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Paul Markillie

Paul Markillie is Innovation Editor at The Economist. Paul writes about new technologies and their implications in business. He travels widely, visiting many universities, research organizations and companies, interviewing a wide range of scientists, engineers and business executives. He was one the first journalists to spot and write about the emergence of additive manufacturing (popularly known as 3D printing) and civilian drones.

His highly acclaimed special report “The Third Industrial Revolution” (April 2012) followed an extensive series of interviews which Paul carried out worldwide. This report described how digitalization is radically altering global manufacturing, supply chains and labor markets with advances in areas such as robotics, materials and additive manufacturing. The report also predicted that as manufacturing goes digital it will change the economics of production, lowering the cost of entry in particular areas and resulting in some manufacturing moving back from countries like China. This report has been followed by others exploring subjects as diverse as autonomous cars, artificial organs and electric aircraft. A recent study also looked at how developments in materials science will deliver new materials for the future.

Mark Strauss
Interior Design Media

Mark Strauss is the President of Interior Design Media, the global, industry-leading design publication, website, and events brand serving the interior design industry.

Beginning his media career in advertising sales in 1976, Mark became the National Sales Manager of the largest B to B magazine of its time. He was named Publisher of Interior Design magazine in 1994, which under his leadership has experienced strong, continuous growth. He headed the development of Interior Design’s website for the industry's largest and most engaged design audience.

In 2010, a book publishing division was added to the portfolio.  Leading the charge, Interior Design Events was launched in 2011, creating in person experiences that connect the industry and promote thought leadership and collaboration across a wide range of practice areas.

A leader in the design community, Mark is an active participant in many industry organizations including the International Interior Design Association and Council of Interior Design Accreditation where he sits on the board. He is a frequent speaker at industry events and is also the Chairman of the Interior Design Hall of Fame. 

Dick Doyle
Vinyl Institute

Dick Doyle is President and CEO of the Vinyl Institute. Doyle oversees the strategic direction of the Vinyl Institute, and coordination of the organization’s agenda with relevant vinyl industry organizations to maximize its impact and value. His areas of focus include: broadening markets, communicating the value of vinyl, optimizing the industry's overall advocacy, providing an industry knowledge center, and pursuing operational excellence. With more than 20 years’ experience representing the chemical industry, Dick has extensive experience in legislative and regulatory advocacy, and industry and community relations. 

Tad Radzinski, P.E., LEED AP, SFP
Closing the Loop: Manufacturing a Viable Future

With 30 years of practical experience,Tad Radzinski is a leading expert in corporate responsibility and environmental management. Through consulting, training and speaking, he has provided hundreds of organizations the insight and tools to revolutionize their business through successful sustainability strategies. Tad, co-founder and president of Sustainable Solutions Corporation (SSC), provides consultative services to companies in a wide range of global industries. Tad is an adjunct professor at Villanova University, teaching graduate classes in Principles of Sustainable Development, Sustainable Manufacturing, Advanced Life Cycle Assessment, and Introduction to Sustainable Product Design. Tad was instrumental in the development of Villanova's Master of Science Degree in Sustainable Engineering. He also serves as the Chief Certification Officer at GreenCircle Certified, LLC, providing third-party verification of environmental claims.

Formerly the EPA's Waste Minimization Program National Expert, Tad has been a trusted advisor for Fortune 500 companies including Sony, Unilever, Stanley Black & Decker, Textron, Waste Management, Crown Holdings, and Harley-Davidson. Tad understands the growing need of companies to generate value in an increasingly complex marketplace. He delivers the framework to utilize corporate responsibility, helps clients become industry leaders, and ensures the long-term success of their businesses. He is passionate about helping organizations minimize their waste while maximizing their energy and water efficiency, always abiding by his personal motto: "Let's make a difference!"

Tad has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University and a M.S. in Water Resources and Environmental Engineering from Villanova University. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Pennsylvania, a LEED Accredited Professional, a certified Sustainability Facility Professional (SFP), and is trained as an ISO-14001 lead auditor. Tad is an active member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), and the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).

See Tad's TEDx Talk by clicking here!

Gene Marks

Gene Marks is an outspoken weekly columnist for The Washington Post, Forbes, and The Huffington Post and a frequent guest on Fox, Fox Business, MSNBC and CNBC, Gene brings a perspective to a business audience that is unique and refreshing…and entertaining.

Gene’s keynote speaker presentations are for the owner, executive and manager working in an established business that is looking out over the next few years.

Gene does not just talk about the economy & politics. He talks about how changes in the economy will affect your business and what actions you need to take to prepare. His non-partisan approach to the political scene helps his audience to understand the facts, without emotions, so they can make the right decisions for the long term. He discusses trends in technology, management themes, healthcare reform and the latest tools and services available for business executives to help grow their companies. Gene runs his own ten person consulting firm outside of Philadelphia. He is a business executive with thousands of clients and a columnist with hundreds of thousands of readers. He asks his audience: what decisions should we making now that will affect our companies in the future?

For additional information regarding Gene Marks, click here. 

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WA 2018 Annual Conference