Ken Eskenazi is the CEO
of Innovation To Industry (i2i). He started the company in 2008
to help businesses adopt environmentally sustainable, well-designed,
cost effective packaging solutions. As a founding member of Connected
Cos., Ken provides creative sustainability strategies, marketing
communications and packaging solutions to corporations, communities
and government agencies.
Eskenazi’s primary focus is Rapioli,
his patented, resource-saving transport packaging system. As the
only reusable plastic container (RPC) designed specifically to
both ship and protect individual items, Rapioli is ideal for closed
loop shipments within a company’s supply chain. Ken led
the design effort that created the original award-winning concept
– recognized for its innovation by FedEx, Amazon, MBDC and
the US EPA. His team at i2i has refined Rapioli’s structural
design and produced several sizes, all made entirely from recycled
PET. Evaluation and testing are currently underway at large automotive,
electronics and biotech corporations nationwide.
Ken cofounded Clean Agency, one of the first
full-service marketing firms to view their clients’ business
through a lens of sustainability, in 2002. During his tenure he
led creative teams on integrated marketing campaigns (“Paper
Tells A Story”, an exposé on the true cost of imported
paper), brand revitalization programs (Ken put the “eco”
in Safecoat) and packaging reduction solutions (Walmart Scorecard
consulting and packaging structure and materials recommendations).
Clean received national recognition for its efforts, including
being named a U.S. Top 25 LOHAS (Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability)
Agency in 2006, a sizable development grant from the California
Department of Conservation and a Pasadena Recycler of the Year
Award in 2007, and designation as a “Hot Business”
by Entrepreneur Magazine in 2008.
Prior to Clean, Eskenazi’s 20 years
experience as a creative director for ad/design agencies on both
coasts allowed him to flex his managerial, business and creative
muscles on branding, advertising, packaging, web and marketing.
His wide range of past and current clients includes CAA, The City
of Pasadena, Coca-Cola, Crystal Geyser, Disney, Goldman Sachs,
GreenBiz.com, IdeaLab, McAfee, Mattel, the NBA, NewPage, Oracle,
Princess Cruises, Reebok, Sega, Sony, the USGBC, Warner Bros.
and many others – including countless startups.
Ken is an award-winning designer, and has
work in the Library of Congress permanent collection. He lectures
on sustainability topics at colleges, corporations and conferences
and has spoken at the United Nations. He also enjoyed teaching
graphic design at Art Center College of Design and sustainable
packaging at UCLA. Eskenazi is an active alum of the inaugural
cohort of the Executive Program for Sustainable Business Management
at the Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco. Some years back,
he also has also earned a BFA with honors in graphic design/packaging
from the prestigious Art Center College of Design and a BA (cum
laude, Phi Beta Kappa) in French from Occidental College –
though he missed President Barack “Barry” Obama by
a year or two.
Heather King, Business Development
Heather has extensive strategic planning, sales and consulting
experience. She has helped international corporations and non-profits
build significant markets. King developed Apple's small business
marketplace, their early online capabilities and more recently
their iPhoto solution. For years, she was a management consultant
developing and supporting new business ventures for Oracle, Disney,
Scholastic and Discovery Media. Heather also has extensive experience
in the environmental field. She is currently developing and deploying
energy efficiency programs for a national network of 2500 non-profits.
Heather has an MBA from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth and
recently completed the executive program in Sustainable Business
Management at the Presidio Graduate School. She is a board member
of the Society for Environmental Journalists and a leading regional
Barent Roth, Industrial Design
Barent is the co-founder/co-principal of grow-design, a Sustainable
to Restorative Industrial Design firm with offices in Los Angeles
and Philadelphia, and the Director of Sustainable Works, a non-profit
environmental education organization and a project of Community
Partners, Santa Monica. Roth graduated with a BFA in Industrial
Design from the University of Illinois, and later taught Industrial
Design there for several years. After graduating with Honors from
the Masters program in Industrial Design from The University of
the Arts, Barent taught at UArts, where he created grow-design
with fellow faculty member Anthony Guido in 2003. Barent continues
to teach environmental material, most recently an Ecological Footprint
course for SustainableLA, and Go Green LA.
Matt Minton, Packaging Systems
Matt is the owner of IPAC LLC (Innovated Packaging Automation
Company) located in Thousand Oaks, California. IPAC specializes
in identifying costly key manual manufacturing processes, then
developing and implementing plans to migrate these processes toward
automated or semi-automated functions to increase productivity
and reduce manual labor. Minton has a strong background in mechanical
engineering and printing operations enabling him to fill a niche
market that requires the relevance of custom engineering applications
combined with the technical knowledge and expertise of the print
and apply packaging industry.
For 20 years, Joel Makower
has been a well-respected voice on business, the environment,
and the bottom line. He is executive editor of the acclaimed website
GreenBiz.com and its sister sites, conferences, and research,
all produced by Greener World Media, of which he is co-founder
and chairman; he also serves as a senior strategist for GreenOrder,
a sustainability management consultancy. Joel is author of more
than a dozen books; his newest, Strategies for the Green Economy,
was published in 2008 by McGraw-Hill. He also writes “Two
Steps Forward” (www.readjoel.com), a popular blog on green
business, clean technology, and green marketing. The Associated
Press has called him “The guru of green business practices.”
Larry Koester is a chemical engineer with extensive
experience in working with equipment and products in the areas
of plastics, chemicals, packaging, recycled materials, and environmental
products. As the Vice President of Communications, he is also
a key member of the Environmental Division of Society of Plastics
Engineers. He spearheaded the sales of post consumer, post industrial
and virgin plastics both in the USA and in international markets.
He has also been instrumental in coordinating marketing efforts
of recycled PET beverage bottles and other products. Larry was
responsible for licensing of production technology in Asia, and
he effectively helped sell 100 million pounds of recycled PET
per year into markets in the United States and overseas. Koester
holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from
the University of Nebraska.
Brad McCroskey is the President and CEO of Triple
A Containers, Inc. Family owned and operated since 1957, TAC manufactures
corrugated shipping containers. Brad has worked in the family
business since graduating from USC with a B.S. in Business in
1977. In 2005, McCroskey entered into an agreement to manufacture
patented corrugated pallets made from recycled product that is
rackable up to 2,700 pounds. Walmart has expressed interest in
replacing all of their current wood pallets with this patented
recycled one. To give back to the community, Brad encourages his
employees to volunteer up to 4 hour per month on company time.
Today, Triple A Containers has over 100 employees in California
and Mexico, and sales last year exceeded $25 million.
In 1992, Rob Ukropina founded Overnite Express
with the idea of picking up after FedEx, UPS and DHL – 9pm
– and delivering to California, Arizona and Nevada early
the next morning. Overnite Express now provides a two-day service
to Mexico. Overnite Express employs over 250 associates and delivers
over two million packages annually.
Rob sits on various entrepreneurial business boards, including
Whyrunout.com, Baggage Direct, C2 Reprographics, Red Roller, Allyance
Communications Networks, United Document Storage, Oyshots, Black
Diamond Ventures and the Entrepreneur Mentor Society.