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The Road To Change: Electric Vehicles Power the Future for Everyone

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT  
Host: Definitive Solar Institute
By: Mark Victor Hansen, Founder and Co-creator, Chicken Soup for the Soul and Michael Gorton, Chief Executive Officer / Chairman, Principal Solar

What is the future of electric vehicles (EV) in our gasoline-powered economy? With oil prices plummeting, is there still a growing market for EV? These are just two of the questions that will addressed in this interesting and thought-provoking webinar.

Participants will also learn:

  • How new battery technologies coupled with innovations in the electric motor will drive growth in EV markets.
  • How solar power can play an important role in powering personal transportation.
  • What it will take for EV to create true energy diversity in an established transportation industry.

The world has just witnessed the convergence of personal communication and personal computing, with over seven billion smartphones placed into service over the last eight years.

Attendees of this live webinar will hear from thought-leaders Mark Victor Hansen and Michael Gorton their vision of a not-too-distant future where electric vehicles supplant internal combustion engines in many applications as personal transportation converges with electronics and the power grid.


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Mark Victor Hansen
Mark Victor Hansen

Founder and Co-creator, Chicken Soup for the Soul

Mark Victor Hansen is a celebrity speaker, author, and co-creator of Chicken Soup for the Soul series, with a billion dollars in sales. A prolific writer, international speaker, and business strategist, Mr. Hansen has sold five hundred millions books, spoken in seventy- eight countries around the world to over 5 million people live. Having appeared on over 5000 major TV and radio shows like Fox, CNN, and Oprah, Mark Victor serves on multiple boards of innovative alternative energy companies including NPC and Principal Solar.

He is also a principal, founding owner of Natural Power Concepts headquartered in Oahu, Hawaii, Chairman and Co-founder of Hansen Business Partners International (HBPI China). Mr. Hansen has a vast network of business colleagues who represent networking opportunities and sales channel prospects for utilizing and implementing Principal Solar’s technology development and commercialization partnerships. He is a valuable partner in providing project and business development oversight, marketing expertise and national and international strategic connections.

Michael Gorton
Michael Gorton

Chief Executive Officer / Chairman, Principal Solar

A quintessential entrepreneur, mentor, and company builder, Michael Gorton has proven to be a strategic visionary, impacting the telecommunications, music, and healthcare industries. As founding CEO of Teladoc, the nation's leading telehealth company, Michael pioneered a health care model in which members had access to telephonic physicians who could review medical records, treat, and prescribe medication that today supports the new paradigm in health care reform. As a founder and leader of Principal Solar, Michael applies his business expertise, scientific education, and training to the renewable energy sector – a strong voice and proponent of solar power.

Prior to this, Michael served as a partner of the Texas Acceleration Group (TAG), an entity formed to assist startup companies. Michael and other TAG partners founded Palo Duro Records to promote unknown country artist Shelley Laine. Within three years, Laine became the number one ranked independent artist in country music, was nominated for Best Female Artist in 2002, and put six songs on the charts.

In 1993, Michael founded Internet Global, a company that delivered the first DSL network and one of the first VOIP networks at a time when few people predicted the profound impact the Internet would have on communication and society. Prior to this, Michael worked as a project engineer at Dallas Power & Light dealing with power plants, distribution, transformer management, and integration of renewable energy into the grid.

Fueled by his passion for education, Michael has taught college courses in math, astronomy, and physics and published two novels and dozens of articles on topics ranging from physics to healthcare.

Michael earned his B.S. in Engineering from Texas Tech, his M.S. in Physics from the University of Texas at Dallas, and his Juris Doctorate from Texas Wesleyan University.


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