Networked Grid 2011 : Speakers

  • Lee Krevat

    Director, Smart Grid and Clean Transportation,

    San Diego Gas & Electric

    Lee Krevat is director of the smart grid initiative at ...more ›

    Lee Krevat is director of the smart grid initiative at San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E). SDG&E’s smart grid program, led by Krevat, is one of the most ambitious and comprehensive in the nation, receiving POWER magazine’s prestigious 2012 Smart Grid Award for implementing the nation’s most advanced smart grid, and ranking as the smartest utility in the nation for three years in a row by IDC Energy Insights and Intelligent Utility Magazine.

    Krevat also focuses on promoting the benefits of the smart grid and energy independence on a national level.  He serves on the Board of Directors of the GridWise Alliance and the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA).  He also serves on the Board of GridX, a startup that has developed the industry’s first revenue grade, utility scale, cloud-based billing engine.

  • Campbell McCool

    Chief Marketing Officer,

    SmartSynch

    Campbell McCool joined SmartSynch in September 2009 as ...more ›

    Campbell McCool joined SmartSynch in September 2009 as Chief Marketing Officer. His responsibilities include heightening awareness for the SmartSynch brand during a time of unprecedented demand for smart grid solutions throughout the North American utility industry.

    Mr. McCool has spent his entire career in marketing and marketing-related activities. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in consumer and business-to-business marketing, traditional advertising, direct marketing, public relations, promotions, Internet/electronic marketing, trade show marketing, grassroots and social media.

    In 1992, he formed McCool Communications (advertising) and The Calliope Group (public relations) in Atlanta, and grew them into one of the Southeast’s most respected boutique marketing and advertising firms. During his career, he has worked on the following brands: American Express, Delta Air Lines, Bridgestone, Kimberly Clark, CNN, Turner Classic Movies, Georgia Pacific, Piccadilly Cafeterias, the PGA of America, Mizuno and the Atlanta Falcons. In 2001, he sold to publicly held Maxxcom, where he worked for several years before moving back to Mississippi in 2004.

    In recent years, Mr. McCool has worked on a variety of strategic projects for the University of Mississippi, the Barksdale Reading Institute and other non-profit organizations as well as his own entrepreneurial ventures. He is an alumnus of the University of Mississippi.

  • Brad Williams

    Vice President, Industry Strategy,

    Oracle Utilities

    Bradley Williams is Vice President of Oracle Utilities ...more ›

    Bradley Williams is Vice President of Oracle Utilities Global Business Unit’s Industry Strategy responsible for Outage Management, Distribution Management, Mobile Workforce Management, Work and Asset Management, and Load Analysis utility applications and Oracle’s Smart Grid Strategy.

    Brad had more than 25-years utility technology innovation experience. Prior to Oracle, Brad was a Research Director in Gartner’s Energy & Utilities Industry Advisory Services focusing on utility applications of GIS, SCADA/EMS/DMS, Outage and Work Management, and Transmission & Distribution Asset Management research.  Prior to being a Research Analyst, Brad directed PacifiCorp’s T&D Asset Management responsible for long-term asset strategies and Business Technology that developed and implemented comprehensive IT investment programs. As Director of T&D Infrastructure Planning, Brad was responsible for PacifiCorp’s Subtransmission Planning, Telecommunications, and operations Technology Development groups. Brad also worked at Southern California Edison for 10-years where he was involved in transmission system planning, distribution automation, and reliability programs including innovation in renewable generation interconnection planning, voltage recovery and distribution automation.

    Brad earned BSEE and MBA degrees from Cal Poly, holds 4 US patents on smart grid related technologies, is a registered professional engineer in the State of California, and active member of IEEE PES, UCA International Users Group, and CIM Users Group.

  • Balu Ambady

    Director of Security,

    Sensus

    As Director of Security for Sensus, Balu is responsible ...more ›

    As Director of Security for Sensus, Balu is responsible for all aspects of Sensus’ FlexNet solutions, product architecture and operations security. Responsible for the end-to-end Security architecture from the head-end systems to endpoints, security assurance across datacenters, and security processes covering design, system test, operations and manufacturing. Balu also coordinates and drives Sensus’ external leadership for product and solution Security both in standards bodies and with customers.

    Balu came to Sensus from CableLabs, where he was Director of Advanced Technology and Security Architecture, responsible for the design
    and development of Digital Video Architecture and Security for US wide deployment in the areas of Interactive TV, Home Networking, and Standards. Prior to CableLabs, Balu worked for Sun Microsystems as Lead Security Engineer.

    Balu holds a BSEE from University of Calicut, MSCS from Texas Tech University, MBA from University of Colorado and holds a CISSP security certification.

  • Ray Bariso

    Vice President, Smart Grid Utility Solutions,

    Telcordia

    Ray Bariso has 20 years of management, business and ...more ›

    Ray Bariso has 20 years of management, business and technical experience developing, delivering, selling and managing complex software and services solutions in the communications industry. He has held various roles in systems engineering, solution architecture, consulting, program management & delivery, sales & marketing and product line management.

    Bariso is an industry though leader in the area of communications and operations and has spoken at numerous Wireless and Smart Grid events such as IEC Grid ComForum, TMC Smart Grid Summit, TM Forum Management World and CTIA Wireless on topics such as Smart Grid Operations and 4G/LTE Evolution. He also leads the Next Generation Wireless/Wireline industry initiative within the TM Forum on Convergent Network Operations and Interface Harmonization.

    Bariso has sold and delivered multiple successful multi-year, multi-million dollar solution implementations for customers around the world, including in Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Italy, South Africa, Hong Kong and Australia, as well as North America.

    His current responsibility includes managing Telcordia’s Wireless & Smart Grid solutions business, which includes the definition and execution of Telcordia’s overall Smart Grid go-to-market strategy, partner ecosystem development, solution architecture, and business management.
     

  • Andrew Bennett

    International Trade Specialist and Smart Grid Industry Analyst,

    U.S. Department of Commerce: International Trade Administration

    Andrew is an International Trade Specialist and Smart ...more ›

    Andrew is an International Trade Specialist and Smart Grid Industry Analyst with the International Trade Administration's (ITA) Office of Energy and Environmental Industries (OEEI). In this role, he works to further the ITA’s mission of enhancing competitiveness, promoting trade and investment, and ensuring fair trade for the U.S. smart grid industry.

    International Trade Specialists at the ITA play a critical role in identifying market barriers that impact exporters and they work closely with the U.S. Trade Representative to negotiate the removal of these barriers. OEEI also works directly with U.S. smart grid and electric power firms to support industry efforts to export products and services around the world.

    Andrew has a Bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College and he received a Master’s degree from the Fletcher School at Tufts University where he focused on international information and communication technologies business and policy.

  • Witold Bik

    Vice President, Automation Systems Division,

    S&C Electric Company

    Witold has over 20 year of experience working with the ...more ›

    Witold has over 20 year of experience working with the electric utility industry with focus on power grid switching and protection, distribution automation, smart grid technologies, and communications. He currently serves as Vice President of Product Innovation at S&C Electric Company, a Chicago-based global provider of equipment and services, and a recognized leader in Distribution Automation and Smart Grid solutions. In his role Witold has responsibility for R&D and new product design for world-wide markets. Before that he was in charge of S&C’s Automation Systems Division. Prior to joining S&C, he was President of EnergyLine Systems, a supplier or real-time embedded controls systems. Earlier at EnergyLine he was responsible for product development with focus on distributed intelligence and communications. Prior to EnergyLine he worked in Silicon Valley where he was involved in development of high-tech logging equipment for the oil industry. Witold has MS in Electrical Engineering with emphasis on real-time computer controls systems.

  • Andy Bochman

    Founder and Principal,

    Bochman Advisors

  • Dan Brancaccio

    Senior Technical Architect,

    BRIDGE Energy Group

    Dan Brancaccio, Senior Technical Architect of BRIDGE ...more ›

    Dan Brancaccio, Senior Technical Architect of BRIDGE Energy Group, has over 30 years of experience in Systems Engineering and Integration, development, developer management, and project management.  He has developed large scale, mission critical, enterprise applications for energy utilities and corporate clients. 

    Mr. Brancaccio has developed applications for the utility, medical, and manufacturing sectors to improve use of legacy data systems based on industry standard development practices. In addition he has developed systems used for asset risk assessment, power quality analysis, energy analysis, energy pricing, substation instrumentation, and protective relay testing.

    He is currently the co-chair of the Data and Network Management Task Team (D&NMTT) for the North American SynchroPhasor Initiative (NASPI), whose mission is to improve power system reliability through wide area measurement and control.  He is also assisting Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) as the Technical Architect on the Western Interconnection Synchrophasor Program (WISP).

    Mr. Brancaccio is an expert at retrieving data from Intelligent Electronic Devices and storing the data in a normalized structure for visualization and analysis and has spent the last 16 years designing and implementing SOA based SmartGrid systems, before SmartGrid was a buzzword.

  • Bob Burnette

    Vice President and GM,

    Elster Solutionss

    Bob is currently VP and GM – Elster Solutions - West ...more ›

    Bob is currently VP and GM – Elster Solutions - West Region and is a proven industry veteran with extensive leadership experience, and a recognized leader in the smart grid and demand-side management fields.  Bob is a change agent and strategic thinker who inspires his team to act, and develop rock-solid business cases that consistently hit the mark with senior management. Bob has a proven track record of achieving superior sales, financial and operational results by developing and executing effective implementation plans. Bob has successfully managed annual sales targets approaching $100M and organizations of up to 500 team members.

    Bob attended Virginia Commonwealth University (B.S.) and the University of Richmond (MBA) in Richmond, Virginia.

  • Edward G. Cazalet, PhD

    CEO, TeMIX Inc.;

    VP, Megawatt Storage Farms, Inc.

    Dr. Cazalet is a leader in (1) the design and operation ...more ›

    Dr. Cazalet is a leader in (1) the design and operation of markets for electricity, (2) the design and operation of smart grid transaction services, and (3) electricity storage and renewables integration.  For his industry contributions, Public Utilities Fortnightly magazine named Dr. Cazalet “Innovator of the Year”.

    Ed is the founder and CEO of TeMIX Inc., a global transactive systems and services company.  He was previously a Governor of the California Independent System Operator and is the founder or co-founder of MegaWatt Storage, Farms, Automated Power Exchange (APX), Decision Focus, Inc. and The Cazalet Group.

    He advocates new electricity market designs using price responsive demand and forward contracts to support high penetration of variable renewables and coordinated operation of storage and generation.  He is co-chair of the Energy Market Information Exchange Technical Committee of the Organization for Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) and is the author of the committee’s white paper on Transactive Energy Market Information Exchange (TeMIX).

    Dr. Cazalet holds a PhD from Stanford University focused on economics, decision analysis and power systems and degrees in engineering from the University of Washington.

  • Dr. Carlos Coe

    Founder and CEO,

    Xtreme Power

    Dr. Carlos Coe is Founder and CEO of Xtreme Power and ...more ›

    Dr. Carlos Coe is Founder and CEO of Xtreme Power and brings more than 30 years of experience in engineering and technology management in the commercial electronics and power generation and storage industries. Prior to founding Xtreme Power, Dr. Coe was President and CEO of Anthony International, a $115M provider of merchandising systems for refrigeration.  Previously he has held various leadership positions with Ford Aerospace & Whirlpool Corporation, including serving as Vice President of a $500M business unit and General Manager of a Chinese joint venture.  While at Ford, Dr. Coe provided leadership to multiple operational challenges and new ventures.  Dr. Coe holds five patents related to batteries and power storage and is a member of American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC), ASME, and IEEE. He received his PhD and MA in Engineering from Princeton University, and a BS in Engineering from The Citadel.

  • Rob Conant

    Senior Vice President of Network Products,

    Trilliant Inc.

    Rob Conant is the senior vice president of network ...more ›

    Rob Conant is the senior vice president of network products for Trilliant Incorporated, a Smart Grid communications company. Before joining Trilliant, Mr. Conant cofounded and was VP of Marketing and Business Development at Dust Networks, an innovator in wireless mesh networking technology, and the originator of the Wireless HART standard for industrial wireless mesh communications. Among his many accomplishments in his previous role at telecommunications systems provider Onix Microsystems, he invented micromirror technology establishing the company as a leader in MEMS-based fiber optic switches. Mr. Conant holds a PhD and MS in electrical engineering and a BS in mechanical engineering from UC Berkeley.

  • Kevin Dasso

    Senior Director of Technology and Information Strategy,

    Pacific Gas and Electric Company

    Kevin Dasso is Senior Director of Technology and ...more ›

    Kevin Dasso is Senior Director of Technology and Information Strategy at Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Kevin has 30 years of experience in the gas and electric utility business including engineering, operations, construction and asset management. Kevin is currently responsible for developing and implementing strategy and policies for the utility related to the Smart Grid and transmission and distribution technology integration. He leads the company’s Smart Grid team involving the Electric Operations, Customer Care, Energy Procurement and Information Technology departments. Kevin is a member of the Board of the Gridwise Alliance and on the Advisory Board for the California Energy Commission’s Public Interest Energy Research program. He is a former member of the Western Electricity Coordinating Council’s Reliability Policy Issues Committee, and is former chair of the North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC) Planning Committee Reliability Assessment Subcommittee. Kevin received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering at Iowa State University and a M.S. in Electric Engineering at Santa Clara University. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in California and is a member of the IEEE Power Engineering Society.

  • Eric Dresselhuys

    EVP, CMO,

    Silver Spring Networks

    Eric has been with Silver Spring Networks since it was ...more ›

    Eric has been with Silver Spring Networks since it was founded in 2002. Eric has more than ten years of experience in advanced metering and communications sales and marketing. He has held various roles in customer development, new product development and product introductions. Eric has presented a number of technical and commercial papers related to advanced metering and smart grid technologies and was a founder of OpenAMI. He currently serves on the board of directors of the DRSG Coalition (Demand Response and Smart Grid) and has served on the Automatic Meter Reading Association’s (AMRA) Marketing and Development Committee. Eric previously spent 9 years at Procter & Gamble in various sales and marketing roles. He holds a B.S. in economics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Last summer Eric installed solar-powered lights around his home.

  • Johan Enslin

    Chief Technology Officer,

    Petra Solar

    Johan Enslin, Ph.D., Pr.Eng. is the Chief Technology ...more ›

    Johan Enslin, Ph.D., Pr.Eng. is the Chief Technology Officer at Petra Solar where he leads the technology strategy and value proposition for Petra Solar’s unique sustainable and Smart Grid solution for power utilities.  Johan has combined a 29 year career with leadership activities in industry and university in the USA, Europe and South Africa. He served as an executive and consultant for private business operations and as a full-professor in electrical and electronic engineering. He initiated and managed renewable energy groups and executed multiple projects for US and international customers in System Planning, Power Electronics and Renewable Energy integration. Previously he has been a Vice President for the Alpha Technologies group where he was the General Manager for Alpha’s Renewable Energy division. He was also Vice President of System Planning at KEMA Inc. and a director at power electronics manufacturing companies. Throughout his career, he has performed work for more than 80 US, European, Asian and African power utilities, governments and industries. Dr. Enslin previously also worked at the Universities of Pretoria, Stellenbosch, as Departmental Chair and professor at Oregon State University and at NCSU he is still an adjunct professor in the FREEDM Center. He was also with power utility ESKOM as Manager of the Planning Group. He started his career as an electrical engineer at the railway company SPOORNET after two years of military service in the Signal Corps.

    He is a seasoned leader in transmission and distribution planning, wind and solar renewable integration, FACTS, HVDC, Distributed Power and Energy Storage. He is very experienced in R&D, planning, commercialization and integration of small and large-scale renewable wind and solar power plants in Africa, Europe and the USA. He was also the principal in establishing a new medium voltage, SmartGrid and power electronics research, development and testing laboratory in Arnhem, The Netherlands.

    He wrote and presented several technical reports and papers, including invited and keynote addresses at international conferences. Dr. Enslin has authored and co-authored more that 250 technical journal and conference papers in the IEEE and other organizations and several chapters in scientific books. He is or has been active on several IEEE and CIGRÉ working groups and standard committees.  He holds 14 patents, is a Registered Professional Engineer, Fellow of the SAIEE and Senior Member of the IEEE.

  • Erich W. Gunther

    Chairman and CTO,

    EnerNex

    Erich is the Chairman and Chief Technology Officer of ...more ›

    Erich is the Chairman and Chief Technology Officer of EnerNex Corporation in Knoxville, Tennessee where he helps EnerNex clients define their strategic direction in basic R&D, technology, and product development. Erich has 30 years of experience in the design and development of innovative solutions to a wide array of power system problems, most notably in ways to take advantage of communications networks and technology to improve the efficiency, operating practices, and security of the electric power system.

    Since 2009, Erich has been the stakeholder relationship management lead for the NIST Smart Grid interoperability standards development and harmonization effort. Most recently he is working with utilities and large campus based organizations to apply new technology including microgrids to support a new level of grid resiliency expectations in the wake of recent storms and other natural and manmade disasters that impact the grid.

    In 2004, Erich was appointed to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) GridWise Architecture Council for which he currently serves as chairman. The council is a team of experts assembled to articulate the guiding principles that constitute the architecture of a future, highly interoperable, intelligent, energy system.

    Erich and his team at EnerNex were recognized at the 2007, 2008, and 2010 GridWeek conferences by receiving the GridWeek Smart Grid Award for “Smart Grid Implementation and Deployment Leadership” and was named by Greentech Media in their 2010 and 2012 Networked Grid 100 list of Movers and Shakers in the Smart Grid, and by FierceEnergy in 2011 as one of the “Fierce 15 Power Players” for Innovation and Industry Leadership.

  • Greg Guthridge

    Global Managing Director, Accenture Retail and Business Services,

    Accenture

    Greg Guthridge leads Accenture’s global utilities ...more ›

    Greg Guthridge leads Accenture’s global utilities customer care practice. Over the past 20 years, he has led and managed customer service-related transformation programs, outsourced business operations, and strategic vision projects for clients in North America, South America, the United Kingdom, Europe, and Asia Pacific. With experience in customer-centricity, operational transformation, demand-side management, and retail competition, Mr. Guthridge has developed solutions that drive consequent impacts on operating costs, customer satisfaction, revenue assurance, and customer energy demand management. Mr. Guthridge is also regularly called upon to lead strategic initiatives for companies seeking to transform their customer operations and overall differentiation in the market place. In this role, he emphasizes his commitment to a broad spectrum of customer-oriented solutions including workforce engagement, quality and performance, knowledge management, business analytics, and multi-channel service.

  • David Grider, Ph.D.

    Program Manager, Silicon Carbide Power Devices,

    Cree, Inc.

    David Grider is program manager at Cree, Inc. with ...more ›

    David Grider is program manager at Cree, Inc. with overall responsibility for managing silicon carbide (SiC) power technology government research and development programs and commercial custom projects at Cree. Over the past seven years, he has managed a number of programs that have substantially advanced the state of the art in SiC power technology. This includes the DARPA/ONR High Power Electronics program that lead to the successful development of a 1 MVA Solid State Transformer based on 10 kV SiC DMOSFET power technology.

    David is currently managing the ARPA-E program to develop dramatically smaller and lighter Solid State Transformers for Smart Grid applications based upon 15 kV SiC IGBT power technology. He is leading the effort at Cree to develop medium voltage SiC power technology for Smart Grid, as well as distributed generation and storage applications.

    David has been actively involved in research and development of advanced semiconductor technologies for 25 years at Cree, RF Micro Devices, Hughes Research Laboratory, and Honeywell.  He received his B.A. in Physics from McMurry College, and his Ph.D. in Physics from Iowa State University.

  • Doug Houseman

    Vice President of Technology and Innovations,

    EnerNex

    Doug Houseman has extensive experience in the energy and ...more ›

    Doug Houseman has extensive experience in the energy and utility industry and has been involved in projects in more than 30 countries. He is routinely invited to speak at international events in the industry and has been widely quoted in a number of international publications. Doug was named part of the World Generation Class of 2007, one of 30 people in the global utility and energy industry so named.  Doug was the lead investigator on one of the largest studies on the future of distribution companies over the last 5 years working with more than 100 utilities and 20 governments.

  • Mozhi Habibi

    Strategy Manager, Global Energy & Utilities Strategy & Solutions,

    IBM

    Mozhi Habibi is a member of the Global Energy & Utilities ...more ›

    Mozhi Habibi is a member of the Global Energy & Utilities Strategy & Solutions team, responsible for leading IBM’s energy and utility solutions strategy worldwide.  Mozhi focuses on IBM’s strategy around challenges in the industry, including power generation, intelligent utility network, distributed generation, business analytics & optimization and cloud computing.  The strategy encompasses solution strategy, client & partner interactions, and IBM’s M&A activities.

    Previously, Mozhi was the head of Product Management at Space-Time Insight, a provider of geospatial situational awareness software, responsible for overall product strategy.  Prior to STI, she was Sr. Director of Strategic Marketing at Ventyx a company in the energy, utility and telecommunication industries providing asset and workforce management and smart grid operations solutions. Ventyx was acquired by ABB in 2010.

    Prior to its acquisition by Ventyx in 2007, Mozhi was responsible for go-to-market strategy, new product innovation and product management at Global Energy Decisions and Henwood Energy, providers of energy operations, analytics and ETRM software for the energy and utility industry.   Mozhi started her career in the energy industry as a field engineer, with General Electric Energy.

    Mozhi serves on the board of a number of non-profit organizations in the education field focusing on Science & Math for girls, and is a member of Society of Women Engineers.  She received her Bachelors degree in aeronautical engineering from California Polytechnic State University, in San Luis Obispo and her masters in business administration from San Jose State University.  Mozhi lives with her husband and 2 children in San Carlos, California. 

  • Nick Hunn

    Development Director,

    Onzo

    Nick Hunn is the Development Director at Onzo – the ...more ›

    Nick Hunn is the Development Director at Onzo – the leading supplier of smart energy solutions.  For the past twenty years he has been closely involved with short range wireless and data applications, designing technology that helps to bring mobility and intelligence to products, particularly in the areas of smart energy, M2M and telecare. 

    He is closely involved with standards bodies and governmental groups developing policy for smart energy and assisted living.  He is the author of  “The Essentials of Short Range Wireless” - a book attempting to explain the application of wireless technology to product developers. 

  • Larsh Johnson

    CTO Smart Grid Software Solution,

    eMeter, A Siemen Business

    One industry buzzword Larsh Johnson believes in is ...more ›

    One industry buzzword Larsh Johnson believes in is “Interoperability.” At eMeter he has always advocated for a design that is easily integrated with a full range of AMI products and minimally disruptive to existing business processes. Larsh is regularly sought out to contribute to industry standards boards and interoperability conferences, notably as a founding member of the GridWise Architecture Council, the Utility Standards Board, and UtiliMetrics. Larsh combined his technical foresight with Cree Edwards’ vision to co-found CellNet Data Systems in 1984. He’s been leading developers in implementing TOU and other advanced metering solutions for over 20 years. Larsh has a B.S. and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.

     

  • Ogi Kavazovic

    Vice President of Strategy & Marketing,

    Opower

    Ogi Kavazovic is responsible for the go-to-market ...more ›

    Ogi Kavazovic is responsible for the go-to-market strategy for Opower's three solution lines. He works closely with our sales and product teams to help guide the company's product strategy and competitive positioning and promotes Opower and its solutions at industry events and conferences. Prior to joining Opower, Ogi was a management consultant at Katzenbach Partners, where he advised Fortune 500 clients on corporate strategy development, with particular focus on the utility sector and Smart Grid industry. Ogi began his career as a software engineer, developing risk and asset management systems for major financial institutions, such as Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan. Ogi was also one of the lead architects of a "smart field" data management platform for Schlumberger Information Systems. Ogi received his BA and MS degrees in Computer Science from Harvard.

  • Chris Knudsen

    Chief Technology Officer,

    AutoGrid Systems

    Chris Knudsen is currently the Chief Technology Officer ...more ›

    Chris Knudsen is currently the Chief Technology Officer at AutoGrid Systems, Inc. He also chairs the Open SmartGrid committee under UCA and sits on the NIST SmartGrid Architecture Committee.  Prior to AutoGrid Systems, Chris held the position of  Director of the Technology Innovation Center at Pacific Gas & Electric Company where he was responsible for developing new technologies to drive energy efficiency and SmartGrid evolution. 

    Chris has over 20 years of communications technology development, networking start-up, and senior management experience.  Chris is an exceptionally strong technical leader with broad experience managing diverse, multi-disciplined technical teams.  Chris has both interacted and held seats on corporate Boards.   He has designed, developed, and operated wireless hardware and systems ranging from a few MHz to 40 GHz.  Areas of experience include wireless data networks, AMI systems, internet data, radar processing, telecommunications, wireless consumer products, and electronic intelligence systems for military applications. 

    Chris holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Davis and has completed work towards a Master of Technology Management at Santa Clara University.

  • Laura Manz

    Senior Vice President, Western Region,

    Viridity Energy

    A recognized leader in transmission system design, ...more ›

    A recognized leader in transmission system design, integration and operations, Ms. Manz comes to Viridity Energy from the California Independent System Operator where she successfully launched the nodal energy market, published the first renewable integration transmission plan and was the executive-in-charge of policy for smart grid and demand response.  In this role she also served as the ISO industry sector representative to NERC’s Board of Trustees.

    Previously, Ms. Manz held the position of Director of Federal and CAISO Regulatory Affairs for SDG&E and Southern California Gas Companies, where she formalized reliability compliance programs with mandatory standards for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), Western Electric Coordinating Council (WECC), and California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).  She spent over 20 years at Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G), one of the largest combined electric and gas companies in the United States, where she played key roles in forming PJM Interconnection’s nodal wholesale markets and also New Jersey’s retail choice rules.  Her other experience includes power plant operations, power grid operations, and interregional transmission.

    Ms. Manz earned her MBA degree from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and her BS in Electrical Engineering from Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania.

  • Letha McLaren

    Vice President of Product Management,

    iControl

    Letha McLaren is the Vice President of Product Management ...more ›

    Letha McLaren is the Vice President of Product Management at iControl and leads the development of the company’s Energy Management solution.  Letha has spent almost 12 years in the energy industry dealing directly with utilities in the area of smart grid solutions. She came to iControl from Landis+Gyr (formally The Bayard Group), a leading smart metering and energy management solutions provider, where she was the General Manager of Energy Management and Applications. 

    Prior to this role, Letha was the Director of Software Product Management at Cellnet Technology, the leading automated meter reading services provider who was acquired by The Bayard Group/Landis+Gyr. She also held product management and software design engineering roles at Schlumberger for their utility-focused automated metering division. 

    Letha has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Southern Tech in Marietta, GA and a Global MBA from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA.

  • Jeffrey R. Meyers, P.E.

    Smart Grid Solutions,

    Telvent

    Jeff Meyers is a second-generation electrical engineer, ...more ›

    Jeff Meyers is a second-generation electrical engineer, and former president of Telvent Miner & Miner. In his 30-year utility career, Meyers has designed electric substations and transmission lines, and developed system planning and protection studies. Since 1987, he has worked on more than 50 GIS development projects for a variety of gas, electric and other utilities, based on the developing and evolving technology of ESRI and Telvent.  In 2008, he relinquished his role as head of Telvent M&M to focus exclusively on Smart Grid technology.

    Meyers is a registered professional engineer in several states of the US. and a five-time Speaker of The Year award winner of GITA.  Most recently, Meyers has been helping Telvent users understand the Smart Grid and how the use of integrated technology can bring energy efficiencies to the industry.

    Meyers received his BS in Chemical Engineering at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and his MS in Science in Electrical Engineering at the University of Colorado.

  • Michelle Mindala-Freeman

    VP, Strategy & Brand,

    Landis+Gyr

    Ms. Mindala-Freeman is the VP of Strategy and Brand for ...more ›

    Ms. Mindala-Freeman is the VP of Strategy and Brand for Landis+Gyr, responsible for both setting the company's go-forward product and business solution vision and strategy and also for developing the brand and communicating the value of Landis+Gyr in the market.   Prior to this, as VP of Product Management for Landis+Gyr, she led all efforts related to new product definition, delivery and introduction.  Throughout her tenure with Landis+Gyr, Ms. Mindala-Freeman has actively participated in industry organizations and events, working to develop and promote standards, solutions and programs that benefit the utility industry overall.

    Prior to joining Landis+Gyr, Ms. Mindala-Freeman spent eighteen years in the telecommunications industry in product development and product management with Motorola and AT&T.  Most recently, she was with AT&T Mobility, formerly Cingular Wireless, where she led the mobile device product management and user experience group.

    Ms. Mindala-Freeman earned a BA in International Studies from Miami University and an MBA focused on Strategic Marketing and Organizational Behavior from the University of Chicago. She is married and lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

  • Michael R. Montoya

    Director, Grid Advancement, Advanced Technology,

    Southern California Edison

    Michael R. Montoya is the director of Grid Advancement ...more ›

    Michael R. Montoya is the director of Grid Advancement for Southern California Edison’s Transmission and Distribution business unit. This Advanced Technology group, previously Engineering Advancement, was created in November 2004 to evaluate, test, demonstrate, and analyze technologies for implementation on SCE’s grid. Under Montoya’s leadership, Grid Advancement teams investigate advancements in power systems modeling and analysis, transmission and distribution automation, distributed energy resources, home area networking, communications and security, infrastructure improvements, asset management, and a variety of devices and systems to make the electric grid more reliable, safe and affordable.

    Mr. Montoya has made many contributions throughout his 37-year career at SCE. Prior to heading research, development and demonstration at SCE, Montoya was director of TDBU’s Project Management Organization and director of Grid Operations, Protection and Controls. During his tenure at SCE he served in both technical and managerial capacities. Montoya managed transmission substation projects, was superintendent of transmission construction and maintenance, and superintendent of substation operations and maintenance, and held supervisory and bargaining unit positions for the Transmission and Substation division.

    Montoya earned his undergraduate degree in business administration from the University of La Verne and certificates in I.T. Essentials for Business Leadership from Pepperdine University and Sustaining the Innovative Organization from the Sloan School of Management at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

  • Wayne Morrison

    Principal, Smart Energy,

    Reliant Energy

    Wayne started his career in distribution engineering with ...more ›

    Wayne started his career in distribution engineering with Houston Lighting and Power. He then analyzed demand side management programs before becoming product manager for the new home and air conditioning energy efficiency programs. Wayne held several positions coordinating electric service for residential, commercial and industrial customers and managed various teams that launched bills on the internet for residential customers and websites for commercial and industrial customers. He currently is Principal of Smart Energy at Reliant Energy and has responsibility for reviewing new technology and partnership opportunities.

    Wayne earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Technology from University of Houston. 

  • Jacob Rikard Nielsen

    Vice President of Business Development,

    RUBENIUS

    Jacob Rikard Nielsen is a senior business development ...more ›

    Jacob Rikard Nielsen is a senior business development executive with 10 years of solid international experience in growing sales throughout the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and Africa in solutions driven markets with business-to-industry and business-to-government sectors. Nielsen has experience and a strong background in financial engineering, focusing on project finance and a solid ability to present and merge incentives between key-stakeholders, namely banks, clients and suppliers. He has a high level of cultural intelligence and ethics, and experience in efficiently operating in diverse business culture.

    Before joining RUBENIUS, Nielsen worked structuring real estate funds in Dubai and the Baltics. He also developed financial instruments at Danske Bank, Denmark’s largest bank, for 10 years. With an extensive understanding of the smart grid and the implications for rate-payers, utilities and contractors, some of Nielsen’s successful projects and experiences include: AMR in the Middle East (electricity and water); distribution automation in the Middle East; public lighting projects in the Middle East and Africa; energy storage projects in the Middle East; implementing business processes to overcome challenges for all stakeholders; implementing communication technologies and topologies; adoption of a technology agnostic approach; and establishing sensor networks. Nielsen has a Master of Economics from the University of Copenhagen.

  • Thomas M. (Tom) Overman

    Chief Architect,

    Boeing Energy Cyber Security

    Tom Overman has more than 30 years of combined enlisted ...more ›

    Tom Overman has more than 30 years of combined enlisted and commissioned service in the Navy and Navy Reserve.  Prior to Boeing, Mr. Overman worked as a software product manager and Program Manager at firms such as ROLM and Applied Materials.  After 9/11 Mr. Overman spent most of the next three years on Active Duty.  He served as Defensive Information Operations staff officer for the military task force supporting the 2002 Olympics.  His next assignment was to manage a multi-site program extending NSA’s secure data network to additional US Field Sites.

    From a Cyber Security perspective, Tom’s main focus is on finding ways to design-out vulnerabilities rather than just compensating for them.

  • Naimish Patel

    CEO,

    Gridco Systems

    Naimish Patel is CEO of Gridco Systems, a provider of ...more ›

    Naimish Patel is CEO of Gridco Systems, a provider of intelligent power control and management solutions for the 21st century electric grid. Previously, Naimish served as Entrepreneur in Residence at General Catalyst Partners, where he focused on investment opportunities in clean technology, advanced materials, and life sciences. Prior to his role at General Catalyst, Naimish was Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Sycamore Networks, a leading provider of optical networking solutions for mission-critical networks. As Sycamore’s CTO, Naimish was responsible for the company’s technology vision and product strategy. Naimish was one of the four founding team members of Sycamore Networks, where he made key contributions to Sycamore’s product development since its inception in 1998. Naimish holds BS, MS, and MEng degrees in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and is the holder of 18 patents.

  • Ray Piasecki

    Principal Technologist,

    GE Energy

    Ray Piasecki is a Principal technologist at GE Energy’s ...more ›

    Ray Piasecki is a Principal technologist at GE Energy’s Smart Grid Center of Excellence in San Francisco. Mr. Piasecki serves as a technical specialist consulting on Smart Grid Architecture, Microgrid and Renewable Energy Systems, Utility T&D Modernization, Information Modeling and Analytics, Cyber Security, and Communication Systems Technology for GE and its utility and industry clients.

    Prior to joing GE, Mr. Piasecki had a distinguished career at BAE Systems/Information Solutions and held the position of Engineering Fellow and Technical Director/Chief Architect leading advanced research programs and new technology development and modernization projects.  His work included software and systems design of information integration systems and acting as principal investigator in advanced research programs that developed enterprise automation and information analytics technologies applied in military microgrids and secure distributed data centers for intelligence analysts.

    Most recently at BAE, Mr. Piasecki served as Chief Architect for BAE Systems Advanced Energy Solutions Division where he led the architecture design and software development of Smart Grid, Microgrid and Energy Systems applications developed at Balance Energy. In this capacity Mr. Piasecki worked with Southern California Utilities, Universities, and Industry Clients on DOE and CEC smart grid pursuits, automated demand response programs, renewables based microgrids, agent-based distributed microgrid control systems, smart grid cyber security and AMI integration. While at BAE Ray also worked with multiple customers from DHS and Intelligence agencies developing information networks, knowledge management platforms, geo-spatial libraries, distributed data centers and cyber security architecture for real-time mission control centers.

    Over his career, Mr. Piasecki has contributed to various working groups and technical committee’s including OMG, IEEE, JavaSoft, GridWise Architecture Council and NIST interoperability PAP’s. Mr. Piasecki has also written papers for and served as speaker at numerous industry technical conferences including OMG Object World, AFEI International Conference on Enterprise Transformation, Federal CIO Semantic Interoperability Community of Practice, Technology of Object Oriented Languages and Systems (Tools), SemTech Semantic Technology Conference, Gridwise GridInterop and World Energy Congress.

    Mr. Piasecki holds BSEE/MSEE degrees from San Diego State University and an Applied Science degree in Mathematics from Brookdale College.

  • Rob Pilgrim

    Vice President, Business and Corporate Development, Tropos Networks

    Tropos

    Rob Pilgrim is responsible for corporate business ...more ›

    Rob Pilgrim is responsible for corporate business development and strategy for Tropos including worldwide strategic partnerships, alliances, M&A assessment, and technology licensing. In 2008, he spearheaded Tropos’ GridCom initiative, shifting the company’s primary market to smart grid communications. Prior to joining Tropos, Mr. Pilgrim was Director of Product Management and Business Development at Covad Communications, and spent over 10 years in various management roles for companies in the wireless and optical communications space including Sigma Networks, Level 3, and T-Mobile. Rob started his career at Georgia Power Company, an operating unit of the Southern Company.

    Mr. Pilgrim holds a bachelors degree in engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.

  • Gary Rackliffe

    Vice President, Smart Grids North America,

    ABB Inc.

    Gary Rackliffe is the VP of Smart Grids, leading ...more ›

    Gary Rackliffe is the VP of Smart Grids, leading ABB's initiative in North America which includes business development, establishing alliances and partnerships, product strategies, and sales and marketing.  Gary has 30 years of T&D experience, working for ABB in Raleigh the last 20 years.   

     

    Gary is the chair of the GridWise Alliance Smart Grid Implementation Workgroup, a member of the DistribuTECH Advisory Committee, the chair of the NEMA Smart Grid Council, and a member of the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster Advisory Committee.  

     

    Gary holds BS and ME degrees in Power Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a MBA from Carnegie Mellon.  He is a Registered Professional Engineer and an IEEE Senior Member.  He has co-authored a T&D planning book, and has written numerous technical papers.

     

     

  • Colin Read

    Vice President of Corporate Development,

    ECOtality

    Colin Read is the Vice President of Corporate Development ...more ›

    Colin Read is the Vice President of Corporate Development at ECOtality with the responsibility of overseeing strategic corporate initiatives, international expansion and business development. Read has significant experience in politics, public relations and traditional media. Before coming to ECOtality, Read worked on various congressional and mayoral political campaigns. Read’s previous experience includes work for Edelman Public Relations in Washington, D.C., one of the most prestigious international PR firms. At Edelman, Read was in the healthcare branch and collaborated with Fortune 500 companies, government agencies and leading international health organizations. Prior to Edelman, Read was employed at Arizona Monthly Magazine, one of the state’s premier politics and lifestyle magazines.

    Read earned his bachelor’s degree at Claremont McKenna College, and received his master’s in business administration with an emphasis in international business at Arizona State University.
     

  • Chris Reid

    President and CEO,

    Energent

    Chris is the President & CEO of Energent Incorporated. ...more ›

    Chris is the President & CEO of Energent Incorporated. Prior to joining Energent, Chris served since 2003 in a number of senior management positions for ANSYS Inc., a leader in engineering simulation software. Most recently, he served as their Vice President of Business Development.

    Prior to ANSYS Inc., Chris served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the CFX business of AEA Technology from May 2001 to February 2003 until the time of its acquisition by ANSYS Inc.

    During his career, Chris has held a variety of senior management positions in sales, marketing, strategic planning, and product development - 20 years of which were with Honeywell International Industrial Automation and Control. Subsequent to Honeywell, Chris served as Chief Operating Officer with SNC-Lavalin ProFac Inc., a leading supplier of real estate outsourcing services.

    Chris holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Waterloo.

  • Boris Schubert

    COO,

    Q-Cells North America

    Boris Schubert comes to Q-Cells North America with over ...more ›

    Boris Schubert comes to Q-Cells North America with over ten years of experience in the photovoltaic and utility industries. As Chief Operating Officer he is responsible for Q-Cells’ systems business, which includes project development, engineering, installation, and plant operations. Prior to joining Q-Cells, Mr. Schubert worked as a management consultant for Accenture where he served Utilities and Commercial clients within the Utilities Operating Group.

    He received his MBA from the University of Augsburg and has a graduate degree in Industrial Engineering.

  • Joaquin Silva

    EVP Corporate Development,

    On-Ramp Wireless

    Joaquin Silva co-founded On-Ramp Wireless in 2008 to ...more ›

    Joaquin Silva co-founded On-Ramp Wireless in 2008 to address the large technology gap for pervasive wide-area wireless in the Smart Grid and utility automation markets. Under his leadership, On-Ramp has become an industry pioneer in the Smart Grid space, obtaining a DOE grant for below ground monitoring of distribution grid assets. Joaquin is a frequent panelist and speaker at industry events, including Greentech Media’s Networked Grid 2011 and UTC Telecom 2011, discussing Smart Grid applications and the use of wireless technology. Based on Joaquin’s leadership and direction, On-Ramp Wireless was also selected as a World Economic Forum 2011 Technology Pioneer, and as a 2011 Bloomberg New Energy Finance Pioneer. Prior to founding On-Ramp Wireless, Joaquin was co-founder, President and COO of Ostendo Technologies Inc., where he was instrumental in developing a unique display technology and winning several new customer and government programs. Prior to Ostendo, Joaquin was a Vice President at the investment banking firm Montgomery & Co., where he led their wireless and semiconductor franchise for 6 years. Earlier in his career, Joaquin was a Captain in the United States Air Force. He has an MBA from University of California, Los Angeles and a BS in Management from the United States Air Force Academy.

  • Eric Smith

    Global Practice Head Smart Grid,

    Wipro Technologies

    Eric has over 25 years of experience in Utility ...more ›

    Eric has over 25 years of experience in Utility Operations with a strong focus in Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) network development experience and Meter Data Management Systems (MDMS) development & operations including meter operational data management. Eric is experienced in SCADA, Metering, Computer Aided Dispatch, Work Management, Distribution Automation Solutions and Smart Grid technologies.

    Eric is a Founding Member of the Automatic Meter Reading Association (AMRA). Eric has provided guidance to leading distribution utilities across North America and Europe on AMI, MDMS and Smart Grid communications and interoperability Strategies and Designee. He is a Designee of distributed computing technical infrastructures including both “2 tier” and “distributed logic 3 tier” architectures.

    In his illustrious career spanning over 25 years, Eric has closely and extensively worked with esteemed clients like Oklahoma Gas & Electric, BC Hydro, Areva T & D, Arizona Public Services, Kansas City Board of Public Utilities, Energy East, Enbridge Gas Distribution and Atlanta Gas Light to name a few.

    Prior to joining Wipro, Eric served as the Smart Grid Practice Area Lead for The Structure Group where he recently provided Executive leadership for the Strategy and Technology Designee of two of North Americas leading Smart Grid projects at Oklahoma Gas and Electric and Sacramento Utility District. Both of these projects recently were awarded Smart Grid Investment Grants of $130 Million each. 

    Prior to The Structure Group Eric served as Senior Vice President and Enterprise Technology Practice Lead for Gestalt-LLC. During his tenure at Gestalt he guided the company into the Smart grid space providing leadership for the Smart Grid development at BC Hydro, APS, Enbridge Gas distribution and PowerStream.

    In other previous positions Eric served in Senior Management with Silver Spring Networks, a leading AMI network communications vendor and Fieldtech, now CORIX, a diversified provider of Smart Grid implementation services and contract metering solutions. 

    Eric’s career in metering began at American Meter where as a Director of Marketing for Automated Systems, he led the development of software & hardware for distribution automation services for natural gas and water utilities. During Eric’s time at American Meter, he was instrumental in American Meter’s involvement with Bell Labs (Lucent) in the development of a broadband metering solution, as well as the initial development of Whisper Communications technology in conjunction with Diablo Research and the Gas Research Institute.

    Eric holds both a BBA and MBA from Temple University and lives in western Pennsylvania. He earned his MBA with a concentration finance and marketing and his BBA in marketing.

  • Andy Tang

    Managing Director,

    ABB Technology Ventures

    Mr. Tang has over 15 years of operating, R&D, investment ...more ›

    Mr. Tang has over 15 years of operating, R&D, investment banking and investing experience in the IT industry. He is a founding managing director of the DFJ DragonFund China. Mr. Tang has led and managed investments in Miartech, Mobim, Yeepay, Broadbus (MOT), Imago Scientific, Zettacom (IDTI), Packet Video, NuTool (ASMI), Santur, and Corrent. Most recently, he was a partner and member of the investment committee at Infineon Ventures. Prior to Infineon Ventures, he was an investment banker with Credit Suisse First Boston's technology group in Palo Alto. He worked on the Magma IPO (LAVA), as well as numerous M&A transactions. Before CSFB, Mr. Tang was a senior engineer and marketing manager at Intel Corporation. He was responsible for chip design as well as market enabling for the Pentium and Itanium processors. Mr. Tang holds an MBA from the Wharton School, MSEE and BSEE from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and University of Texas at Austin respectively. Mr. Tang also holds one US patent in the silicon germanium thin-film transistor applications.

  • Adrian Tuck

    CEO,

    Tendril Networks, Inc.

    Adrian has more than 20 years of executive management and ...more ›

    Adrian has more than 20 years of executive management and leadership experience. As CEO, he focuses on expanding Tendril’s customer base through multiple sales and marketing channels, including alliances with leading companies. Adrian is also the vice-chair of the ZigBee Alliance, an association of companies working together to enable reliable, cost-effective, low-power, wirelessly networked, monitoring and control products based on an open global standard. Prior to Tendril, Adrian served as both interim CEO and executive vice president of Ember Corporation, a leading semiconductor provider to the Smart Grid, where he guided the company’s market strategy through its critical early-growth stage. He received his education at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, the British Army’s prestigious officer training academy.

  • Chris Villarreal

    Regulatory Analyst, Policy and Planning Division,

    CPUC

    Chris Villarreal is a Regulatory Analyst in the Policy ...more ›

    Chris Villarreal is a Regulatory Analyst in the Policy and Planning Division at the California Public Utilities Commission. He is the Staff Team Lead on the CPUC's Smart Grid proceeding. The CPUC's Smart Grid proceeding is one of the leading Smart Grid policy-making proceedings in the country.  Chris has been instrumental in helping to create policies related to Smart Grid deployment plans, privacy, third party access, and cyber-security.  In addition, Chris has been involved as part of Commission staff on a number of other issues including demand response and dynamic pricing. Prior to joining the Commission, he was a Paralegal in Washington, D.C., primarily focused on energy matters before FERC. He has a BA in History from Baylor University.

  • Arthur “Bud” Vos

    CTO and Senior Vice President of Product Management and Alliances,

    Comverge

    Arthur Vos joined Comverge in April 2003 as the Vice ...more ›

    Arthur Vos joined Comverge in April 2003 as the Vice President of Development for our 6DiNET Group after the acquisition of Sixth Dimension, Inc. Mr. Vos was named Vice President, Marketing, Products and Strategy in 2004. As co-founder and Vice President of Sixth Dimension from 1997 to April 2003, Mr. Vos has been extensively involved in the electric utility industry for more than 12 years, including the development of demand response offerings based on real-time monitoring and control technology, strategic sales to electric utilities, and alliances and joint product and development offerings with partner companies.

  • Karen Zelmar

    Director, Pricing Products,

    PG&E

    Karen Zelmar manages the pricing products for PG&E’s ...more ›

    Karen Zelmar manages the pricing products for PG&E’s Integrated Demand Side Management Products Division that also includes energy efficiency, demand response and distributed generation product initiatives.  The Pricing Products team is focused on helping customers better relate to and manage their energy usage through programs such as Dynamic Pricing and the introduction of rates to support SmartMeter™ - enabled technologies such as smart charging of electric vehicles.  These programs are dependent on leveraging SmartMeter™ and SmartGrid capabilities to ensure success.   Before joining PG&E, Karen worked at SunPower to develop lead generation programs for their solar commercial business unit.  Prior to that, she worked in product management for the high-technology sector, leading product management and planning organizations for AOL in both Mountain View, CA and Dulles, VA.  Karen also directed the development of a suite of online and print mapping products at NAVTEQ.

    Ms. Zelmar earned her MBA at UC Berkeley and is originally from Chicago, where she earned her undergraduate degree at Northwestern University.

  • Andy Zetlan

    Vice President, Product Management,

    Aclara

    After beginning his career at Delmarva Power in ...more ›

    After beginning his career at Delmarva Power in Wilmington, Delaware, Andy's consulting experience has included Coopers & Lybrand, where he managed Utility Consulting projects, and Skipping Stone, where he served as a Principal.  He has also served in senior positions at several prominent technology companies, including Indus (now Ventyx), SAP Americas, Oracle Corporation, and Whisper Communications (an early Automated Meter Infrastructure (AMI)) firm.  His consulting efforts and speaking engagements have taken him to utilities all over the world, including North and South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. 

    Andy is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and is often a presenter for industry seminars regarding Smart Grid and related topics.  Andy has also spent a good deal of his career focusing on solutions around Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and he served as instructor in GIS at the University of Delaware prior to his relocation to California in 1999. 

    Andy has both a BS in Electrical Engineering and a BA in Applied Science from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA.  He also has an MBA from the University of Delaware. 

    Andy resides in Mountain View, California,and enjoys music, theater, and golf.  He is involved in the wine industry and has supported several startup companies in Silicon Valley.  He has three children and two beautiful grandchildren. 

  • Chet Geschickter

    Smart Grid Analyst,

    GTM Research

    Chet Geschickter focuses on information technology for ...more ›

    Chet Geschickter focuses on information technology for the smart grid, including technology strategy, application integration and consumer adoption.   He is the author of a new GTM Research report on Meter Data Management.   He is a frequent presenter and writer on smart grid topics.

    Chet Geschickter has a twenty year career that spans a range of technology leadership positions, including serving as director of research for a leading technology analyst firm, leading the development of digital strategies and roadmaps for top global corporations, and running marketing for venture-backed software companies.  Chet has also served as head of relationship management and planning for a full-service interactive agency and as a strategy architect for a leading eBusiness consultancy. 

    Chet has an MBA from The University of Michigan and a BA in Political Science from Duke University.  He lives and works in Brookline, MA.

  • David J. Leeds

    Chief Smart Grid Analyst,

    GTM Research

    David Leeds directs the smart grid research practice at ...more ›

    David Leeds directs the smart grid research practice at GTM.  Mr. Leeds has guest lectured on the subject at MIT, Stanford, and The Wharton School of Business (University of Pennsylvania). He has been quoted as an expert by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post; his perspective pieces have appeared in a variety of publications including BusinessWeek, Power Magazine and Fortune.  He is the author of the groundbreaking report “The Smart Grid in 2010,” which has been downloaded more than 10,000 times.

    An avid world-traveler, David has come into contact with many of our most pressing environmental and social challenges. His research, focused on the convergence of IT, telecom and energy networks, leads him to believe that a smarter future is possible if we can reinvent our collective relationship with energy. Mr. Leeds completed his degree in international business and finance at Trinity College at Oxford (U.K.) and the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. He lives and works in New York City.

  • Rick Thompson

    President and Co-Founder,

    Greentech Media

    Rick Thompson brings 14 years of industry experience from ...more ›

    Rick Thompson brings 14 years of industry experience from leading technology start-ups, incumbent networking and communications companies, and technology market research firms. Most recently, Rick was senior analyst at Heavy Reading, the market research arm of Light Reading, the dominant online media company in the telecommunications market. CMP bought Light Reading in 2005. Prior to Heavy Reading, Rick was a principal at PointEast Research, where he led market analysis and strategic consulting across a wide range of network communications market segments.

    Rick previously served as the vice president of marketing at PanGo Networks, a wireless software company, and as director of product management and marketing at Sycamore Networks Inc. At Sycamore, he defined the product strategy and executed the launch of the industry's first intelligent optical switching platform. Under his leadership, Sycamore deployed several of the world's largest intelligent optical network infrastructures for global wired and wireless service providers. Prior to joining Sycamore, Rick held similar product management positions with Packet Engines, a pioneer of Gigabit Ethernet switching that was later acquired by Alcatel, and FORE Systems, a leader in ATM networking that was later acquired by Marconi and, subsequently, Ericsson. Mr. Thompson earned a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.

  • Eric Wesoff

    Editor-in-Chief,

    Greentech Media

    Prior to joining Greentech Media, Eric Wesoff founded ...more ›

    Prior to joining Greentech Media, Eric Wesoff founded Sage Marketing Partners in 2000 to provide sales and marketing-consulting services to venture-capital firms and their portfolio companies in the alternative energy and telecommunications sectors. Mr. Wesoff has become a well-known, respected authority and speaker in these fields. He also was the publisher of the Venture Power newsletter, a subscription-only newsletter covering venture-capital investment in renewable energy.

    Eric's expertise covers solar power, fuel cells, biofuels and advanced batteries. His strengths are in market research and analysis, business development and due diligence for investors. He frequently consults for energy startups and Silicon Valley's premier venture capitalists.