State of Montana, Governor
Governor Bullock is committed to ensuring that Montana remains the best state in the nation to live, work, start a business and raise a family. As former attorney general and as governor, Bullock believes Montanans should determine their energy future through a balanced and responsible plan that provides good-paying jobs for Montanans, strengthens rural communities and supports local schools, all while safeguarding the state’s clean air and water, public lands, and quality of life. Last year Bullock released an Energy Blueprint that builds on previous accomplishments to drive economic growth by improving Montana’s traditional base of energy while sparking a new generation of clean technology business, including: building Montana’s energy presence in the region; further realizing the potential for wind and solar power; build carbon capture and enhanced oil recovery opportunities; improve energy efficiency; and effectively utilize water resources.
ClearPath Foundation, Founder
Jay Faison is the Founder and CEO of the ClearPath Foundation, whose mission is to accelerate conservative clean energy solutions. Jay is also the Founder and Chairman of SnapAV, a high growth company that designs and distributes more than 2,000 audio-video related products to technology integrators worldwide. SnapAV has been named to the prestigious INC 500/5000 List, which ranks the fastest growing privately held companies in the US, for four years running. In 2013 SnapAV was acquired by General Atlantic, a leading growth equity firm, and Jay donated $165 million to start the ClearPath Foundation. The success of ClearPath led Politico to name Jay one of the top 50 “visionaries transforming American politics” in 2015.
A serial entrepreneur, Jay has started, managed and sold two businesses prior to SnapAV. In 2013 Jay won the EY Entrepreneur of the Year award for the Southeast region. Jay has served on numerous non-profit boards and is active in his community. Jay graduated with a degree in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1990 and received his MBA from University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business in 1995.
Dr. S. Julio Friedmann
Energy Futures Initiative, Distinguished Associate
Dr. Julio Friedmann is the CEO of Carbon Wrangler, LLC, and a Distinguished Associate at the Energy Futures Initiative. He recently served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Fossil Energy at the Department of Energy. He was responsible for DOE’s R&D program in advanced fossil energy systems, carbon capture, and storage (CCUS), CO2 utilization, and clean coal deployment. His expertise includes R&D and programs in Clean Coal and Carbon Management, Oil and Gas systems, international engagements in clean fossil energy, and inter-agency engagements within the US government. He has also held positions at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, including Senior Advisor for Energy Innovation and Chief Energy Technologist, is a non-resident fellow at Columbia Univ. Center for Global Energy Policy, and serves as a special advisor to Total SA and the Global CCS Institute.
Dr. Friedmann is one of the most widely known and authoritative experts in the U.S. on carbon removal (CO2 drawdown from the air and oceans), CO2 conversion and use (carbon-to-value), and carbon capture and sequestration. His expertise includes technology, policy, and operations. In addition to close partnerships with many private companies and NGOs, Julio has worked with the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Treasury.