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Texas Energy Leaders at Zpryme’s Energy Thought Summit in Austin, Texas

Texas Energy Leaders such as Austin Energy and CPS Energy to Take the Stage at Zpryme’s Energy Thought Summit in Austin, Texas.


Austin, TX - (Energy Thought Summit) – 03/19/14 – On March 24th and 25th Executive Leadership from Austin Energy, CPS Energy, Direct Energy, Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative, Pedernales Electric Cooperative, and AEP Texas will come to together at Zpryme’s Energy Thought Summit (ETS) to debate the state and future of energy.

“Texas is a global leader when it comes to grid and energy transformation,” said Jason S. Rodriguez, Zpryme CEO. “So it is no surprise that the leaders of Texas energy companies are excited to share their views on how we can build a cleaner and more sustainable future for the world.”

"It's great to see so many thought leaders rallying around energy issues that matter. I'm proud to be a part of not only Zpryme's ETS, but also share in the procession of Austin events that promote new ideas and innovation", said Steve Wozniak, Co–founder of Apple Computer and Chief Scientist at Fusion–io.

"Zpryme's ETS is a rare opportunity to look at energy as symphony of component technologies working together in a synchronous system. From in–depth panels covering the smart grid to honed dialog dedicated to electric vehicles, I'm delighted to both attend and speak in the Austin–based event's inaugural year", said Jon Wellinghoff, former FERC Chairman and Partner, Stoel Rives LLP.

Experts from CenterPoint Energy, NRG Energy, Green Mountain Energy and The Electric Reliability Council of Texas will also speak at ETS. In addition, ETS 2014 will feature keynotes from Apple Co-founder Steve Wozniak and former FERC Chairman and Stoel Rives Partner, Jon Wellinghoff.

Texas Energy Executive Leaders Speaking at ETS:

  • A. Wade Smith, AEP Texas, President & COO

  • Larry Weis, Austin Energy, General Manager

  • Cheryl Mele, Austin Energy, COO

  • Mark Rose, Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative, General Manager and CEO

  • Doyle Beneby, CPS Energy, President & CEO

  • Badar Khan, Direct Energy, President & CEO

  • John D. Hewa, Pedernales Electric Cooperative, CEO

The two-day summit will feature 90+ speakers across two keynote sessions, two feature speakers, and fourteen panel sessions. ETS 2014 will feature many of the industry leaders, experts, and utilities who have led the energy and electric grid transformation over the past 10 years. ETS 2014 panel sessions will cover smart grid, electric vehicles, renewables, disruptive technologies, big data, cybersecurity, smart cities, game changing energy trends, grid edge opportunities, smart consumers/homes, and emerging business models.

ETS 2014 Speaker List:

  1. Steve Wozniak, Apple Computer, Co-Founder & Fusion-io, Chief Scientist

  2. Jon Wellinghoff, former FERC Chairman and Partner, Stoel Rives LLP

  3. Dr. George W. Arnold, NIST, Director, Standards Coordination Office

  4. Dr. S. Massoud Amin, University of Minnesota, Professor

  5. Badar Khan, Direct Energy, President & CEO

  6. Larry Weis, Austin Energy, General Manager

  7. Cheryl Mele, Austin Energy, COO

  8. John D. Hewa, Pedernales Electric Cooperative, CEO

  9. Wade Smith, AEP Texas, President & COO

  10. Mark Rose, Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative, General Manager and CEO

  11. Doyle Beneby, CPS Energy, President & CEO

  12. Andres Carvallo, Compass Management Group, CEO & Founder

  13. Christian Okonsky, KLD Energy, CEO

  14. Amit Narayan, AutoGrid, CEO

  15. Larsh Johnson, eMeter, a Siemens Business, CTO & Co-Founder

  16. Michael Raiford, Samsung Semiconductor, VP

  17. Mark Straton, GridPoint, SVP of Marketing

  18. Chris Black, Tendril, COO

  19. Brewster McCracken, Pecan Street Inc., CEO

  20. Craig Wilkins, ViZn Energy, CEO

  21. Paul Bundschuh, Ideal Power, CEO

  22. Becky Harrison, GridWise Alliance, CEO

  23. Tom Pierson, TAS Energy, CTO & Founder

  24. Mei Shibata, ThinkEco, CSO & Co-Founder

  25. Raiford Smith, Duke Energy, Director, Smart Grid Emerging Technology

  26. Audrey Lee Ph.D., California Public Utilities Commission, Energy Advisor to the President

  27. Brian M. Huey, Sprint, Business Development & Strategy – M2M Smart Grid, Utilities

  28. Ed Davalos, AT&T, Lead, Product Management – Utility/Smart Grid

  29. Gary Rackliffe, ABB, VP Smart Grids

  30. Scott Hennebery, Schneider Electric, VP, Strategic Perspective

  31. Lisa Caswell, eMeter, a Siemens Business, President

  32. Jeffrey A. Norman, Leidos, VP of Emerging Technologies

  33. Stephen Callahan, IBM, Partner Executive, Energy & Utilities

  34. Steve Winstead, Leidos, Senior Systems Architect

  35. Paul Molitor, NEMA, Assistant VP, Smart Grid & Special Projects

  36. Bill Meehan, Esri, Director of Utility Solutions

  37. Karl Popham, Austin Energy, Emerging Technologies & EV Manager

  38. Brett Luedde, ViaSat, Director of Critical Infrastructure Protection

  39. Steve Collier, Milsoft Utility Solutions, Director of Smart Grid Strategies

  40. Jacob Harb, BMW of North America, Head of Electric Vehicle Operations & Strategy

  41. Robert Langford, American Honda Motor Co., Manager, Plug-In Electric Vehicle Sales & Marketing

  42. Paul Pebbles, General Motors, Sr. Manager of Technology Planning and Advanced Development

  43. Ken Laberteaux, Ph.D., Toyota Research Institute-North America, Sr. Principal Scientist

  44. David Peterson, Nissan, EV Regional Manager, Marketing & Sales Strategy

  45. Rob Threlkeld, General Motors, Manager of Renewable Energy Initiatives

  46. David Dollihite, Deloitte Consulting LLP, Energy & Resources

  47. David C. DuCharme, Capgemini, VP North American Energy Practice

  48. Martin G. Travers, Black & Veatch, President, Telecom Division

  49. John Slanina, CenterPoint Energy, VP of Operations Support & Technology

  50. Stan McClellan, Texas State University, Director, Ingram School of Engineering

  51. Professor Rajit Gadh Ph.D., UCLA, WINMEC Director

  52. Patty Durand, Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC), Executive Director

  53. Joël Pointon, Sempra Energy (SDG&E), Manager of Electric Transportation – Clean Transportation Program

  54. Scott Emley, Smart Modular Technologies, VP & GM, Integrated Memory Solutions

  55. Stephen Johnson, Itron, VP of Corporate Development

  56. Charlie Wernette, H-E-B, Director of Energy

  57. Phillip W. Powell, Dominion, DVI Director of Grid Innovations

  58. John King, Austin Chamber of Commerce, Director of Clean Energy & Power Technology

  59. Colin Pope, Austin Business Journal, Editor

  60. Clark Jernigan, Austin Ventures, Venture Partner

  61. John D. McDonald, P.E., GE Energy Management - Digital Energy, Director, Technical Strategy & Policy Development

  62. Jose Beceiro, University of Texas at Austin, Associate Director of Research Relations at the Cockrell School of Engineering

  63. Mark Bruce, Stratus Energy, Principal and Founder

  64. Doug Kim, Southern California Edison, Director of Advanced Technology

  65. Jamey Seely, NRG Energy, SVP, Alternative Energy

  66. Paul Westbrook, Texas Instruments, Sustainable Development Manager

  67. Namish, Gridco Systems, CEO

  68. Christine Hertzog, Smart Grid Library, Managing Director

  69. Bob Slevin, Verizon Enterprise Solutions, Managing Principal, Global Energy & Utilities Vertical

  70. Chris Hickman, Innovari, CEO

  71. Mark Strama, Google, Google Fiber – Austin

  72. Jennifer Cregar, Green Mountain Energy, Environmental Affairs Manager

  73. Jim Martson, Environmental Defense Fund, VP, US Climate and Energy

  74. Efran Ibrahim, Scitor, Principal Consultant

  75. Alex Varshavsky, Talksum, CEO

  76. Jeff Nichols, San Diego Gas & Electric, Director of Information Security and Information Management

  77. Andrew Johnston, Austin Energy - Central Texas Fuel Independence Project

  78. Shalini Ramanathan, RES Americas, VP Origination

  79. Nisha Desai, NRG Energy, Vice President, NRG Distributed Generation

  80. Michael L. Dow, P.E., Freescale Semiconductor, Inc., Americas Smart Energy Business Development - Microcontrollers Group

  81. John H. Scott, NASA, Chief, Energy Conversion Branch

  82. Bartosz K. Wojszczyk Ph.D., Manila Electric Company (MERALCO), ‎Chief Innovation Officer

  83. Mike Legatt, Ph.D., Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc., Principal Human Factors Engineer

  84. Gary High, Landis+Gyr, SVP Sales

About ETS

Coming to Austin, Texas on March 24-25, 2014 from Zpryme, the Energy Thought Summit (ETS) will bring the world's thought leaders together for two days to debate the state and future of energy — expect smart dialogue, and an engaging setting on- and offline. To learn more about ETS visit:

About Zpryme

Austin-based Zpryme is a research-based firm with services focused on the energy industry. Based on the creative direction of our associates, Zpryme produces influential research, targeted branding, and meaningful thought leadership events such as ETS that challenge the status quo. To learn more about Zpryme visit:

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