2017 Annual Meeting Papers

39th Annual Meeting / October 18-20, 2017
Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

The convergence of radically changing energy, environmental, economic and social drivers is complicating the political drama being played out as President Trump takes control and endeavors to fill the management level appointed positions to move his agenda forward. By the time we get to the Annual Meeting, we should have a fairly solid idea of what, where, when and how it will all come together. While the lessons of the past provide a great source of knowledge, changes that are happening create new opportunities to look for new way to address the current problems. The old ways to address our energy and environmental issues must be reconsidered and brought into the new era of social activism. Hence this year’s annual meeting theme:

Leveraging Today’s Opportunities to Meet Tomorrow’s Challenges

It is impossible to make or do anything without energy

Our member companies provide goods and services that support the social, economic and environmental well-being of this great nation we call home. They make products and provide services that improve the communities; allow increased life expectancy, improve our standard of living; and promote environmental stewardship and progress. It takes energy to do that. Sustainability at the corporate and institutional level will continue to be the mantra of the activist – share holder or environmentalist. CIBO’s expertise integrating energy and environmental issues is one way we can help our members define, plan, and implement a sustainable business future.

This year’s Annual Meeting will look at and consider the new environment and potential opportunities to meet the challenges of tomorrow. We will consider that as we address how we continue to address the day to day environmental compliance, enforcement and permitting problems within this new energy era of radical energy, environmental, economic, social and political change.

2017 Annual Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

7:30 AM Golf Tournament Registration – Ponte Vedra Ocean Golf Course
Breakfast is on your own
8:30 Annual Gerald Debban Memorial Golf Tournament – Ponte Vedra Ocean Golf Course

  • Robert L. Corbin, CIBO Honorary Member & Tournament Play Master
  • CIBO members gather in honor of Gerald Debban, a true industrial energy promoter and friend, for camaraderie, networking and Annual Meeting preparation.
2:30 – 5:00 Annual Meeting RegistrationGreat Lounge
4:00 – 5:30 Joint Membership & Communication Education & Outreach Committee MeetingLagoon Room Two

  • John (Jay) Hofmann, Trinity Consultants, Inc., Chairman, CE&O
  • Denis J. Oravec, AAI-JMP Engineering, Chairman, Membership
  • Mark Bitto, ABB, Inc, Vice Chairman, Membership
  • Robert (Bob) Corbin, CIBO Consultant / CIBO Honorary Member
6:00 – 7:00 Newcomers’ Reception & Golf Tournament Awards Surf Club Patio
(Sponsored by CIBO Associate Members)
7:00 Cookout & Entertainment – Surf Club Patio

Thursday, October 19, 2017

7:00 – 8:30 AM Buffet Breakfast – LeMaster Room
8:00 Opening Session – Formal Annual Meeting Inn Dining Room
(CIBO Members & Invited Guests only)
Call to Order & Welcome,
Ann McIver, Citizens Thermal, CIBO Chair
8:15 CIBO Operations Reports (2017 Order of Presentations)

  • President’s Annual Report to Members, Robert (Bob) D. Bessette, CIBO President
  • Report of the Membership and Annual Survey, Denis Oravec, AAI/JMP Engineering, Mark Bitto, ABB, Inc., Robert (Bob) L. Corbin, CIBO Consultant / Honorary Member
  • Report of the Treasurer, John (Jay) Hofmann, Trinity Consultants, Inc., Secretary/Treasurer
9:45 Nominating Committee Report & Election of Directors, Scott Darling, Alcoa Corp
10:00 Coffee Break – Inn Dining Room
10:15 Annual Meeting Opening Session
(Open to all attendees)
Ann McIver, Citizens Thermal, CIBO Chair
10:30 The National Industrial Energy Environment

  • The Honorable Edward (Ed) Whitfield, Principal, Farragut Partners, LLP, (US House of Representatives 1995-2016)
  • The Environment from a State’s Perspective, Donald Vandervaart, Former State Environmental Secretary
  • The Evolving Utility Relationship, Ben Edgar, Black & Veatch Corporation
12:00 Noon Lunch – LeMaster Room
1:15 Meeting Resumes


1:15 The Corporate Sustainability Environment


  • Natural Gas, Ben Schlesinger, Benjamin Schlesinger and Associates, LLC (BSA)
  • Renewables, Tom Hewson, EVA
  • CHP, Art Samberg, US DOE Southeast CHP TAP
3:15 Coffee Break – Inn Dining Room
3:30 Regulation
Inside & Out the Fence Line, Mark Dreux,
Arent Fox LLP
4:00 Social World We Live in Today
Corporate Social Responsibility, Bailey Jacobs,
Institute for Corporate Social Responsibilities, US Chamber of Commerce, Invited
5:00 General Discussion
5:30 Session Adjourns for the Day
6:00 – 7:00 Reception – West Putting Green
7:15 Dinner, Awards Banquet – Terrace A

  • Annual CIBO Thorn-in-The-Side Award

Friday, October 20, 2017

7:00 -9:00 AM Hot Buffet BreakfastLeMaster Room
8:00 9th Annual Meeting Issues & Policy Session – Inn Dining Room
CIBO Members & Invited Guests Only
8:00 Government Affairs Session

Trumpism – Energy and Environmental Policies and Activities

9:30 Coffee Break – Inn Dining Room
9:45 Energy / Environmental Policy Session

12 Noon Buffet Lunch – LeMaster Room
1:00 Strategic Thinking for the Future, Moderator: Scott Darling, Alcoa, Corp
3:00 Annual Meeting Adjourns