Lifetime members are those individuals who are recognized for their special contributions to IGIHOF. Lifetime members can be keynote speakers, ex-Board members, volunteers or Lifetime Sponsors. We would like to recognize their contributions by honoring them with our Lifetime Membership.
- Rod Diridon
- Susan Frank
- Bob Hilton
- Aaron Blum
- Thomas Lollini
- John Lanier
- Jackie Grazier
- David Zoldoske
- Shahram Javey
- Richard L. Snyder
- Rick Watson
- Kevin Musso
Rod Diridon, Sr.
Since 1995, Rod Diridon, Sr., has been executive director of the Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI), a transportation policy research center created in 1991 by Congress. He is known as the “father” of modern transit service in Silicon Valley and has chaired more than 100 international, national, state and local programs, most related to transit and the environment. He frequently provides legislative testimony on sustainable transportation issues.
Mr. Diridon was appointed in 2001 and 2006 by Governors Davis and Schwarzenegger, respectively, to the California High Speed Rail Authority Board of which he is chair emeritus. He helped found and is chair emeritus of the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) High Speed and Intercity Rail Committee and National High Speed Rail Corridors’ Coalition. He served as president of the national Council of University Transportation Centers.
In 1992, he served as the chair of APTA in Washington DC and for a decade as North American vice chair of the International Transit Association (UITP) in Brussels. In 1976, he chaired the state’s first successful half-cent sales tax for transit and subsequently chaired a state-wide and five successful regional transportation financing and bond elections.
In 1996 he founded and chaired the Transportation Research Board’s study panel, “Combating Global Warming through Sustainable Transportation Policy”. He advised the Federal Transit Administration and in 1995 chaired the National Research Council’s Transportation Research Board’s Transit Oversight and Project Selection Committee. He has provided keynotes, especially for high speed rail and sustainability, in more than 50 US cities and for a dozen international conferences, and he has published numerous related articles. He has driven electric cars since 1996 and his home’s photovoltaic array is a net contributor to the grid.
His political career began in 1971 as the youngest person ever elected to the Saratoga City Council. He retired in 1995 because of the adoption of term limits after completing six terms as chair of both the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors and the Transit Board. He is the only person to have chaired the San Francisco Bay Area’s (119 cities, 27 transit agencies, and 9 counties) three regional governments: the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, and the Association of Bay Area Governments. He chaired nine successful rail system development project boards. The main train station was renamed the “San Jose Diridon Station” upon his retirement from public office.
After receiving a BS in accounting and MSBA in 1963 in statistics from San Jose State University, he served as a naval officer during two Vietnam combat tours. In 1968 he founded the Decision Research Institute which was sold in 1977 after his election.
Mr. Diridon has two successful children, Rod Jr. and Mary Margaret, and two grandchildren. He is married to Dr. Gloria Duffy, former US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense and now president and CEO of the Commonwealth Club of California.
Susan joined The Better World Group – a firm recognized for its background and expertise in policy and communications strategy – in January 2008 as Executive Vice President and is based in the company’s Silicon Valley office in Mountain View, California. She is known statewide for her expertise in public policy development, coalition management, and nonprofit lobbying/advocacy having served as CEO and in several senior-level roles in nonprofit organizations over the last 20 years. From 1999 to 2007, Susan served in a variety of roles for the Bay Area-based Steven and Michele Kirsch Foundation including as President & CEO and Vice President, Public Policy. Prior to joining the Kirsch Foundation, Susan served eight years as President & CEO of the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce.
Susan has been a member of the Board of Directors for the California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV) since November 2005. Previously, she served on the Board of Directors for the Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research and Coalition for Clean Air, as well as serving on a variety of other local, nonprofit boards of directors. In 2009, Susan was recognized by Breathe California for her management of a statewide coalition of environmental, public health and environmental justice advocates that successfully campaigned for a strong diesel truck and bus pollution regulation. She was also the recipient of the YWCA of Silicon Valley’s TWIN (Tribute to Women) Award in 2010. Susan is a graduate of Stanford University.
Master of Ceremony, Bob Hilton, is no stranger to the concept of “Going Green”. Although recognized for his body of work in the broadcasting industry as a television news anchor, talk show host, commercial spokesman and the voice or host of many nationally televised game shows (Let’s Make a Deal, Pyramid, Win-Lose-or-Draw, Newlywed Game,The Price is Right, Truth or Consequences and many others), Bob and his wife Joni were thinking green more than 12 years ago. That’s when they developed an environmentally safe cleaner, Holy Cow, which they took to market to rave reviews and achieved nationwide distribution. They sold the company two years ago and are now in development on more green based ideas. Bob is also involved in that “other” green field, financials, associating himself with New York Life.
One of the co-founders of Electronic Recyclers International, Aaron Blum is directly involved with high level sales and compliance. Blum’s accounts include such Fortune 500 companies as NEC, Mitsubishi, Hitachi, Toyota, BFI and Waste Management. In addition, Blum was instrumental in the development of the corporate relations and Research and Development infrastructures for Electronic Recyclers International. He has helped lead Electronic Recyclers International to the #1 approval rating for SB20/50 claims in the state of California and played an integral part in working with the State to develop new regulations and improve the current SB20/50 legislation regarding electronic waste.
Before co-founding Electronic Recyclers International, Blum headed the sales department for Pullz Computers, a southern California based computer resale company. Within a year of starting with Pullz, Blum helped double the company’s sales revenue.
Blum graduated from the University of San Diego with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration.
Tom is responsible for the planning, design and development of all campus facilities at the University of California’s first new campus in 40 years. Sustainable design and operations have been a hallmark of UC Merced from the initial stages of planning, when LEED Silver Minimum certification for all buildings was set as a policy. The 2009 Long Range Development Plan (LRDP) has received the California Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award for Comprehensive Land Use Planning, the Association of Environmental Professionals 2010 Award for an Outstanding Planning Document, and the American Institute of Architects California Council Merit Award for Urban Design.
UC Merced’s LRDP establishes LEED Gold certification as a minimum for all buildings, and a Triple Zero Commitment to achieving Zero Net Energy, Zero Waste to Landfill, and Zero Carbon Emissions by 2020, when the campus is expected to reach 10,000 students. Campus facilities are using 50% less energy than comparable benchmarks, and the campus presently meets 60% of its peak power loads, and 20% of its overall energy needs through a 1MW on-site solar array. The campus is using 40% less water than comparable facilities.
Prior to UC Merced, Tom led physical and environmental planning at UC Berkeley for ten years. His work at UC Berkeley has been honored with local and national awards from the AIA, ALSA, the California Preservation Foundation, The Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association, and the Governor of California. While at UC Berkeley Tom served as visiting faculty for planning and design studios at UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design, including the Tianjin Studio, which developed transit-oriented development guidelines and sustainable planning principles for China’s third largest city.
Prior to UC Berkeley, Tom led new town planning efforts in North Africa and Southeast Asia, and played a major role in downtown revitalization plans for several major California cities.
Tom has been a leader in the area of sustainable development within his profession for 25 years, and has served on numerous award juries, including the National AIA Urban Design Honor Awards and the California Local Government Commission Ahwanee Awards for sustainable design.
John A. Lanier is Director of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, a Georgia-based private family foundation honoring the legacy of the late Ray C. Anderson (1934-2011).
In May 2013, Lanier made a bold and exciting career move, leaving a successful career with Sutherland, Asbill and Brennan, LLP to assume his current role at the helm of the foundation that bears his grandfather’s name and legacy. Ray Anderson was a globally recognized industrialist and pioneer for environmentalism, and Lanier continues his legacy today through Foundation programs that seek to create a brighter, more sustainable world by funding innovative, educational, and project-based initiatives.
From 2011 to 2013, Lanier worked in Atlanta as an Associate Attorney in Sutherland’s Tax Practice Group, specializing in U.S. Federal taxation. He represented the interests of various Atlanta-based nonprofits, gaining experience in nonprofit formations, compliance and applications for recognition of tax-exempt status. During that time, the Ray C. Anderson Foundation was one of his clients.
Lanier currently serves on the Board of Directors for Southface Energy Institute, the Southeast’s nonprofit leader in the promotion of sustainable homes, workplaces and communities through education, research, advocacy and technical assistance. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Chattahoochee NOW, a Georgia-based nonprofit that directs the efforts to catalyze the economic development and quality of life potential along a 53-mile corridor of the Chattahoochee River. Lanier is also a member of the 2014 class for the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership (IGEL), a network of diverse statewide leaders consistently collaborating to solve Georgia’s environmental challenges.
Lanier earned his Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from the University of Virginia School of Law, and he holds Bachelor of Arts Degrees in History and Economics from the University of Virginia. He is an Atlanta native and a college sports enthusiast who enjoys travel, hiking and snow skiing in his spare time.
A lifelong resident and advocate for the Valley, Jackie Grazier has made environmental responsibility and sustainability an every day practice in her personal life, as well as a focus in her professional career. She was born into a farming family and appreciates the need to balance the Valley’s largest economy with environmental concerns. “Growing up on a farm where my family grew grapes and made raisins gave me a strong affinity for the power of mother nature. We were always at her mercy.”
Jackie joined Jeffrey Scott Agency (JSA) as a copywriter in 1985. Today she serves as the Director of Client Services for JSA, one of the Valley’s leading marketing and communications firms. However, she is never too far from her roots. Her primary focus is to manage public education campaigns that are dedicated to improving air quality, conserving and managing our water resources and protecting our valuable land assets. She has made educating the public about the need to reserve our planet for future generations her life’s work.
“At JSA, we are encouraged to give back to our community — it’s one of our core values. When we take steps to preserve our planet, we are protecting the future for our children and grandchildren.”
Jackie was a founding board member of the International Green Industry Hall of Fame since its inception. She served as its first secretary before moving onto the Advisory Council in 2011. She’s also the co-chair of the E.A.R.T.H. Committee for the Greater Fresno Area Chamber of Commerce focused on sustainability issues.
“When you look at where we are now as a region compared to just a few years ago, the mind-set is changing. People are now making things like air quality and water quality a priority in their everyday lives. Much of this social behavioral change can be attributed to the migration of more environmentally-conscious individuals, leaders and businesses. I am fortunate to work at an agency that shares in my desire, which is to do what we can to make our world a better place, staring with our own community.”
Dr. David Zoldoske serves as the director of the Center for Irrigation Technology and the California Water Institute at California State University Fresno, where he has been actively working on “water use efficiency” issues for over 30 years. He recently served as vice-chair of the California Department of Water Resources strategic planning caucus for New Water Technology, served as a member of the California Department of Food and Agriculture Nitrogen Tracking and Reporting Task Force and served as a member of the A-2 subcommittee to the SBx7-Agriculture Stakeholders Committee. David was named 2015 “person of the year” by the California Irrigation Institute, and was named 2013 “person of the year” by the Irrigation Association, he is a Senior Fellow with the California Council on Science and Technology, and an Honorary Member of the American Society of Irrigation Consultants. He is also a past President of the Irrigation Association (2005); a member of the Irrigation Association’s “SMART” Water Application Executive Committee, founding Executive Director for the Water Resources and Policy Initiative for the California State University system (2008-2013) and past President of the American Society of Agronomy: California Chapter (2002).
Shahram is an innovator, leader and entrepreneur. He has created multiple products and online services for IBM and Adobe Systems. A dyed-in-the-wool life-time learner, Shahram is passionate about mastering and incorporating new ideas and technologies to create simple and convenient products and services that make life easier both on and offline.
Aquacue creates water management products and services for commercial, institutional, industrial, municipal, and high-use residential customers who want to understand their water use to improve their water efficiency, detect leaks, and reduce water expenses.
Today everyone needs to be a water manager. From the homeowner or apartment dweller to the corporate facilities manager, we’re all individually and collectively responsible for solving the world’s water crises. New technologies and new outlooks are bubbling up, making it simple, easy and even fun to take on and meet even our most daunting water management challenges.
Aquacue and its customers are making waves as the new water managers. Shahram Javey, Aquacue’s CEO will share some of their stories and introduce new chapter highlights in the lives and times of the new water manager.
Richard L. Snyder
Richard L. Snyder is the principal investigator on the California Irrigation Management Information System (CIMIS) research and development project. He co-wrote the SIMETAW and CUP+ programs for use in the California Water Plan, was the co-author of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization book. He also authored or co-authored 125 refereed scientific papers on a range of topics including: evapotranspiration, irrigation scheduling, frost protection, meteorological measurements and analysis, wildfire, soils, phenology, and climate change.
Mr. Watson has 28 years of experience in education including teaching, counseling, and administration. He has served as the Administrator for Curriculum and Professional Development at the district level and as an administrator at both the high school and junior high school levels. Most recently he served as the Dean of Curriculum and Instruction at CART. Mr. Watson received his Bachelor’s Degree in Botany and Master’s Degree in biology as well as his Teaching Credential in Science from Humboldt State University. He is currently working to complete his doctorate degree in Education.