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Corporate VP and Head of Global Marketing, ADLINK Technology & contributor for the Industrial Internet Consortium
Steve is Corporate VP and Head of Global Marketing at ADLINK Technology. He was an executive director of PrismTech and wasalso responsible for the company’s strategy, business development and marketing functions. He recognized the potential of the IoT as a high-growth opportunity for PrismTech back in 2012 and =led the company’s initiatives to position itself to address this exciting market. PrismTech’s ‘Vortex Intelligent Data-sharing Platform’ (announced in March 2014) is a result of this work and immediately established PrismTech as a leading player in IoT-enabling technologies. Steve also blogs regularly on IoT topics and contributes to a number of IoT industry initiatives, such as ‘The Industrial Internet Consortium’ and the ‘SmartAmerica Challenge’. With over 20 years of experience in high-technology management Steve has achieved success in both large corporate and start-up environments and is widely recognized as a leading business strategist and marketeer for infrastructure and platform software.
Sacha Fontaine, PE
Smart Grid Manager, Duke Energy
Sacha Fontaine is the head of the Smart Grid practice at Theorem Geo Associates, an engineering consulting firm focused exclusively on electric utility industry. He has over 15 years of Transmission & Distribution experience and has expertise in leading EMS, DMS, SCADA integration teams and a strong background in project management. Sacha has served as the subject matter expert in IEC-61850, Substation Automation and EMS/DMS integration. He has helped utility clients prepare their DOE grant proposals and launch the resulting projects. Sacha supports several of the largest power suppliers in the US including Duke Energy, Siemens and GE. Sacha Fontaine holds a bachelors in Computer Engineering from McGill University. In his spare time, Sacha greatly enjoys to ski, scuba dive and volunteer with Habitat for Humanity.
Global Vice President of M2M & IOT Solutions, Integron
Rick Harlow is Global Vice President of Machine to Machine & IOT Solutions at Integron, a thirty year old technology company based in Rochester, NY and with offices in Houston, Ohio, California and Europe.
Integron is an M2M & IIOT Services company that has become the Go To for Industrial IOT solutions. No other company does what Integron does. Integron specializes in helping clients design, deploy and manage Machine to Machine and Industrial IOT programs across multiple industries.
With more than 20 years of experience in the Industrial Internet of things Rick has a deep understanding and technical expertise in complex technology deployments in the oil and gas space.
Rick has worked with many oil and gas clients and technology partners focused on the oil and gas space over the years. Rick has supported projects with companies like Halliburton, Apache, Anadarko, BP, Shell and Chevron to name a few.
Dr. Matthew Croucher
Director, Demand Side Analytics, CPS Energy
Dr. Matthew Croucher leads the Demand Side Analytics group at CPS Energy, one of the nation’s largest municipally-owned gas and electric utilities.
Dr. Croucher and his team oversee the company’s load research, the development of short and long-term forecasts for energy demand, the effectiveness of demand response, energy efficiency, customer related research and he leads the big data analytics efforts for the company.
Before joining CPS Energy he held positions at Arizona Public Service Company. He was also an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Economics in the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.
Dr. Croucher earned his B.A. in Economics at the University of Sheffield (England), followed by his M.S. and Ph.D. in Economics from Arizona State University.
Cyber Security Consulting Manager, SGIP
Ramesh Reddi is the Cyber Security Consulting Manager at Smart Grid Interoperability Panel. Ramesh was a key contributor to SGIP and NIST Smart Grid cyber security standards NISTR 7628.
He has worked on various key smart grid cyber security projects at various utilities such as PG&E, Exelon and FP&L. His utility projects have focused on cyber security aspects of transmission, distribution, AMI, enterprise systems, industrial control systems, and critical infrastructure protection. Ramesh has used the NIST Cyber Security Frameworks, NERC CIP and NIST Industrial Cyber Security controls in various projects.
In addition to his direct work experience with utilities, Ramesh has a strong technology background from his work at IBM and HP. His current interests include IoT and Industrial Internet Consortium Security Frameworks.
Ramesh is also involved with the cyber security aspects of an EnergyIoT platform called OpenFMB. Ramesh is also an independent consultant in cyber security projects for utilities and IoT industry. Ramesh holds a Masters in Electrical Engineering, a Masters in Computer Science, and an MBA.
Managing Partner, Northshore Consulting
Stephen Senterfit, CEO and Managing Partner with Northshore Consulting Group, where he leads the firms’ business. He has more than 25 years of experience helping national and international energy companies transform their operational performance through strategic planning, improved processes, risk management, operational excellence, innovation and technology enablement. He provides his clients the expertise and experience to invent the future while navigating complexity, and uncertainty to realize success.
Vice President, International Programs, Edison Electric Institute
Lawrence E. Jones joined Edison Electric Institute in September 2015 as Vice President, International Programs. Prior to joining EEI, Dr. Jones was North America Vice President for Utility Innovation & Infrastructure Resilience at Alstom Grid Inc., where he assisted utilities worldwide with formulating strategies for deploying new technology solutions. While at Alstom, Dr. Jones also served as Vice President, Policy, Regulatory Affairs & Industry Relations for the international full-service electric generation and transmission firm. Mr. Jones is a member of numerous U.S. and international industry advisory committees, and serves as Co-Chair of the 21st Century Power Partnership Leadership Forum, as a member on the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee, and as a member of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Smart Grid Advisory Committee.
Born and raised in Monrovia, Liberia, Dr. Jones lived in Sweden for more than a decade, where he received his M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and his Ph.D. in Power Systems Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.
Senior Analyst - Market Design, Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT)
Paul Wattles is Senior Analyst in the Market Design and Development group at the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the Independent System Operator for 90% of Texas electric load. The Market Design and Development team works to advance ERCOT’s strategic plan and mission statement by dedicating resources to study and make recommendations for the structured evolution of the ERCOT market. Since its formation the group has led initiatives to enable Load Resource participation in the Real-Time Energy Market, integrate Fast Response Regulation Service into the ERCOT suite of Ancillary Services, redesign the Ancillary Services markets to better meet the needs of the grid of the future, and develop a market framework for Distributed Energy Resources. Paul has been with ERCOT since May 2004, and is the former Supervisor of Demand Response and former Manager of Governmental Relations. He has over 14 years of electric industry experience with an emphasis on wholesale markets, advanced metering, demand response, and regulatory and governmental affairs; over a decade of private sector business experience; and six years of service as a Congressional aide in Washington, D.C. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona in Tucson, with a Bachelor’s degree in journalism.
Dr. Milton L. Holloway
President & COO, Center for the Commercialization of Electric Technologies (CCET)
Dr. Milton L. Holloway is the President & COO of the Center for the Commercialization of Electric Technologies (CCET) in Austin. His primary function at CCET has been the direction of the organization, including the development and oversight of electric technology projects.
During the last ten years Dr. Holloway has led CCET in the development of CCET’s technical advisory groups, fifty-plus meetings of the Board of Directors, development of alliances with ERCOT, EPRI, DOE and other organizations and in the planning and execution of several technology and demonstration projects. The projects have included a distribution-level monitoring device design (Distribution Remote Terminal Unit), a demand response program in ERCOT that leveraged the deployment of Advanced Metering Systems at Oncor and CenterPoint, promotion of the CIMs protocol for distribution systems applications and in the planning and deployment of a major DOE Smart Grid Regional Demonstration grant (SGRD). The SGRD five-year project had seven technology and consumer response components that span the Texas geography from north to south and the electric systems from wind generation and transmission to consumer direct load control and pricing experiments, all focused on wind resource integration in the ERCOT grid.
Dr. Holloway was appointed by Governor’s Briscoe and Clements to direct the Texas energy policy office during the energy crises of the 1970s and early 80s where he was responsible to a 22-member Board of Directors Co-chaired by the Governor and Lt. Governor with the Speaker as Vice-Chair. Board members included Chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission and Public Utility Commission, the Attorney General, Commissioners of the General Land Office and Agriculture, Comptroller, Chairman of the Water Development Board and Air Control Board, Chairs of the energy committees of the House and Senate and four private sector representatives. He served at the pleasure of the Governor for eight years. He has taught in the Executive MBA programs at UT Austin, Baylor University and St. Edward’s University and carried out an active consulting practice for over 30 years. Dr. Holloway holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from Texas Tech University and a Ph.D. in Economics from Oregon State University.
Senior Director of Innovation, Reliant
As Senior Director of Innovation at Reliant, Scott Burns leads the team responsible for creating the residential and small business product and service strategy for one of the industry’s leading energy retailers in deregulated energy markets. His team creates products that include customer-facing applications based on smart meter data analytics, home energy management devices and technology, demand response and energy efficiency programs, commodity plans, home maintenance services, and other services that meet the evolving needs of today’s electricity consumer. Scott has been focused on consumer-facing energy product strategy since joining Reliant in 2008 and helped launch multiple products including energy emails, web portals, mobile applications, time-of-use pricing and prepay electricity. He was a key contributor on the application that led to Reliant’s selection as a Department of Energy (DOE) Smart Grid Stimulus Grant recipient and the product lead on the company’s implementation of that program. He also spent a year at Direct Energy where he led Smart Energy product strategy and served as the company’s interface with British Gas and their Smart Homes team. Scott has also presented at numerous Smart Grid conferences and media interviews over the last several years. Scott previously spent eight years in a variety of marketing and product line management roles at Corning, a leader in fiber optics and telecommunications equipment, including P&L responsibility for two of the company’s product lines. He led development of a number of key products used in the country’s first large-scale Fiber-to-the-Home deployments. Prior to his time at Corning, Scott spent over nine years as a military officer and pilot after graduating from the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.
Director of Innovation Delivery, Direct Energy
Garrett leads the go-to-market arm of Direct Energy Residential’s Innovation group. He comes from a software startup background and made the transition into the energy sector about 7 years ago. Garrett’s delivery team crafts and executes the go-to-market strategy across DE’s North American footprint. He is responsible for bringing an innovation initiative from idea/business case phase to actualization.
Garrett ensures commercial guidance is given and acted upon for the development, design and improvement of our technology platform, marketing plans, sales campaigns, and operational processes in support of these objectives.
Direct Energy’s innovation team have delivered over 30 initiatives to market, including leading the delivery of Direct Your Energy, Direct Your Plan, the North American Nest partnership, building and deploying grid-enabled smart water heaters, and other smart device pilots across multiple platforms. Our mission is to use our energy expertise to make a difference in our customers’ lives.
Garrett lives in Houston with his chocolate lab Gabby and holds a BBA from The University of Texas at Austin’s Red McComb’s School of Business.
Vice President of Digital & Innovation, Direct Energy
Robbie Wright assumed the role of Vice President of Digital & Innovation in January of 2014. His primary responsibilities include managing the digital platform and online experience for new and existing customers for the DER line of business, as well as the innovation project pipeline for new initiatives.
Robbie has 15 years’ experience in the digital space. Prior to joining Direct Energy, he was a co-founder of Bounce Energy and served as its CEO for five years, prior to Bounce’s acquisition by DE. Prior to Bounce, Robbie was SVP of Customer Experience at WhiteFence, a Houston-based ecommerce start-up in the B2C space. Robbie was an early-stage employee at WhiteFence and worked for over seven years in various capacities before leaving to found Bounce.
Robbie holds a BBA in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin. He lives in Houston with his wife Katherine, and four children – two sons and two daughters.
David B. Coher
Principal, Reliability and Cybersecurity, Southern California Edison
An energy executive leading compliance for the President’s Office of Southern California Edison, David leads teams responsible for ensuring SCE’s compliance with a variety of regulatory matters governing the day-to-day business of an electric utility providing power to approximately 14 million Californians.
David has held a variety of roles with SCE, from his time as an attorney in the Law Department, where he handled litigation and transactional matters, to several leadership roles covering reliability and cybersecurity, commodity market matters, OSHA safety, procurement, and other areas. Throughout, David has sought to break otherwise complicated problems into simple, discrete issues that can be understood and solved without technical abstraction.
In addition, David is a sought-after speaker, serving as a frequent guest speaker on technology, energy, and regulatory matters. He is currently a member of the Advisory Board for the Georgetown Cybersecurity Law Institute, a Planning Commissioner for the City of Pasadena, California, Chair Emeritus of the State Bar of California’s Committee on Group Insurance Programs, and an active alumni leader of Long Beach City College, the University of Southern California, and the Georgetown University Law Center.
David and his family reside in Pasadena, California.
Founder and CEO, Awesense
Mischa has held various engineering and project management roles. He is a frequent speaker and panelist at industry events on the smart grid and was a voting member during the inception of the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel. Mischa holds degrees in Mathematics, Electrical Engineering, and Wireless Electronics Engineering.
Co-Founder/Director of Customer Success, Flutura
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Co-founder and Principal, Trusource Labs
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