BCI Convention + Power Mart Expo May 1-4, 2022 Naples Grande Beach Resort Naples, FL


Gina Radke | Owner and CEO, Galley Support Innovations 

Keynote Presentation: Professional Women in Manufacturing: How to attract and develop female leaders in the industry

Gina Radke is an entrepreneur and economic influencer. Owner and CEO of an aerospace manufacturing company, Galley Support Innovations, Gina uses her international business experience to serve as an international trade advisor to the U.S. Congress. She is well known for her involvement in community service and empowering others with economic opportunities. Receiving awards both locally and nationally, Gina has been named as one of five “Women to Watch in International Business.” Gina is a best-selling author, with her book, More Than, How to be Bold and Balanced in Life and Business selling out three times in a 12-month period.


Steve LeVine | Editor, The Electric

Keynote Presentation: Transitioning the U.S. Vehicle Economy to Electric Vehicles - Challenges and Realities

Steve LeVine writes on the future of batteries, electric vehicles, autonomous mobility and their epochal impacts. He formerly founded and wrote The Mobilist at Medium, and before that founded and ran the Future newsletter at Axios. He is a senior fellow with the Atlantic Council's Foresight, Strategy and Risks Initiative, and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. Previously, Steve was a foreign correspondent in the former Soviet Union, Pakistan and the Philippines. In the 'Stans, he ran a bureau for The Wall Street Journal, and before that for The New York Times, the Financial Times and Newsweek. Steve has written three books. The latest is The Powerhouse: America, China and the Great Battery War, which was long-listed for the 2015 Financial Times-McKinsey Book of the Year prize. In 2007, Random House published The Oil and the Glory, which chronicled the struggle for fortune and power on the Caspian Sea. It was a BusinessWeek magazine Top 10 book for the year.

Alan Beaulieu | Principal, ITR Economics

Keynote Presentation: Accurately Prepare for Tomorrow

With a reputation as an accurate, straightforward economist, Alan has been delivering award-winning workshops and economic analysis seminars in countries across the world to thousands of business owners and executives for the last 30 years. He is co-author of Prosperity in the Age of Decline, a powerful look at how to make the most of the US and global trends over the next 20 years. Alan also coauthored Make Your Move, a practical and insightful guide on increasing profits through business cycle changes. As the chief economist for numerous US and international trade associations, it has been remarked that Alan’s “insight into our business, a track record of accurate forecasting, and unparalleled knowledge of global markets has earned him the respect and appreciation of key business leaders in our industry."


Bob Galyen | Galyen Energy LLC

State of Lithium Batteries in the Circular Economy

Robert (Bob) L. Galyen is recognized as one of the top executives in the battery energy storage world and science/engineering-based communities. He is a highly sought-after public speaker as a subject matter expert. His positions as CTO of CATL (the world’s largest battery manufacturer),Chairman of SAE International Battery Standards Steering Committee, SAE Fellow, Chairman Emeritus and CTO of NAATbatt International, provides him a unique leadership perspective in the global battery industry.


Nick Starita | President of the Energy Solutions Division, Hollingsworth & Vose Co.

North America Industrial Lead Battery Forecast

Nick Starita is currently President of the Energy Solutions Division at Hollingsworth & Vose, where he oversees H&V’s global battery separator business. Nick has been with H&V for ten years. Prior to H&V, Nick worked at Milliken & Company for nine years in Operations and Strategy roles. Nick has been an industry contributor, presenting both market and technology trends, at BCI and other global battery conferences for several years.


Bob Gruenstern | Interstate Batteries and BCI Technical Advisor

Future Requirements for Energy Storage in Automotive

2022 will mark the 40th year for Bob in the Battery Industry. After earning his bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, Bob returned to Milwaukee and joined the Battery Group of Johnson Controls in 1982, starting as a battery design engineer. Other positions included OEM Technical Liaison and Manager of Engineering – Specialty Battery Division before leading to Global Vice President – Product Design and Development Aftermarket. Bob retired from Johnson Controls in 2014. In 2015, Bob began working with Interstate Batteries as a technical consultant and recently working with BCI in the same role. Bob is a member of Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and chairs the SAE Starter Battery Committee and is active in the Vehicle Battery Standards Steering Committee. In addition, Bob chairs the BCI Technical Committee.


Steve Baxley | Manager, Renewables, Storage and Distributed R&D, Southern Co.

Future Requirements for Recharging Energy Storage

Steve Baxley currently serves as a research and development manager for Southern Company, America’s premier energy company. In this role, he directs a variety of research, development and demonstration projects within the renewable, storage and distributed generation program area. This includes a portfolio of technologies ranging from battery energy storage, fuel cells and microgrids to photovoltaic solar and wind energy systems. Baxley serves as program chair for the Electric Power Research Institute’s Energy Storage and Distributed Generation Program, which provides knowledge sharing for the energy industry on implementing energy storage to manage peak loads and variability while enhancing grid reliability. Under his leadership, Southern Company in 2020 was awarded the industry's most prestigious honor – the EEI Edison Award – for its portfolio of energy storage research and development initiatives


Farid Ahmed | Principal Analyst Lead Markets, Wood Mackenzie

Lead Market Analysis Review

Farid Ahmed joined Wood Mackenzie in February 2015 as Principal Analyst Lead Markets, bringing over twenty five years of lead industry experience in roles including R&D, operations and commercial. Prior to joining Wood Mackenzie, Farid founded a business consultancy focusing on the metals industry – and on lead in particular – with engagements including market analysis, raw materials acquisition, speciality products, process development, product failure, capital investment and expert witness


Rebecca Conway | Senior Director, Marketing & Technical Services, Clarios

Transportation Batteries - Global Outlook to 2026

Rebecca Conway leads the US-Canada marketing and technical services organization at Clarios. She has been with the company for nearly 12 years with various roles across category management, sales, strategy, and marketing. Prior to joining the automotive aftermarket, Rebecca worked in market research and analytics in consumer-packaged goods. Rebecca is a member of the Women of the Global Battery Industry group and is passionate about advancing women in our industry. When she is not pondering the battery market, Rebecca enjoys is attending her children’s sporting events, traveling, and cooking.


Jay Hwang | Senior Analyst – Supply Chain & Technology, Automotive, IHS Markit

The Role of Lead Acid Technology in the Future Automotive Battery Landscape

Jay Hwang is a Senior Analyst at IHS Markit for battery and charging domains. His responsibilities include researching on xEV battery supply chain, battery cell and materials trends, charging infrastructures and writing in-depth analyses. Prior to joining IHS Markit, Jay worked as a Market Research Analyst for Samsung SDI America, mainly focused on providing vehicle sales forecast & collaboration strategies on xEV customers in North America. Jay has been dedicated to xEV research since 2014 when he started working as an Equity Research Analyst at CLSA. He continued his research on xEV OEMs, battery supply chain and charging throughout his finance career at sellside equity research, mutual fund and hedge fund before joining Samsung.


Dr. Frank Fleming | Electric Applications Inc.

Opportunities to Advance Active and Passive Materials

Dr. Frank Fleming has been active within the lead battery industry for over 40-years. Co-Founder and former CTO of NorthStar Battery, he Is currently an executive partner of EAI Grid Storage providing engineering and technical support for grid level energy storage opportunities. In addition, Frank is the Technical Manager of the Lead Battery Science Research Consortium, a US based consortium of battery manufacturers & suppliers working with the Argonne National Laboratory to advance the fundamental understanding of lead batteries. In 2019 Frank received the International Lead Award for lifetime services to the lead industry.


Norbert Maleschitz | Chief Technology Officer, East Penn Manufacturing Co.

Advanced Manufacturing Requirements for Next Generation Lead Batteries

Norbert currently serves as the Chief Technology Officer at East Penn Manufacturing with responsibilities for Research & Development, Product Process and Equipment Engineering, EH&S and Quality and Continuous Improvement. East Penn Manufacturing is the largest privately held battery manufacturer in the world with over 10,000 employees. He has been with the company since March of 2018. Prior to joining East Penn, Norbert started his career in the lead acid battery business in 1991 at Banner Batteries in Austria. He holds a bachelor degree in chemical engineering and a master degree in business administration.


Patrick Balducci | Manager, Power Systems and Markets Research Group, Argonne National Laboratory

Energy Storage Grand Challenge R&D Framework Applied to Lead Batteries

Patrick Balducci is the Manager of the Power Systems and Markets Research Group in the Center for Energy, Environmental, and Economic Systems Analysis at Argonne National Laboratory. Prior to joining Argonne, Patrick served as a Chief Economist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), where he served for nearly 20 years. At PNNL, he led the energy storage analytics team where his research focused on storage valuation, integration, performance characterization, and control systems. In this role, he led research efforts evaluating the benefits of 1.6 GW / 18 GWh in energy storage capacity at 16 sites across the U.S. He also led efforts to enhance economic assessment tools for the U.S. Department of Energy. Patrick serves on the Board of Directors of the Pacific Northwest Regional Economics Conference. He holds a BS in Economics from Lewis and Clark College, where he graduated with honors, and an MSc in Applied Environmental Economics from the University of London, Imperial College of London.