Fri. 9/23
7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Chamber Event
Join everyone at The Nash Family Event & Conference Center at the Pro Football HOF
2121 George Halas Dr NW
Canton, OH
Questions? (330) 456-7253


Why Hydrogen?


Decarbonizing the transportation sector is an important part of addressing climate change. Battery and hydrogen vehicles will share the zero emissions stage. Transportation sectors with vehicle weight limits, long working hours, need for fast refueling, demanding energy output will favor hydrogen.

The Appalachian Hydrogen Transportation Conference presented by SARTA, in the heartland of American manufacturing, will provide an outlook from leading companies and organizations. Attendees will leave with a sense of the opportunities in the fast-growing hydrogen transportation market.

An expo of equipment and manufacturers will be on display during the event at The Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Conference attendees are invited to attend an Evening Reception on Sept. 22 from 6-8 p.m. at SARTA: Gain a first person POV at one of the largest hydrogen bus operations in the world. Refueling, maintenance, operations – it can all be found at SARTA. Refreshments and light appetizers will be provided. This is an invaluable opportunity to network with those who are leading the hydrogen transportation renaissance.

Speakers (to date):

Kirt Conrad, Executive Director and CEO

Kirt Conrad is a senior executive in Public Transit with expertise in alternative energy and public policy. During his career, he has lead campaigns that have increased ridership over 30% and increased revenues by 20%, secured over $50 million in competitive grants and managed construction programs from railroad rehabilitation to LEED certified building in the transportation industry. He also lead the purchase of 50 miles of railroad right-of-way and use of transportation infrastructure as a multi-modal corridor for both freight and commuter service.

Since 2009, Kirt Conrad has been the CEO of the Stark Area Regional Transit Authority (SARTA) in Canton, Ohio. SARTA operates 100+ buses with 200+ employees. Last year nearly 2.6 million passenger trips were transported by over 30 fixed routes or demand response services throughout Stark County.

SARTA, under Conrad’s leadership, has replaced much of its bus fleet, purchased buses that run on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), opened Northern Ohio’s first public-private CNG fueling facility, revamped many of its routes, built the Belden Village Transit Center and advanced the Mahoning Road corridor project. They are also deploying 11 fuel cell buses, which will be the largest fleet in the country outside of California. SARTA along with Ohio State University’s Center for Automotive Research lunched the Midwest Fuel Cell Center of Excellence and the Renewable Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Collaborative in 2017.

Lynn Lyon, Sustainable Transportation Executive

Lynn Lyon is a Sustainable Transportation executive with U.S. Gain, a leader in the
development and distribution of alternative fuel and renewable
energy. Lynn has extensive experience managing successful corporate fleet
transitions to cleaner fuel with new truck technology and fuel infrastructure
including hydrogen. She now partners with shippers and carriers to find their
best path to lower emissions.  As an influencer, she collaborates with
more than 260,000 followers on LinkedIn or Twitter. Connect with her for the latest insights on
alternative fuels.

Bridget van Dorsten, Hydrogen Research Analyst

Bridget is a hydrogen-focused research analyst within Wood Mackenzie's Energy Transition Practice. They work on modelling hydrogen markets and hydrogen assets in addition to tracking project deployments, policy, investments and new technologies.

Prior to this role, they were a consultant with Power Advocate specializing in hydrogen asset modelling, strategic sourcing and category management for energy utilities in North America. Bridget holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering from Brown University where their focus was on renewable energy and hydrogen. Prior to graduation, Bridget worked in France and the U.S. for entities focused on optimization of hydrogen production and distribution for light-duty vehicle applications, namely Air Liquide and First Element Fuel.

Maureen Marshall, PMP Senior Director

Maureen Marshall serves as CalStart’s Midwest Regional Senior Director. At CalStart, Maureen leads all clean transportation related projects for the Midwest, as well as national activities focused on connected and automated accessible transportation. She is a veteran in the automotive industry and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in key technology sectors and with organizations that focused on clean transportation, including with vehicle OEMs, tier suppliers and consulting work. She has held engineering positions with both Ford and Chrysler (DaimlerChrysler), where she played a leading role Chrysler’s electric vehicle program in the 1990’s and she has also worked on advanced global powertrains, electrical and vehicle testing systems. Her work in connected and automated vehicle technology began over 20 years ago when she worked at Siemens, HARMAN, and Booz Allen Hamilton, where she led work with the U.S. Army at TARDEC that helped them shape their ground vehicle and connected vehicle strategies, as well as supported the Department of Transportation on DSRC standard development and V2V and V2I infrastructure development. Maureen holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Auburn University, a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Lawrence Technological University, as well as a certificate in Strategy and Innovation from MIT.

Pete Dandrea, Sales & Marketing Manager

Pete Dandrea, Sales & Marketing Manager, has been with M J Painting Contractor Corp since 2016. He attained 40 years of marketing experience with a background in manufacturing, data processing and Information Technology. Pete arrived at M J Painting Contractor Corp just in time to launch a campaign that has attributed to the company’s geographic expansion and growing customer base. In addition, he attends numerous trade shows and conferences. Pete is married and has a son and daughter. His hobbies include sports, music and especially playing golf.

Tom Gellrich, Founder

Tom Gellrich, President and Founder of H2-CCS Network is one of the pioneers in identifying opportunities in hydrogen and carbon capture sequestration. He is also CEO and Founder of TopLine Analytics which identifies the downstream impacts of the Shale Gas revolution in chemicals, plastics and manufacturing sectors. His presentations and white papers have been extensively quoted and received international attention. He can be reached at

Joe Barone, President

Barone is president of Shale Directories, the “yellow pages for the oil and gas industry” connecting local businesses with oil and gas operators, their employees and families. Barone has attended over 40 oil and gas expos in the last five years and spoke before the Marcellus Shale Commission. He guest hosted “The Marcellus Shale and You” radio show on KDKA News radio, and is currently a regular on the radio show, “All Energy Now.”

This event can be attended in-person or virtually.  

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