Corporate Advisory Board

Annual Meeting

Wharton IGEL holds its annual advisory board meeting each November.

Board Members

Laura Bryant

Assistant Vice President, Corporate Communications and Sustainability
Enterprise Holdings

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Laura Bryant heads Corporate Communications for the most comprehensive service provider in the car rental industry, Enterprise Holdings, which – through its regional subsidiaries – owns and operates the Alamo Rent A Car and National Car Rental brands as well as its flagship Enterprise Rent-A-Car brand. With annual revenues of $14.1 billion and more than 70,000 employees, Enterprise Holdings also owns and operates more than 1 million cars and trucks, making it the largest car rental company in the world measured by revenue, employees and fleet. The only investment-grade company in the U.S. car rental industry, it leads with more than a third of all airport business in the U.S. and Canada. Enterprise Holdings is owned by the Taylor family of St. Louis and ranked No. 16 on the Forbes “Top 500 Private Companies in America” list.

Enterprise Holdings’ Corporate Sustainability initiative focuses on the “triple bottom line” – global economic, social and environmental sustainability – and how those interdependencies impact the car rental industry overall, regardless of whether vehicles are being rented for an hour, a day, a week or longer. The company’s new www.DrivingFutures.com Web site highlights three sustainability themes: Legacy – based on the Taylor family’s heritage, founding values and principles of accountability; Foresight – based on a commitment to manage operations for the long term with sustainable business practices, including its “20/20 Vision” program; Innovation – based on bringing innovation and sustainability together to help drive competitive advantages and new technologies. In addition, Enterprise Holdings is a member of the Electrification Coalition, a nonpartisan, not-for-profit group of business leaders representing the entire value chain of the growing electric vehicle industry. Specifically, the unparalleled Enterprise Rent-A-Car neighborhood network – consisting of more than 5,500 local offices located within 15 miles of 90 percent of the U.S. population – offers consumers a convenient way to experience electric vehicles and other emerging technologies, right where they live and work. The Taylor family also helped establish the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Institute for Renewable Fuels in conjunction with one of the world’s leading plant science research facilities, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. Further, the company’s WeCar car-sharing program – a natural extension of the local Enterprise Rent-A-Car business rental program – provides a totally automated, membership-based and environmentally friendly transportation solution for businesses, universities and government offices nationwide. WeCar car-sharing complements Enterprise Rideshare which serves both individual vanpool groups and large employer work sites, and together the two programs help customers reduce traffic congestion, fuel consumption and vehicle emissions.

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Emeritus Founding Member, Wharton IGEL
Former Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Strategy Suez North America

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Until his retirement in 2016, Patrick Cairo was responsible for strategic planning and growth for Suez North America (Suez). He was also responsible for external relations with multilateral agencies and industry groups in the water sector. Cairo has over forty-five years of experience in the water industry, including twenty-five years with Suez where he was the founder and CEO of SUEZ Environmental Services, its municipal and industrial services business in North America.  Until 2002, he was Director of Technology and Innovation for Suez in Paris, responsible for all of the company’s technology services and research centers throughout the world. During this period, Suez expanded its water service activities to forty-four countries. Prior to working for Suez, Cairo served as Deputy Commissioner for the Philadelphia Water Department, managing its Engineering and Operations. Cairo has served on numerous U.S. and international organizations, including for eight-years the Board of the World Water Council. With the Council, he helped organize the World Water Forums in Mexico, Istanbul and Marseille. Cairo holds both a B.S. and M.S in civil engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

Philip Dahlin

Director, Sustainability, Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies
Johnson & Johnson

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Philip Dahlin is the Global Director of Sustainability for the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson (J&J). Phil’s main responsibility is the operation of Janssen’s Global Sustainability Council, which is charged with the development and implementation of sustainability strategies that are material for pharmaceutical products, operations and stakeholders yet support progress toward achievement of the overall J&J sustainability goals. He joined J&J in 1999 and has worked in the consumer and pharmaceutical sectors. He has 20+ years of experience in the environmental, health and safety (EHS) field. Phil holds a BS in Environmental Science from Syracuse University and SUNY ESF and was commissioned as an officer in the US Army Corps of Engineers upon graduation. Within J&J, Phil is a member of the Earthwards Board, which oversees product stewardship across all sectors, and is a member of the Global EHS Leadership Team. Externally, Phil is a member of the Corporate Eco Forum, participates in a number of PhRMA Environmental Key Issue Teams (eKIT), and is an active member of Practice Greenhealth in the US.

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Jon Freedman

Global Government Relations Leader
SUEZ

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Jon monitors and shapes domestic and international water policies and helps GE Power & Water develop technology collaborations with government entities. Jon also co-leads GE’s Natural Gas Policy Working Group.

Prior to assuming his current role in February 2005, Jon served as a director for GE’s Corporate Marketing Initiatives Group. While in this role he was the project leader responsible for developing GE’s global environmental sustainability initiative now called ecomagination*. He also served as general manager, contractual services for GE Water & Process Technologies, with responsibility for developing and executing business plans to drive global expansion into a range of water service segments.

Jon joined GE in 2001 as business development leader for GE Energy. During his tenure in that position, Jon led the acquisition of an NYSE-listed global water company and initiated the acquisitions of two other NYSE-listed companies.

Active in the community, Jon serves as co-chair of the WateReuse Association’s Industrial Reuse Committee and served six years on the organization’s board of directors. Jon teaches a class at the University of Pennsylvania called “The Future of Water.” He currently serves of the advisory committee of The Wharton School’s Institute for Global Environmental Leadership and on the US Department of Commerce’s Environmental Technologies Trade Advisory Committee. He has authored numerous articles and speaks frequently on the future of water, water reuse, and policy best practices.

Jon holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia, a law degree from William & Mary, and an MBA in finance from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Andreas Y. Gruson

Partner
Industrial Advisory Services, LLC 

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Andreas Y. Gruson is a partner of Industrial Advisory Services, LLC, an operational investor in, and sponsor of, companies in the environmental services industry globally. Mr. Gruson is an Operating Partner at H.I.G. Capital Management, LLC.  From 2017 to 2019, Mr. Gruson has been Chairman of Estre Ambiental, Inc., a leading Brazilian waste management company which is listed on the NASDAQ. Beginning in March 2018, Mr. Gruson has served as Chairman of Wastequip Inc., the leading waste container and waste logistics solutions company in the United States.  Since 2014, Mr.  Gruson has served as Executive Chairman of Compology, Inc., a hardware and software company which builds the only dynamic routing and waste volume monitoring system designed specifically for the environmental services industry. Since 2011, Mr. Gruson has been a partner, director and member of the Strategic Planning Committee of Grupo Sala, the leading environmental services company in Colombia, until its sale to Veolia Environnement in May 2018. In 2007, Mr. Gruson was the first investor in, and became a director of, Locus Energy, LLC, a solar monitoring company, which was sold to Genscape in 2015. From 2004 to 2007, Mr. Gruson was Chairman and CEO of Regus Industries, LLC, a solid waste logistics and disposal company based in the Northeastern United States. From 1998 to 2003, Mr. Gruson was at UBS where he started and headed the Industrial and Environmental Services investment banking practice. From 1995 to 1998, Mr. Gruson worked in the Industrial Products & Services investment banking group at Deutsche Bank Securities.

Mr. Gruson holds a Master of Business Administration from Columbia Business School and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Gruson is a founding director of Squash Urbano Colombia, a non-profit organization focused on bettering the lives and futures of underprivileged children in Colombia through a rigorous combination of educational tutoring and squash. 

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Linda Froelich

Global Sustainability Director
FMC Corporation

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Linda Froelich has recently been appointed to be the Global Sustainability Director for FMC Corporation. After graduating from the College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY, Linda immediately started working for FMC in 1977 and has held several positions since that time in research, development and the businesses.  Linda’s first position was as a technician screening compounds for fungicidal activity.  In the 1980’s, Linda worked in the Biotechnology group isolating natural product herbicides and insecticides from fungi.  In the 1990’s, Linda moved from research into development where she was responsible for doing studies to support product registrations around the world.  In 2003, Linda moved to FMC’s Philadelphia headquarters offices to manage the North America Registrations and Regulatory group and then took the position as the Product Stewardship Manager for FMC’s Agricultural Solutions business ensuring that FMC’s products are used safely and responsibly around the world. Linda lives outside of Philadelphia with her husband, Rick.  Linda and Rick enjoy traveling, boating, skiing and cooking and recently became “empty nesters.” Their daughter, Jen, was married three years ago and lives in northern Vermont where she works as carpenter and has also started her own business making furniture and cabinets. Their son, Dan, lives in North Carolina and is currently working and enjoying being independent. Linda and Rick have been married for 36 years and are hoping to go on a safari in Kenya someday soon!

Karissa Kruse

Co-Founder
Argot Wines

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Karissa Kruse is President of the Sonoma County Winegrowers, a marketing and educational organization dedicated to the promotion and preservation of Sonoma County as one of the world’s premier grape growing regions. Karissa joined Sonoma County Winegrowers as Director of Marketing in September 2012 and was named President for the organization on May 1, 2013. Karissa earned a BS in Economics and an MBA in Marketing from Wharton School of Business at University of Pennsylvania. She has over 17 years of experience in various aspects of marketing, brand management, strategic planning and business development. Karissa has worked for companies such as General Mills, Universal Studios, Mattel and Dairy Management, where Karissa worked for seven years on behalf of dairy farmers nationally. She is a partner in a small winery, Argot Wines, and the owner of a 25 acre parcel in Bennett Valley, with five acres planted to grapes. Karissa is on the boards of the Sonoma County Tourism, Sonoma County Harvest Fair, Sonoma County Grape Growers Foundation, Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce, Santa Rosa Junior College Shone Farm Foundation, Ag Trust Committee and Viticulture Advisory Committee and a member of Leadership Santa Rosa Class 29.  Kruse was selected as a North Bay Business Journal ‘Women in Business 2014 Honoree’ and ‘Forty under 40’ Award recipient in 2012.

Colby T. Manwaring

CEO
INNOVYZE Inc.

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Colby T. Manwaring Colby Manwaring is the Chief Executive Officer of Innovyze, the leading global provider of smart water analytics software solutions. Colby is responsible for the company’s strategic vision and leads the development and growth of Innovyze’s global software technology portfolio. With advanced degrees in civil and environmental engineering as well as business administration, Colby is a licensed Professional Engineer and an experienced software company executive.

Having lived and worked in the USA, Australia, Spain, and the UK, Colby has a broad understanding of the global water and wastewater industry and the software technology required to elevate professional practice worldwide. Over the course of his career prior to leading Innovyze, he held senior positions as software developer, product manager, consultant & trainer, sales & marketing executive, and commercial manager within the engineering software industry. He has worked with water/wastewater utilities, government agencies, and engineering organizations worldwide to create solutions to empower thousands of engineers to competitively plan, manage, design, protect, operate and sustain highly efficient and reliable infrastructure systems.

Colby holds a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering, with a Spanish Minor and International Emphasis from Brigham Young University, a MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Brigham Young University, with a Minor of Engineering Business Administration from the Brigham Young University Marriott School of Management.

Jacqueline Mayan

Sr. Manager, Commerical Business & Marketing
Eastern Shore Natural Gas 

 

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Responsible for leading and managing the business unit’s commercial sales area of operations, including pipeline sales and business development, contract and service agreement management, customer negotiations, marketing, and communications. Point of contact with existing customers and potential customers on an ongoing basis, as well as upstream pipeline suppliers and other potential energy developers. Directly responsible for the oversight of the majority of customer engagement activities, including contract negotiation, website management, customer messaging and outreach programs, management of communication media channels, and other related customer engagement strategies. Actively support and participate in ESNG’s short and long-term strategic planning and budgeting efforts, which includes the identification of new services that complement ESNG’s existing service mix and/or provides new opportunities for growth. 

Ana Meyer

Executive Director of Sustainability, GAF

 

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Sustainability and Corporate Citizenship leader who can drive positive results. Develop, implement and lead award winning domestic and international CSR and Sustainability strategies, policies, metrics and programs for global organizations. Innovative professional who can cultivate programs from conception through integration. Sustainability & CSR subject matter expert. Strong at maximizing the social, environmental and business value created by the Sustainability strategy. Versed in global reporting standards. Skilled in strategy, innovation, marketing, stakeholder engagement and communications. Experienced in managing a wide range of professionals and cross-functional teams within large, complex global corporations. Highly motivated self starter with a proven track record of success. Excellent communication, interpersonal, organizational and creative problem solving skills. International experience with a great understanding of cultures and global etiquette. Multi-lingual. Experienced media professional; “On Air” talent for a national U.S. television network.

Nate Morris

Founder, Chairman & CEO
Rubicon Global

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Morris is one of the founders and visionaries behind Rubicon’s mission to create more sustainable waste and recycling solutions. As chief executive officer, he oversees all aspects of the company.

Morris is also the founder and chairman of Morris Industries, a private industrial group based in Lexington, Kentucky, focused on long-term holdings. He created the Morris Industries Foundation, which works to improve the lives of Kentuckians through strategic giving. Morris has been recognized as one of Fortune Magazine’s 40 Under 40, a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, and a Kentucky Entrepreneur Hall of Fame member.

Kim Rumph (Emeritus Member)

Former President
CHEP North America, A Brambles Company

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Kim Rumph is the former President of CHEP North America, a component of Brambles Limited. Kim joined the Brambles Group in 2006 and was appointed President, CHEP North America in March 2013. Previously, she served as President, CHEP US and Brambles Group Vice President, Global Acquisition Integration. Prior to her time with Brambles, she worked for the General Electric Company and US Steel. Kim began her career as an environmental engineer and holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Auburn University. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the US Chamber of Commerce and is a founding member of the Auburn University College of Engineering’s 100 Women Strong. Kim resides in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and their two children.