Heather Hochrein: EVMatch Founder

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Heather Hochrein Highlights

My Native Admission Statement: Heather Hochrein, founder and CEO of EVmatch, is deeply committed to creating an inclusive clean energy economy. Heather’s care for the environment stems from an early connection to the land, fostered while growing up in a rural mountain town in Northern California.  As a young adult, she fully realized the imminent threat of global climate change and committed her professional career to creating meaningful and scalable climate solutions. Follow Heather on Twitter @hkhochrein

What motivated you to launch an EV charging network?

EVmatch grew out of a deep passion for environmental protection and the desire to drive widespread adoption of cleaner electric vehicles. The concept for EVmatch started as a group Master’s thesis project at the University of California, Santa Barbara. My team and I identified electric vehicles as an important solution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and local air pollutants, but also EV charging as a major barrier to adoption. After extensive customer discovery and market research, the idea for EVmatch was born! Through an app-based sharing application, we found we could leverage the rapidly growing private charging resources to support those without home charging access. We launched the EVmatch service in the spring of 2017 and have been steadily growing the network ever since.

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Mary Calderon: Kuoda Travel Founder & President

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How did you get into the Industry? When I was eight years old, I used to accompany my mom to her souvenir shop in the main plaza. It was fun for me: I could meet people, learn about different cultures, make new friends. When time came to choose a career to study, I naturally looked to tourism at the national university in Cusco. One of my first jobs after university was as a trainee at what´s now Belmond Hotels. I learned a lot about customer service, and I was lucky enough that my bosses were from hotels around the world. They were direct, with high expectations. Working for them, I rediscovered how much I liked daily interaction with clients, like in the souvenir shop. After five years, I joined a luxury travel company, where we specialized in luxury travel experiences around the world. In 2003, I decided I wanted to do something smaller and more specialized on my own, and I started Kuoda. Since then, we have developed a passion for providing the ultimate travel experience for each and every guest we have the opportunity to serve.

Career Advice? Love what you do! Otherwise, learn how to love what you do. I feel so blessed that, from the very beginning, working in this industry was a pleasure for me. There is so much to learn every day! Also, build a strong network of highly qualified individuals, and try to be surrounded by the best in your industry—you will always learn something, and you will always teach something.

Sven A. Beiker, PhD: Lecturer in Management, Stanford Graduate School of Business & Founder, Silicon Valley Mobility

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Dr. Sven A. Beiker is the Founder and Managing Director of Silicon Valley Mobility, a consulting and advisory firm serving startups, venture / consulting firms, and corporations to understand trends in mobility. The firm specializes in market sizing and implementation roadmaps for mobility topics.

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Mahesh Chaddah: Co-Founder, Reservations.com

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Mahesh Chaddah is the Co-Founder of Reservations.com. Chaddah oversees technology strategy and process improvement, as well as the development of applying solutions that allows Reservations.com to anticipate and lead market transitions. Additionally, he also oversees the integration of new business models, and fosters disruptive innovations for the company.

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