President and Chief Executive Officer
Since TTC was formed 26 years ago, Jeff has been leading collaborative efforts to create industries and address both commercialization opportunities and barriers to market development for clean and renewable energy companies. For 22 years, Jeff was the founding President of the National Hydrogen Association (NHA). He continues to serve as and the President of the Hydrogen Education Foundation (HEF), General Manager of the Partnership for Advancing the Transition to Hydrogen (PATH) and Senior Advisor to the Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC). Beginning January 2012, Mr. Serfass has been serving as the Managing Director of the California Hydrogen Business Council.
Jeff served as the founding Executive Director of the Fuel Cell Commercialization Group (11 years) , the Utility Biomass Energy Commercialization Association (3 years), and the Utility PhotoVoltaic Group (now the Solar Electric Power Association) (11 years). He led the exploratory workshops and relationship building that led to formation of each of these organizations, and then went on to manage them through start-up, development and strategic transition phases. He also served as the Executive Director of the U.S. Advanced Ceramics Association (5 years).
Jeff has experience in public policies related to electric system regulation and issues, and in the commercialization of new technologies important to power system management. He has assisted the Electric Power Research Institute in facilitating the development of standard energy storage functional requirements and megawatt-scale battery energy storage demonstrations and has developed collaborative research efforts in creation of smart grid technologies.
Jeff served on the team to create and launch Total Energy USA in Houston, Texas, helping design and construct the conference program content.
Jeff has been named recently to the Schatz Energy Research Center's Advisory Board. He served on the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Department of Agriculture Biomass R&D Technical Advisory Committee (2006-2008) and served as the Chairman of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's Energy Conversion Initiative Advisory Committee (2006-2011). He created and managed for several years the advisory council for the Sacramento Utility District’s renewable generation research program funded by the California Energy Commission. He is currently part of the team developing Total Energy USA in Houston, Texas.
Previous roles include positions with the U.S. Department of Energy and Westinghouse Electric Corporation. Mr. Serfass holds B.S. and M.E. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Patrick has more than 13 years of management, marketing and engineering experience. He has managed nearly a dozen energy-focused non-profit organizations and currently holds leadership positions with three of TTC's clients: Executive Director of the American Biogas Council, Vice President of the Hydrogen Education Foundation (HEF) and Chief Content Officer of a unique, new event called Total Energy USA.
In marketing and communications, Patrick was the National Hydrogen Association’s spokesman and Vice President for Technology and Communications for seven years. He managed several projects for major auto manufacturers and energy companies to introduce new alternative energy technologies to cities. With the Hydrogen Education Foundation’s H2 and You program, Patrick managed a $500k/year public relations and social media program to increase understanding about hydrogen technologies and a $1 million university scholarship program.
In his technical roles, Patrick’s work with the Solar Electric Power Association, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, National Hydrogen Association and the U.S. Department of Energy spans nearly 10 years on alternative energy regulations and new code and standard language to help pave the way for the commercialization of new energy technologies. Through this work, he has been a member of many technical committees within the International Code Council, National Fire Protection Association, Society of Automotive Engineers, International Organization of Standardization and the Canadian Standards Association.
This body of experience led to two of Patrick’s newest roles with the American Biogas Council (ABC) and Total Energy USA. In 2010, Patrick co-led the formation of the ABC along with 22 companies to create the first biogas trade association in the U.S. The ABC quickly grew to 60 companies five months later, and to 140 in the next year. For Total Energy USA, Patrick's depth of energy expertise made him a natural choice to create the program for this unique event that debuted in Houston in November 2012 and continues today.
Patrick is co-author of the New York State Hydrogen Energy Roadmap, The Energy Evolution: An analysis of alternative vehicles and fuels to 2100, and the U.S. Market Report on Hydrogen and Fuel Cells. Before joining TTC, he worked as an architectural engineer, designed deep ocean vehicle prototypes and worked at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Policy and International Affairs. Patrick holds an engineering degree from Dartmouth College, holds a standing record for RAAM, the Race Across America (cycling) and is Treasurer on the Board of the DC Triathlon Club (1,400 members).
Director of Operations
Brian Schorr is TTC's Corporate Secretary and Director of Operations. As such, he is in charge of TTC's human resources department, oversees the company's employee benefits plans, and serves as corporate contract administrator.
He also provides client services, including serving as Program Manager of several of TTC's hydrogen organizations, including the Partnership for Advancing the Transition to Hydrogen (PATH), and the Hydrogen Education Foundation (HEF).
Prior to joining TTC in September 1999, Brian interned for the U.S. Forest Service and Pennsylvania State University's College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, studying fire history in the Lake Tahoe Basin of California and Nevada and water usage in central Pennsylvania. He has also worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Pretoria, South Africa.
Brian received a B.S. degree in Physical/Environmental Geography from Pennsylvania State University in 1999.
Emanuel is working for several of TTC’s clients on a variety of program areas, such as membership communication and development, education & outreach and research & analysis. Since 2012, Emanuel is the Assistant Director of the California Hydrogen Business Council, managing the day-to-day operations of the organization, including event management. He’s been working for the Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) since 2009 and the Hydrogen Education Foundation (HEF) as Competition Manager for the $1 million H2-Refuel H-Prize and Contest Manager of the Hydrogen Student Design Contest since 2011.
Additionally, Emanuel is supporting senior management in project and business development for TTC. Emanuel joined TTC in March 2009.
Emanuel holds a Bachelor's degree (Zwischenprüfung) from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany in Political Sciences with Economics (2004) and a Master's (Diplom) from the University of Potsdam, Germany in Political Science (2008).
Technical Program Manager
Ben Bell-Walker is TTC's technical affairs program manager and is involved in standards and technical work on biomass thermal energy.
Ben has worked in industry in the fields of infrastructure, water, wastewater and industrial safety engineering and holds a Master's degree (M. Eng.) in Systems Engineering from Boston University, concentrating on Environmental and Energy Systems.
Cordelia Pearson serves as Finance Coordinator for TTC and its clients. Her duties include the management of clients' finances, producing financial reports for TTC and its clients, and managing the day-today activities of the finance department.
Before joining TTC, Cordelia worked for seven years at the Giant Food Distribution Center. She brings her organizational skills and a strong background in customer and client relations to the TTC team.
Vera Medici plans events, directs logistics, and creates graphics and promotional materials for a range of TTC clients. She brings to the table almost a decade of event planning experience, as well as an entrepreneurial background in the travel and tourism industry. She joined TTC in 2015.
Vera holds a B.A. in Communication from George Mason University.
Caroline Peat joined TTC in November 2015. She serves as Project Assistant to the American Biogas Council and the Pennsylvania Biomass Energy Association. She holds a B.S. in Environmental Science, minor in Political Science from the University of Maryland - Baltimore County.
Aaron Aber joined TTC in June 2016 as a project assistant for the Biomass Thermal Energy Council. His previous work includes promoting grassroots environmental advocacy with the Maryland Public Interest Research Group and conducting environmental justice research with the University of Maryland School of Public Health. He has also interned with the U.S. Department of Justice, where he assisted attorneys in the Natural Resource Section, and with the Socio-environmental Synthesis Center, where he studied the lives of subsistence fishers on the Anacostia River in DC. His undergraduate research also focused on communities in Western Maryland and Charleston, South Carolina.
Aaron holds a B.S. in Environmental Science and Policy, and graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2016.
West Coast Representative
Cory Shumaker assists with various business and membership tasks for the California Hydrogen Business Council (CHBC) as well as event planning, workshop planning, strategic planning, advising, and general council representation. As CHBC's Program Assistant, he brings his experience with zero emission heavy duty vehicles to provide insight on behalf of stakeholders. Cory has previously worked for Vision Industries Corporation and has received his Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering at California State University-Long Beach, and will complete his M.B.A. in Decision Sciences & Entrepreneurship at Loyola Marymount University.