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Vision2Action Series. Plugging into the Future: The Opportunity and Challenge of Residential Electric Vehicle Infrastructure. Charging infrastructure. Sustainability. Clean Energy. energy efficiency. solar. transportation choices. construction. design. multi-family. single-family. community development. urban planning. green building. urbanism.

The Vision2Action Symposium :

Plugging into the Future:

The Opportunity and Challenge of Residential Electric Vehicle Infrastructure

Was a Success!  It happened:

Thursday Sept. 17, 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
At The Star Center, 3873 S. 66th St. Tacoma

With opening keynote by:

Washington State Representatives Dick Muri (R) and Jake Fey (D)

Reps Muri and Fey were joined by a panel of experts (See Presenter Bios below):

Scott Morgan, Cairn Consulting Services  Click to see Scott's Presentation
Bryan Flint, Tacoma Public Utilities
Mike Bergman, Seahurst Electric  Click to see Mike's Presentation
Lyuba Wolf, Chargepoint Click to Request Lyuba's Presentation
Eric Smith, SemaConnect    Click to See Eric's Presentation

Tom O'Connor, O'Connor and Associates

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NOTE:  This event was originally scheduled for June 19, but had to be rescheduled due to speakers’ schedule conflicts.  If you registered previously, you do not need to do so again.

About the Presenters:

Washington State Representative Jake Fey (D – 27th District)

Born and raised in Port Angeles, he was the first in his family to attend college, earning a BA in political science from the University of Washington and then an MPA from the University of Puget Sound. Jake’s community involvement and professional life have always focused on the legacy we’ll leave for future generations. Big Brothers/Big Sisters and other youth programs are among his top priorities. Jake has lived in Tacoma for more than 30 years. He has two children and two grandkids.  His leadership skills have been established in managing an alternative-energy and energy-efficiency program with Washington State University. Jake served on the Tacoma City Council for seven years. He represented the city on the Sound Transit and Boards, the Tacoma- Pierce County Public Health Board and the Puget Sound Regional Council’s Transportation Policy Board and Economic Development District Board. He has also served as vice chair of the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, and as Tacoma’s deputy mayor.

Washington State Representative Dick Muri (R – 28th District)
Representative Muri represents the 28th District and has been an EV driver for two years. He is a founding member and vice chair of the Electric Vehicle Caucus, a bi-partisan, bi-cameral group of legislators that meet to discuss how to best advance and adopt EV friendly policies. Representative Muri’s principal reasons for driving electric include energy security as well as reducing air, water, and noise pollution. During the 2015 legislative session, Representative Muri was a co-sponsor of HB1853, which encourages utility companies to pursue capital investment in electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Representative Muri also successfully advocated for an extension of the sales tax exemption on the sale of EVs in Washington. In addition to advocating for sound EV policy, Representative Muri serves as the Assistant Ranking Member of the Education Committee, and is a member of the Judiciary and Joint Military/Veterans Affairs Committee. He resides in Steilacoom WA.


Marty Campbell – Tacoma City Council

Marty Campbell was elected to the Tacoma City Council in 2009 and represents Council District 4. Marty was born in Omaha, Nebraska. He attended the University of Nebraska before coming to Tacoma to open two small businesses. Through his involvement in Tacoma, Marty became more involved in neighborhood and community issues. Marty has served in a leadership role of several community organizations, including the Cross District Association, New Tacoma Neighborhood Council, The Grand Cinema, First Creek Neighbors, Dome Top Neighborhood Alliance, TEAM, Downtown Merchant’s Group, City Club of Tacoma  and many others. Marty serves as Chair of the Economic Development Committee, and also serves on the Government Performance and Finance Committee, Public Safety, Human Services and Education Committee, Crystal Judson Family Justice Center Board and the Joint Municipal Action Committee.

Scott Morgan, Cairn Sustainability Consulting Services.

Scott Morgan, Cairn Consulting ServicesScott's background includes a wide spectrum of experiences in agriculture, private industry, and Higher Education. He even founded and managed a small non-profit. Scott is an experienced trainer and teacher and has spent the past 6 years immersed in the public sector. This diverse set of perspectives informs his conviction that long-term sustainability will require a dynamic harmony between environmental, social, and economic health.



Bryan Flint – Tacoma Public Utility Board

Bryan Flint, Metro Parks TacomaBryan Flint is currently serving as Chair of the Tacoma Public Utility Board, having He joined the TPU Board in 2011. Bryan owns a Ford Focus electric and has helped inform the utilities planning for the emergence of electric vehicles.  He is the executive director of the Greater Metro Parks Foundation. Previously he was the Director of Communications and Outreach for the Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, and worked as the Executive Director of Tahoma Audubon Society. He is a member of both Rotary No. 8 and All Aboard Washington


Mike Bergman – Seahurst Electric

Mike Bergman, Seahurst Electric

Mike Bergman is a Design Services Electrical Specialist and has been in the Electrical industry for 15 years. Mike has experience in the commercial, residential, and industrial markets in service, new construction, and tenant improvements. He started as a material handler for Valley Electric at 18 years old.  After that, he expanded into the non-union sector for 2 years until he applied and was accepted into the NWEJA to undergo apprenticeship training for the next 3 years. After completing his apprenticeship Mike completed and received his 01 JW license and worked as an electrician in the field until taking his role of Design Services Specialist. He has spent 6 of his 15 career years at Seahurst Electric. Mike is currently focused his efforts in the vertical market and is determined to assist and infiltrate the EV infrastructure. Mike is a God fearing family man who enjoys his career and loves time with his daughter.

Lyuba Wolf – ChargePoint

Lyuba Wolf, Chargepoint

A Business Development Manager, Lyuba Wolf is responsible for bringing ChargePoint’s new residential products to market. Since joining, she has launched ChargePoint Home, the most advanced smart charger for single-family homes, and ChargePoint’s Multi-family Home Service, which makes it easy for properties to offer their residents convenient EV charging. Prior to joining ChargePoint, Lyuba was at Tesla Motors where she optimized Sales and Marketing operations for the all-electric Tesla Roadster and was instrumental in bringing the Model S to market.  Lyuba has an undergraduate degree from Stanford University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Tom O’Connor – O’Connor and Associates

Tom O’Connor, O’Connor and Associates – Single- and Multi-family Residential Developer.  After retiring from the Navy, Mr. O’Connor started in real estate in 1987 and began building and developing in 1995.  Successful past projects include McCarver Village, Gaslamp Terrace and Midtown lofts plus scattered single family homes around Tacoma. O'Connor and Associates strives to build BUILT GREEN® and ENERGY STAR® homes whenever possible. Tom is an active member of the Master Builders Association of Pierce County and works with the City of Tacoma to create a hospitable atmosphere for urban infill development.

Eric Smith - SemaConnect

Eric Smith SemaConnect

NorthWest/BC/Hawaii Regional Manager - Eric Smith is responsible for providing SemaConnect's ChargePro "Class A" L2 EV Charging Station to Commercial Real Estate properties in the areas of Offices, Retail, Multi-Family, Hotels, Government and others. Following a 20+ year career in the Information technology industry, Eric has brought his level of technological knowledge to the market to help property owners and managers understanding and utilize SemaConnect's industry leading software and EV Charging Station solution.  Eric's motivation to join this industry was initially fueled by his vision and desire to help encourage all drivers to consider alternative means for fuel consumption.  Now, devoting his daily efforts to help make the change and reduction in regional fossil fuel consumption, he has helped lead the Pacific NorthWest, British Columbia and Hawaii make the switch during these changing times.

THANK YOU to our Sponsors

Without our Sponsors, this collaborative civic dialogue would not be possible.   Please help us thank the City of Tacoma Sustainability Commission, Department of Environmental Services, and Tacoma Public Utilities, partnering with the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild.  Additional sponsorship has been provided by the Washington State Department of Transportation and Seahurst Electric.


The Sustainable Tacoma Commission works with the Office of Sustainability. The Commission oversees implementation of Tacoma’s Climate Action Plan as the City and community reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It is intended to bring citizen accountability, transparency, and vigilance to the long-term implementation of Tacoma’s Climate Action Plan, as developed by the Green Ribbon Climate Action Task Force.

Tacoma Power Publicly owned since 1893, Tacoma Public Utilities provides power, water, rail, and telecommunications services and operates facilities in six counties. They balance their obligation to provide customers with reliable, competitively priced services with respect for the natural environment. TPU is committed to managing environmental impacts by fostering practices of protection, stewardship and conservation.


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Washington Department of Transportation, Public/Private Partnerships office. WSDOT's Transportation Partnerships Office advances important transportation projects and priorities by engaging the private sector and other public partners in joint ventures that benefit the citizens of Washington.  The Washington State EV Action Plan sets a goal for a 5-fold increase in Electric Vehicles on the road by the year 2020.




Seahurst Electric was founded in 1968 and has served the greater Puget Sound and Northwest regions for over 40 years. A full-service electrical contractor serving the commercial, industrial and residential sectors of the construction market, Seahurst has established itself as a leader in the electrical construction industry and enjoys a solid reputation for customer care and satisfaction. The Seahurst team, numbering over 100, represents the best and brightest professionals in the electrical contracting industry who dedicate themselves each and every day to high standards and customer satisfaction.



SemaConnect is the leading provider of electric vehicle amenities to the North American commercial and residential property market.  A complete EV support partner, SemaConnect delivers a truly modern property experience through innovative, elegantly designed charging stations and a robust and open network.  The company has helped maximize property value and appeal through thousands of successful Class A deployments since its founding in 2008, for companies like CBRE, JLL, Hines, Greystar, Cisco Systems, and Standard Parking.  For more information, visit
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