Who are we? We’re a dynamic team led by veteran B2B event producers who recognize that civilization is at risk of ending due to climate change. We also clearly see that the solutions are BUSINESS DRIVEN.
Jason has been producing conferences and events for nearly 20 years. He has worked in many industries including non profit, technology, healthcare and life sciences. He has always enjoyed the creative process of putting together an impactful event.
Jason is also a long time writer, actor and comedian, performing around New York and New Jersey. He is thrilled to be fulfilling his dream of organizing a conference that explores the massive business opportunities that exist in the battle against climate change.
An entrepreneurial spirit paired with a deep sense of responsibility has lead Beverage Marketing Association founder Seth Hillstrom to join forces with Companies Vs. Climate Change (CvCC) founder Jason Youner to lead strategy for Companies Vs. Climate Change, a media and events company that exists purely to help businesses see and capture the truly justifiable value of addressing the global emergency that is climate change.
In his role as Co-Founder and Managing Partner of the Beverage Marketing Association, Seth works hand-in-hand with nearly every major brand and agency in the beverage industry. With a goal of furthering the industry through collaboration, efficiency, and the creative use of technology, Seth is oft tasked with identifying and delivering on strategic partnerships that add considerable value for all participants. Working between stakeholders to identify brand-side needs and agency/technology offerings that are well aligned, Seth has helped all sides to come together to produce outstanding results on numerous occasions. Prior to founding Beverage Marketing Association, Seth lead a communications team for the City of New York’s Department of Finance, the largest revenue-generating municipality in the United States. He holds a B.S. in Finance from the University of Delaware, and recently married the love of his life, Kika Hillstrom.
Kika grew up in Germany and moved to England in 2007 where she began her studies and was ultimately awarded her PhD in Biomedical Engineering. Kika is an extremely energetic and enthusiastic person, fascinated by research. Her five national and international research awards reflect her competitive, hard-working and ambitious attributes.
Since joining Beverage Marketing Association (BMA) in 2015 and establishing her role as Global Head of Research, Kika has assumed responsibility for all BMA activities in the EMEA region, as well as oversight of all research and production for the annual eBev Europe marketing and technology conference. Her dedication to uncovering truths and exploring every corner of the beverage martech landscape is an integral part of how BMA facilitates the highest level of knowledge transfer at each and every event in the eBev Series.
Going a step further and putting her doctoral prowess into action, Kika saw a real opportunity to effect change by leading research efforts for Companies Vs. Climate Change (CvCC). As Head of Research for CvCC, her goal is to engage with leading corporations to better understand their efforts in addressing climate change, and identify real opportunities for improvement through research and insights. Kika now resides in the Philadelphia area with her husband, Seth Hillstrom.
Jesse Rittenhouse is a seasoned business development professional, with years of experience in conference and event development. He believes in being socially responsible in business and that means concerning ourselves with the people and the planet, as well as profit, to be truly sustainable. Jesse has joined Companies Vs Climate Change to help businesses come together and share in solutions and adaptations for climate change.
Over the years, Jesse has helped to create the first fully-permitted biodiesel factory in Miami, became a leading recycling and solid waste industry expert, and founded the Recycling Energy Forum in 2015. He has produced, planned, and developed sponsorships for many sustainability-driven conferences, events, and talks over the years and brings this knowledge and experience to CvCC. He currently runs REF, a marketing agency focused on helping sustainable businesses. In addition, he voluntarily leads several environmental nonprofits as a member of the Board of Directors with Dream In Green, Marketing & Promotions Director for USGBC Miami Branch, and South Florida University Ambassador for Net Impact. Through his training as a Climate Reality Leader and through first-hand views of sea level rise in Miami, Jesse knows that climate change is a global issue that we must find solutions to for mitigation and adaptation.
Karin is the founder and manager of the sustainability consulting company Leadership & Sustainability. She has 30 years of international consulting and industry experience, most recently as Head of Environmental Services at adidas Group, establishing and maintaining group environmental strategies and programmes for its internal business operations and global supply chain.
She was chair of the Board of Directors on the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, which is a trade organization representing more than a third of the global apparel and footwear market and working to reduce the environmental and social impacts of apparel and footwear products. Since December 2016 Karin is also an accredited trainer of SAC.
Karin has also been engaged during the set-up and first years of the ZDHC, Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals, taking on several leadership roles within the ZDHC collaboration. With her Master of Science degree in Chemical Engineering and Diploma in Environmental Management Karin offers expertise in various areas within the fields of sustainability and management systems. She will support Companies vs. Climate Change as a Senior Advisor, aiming to address climate change in Europe and worldwide.
Michael has been in the IT, Web and Design industry for over 10 years. He's had a love for technology from a young age and went to school at Kingston University in London to hone his graphic and design skills. Serving as Senior Director for Web and IT, he is responsible for the website and all branded collateral/media for Companies Vs. Climate Change.