The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) has welcomed Al Ebron, formerly Alternative Fuels Program Manager for a number of programs for the State of North Carolina, as its new executive director.

The NAFTC is the national leading supplier of alternative fuels systems training and education. The consortium includes higher educational institutions that develop and deliver training for automotive trainers, technicians and others in the alternative fuel vehicle field. The consortium also educates the consumer about alternative fuel vehicles. The NAFTC is headquartered at West Virginia University in Morgantown, W.Va.

Since 1988, Ebron served as the project manager for over 35 major projects with budgets totaling over $11 million for North Carolina. His most recent credits include alternative fuels program manager for the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Division of Air Quality and the state=s Department of Commerce, Energy Office. He has served on various federal, state and local task forces and advisory committees. Ebron also acted as state liaison for private and public fleet managers and utilities and state liaison for the U.S. Clean Cities Program.

Ebron helped establish both CNG refueling and electrical recharging stations for the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, as well as various local governments. He also worked at the community level helping local officials establish programs to convert their fleets to alternative fuels.

His career successes include winning the U.S. Department of Energy National Energy Innovation Award for developing a waste tire utilization project in 1993 that led to a $2 million business with 30 employees. He won the same award in 1991 for developing the Strategic Plan for Marketing Recyclable Materials.

As executive director, Ebron is responsible for providing leadership for the NAFTC and its current member institutions of higher education, and for expanding the Consortium to involve secondary educators, industrial, federal, state, and local governmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, and others interested in promoting clean air and energy independence through the adoption of alternative fuel vehicles.

Outgoing Interim Director Richard A. Bajura said of Ebron s appointment, AWe conducted an extensive national search and found a person with visionary leadership and practical, hands-on, program-management experience that could be brought to the day-to-day affairs of the Consortium. Al Ebron’s background in alternative fuels is broad. He is an easy guy to work with and I am very glad that he chose to join the NAFTC .”