Brad Bechtold

Dr. Bechtold is director of Continuing Education and the Center for Corporate and Professional Development at Furman University.  He has 20 years of experience in the design, delivery and evaluation of human resource and organizational development programs for a variety of corporate clients including General Electric, Caterpillar, Amoco Performance Products, RBC Insurance, Michelin North America, the City of Greenville, Mitsubishi, Fluor Corporation, Hitachi, Bowater, BMW, Lockheed, and Cryovac.

Brad received his bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Furman University. He earned a master of science in industrial and organizational psychology and the doctor of education with an emphasis in human resource development from Clemson University.

Dr. Bechtold has served in both membership and board positions for the United Way, Greenville Society for Human Resources Management, the American Society for Training and Development, and the University Center of Greenville.  Brad is also a graduate of Leadership Greenville (Class XXIV), the Richard W. Riley Institute’s Diversity Leadership Academy (Class IV) ,and Liberal Arts Leadership (Class I).

John Meindl

John Meindl is an Executive in Residence (EIR) at the Center for Corporate and Professional Development at Furman University and an Adjunct Professor in the Undergraduate Evening Studies program. Mr. Meindl brings a thirty-year career in government, business and new venture start-up experiences to the Center.  As an EIR, he is responsible for Executive curriculum and program development in the areas of: Strategic Management, Sustainability, and Entrepreneurialism.  Mr. Meindl also teaches Marketing, Corporate Entrepreneurialism, Business Sustainability and Strategic Management in the Undergraduate evening program.

Mr. Meindl has worked for Federal Government, Fortune 500 Companies and founded, operated and successfully grown several start-up companies. He is now a Partner in several Private Equity and Investment funds and holds several board positions in Public and Private companies.  Mr. Meindl is a sought after speaker and lecturer on such topics as Corporate Sustainability, Corporate Strategy and the Art of Starting a Business.  He holds a B.A. in International Business and MPPA in Finance and Strategic Planning from American University. He also has undertaken Post Graduate studies in Leadership and Entrepreneurialism from the Wharton School.

Wade Worthen

Dr. Wade Worthen is a professor of biology at Furman University.  He earned his B. S. in biology from Bucknell University and his M. S. and Ph. D. in Ecology from Rutgers University.  He has taught at Furman for 22 years, and teaches Introductory Biology, Ecology, Genetics, Population Genetics and Evolution, and travel courses to Costa Rica and Galapagos. Dr. Worthen is a community ecologist who studies the factors that contribute to the maintenance of biodiversity and the coexistence of species in natural communities. His current research focuses on the factors that allow multiple dragonfly species to coexist in the same habitat.

As an ecologist, Worthen is familiar with the myriad adaptations that organisms have evolved in response to particular environmental challenges.  Many of those challenges are similar to the problems that humans face; whether physical or energetic problems, or social problems faced by members of species, or organizational problems occuring in a complex community.

Dr. Worthen brings his expertise as an ecologist studying the adaptations of organisms to the issues of how business and commerce might operate, produce and organize more effectively.  Sustainability requires a fundamental understanding  of design, not only of products and services, but business processes and organizational structures. Dr. Worthen provides interesting comparatives and ideas that can be drawn from nature and biological systems which can assist organizations in applying the value—adaptability as well as success—of nature to business.

Bill Flanagan

Dr. Bill Flanagan leads the Ecoassessment Center of Excellence for the General Electric Company and is based at GE Global Research in upstate New York. Bill’s team offers comprehensive technical expertise in life cycle assessment, carbon footprinting, human health and environmental risk assessment. He also works closely with GE’s Corporate Environmental Programs team on the development of programs and policy in these areas.

Bill graduated from Virginia Tech in 1985 and received a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Connecticut in 1991. He spent the first 10 years of his career focused on various aspects of environmental technology including site remediation, air and water treatment, and pollution prevention. He spent the next six or so years managing GE’s combinatorial chemistry lab, a team responsible for developing and applying high throughput screening for materials development. In 2007 he returned to his roots to lead the Ecoassessment Center of Excellence.

Ron Cotterman

In his position as Executive Director of Sustainability, Dr. Ron Cotterman is responsible for Sealed Air’s company-wide strategy in sustainable business practices.  In this global role, Ron works to advance sustainability initiatives across all of Sealed Air’s business units.  His primary internal focus is ensuring alignment of customer needs, manufacturing platforms, business plans and technologies to improve sustainability of products, processes and services.

Ron is an active member of several external organizations, including Sustainable Packaging Coalition, Flexible Packaging Association, the Consumer Goods Forum Global Packaging Project, and Walmart’s Packaging Sustainability Value Network.  Through his external collaborations, Ron is dedicated to promoting sustainability practices across the packaging industry.

Ron has an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Florida and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.  He has over 20 years of industrial experience in technology and business development across a diverse range of industries.  He has been employed with Sealed Air for the last 10 years and currently resides in Greenville, South Carolina.

Program Sponsors and Speakers

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