The Corporate Responsibility Panel at the Net Impact Club's Sustainability Symposium at the Appalachian State University Broyhill Inn and Conference Center on April 21, 2010.
Kevin Walsh, hybrid plug-in engineer has dedicated his engineering career to green technology. Kevin graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He spent the last two years tackling our dependence on fossil fuels through his work with plug-in hybrid vehicles. Kevin's automotive work includes powertrain, photovoltaics, emissions control, and vehicle sound for pedestrians. In his role as an engineer, Kevin advises the Environmental Protection Agency, the California Air Resources Board, among others on technical solutions to environmental challenges. He bikes to work every day in sunny Southern California.
Steven A. Jesseph is the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, President and Chief Executive Officer for the Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP), a nonprofit, factory certification group based in Arlington, VA. WRAP certifies factories to a 12-point code of conduct covering legal, labor, environmental, security and customs compliance areas for labor-intensive consumer products manufacturing. WRAP is supported by 22 international trade and business associations has certified factories in over 72 countries.
Dr. McEvoy, Assistant Professor of Economics at Appalachian State University. He received his master's degree in Environmental Economics from the University of London and his doctorate in Resource Economics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. His research is focused on the design and evaluation of environmental and natural resource use policies. His recent work addresses questions of how to enforce compliance with voluntary environmental agreements. Dr. McEvoy's research has been published in Environmental and Resource Economics, Land Economics, Public Choice and others. He currently teaches a course in Statistics and two courses in Environmental Economics at Appalachian State.
Alan Singer, Holshouser Distinguished Professor of Ethics at the Walker College of Business, Appalachian State University. Previously, he was the John Aram Professor of Business Ethics at Gonzaga University and Reader in Strategic Management at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. He is the author of Integrating Ethics & Strategy (World Scientific) and Strategy as Rationality (Avebury series in philosophy), editor of Business Ethics & Strategy (Ashgate series in public & private ethics) and co-editor with Pat Werhane of Business Ethics in Theory and Practice (Kluwer). Alans academic background is in mathematics and education (Oxford University), psychology (London University) and management theory (Canterbury, NZ). He worked in the private sector in insurance and accountancy education (Emile Woolf & Associates) in London in the 1970s and since then he has published many articles in business journals, such as Strategic Management Journal, Business Ethics Quarterly, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Psychology, Omega, Small Business Economics, Systems Practice, Human Systems Management, Decision Sciences and many others. His most recent paper in JBE is Integrating strategy and ethics: a pragmatic approach (2010).
Robin Byerly, Associate Professor of Management with primary interests of strategic management, business ethics, and matters related to corporate responsibility and citizenship, particularly regarding social and environmental concerns. Some key areas of interest: a) capitalism how it is designed to work, how it really works, and how the market does or does not serve all the interests of society; b) the social contract how it has evolved and represents a larger mandate for businesses in todays society; c) best practices what businesses are doing to embrace sustainability, what they are achieving and sharing; d) the cradle to cradle philosophy of remaking the way we make things and the natural step a framework for businesses who wish to initiate and follow a road to sustainability.
Joe Fox founded Dirtball in Nov. of 2008. Dirtball is the only 100% made in the U.S.A., 100% eco-friendly actions sports brand. A graduate of Elon University he majored in History with a minor in Political Science focusing on the Cold War and international relations. Joe a former professional race car driver started his racing career in 1990, while still in high school. Since then he has driven and raced everything from go-karts all the way up to the NASCAR Busch/Nationwide Series. In 1998 he won Professional Sportscars Rising Star award while racing for Mazda as well as driven for Porsche, Maserati and Lamborghini in the Grand American Road Racing Series and the American Le Mans Series.