joined the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources in 1998.After working in the Division of Air Quality and the Division of Water Quality, he was named theDirector of the NC Division of Water Resources in 2008. Prior to his employment with the State of North Carolina, he served on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps for 20 years and retired as aLieutenant Colonel. He has received degrees from the Virginia Military Institute and from the US AirForce Institute of Technology.
Charles D. Safley, Ph.D
., Professor and Extension Specialist, Department of Agricultural and ResourceEconomics develops business models for North Carolina farmers growing a variety of horticulturalcommodities including tree and small fruits and nursery products. Safley has also produced online,interactive worksheets and written numerous publications producers can use to estimate the cost of production. His guidelines help producers develop realistic cost estimates and make financially basedpricing decisions.
Robert J. Dolibois, CAE,
is executive vice president of the American Nursery & Landscape Association(ANLA). Bob's association management career has spanned 36 years with organizations includingAssociation Management Group (AMG) and the National Association of Life Underwriters (NALU).Dolibois received the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation in 1979. Following college, heserved as a naval officer for five years. He and his wife, Susan, reside in Arlington, VA.
Dr. Barbara Fair
serves as the Landscape Extension Specialist for the Department of HorticulturalScience at NC State University. She provides North Carolina green industry professionals withexpertise in landscape management, focusing extensively on issues of sustainability such as water use,planting and maintenance techniques. She is a certified arborist with an urban forestry background.
Barbara earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s from Penn State and obtained her PhD from Ohio State
is Sr. Director of Public Policy with the NC Farm Bureau Federation.He hasresponsibilities for NCFB commodity and regulatory programs.Prior to joining Farm Bureau, Mitch wasSpecial Programs Manager at the NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services where headministered the Pesticide Environmental Trust Fund and received national recognition for having thefastest growing pesticide container recycling program in the nation and for its work in the area of environmental stewardship. He is an alumnus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, wherehe received his Bachelors of Arts Degree majoring in Biology.
, Performance Manager
Charlotte Mecklenburg Utilities, is responsiblefor performance measurement, water conservation, drought response and training. She previouslyserved as the water conservation manager for the town of Athens, GA, and is a graduate of WestChester University in West Chester, PA.
is the industry development director for the Irrigation Association. His current dutiesinclude promoting efficient irrigation technologies, products and services. He is actively involved in theSWAT (Smart Water Application Technologies) initiative. He believes in certification as a way todemonstrate his ability as an irrigation professional and is IA certified as a designer, contractor,auditor, water manager and agricultural irrigation specialist.