EV Symposium 2023 Speakers

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Joe Gwin – Sales Manager for Roundtrip EV Solutions Inc.

Joe has been instrumental in deploying several of the first battery electric medium and heavy duty vehicles of their kind. From electric school buses, to freight trucks, to garbage trucks…Joe has been working hard to electrify fleets traditionally powered by diesel. The NYC Department of Education and The New York Times are a couple local fleets Joe has worked to electrify.

In 2022 Joe joined Roundtrip EV to lead their sales effort. Roundtrip EV is an independent provider of turnkey solutions for battery electric garbage trucks. Route analysis, trucks, infrastructure, charging, ongoing support, and scaling EV garbage truck deployments for maximum environmental and economic impact is at the heart of what they do. The duty cycle, usage rate, significant pollution, high fuel costs, and high maintenance requirements of diesel trucks in this segment make it ripe for electrification. High upfront cost and complexity of EV adoption are the primary barriers the team at Roundtrip EV are working to eliminate, and Joe is excited about the opportunity to lead in this effort.

Joe relocated from Chicago to Westchester County, NY 5 years ago where he currently lives with his wife and 3 daughters. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Purdue University. His automotive experience dates back to childhood, having worked in his family’s auto body repair shop. This early experience inspired him to become an engineer with the goal of improving vehicle technology for the next generation.


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Jacob Kraniak - Security Systems Engineer - Kintetsu World Express USA

Jacob Kraniak is a Security Systems Engineer at Kintetsu World Express USA with a 10-year background in Information Technology and Security. He is currently a student at Farmingdale State College, pursuing his Bachelor of Science in Computer Security Technology.

Jacob is the owner and operator of the EV education Social Media platform "Long Island EVs," which can be found on YouTube, X, Instagram, and Facebook. He is also a regular volunteer and speaker with Drive Electric Long Island, where he passionately advocates for electrification and sustainability.  Jacob will be presenting the EV 101 breakout sessions. 

As an EV owner, Jacob has been driving plug-in vehicles for the past 5 years.

Jacob has been happily married since 2018 and currently resides in Ronkonkoma, NY.


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Tom McDonald

With over 20 years’ experience working with innovative products, Tom is enjoying the ride of his life as part of the team bringing medium-duty electric trucks to market.

Tom has held senior product management and product marketing roles for Apple, Autodesk, and Motorola as well as several startups. He has a bachelor’s degree from Bradley University in Peoria, IL, and a master’s degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana.


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Lonnie Russell

Lonnie Russell started as a Nuclear Electrician in the Submarine Navy and has held technical, maintenance management or energy management positions at both large and small manufacturing companies, including Alcoa, AKsteel, Textron and Autel. He has performed a multitude of commercial and industrial energy audits and has managed many energy projects bringing millions of dollars in energy savings to a wide variety of businesses. He is a frequent speaker and trainer and is published. He is currently a Senior Sales Manager of EV charging equipment at Autel.  

Lonnie Russell is a CEM (Certified Energy Manager), a Renewable Energy Professional and a Certified Lighting Energy Professional. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Excelsior College.

Lonnie is married and has 4 children, aged 30, 27, 25 and 20 (the only girl) and lives in Canton, Georgia.


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Alec Slatky

Alec Slatky is Managing Director of Public & Government Affairs for AAA Northeast, which covers portions of six Northeast states, including the New York metropolitan area. Based out of Garden City, he oversees legislative advocacy, media relations, and community outreach. His team’s work focuses on safety issues like occupant protection, impaired driving, and automated enforcement, as well as automotive issues like electric vehicles and advanced driver assistance systems. Alec holds a B.A. in Politics from Princeton University and a Master of Public Administration from NYU. He grew up in Massapequa Park and currently resides with his wife in Brooklyn.

Last Modified 10/10/23