operating Officer
Lori Dunn is the Chief Operating Officer of Optimus Technologies, which decarbonizes heavy-duty fleets. As a recognized leader in climate sales and growth, she has worked with established companies and franchises to manage and reduce electric costs with smart energy platforms and demand response. As a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and winner of a Factor8 award in Sales Leadership, Lori has a passion for developing and mentoring revenue talent. She holds a BA from California State University – Fullerton and an MA in Sustainability & MA in Conflict from the Heller School at Brandeis University.
Clean Fuels Alliance America
Scott Fenwick serves as the Technical Director for Clean Fuels Alliance America. Fenwick leads the advancement of core member services for technical and quality assurance support issues. He provides key support for technical aspects needed by biodiesel stakeholders including both producer members, obligated parties and fuel users to effectively position the biodiesel industry. Additionally, he educates key decision makers to help build industry credibility. In addition to coordinating the OEM and fuel quality programs under Clean Fuels Alliance America, Fenwick has also been elected to chair the ASTM D02 Committee covering all Petroleum Products, Liquid Fuels and Lubricants. He also coordinates other international biodiesel and fuel activities for other standards development organizations. After serving as Chairman of the BQ-9000 Commission, he is now a liaison to the National Biodiesel Accreditation Commission. Previously, Fenwick was involved with the fuel inspection industry for nearly 25 years and managed several fuel testing laboratories. After attending Purdue University, he also worked for Archer Daniels Midland Company organizing their Biofuels Technical Services.
OEM Market Development Manager for Clean Fuels Alliance America
Jennifer Weaver serves as the OEM Market Development Manager for Clean Fuels Alliance America. In this capacity, Weaver has worked for the past 20+ years as a liaison between the biodiesel and renewable diesel industry and the major auto, engine, and equipment manufacturers. Her core responsibilities include educating those companies – as well as their suppliers, dealers, fleets, and other customers – on key technical advances in biodiesel and renewable diesel and guiding their efforts to support and promote the use of these clean fuels in their diesel engines and future diesel vehicle programs. Weaver has nearly 30 years’ experience in managing a wide variety of public relations, marketing, education and training programs for various clients in the automotive and alternative fuels industries among others. She earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing as well as a Master of Business Administration from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.