Reimagining Electric Vehicle Industry in Illinois

A Thought Leadership Series presented by the College of Business and Supply Chain Innovation Center and Business Incubator at Governors State University.

Date: Friday, April 22, 2022 (Earth Day)
Time: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Location: GSU-Hall of Governors

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Reimagining Electric Vehicle Industry Brochure

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In November 2021, Governor JB Pritzker and the General Assembly passed the Reimagining Electric Vehicles in Illinois Act (REV Illinois Act) into law. This groundbreaking program is designed to bolster Illinois manufacturing, and to create new capacity for EV vehicle and component parts production.

Join us at this Thought Leadership Series, and meet policy makers, industry leaders, and other stakeholders as we discuss opportunities and challenges in this sector. Learn how this act will create jobs, enhance the competitiveness of the state, while supporting the state's bold climate change agenda.

Event Schedule

Registration 9 - 9:30 a.m.

Program 9:30 - 11 a.m.

Networking and Sculpture Park Tour 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. (comfortable shoes recommended)


Dan Seals

Dan Seals, Chief Executive Officer of Intersect Illinois
"Vision for the Electric Vehicle Industry" 
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Dan Seals is the Chief Executive Officer of Intersect Illinois, a public private partnership focused on global business development for the State of Illinois. He oversees all aspects of the organization, including marketing, sales, financing, and personnel.

Dan has spent his career in both the public and private sector. He previously served as a Director at the American Medical Association, where he led both domestic and international marketing for a large portfolio of business services. He has also led business marketing for a division of GE Capital, where he helped achieve double digit growth in the specialized real estate sector. Prior to that Dan led a marketing team at T-Mobile, where he marketed telecommunications products nationwide.

Dan also served as the Assistant Director of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, where he oversaw programs for business attraction, small business support, workforce development, tourism, and international trade. During that time he led the development of the first Illinois Economic Development Plan in years. Dan has previously served as an adjunct professor of public policy at Northwestern University. He also won the Presidential Management Fellowship—serving as an aide to the Assistant Secretary of U.S. Department of Commerce and as an economic aide in the U.S. Senate.

Dan holds an MBA from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago and a MIPP in International Economics from the School of Advanced International Studies at the Johns Hopkins University. He was born and raised in Illinois where he resides with his wife and three daughters.

Sylvia Garcia

Sylvia I. Garcia, Acting Director of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO)
"The Public Policy Perspective: Jobs, Taxes, Competitiveness, Environmental Impact" 
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Sylvia I. Garcia is the Acting Director of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), where she leads a team comprised of eleven core bureaus and several administrative offices that are focused on deploying capital investments, modernizing workforce development, supporting growth of small and large businesses, assisting communities with development and infrastructure, and attracting equitable investment throughout Illinois. Director Garcia brings 17 years of experience from the public and private sectors to her role as leader of the state's economic development arm. Originally from the Detroit metro area, Garcia was inspired at a young age to join the work of helping cities and communities prosper. Garcia previously served as a Principal Consultant at WSP USA, and prior to that she served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief of Staff at the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), managing the day-to-day operations of the nation’s second largest transit agency. With extensive service in government - including roles at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations, and as an Obama appointee at the U.S. Department of Transportation - Garcia has committed her career to developing public policy and capital programs that expand inclusive economic growth.

Rick Bryant

Rick Bryant, Senior Adviser to Congresswoman Robin Kelly
“The EV Industry: The Federal Government Perspective”

Rick Bryant is senior adviser to Congresswoman Robin Kelly, assisting her on issues including infrastructure, transportation, social justice, the environment, economic development and national parks. A former journalist, he volunteers on boards of the Historic Pullman Foundation, Chicago Southland Chamber of Commerce, and Respond Now. He drives an electric car.

Industry Roundtable

An Industry Roundtable featuring representatives from several EV manufacturers and suppliers will follow the presentations.


Reggie Greenwood

Reggie Greenwood, Director, Supply Chain Innovation Center and Business Incubator, GSU

Reggie Greenwood is the Director of the Supply Chain Innovation Center and Business Incubator at Governors State University. In this role, he continually works with manufacturing and logistics companies to understand the types of skills required by their existing and entry workforce and develops training programs that respond to these requirements. He collaborates with a variety of regional workforce and business organization to create robust programs based on these collaborations. Reggie Greenwood is particularly involved in working with companies to support their ability to connect with opportunities to incorporate sustainability into their business strategies. He teaches a course in the College of Business titled Sustainable Business Practices and he led the application to IIN to create a program Reimagining the Electric Vehicle Industry.

Prior to this position, Mr. Greenwood was a partner in a small manufacturing company and subsequently a manager for a division in a larger firm. He was educated at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from which he holds a M.S. Degree in City and Regional Planning-Concentration in Economic Development and a B.S. Degree in Business A.


Larry Brasfield

Larry Brasfield, National Account Sales Manager, Lion Electric

Larry’s role with Lion Electric Co leverages his customer-focused approach and 30 years of experience in the trucking industry. For Lion Electric, the emerging leader in pure electric medium and heavy-duty trucks, Larry specs and sells fleet specific, right sized solutions that meet customers’ needs with zero-emission battery electric solutions. Larry grew up with trucking in the family as the third generation in the business and has worked in many different roles in the industry including full-service leasing, vocational truck sales and natural gas prior to the last 3½ years in EV trucks. The Brasfield legacy is now 4 generations strong as two of his three children are in the industry and he has been blessed with 5 grandchildren.

Panos Prezas

Panos Prezas, Vice President, Business Development

Panos Prezas is a battery industry executive with 20 years of experience in Battery Sciences, Product and Business Development, and Manufacturing. Prior to joining Beam Global and AllCell, Prezas was a Researcher and Business Development leader at Argonne National Laboratory with preceding experience in energy product development and commercialization. Prezas has co-authored publications and patents, as well as been an invited keynote speaker at international technical conferences and organized industry events. He earned his degree in Electrical Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT).

Mike Menyhart

Mike Menyhart, President, Americas & Chief Strategy Officer, SEA Electric

Mike Menyhart is President – Americas and Chief Strategy Officer at SEA Electric. As President – Americas, Mike leads sales, marketing, business development, and after-sales in North, Central, and South America. Globally he is responsible for IT, sourcing, and supply chain.

As Chief Strategy Officer, Mike leads the development and execution of SEA Electric’s corporate strategy, including the company’s focus on fleet electrification, advanced mobility and the alignment of its product and technology portfolio. He also leads SEA Electric’s partnership and merger & acquisition activities.

During his career, Mike has developed deep expertise in strategy, corporate development, P&L management, and change management. He has worked with start-ups, a strategy consulting firm, and Fortune 500 environments to create, build and drive strategies to grow revenue, enhance shareholder value, and drive market leadership.

Networking and Tour of Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park

Networking opportunities before and after the formal program available. Interested guests can take a guided tour of the nationally ranked Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park after the formal program. See details of theregistration link above.

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From banking, Mr. Gibbs moved to direct investments. He was a founding investor in the Crystal Orange hotel group, helping grow the company to 130 properties and 1,500 employees in China. He also led successful investments in real estate, e-commerce, and medical technology companies.

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