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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:

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

  • Jon Wellinghoff, former FERC Chairman and Partner, Stoel Rives LLP

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

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

  • Badar Khan, Direct Energy, President & CEO

  • Larry Weis, Austin Energy, General Manager

  • Cheryl Mele, Austin Energy, COO

  • John D. Hewa, Pedernales Electric Cooperative, CEO

  • Wade Smith, AEP Texas, President & COO

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

  • Doyle Beneby, CPS Energy, President & CEO

  • Andres Carvallo, Compass Management Group, CEO & Founder

  • Christian Okonsky, KLD Energy, CEO

  • Amit Narayan, AutoGrid, CEO

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

  • Michael Raiford, Samsung Semiconductor, VP

  • Mark Straton, GridPoint, SVP of Marketing

  • Chris Black, Tendril, COO

  • Brewster McCracken, Pecan Street Inc., CEO

  • Craig Wilkins, ViZn Energy, CEO

  • Paul Bundschuh, Ideal Power, CEO

  • Becky Harrison, GridWise Alliance, CEO

  • Tom Pierson, TAS Energy, CTO & Founder

  • Mei Shibata, ThinkEco, CSO & Co-Founder

  • Raiford Smith, Duke Energy, Director, Smart Grid Emerging Technology

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

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

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

  • Gary Rackliffe, ABB, VP Smart Grids

  • Scott Hennebery, Schneider Electric, VP, Strategic Perspective

  • Lisa Caswell, eMeter, a Siemens Business, President

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

  • Stephen Callahan, IBM, Partner Executive, Energy & Utilities

  • Steve Winstead, Leidos, Senior Systems Architect

  • Paul Molitor, NEMA, Assistant VP, Smart Grid & Special Projects

  • Bill Meehan, Esri, Director of Utility Solutions

  • Karl Popham, Austin Energy, Emerging Technologies & EV Manager

  • Brett Luedde, ViaSat, Director of Critical Infrastructure Protection

  • Steve Collier, Milsoft Utility Solutions, Director of Smart Grid Strategies

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

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

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

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

  • David Peterson, Nissan, EV Regional Manager, Marketing & Sales Strategy

  • Rob Threlkeld, General Motors, Manager of Renewable Energy Initiatives

  • David Dollihite, Deloitte Consulting LLP, Energy & Resources

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

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

  • John Slanina, CenterPoint Energy, VP of Operations Support & Technology

  • Stan McClellan, Texas State University, Director, Ingram School of Engineering

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

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

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

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

  • Stephen Johnson, Itron, VP of Corporate Development

  • Charlie Wernette, H-E-B, Director of Energy

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

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

  • Colin Pope, Austin Business Journal, Editor

  • Clark Jernigan, Austin Ventures, Venture Partner

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

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

  • Mark Bruce, Stratus Energy, Principal and Founder

  • Doug Kim, Southern California Edison, Director of Advanced Technology

  • Jamey Seely, NRG Energy, SVP, Alternative Energy

  • Paul Westbrook, Texas Instruments, Sustainable Development Manager

  • Namish, Gridco Systems, CEO

  • Christine Hertzog, Smart Grid Library, Managing Director

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

  • Chris Hickman, Innovari, CEO

  • Mark Strama, Google, Google Fiber – Austin

  • Jennifer Cregar, Green Mountain Energy, Environmental Affairs Manager

  • Jim Martson, Environmental Defense Fund, VP, US Climate and Energy

  • Efran Ibrahim, Scitor, Principal Consultant

  • Alex Varshavsky, Talksum, CEO

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

  • Andrew Johnston, Austin Energy - Central Texas Fuel Independence Project

  • Shalini Ramanathan, RES Americas, VP Origination

  • Nisha Desai, NRG Energy, Vice President, NRG Distributed Generation

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

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

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

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

  • 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:

    Contact Info
    100 Congress Ave
    Suite 2000
    Austin, Texas 78701

    Phone: +1 888.977.9631