Josh currently serves as Vice President of Government and Industry Affairs for the A. O. Smith Corporation (NYSE:AOS). AOS is a global water technology manufacturing company that specializes in products that heat and treat water. In this role, Josh’s primary function is to advocate the company’s business goals and objectives in front of federal, state, and local policy makers and regulators, as well as in front of industry organizations. He represents the company and actively participates on its behalf in the company’s main trade association in Washington D.C. the Air-conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) as well as a wide array of other manufacturers associations and non-governmental organizations. In addition to his duties as head of Government and Industry Affairs, Josh also is part of the Legal Department at A. O. Smith and works closely with our Corporate Development department and Corporate Technology Center on business strategy issues and early stage technology company diligence. Josh is also working on sustainability issues for the company.
Prior to Josh joining AOS, he was a Partner at the international law firm of Squire Patton Boggs LLP. While at the law firm he used his two decades of experience as a former Congressional staff member and entrepreneur in assisting his clients to achieve their business goals and objectives. His legal practice focused on energy and environmental regulation, compliance, project development and finance. In addition to his energy and environmental policy and regulatory practice, he also counseled emerging technology companies within the energy, natural resources, and information technology sectors.
Early in his career, Josh served as a senior legislative assistant and aide in the U.S. House of Representatives he provided advice and counsel on federal legislation and agency regulations that came before the Congress. It was during his service on Capitol Hill that he began to hone his environmental policy and regulatory knowledge and its intersection with the private marketplace. Finally, Josh’s professional experience off Capitol Hill also includes serving as chairman of a privately-held holding company involved in the commercial building services industry as well as retail food services.
Josh lives in Maryland and is extremely active in his local community, where he sits on the boards of both civic and charitable organizations as well as a number of public service appointments in the State of Maryland including to the Board of Directors of the Maryland Clean Energy Center and his service as a Commissioner on the Maryland Economic Development Commission.
In his spare time Josh loves spending time with his family, which includes his wife Monya Phillip, and children (Jacob, Sophia, and Jonathan), as well as cycling, running, playing all kinds of sports, reading biographies, and spending time at the beach.
Geoff Oxnam, Founder & CEO of American Microgrid Solutions, is an advanced energy microgrid developer with more than a decade of utility management experiences. Prior to launching American Microgrid Solutions, Geoff managed operations, strategic planning, customer service and communications as Vice President of Operations for utility that provides electricity, natural gas, water, wastewater, cable television, broadband Internet, Digitalvoice calling and IT professional services. Geoff serves on the University of Maryland Shore Regional Health board of directors, is a member of the Leadership Maryland Class of 2010 and a recipient of the William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award. Geoff earned a BA in History from Williams College (Williamstown, Mass.) and an MBA from The Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School (Baltimore, Md.).
Ms. Risher purchased the company in 1991 that her father established in 1962. She formerly served as a board member for the Bowie Therapeutic Nursery. She served on the ACCA-NCC board for 20 years, and in 2008 became the first woman president in the 43 year history of the organization. Since serving as president, Debbie has been involved in legislative and industry issues. She served as the legislative committee chair for ACCA-NCC, as well as secretary of the alliance for the past 20 years. She is a member of the Crofton Kiwanis and the Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce, serving as that organization’s President from 1996-97. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of Directors of BB&T Bank. Ms. Risher serves as a member of the MCEC Legislative Committee and Advisory Council, spending a great deal of time in Annapolis for meetings during the Legislative Session in an attempt to improve the industry and the great State of Maryland!
Ms. Risher is a graduate of Washington College and was recently honored as Citizen of the Year for her fundraising and organizational skills in co-chairing.
Dr. Tung was appointed to serve as the deputy secretary of the Maryland Department of Environment in March, 2015.
Before her appointment to the Department of the Environment, Dr. Tung worked extensively in the legal and scientific communities.
Dr. Tung earned her law degree from the University of Maryland, and her Ph.D in biomedical sciences from Wright State University, and finally a post-doctoral associate in pharmacology and virology from the Yale University of Medicine.
While practicing law, Dr. Tung specialized in business law, intellectual property, and biotechnology patent law.
Dr. Tung taught at the University of Rochester School of Medicine, researching a number of different topics in the biomedical field (immunology, pharmacology, virology).
In May 2016, Dr. Tung was appointed as director of the Maryland Energy Administration.
Dr. Wachsman is a Fellow of both The Electrochemical Society (ECS) and the American Ceramic Society (ACerS). He was formerly Chair of the High Temperature Materials Division of ECS. He currently Chairs the Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Subcommittee and the National Capitol Section, and serves on the Board of Directors, Technical Affairs and Fuel Cell Subcommittee of ECS. In addition, he is Editor-in-Chief of Ionics, on the Editorial Board of Scientific Reports, Energy Systems, and Energy Technology, and a member of the American Chemical Society, the International Society for Solid State Ionics, and the Materials Research Society.
He is a recipient of the 2014 Sir William Grove Award from the International Association for Hydrogen Energy; the 2014 Pfeil Award from The Institute of Materials, Minerals, and Mining; the Outstanding Invention of 2013 award from the University of Maryland Office of Technology Licensing; the 2012 Fuel Cell Seminar & Exposition Award; and the 2012 HTM Outstanding Achievement Award from The Electrochemical Society.
His research is focused on solid ion-conducting materials and electrocatalysts, and includes the development of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC), solid-state batteries, ion-transport membrane reactors, solid-state gas sensors, and the electrocatalytic conversion of CH4, CO2, and NOx, using advanced ion conducting materials. He has more than 230 publications and 12 patents on ionic and electronic transport in materials, and their catalytic properties, and device performance.
Dr. Wachsman is a frequent invited panelist on fuel cell and hydrogen energy research, ranging from the US Department of Energy “Fuel Cell Report to Congress” and “Basic Research Needs Related to High Temperature Electrochemical Devices for Hydrogen Production, Storage and Use,” to the National Science Foundation “Workshop on Fundamental Research Needs in Ceramics,” NATO “Mixed Ionic-Electronic Conducting (MIEC) Perovskites for Advanced Energy Systems,” and the National Academies “Global Dialogues on Emerging Science and Technologies.” He also serves on numerous boards and was appointed by the Governor to the Board of Directors of the Maryland Clean Energy Center.
Mike is a Portfolio Manager at Cornerstone Advisory, a Boutique Wealth Management firm headquartered in the Baltimore Area. In this role, he is responsible for initiating and managing client relationships.
Prior to joining Cornerstone Advisory, Mike was a Business Development Analyst with Bessemer Trust.
He currently serves on the Board of Maryland Family Network, as well as the Clemson University Club of Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
Mike earned an M.B.A. from the Robert H. Smith School at the University of Maryland, and a B.A. in Political Science from Clemson University.