Erik Neandross is the CEO of Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (GNA), a clean transportation and energy consulting firm (www.gladstein.org) which supports TAT in a very innovative way. We heard from his associates that Erik was hooked on ginger, lemon juice and cayenne pepper juice shots and insisted upon bringing extras to meetings. We are happy to report that he did not ask us to join him in drinking one when we got a chance to speak with Erik and get his thoughts.
TAT: Hi Erik, what is your connection to the trucking industry?
Erik: I am the CEO of Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (GNA), a clean transportation and energy consulting firm (www.gladstein.org). Our firm specializes in market development for low-emission and alternative fuel vehicle technologies, infrastructure and fuels for both on and off-road applications. For more than 20 years, GNA has pioneered the nation’s largest and most innovative alternative fuel vehicle projects, including the development of several successful clean fuel corridor projects. Our clients include some of the largest and most progressive fleets in the world, including Frito Lay, Anheuser Busch, Ryder, UPS, Penske, Waste Management, and many others.
In addition to its technical consulting practice, GNA hosts two of North America’s leading alternative fuel and advanced vehicle technology conferences — the Alternative Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo and the High Horsepower (HHP) Summit. The ACT Expo is the largest clean vehicle conference in North America and brings together thousands of fleet industry professionals every year.
TAT: How do you support or promote TAT?
Erik: GNA is donating a portion of our ACT Expo registration revenue to TAT, as well as providing a complimentary 20’ x 50’ space in our exhibit hall for TAT to showcase its 48-foot Freedom Drivers Project educational mobile trailer. Additionally, our attendees have the option of making an additional donation to TAT when they register online.
TAT: Why do you feel it is important to support/promote TAT?
Erik: Our 3,500+ ACT Expo attendees represent all facets of the transportation industry. Our hope is that by helping educate them about the realities of human trafficking and providing resources to combat it, they will become more aware of these important issues, be empowered to contribute to the cause and otherwise get involved to help find solutions.
TAT: Have you always been involved in social justice issues or is this new to you?
Erik: The transportation industry is the collectively single largest contributor to regional air pollution and global climate change challenges due to emissions from combustion engines. The work we are doing at GNA has helped pave market development for alternative fuels and clean transportation technologies, all of which helps significantly improve air quality. In addition to the health benefits this brings to communities at the local level, we are very fortunate to be able to work on projects that are helping improve national energy security and create US jobs. Many of GNA’s projects have earned national awards and recognition, but honestly, seeing the difference we are making is what I find most rewarding.
TAT: What is something new you have learned in this last year regarding human trafficking?
Erik: Human trafficking is an issue that I knew was prominent in many parts of the world, but I was surprised to learn that the number of victims in the U.S. is estimated in the hundreds of thousands. It’s difficult to understand how a nation with our resources and commitment to improving the world around us isn’t doing more to address this serious problem we are facing on our own soil.
TAT: Complete this sentence: I want to live in a world where….
Erik: Too many things to list here!