SPEAKERS BIO'S


GENERAL SESSION SPEAKERS

Monday, September 12

Bio for General David H. Petraeus (Ret.)

Bio for Brig. Gen. Sean T. Collins (Ret.)


Tuesday, September 13
Wassam Balshe
Wissam Balshe has been involved with the power systems industry since 2002. He joined Cummins in 2007, and led the sales application engineering group, then led the Strategic and New Growth Business Development efforts for the Power Solutions Business. His focus is on Distributed Generation, Micro-grid applications and integrated system solutions. Wissam currently leads the Global Energy Management Solutions Business for the Power Generation Segment. Wissam has represented Cummins in multiple codes and standards committees (IEE1547, CSA282, NEMA MG1), and trade associations (Vice Chair of the US CHP Association in 2012-2013). He actively advocates for distributed generation incentives at the Federal and State Levels and is on the board of multiple community organizations in Minnesota.Wissam has a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Minnesota, and an executive MBA from Indiana University. 

Jim McDonald
Jim McDonald has over 30 years experience in the field of Environmental Controls utilization on Power Generation equipment.  After receiving a Bachelors of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Delaware he went on to work for Johnson Matthey, who is the largest Catalytic Converter manufacturer in the World. In 1992 he was cofounder of Miratech Corporation, which has grown to be the leader in Pollution Control equipment servicing the stationary internal combustion engine market.  By the time Mr. McDonald left in 2010, Miratech had retrofitted close to 3000 engines with pollution control equipment, and has grown to be a $65+MM a year company. 
     Mr. McDonald has testified before the Federal EPA numerous times and is considered a valuable stakeholder on several rulemaking teams at the State Level.  For 10 years he has been an instructor for the Advanced School of the Electrical Generating Systems Association on the subject of Emissions from Diesel engines and has authored the textbook chapter on the same. He has a Patent Pending on the use of wire mesh DPF substrates in the pre-heating of SCR catalyst blocks. He lives in Doylestown, PA with his wife Nicole and 4 young children.

Mike Murray
Mike Murray is a co-founder and COO at Ageto Energy. Founded in 2017, Ageto Energy's mission is to accelerate the adoption of renewable energy by simplifying the integration and controls of renewable power systems. Ageto has deployed the Ageto ARC Microgrid Controller, a robust and reliable, energy resource agnostic energy management system (EMS), to over 50 operating hybrid microgrid projects. The projects are maximizing renewable energy utilization by coordinating, dispatching, and monitoring a diverse range of energy resources. Prior to founding Ageto Energy, Mike was the Director of Microgrid Business Development at a software company where he grew their microgrid market. Before that, Mike was the Global Key Account manager at DEIF genset controls company where he worked closely with a major OEM to support and expand sales. Mike spent the first eight years of his career at Caterpillar working in product and customer support in the mining industry. Mike has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology.

Amara Rozgus
Amara Rozgus is editor-in-chief of Consulting-Specifying Engineer and content strategy leader at CFE Media and Technology. She is a frequent presenter at national and international engineering events, where she speaks predominantly about engineering and building trends. In her more than 25 years in the media industry, she has worked across many different disciplines, including high-tech and research and development, public and private construction and building engineering. She currently resides in Chicago.

 

EDUCATIONAL SESSIONS SPEAKERS

Bob Birdsong
Bob attended Michigan State University and left after being accepted into the United States Naval Academy. Served ten years in the Navy as the Engineering Officer on the USS Narwhal, SSN 671 and as an Instructor and Division Officer at Naval Nuclear Power School and Naval Nuclear Field “A” School. Upon leaving the Navy in 1990, he went to work for OK Generators. Bob purchased the company with a partner in 1998 and bought out the partner in 2004. He completed second degree in Electrical Technologies from NYU in 2003.

Andy Briggs  
Andy is President and Founder of Power Telematics, Inc. and has over three decades of experience in the on-site power industry.  He owned and led a multi-million dollar generator distributorship for ten years and previously held senior leadership positions with other large generator distributorships.  Andy has been a long-time member and contributor to EGSA and served on the EGSA board of directors. 

Soren Dahl Christensen
Soren has been on a journey with DEIF for the last 30 years. He started with services and moved into product management for OEM system design. Today the focus is on Energy Optimization and Grid Codes approvals worldwide.

Ken Cockerham
Ken has over 30 years experience in various segments of the power generation world.  Currently he is a business owner and president of FPC of Nashville, a boutique executive recruiting and placement firm that caters to the power generation industry. Prior to starting his business in 2017, Ken served as the Executive Vice President at Nixon Power Services Co., responsible for Aftermarket, NDS and New Business Initiatives and business development assisting with Kohler product sales business.  He previously served as the VP of Sales for the company.  

Dan Howland
Dan Howland is the Business Development Manager for Array Industries, Inc. He is responsible for promoting Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Balance of Plant Solutions for lean burn gas generator applications in North America and the Caribbean. Dan has over 25 years of experience in the power generation market with sales and business development roles at the OEM and distributor levels, including Cummins, Waukesha, Jenbacher, and Hug Engineering. His expertise includes new and retrofit, multi-megawatt power generation applications that utilize both rich burn and lean burn natural gas engine technology. Array Industries specializes in the design and integration of traditional CHP and greenhouse CHP Balance of Plant Solutions that require CO2, heat recovery, pollution and noise reduction. Dan is a graduate of Cornerstone University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications and resides near Detroit, MI. 

Harold Jarrett
Harold Jarrett is the founder and CTO of OmniMetrix LLC.  With 25 years of immersion in power generation remote monitoring, he has gained in-depth experience working with a wide variety of brands and models of power gen equipment.  Since 1997, Harold has guided the OmniMetrix product development program specifically to support dealer service organizations through optimizing data extraction from distributed energy resources.  He is a strong proponent of using data prognostically to prevent power generation failures, and to provide valuable diagnostic intelligence for service efficiency.  Related to this background, Harold has taught the communications class in the EGSA Rowley Advanced School for the last six years. 

Dane Olsen
Dane is the Director of Operations for Generator Solutions, Inc, the manufacturer of the Gen-Tracker generator monitoring system. His knowledge, experience, and passion for customer service has allowed him to blend equally, be it with field service support, customer training, or dealer development. Active in EGSA, he currently holds the title of Vice Chair of the Dealer/Distributor Committee, and Chair to the Technician of the Year Award Working Group.

Raymond Perrier
Raymond Perrier is an Instructional Content Developer for Prime Power Services with over 12 years of educational experience. For the last two years he has been working at Prime Power to deliver eLearning content and development to the power generation industry.

Miles Revell
Mike was Educated at Hull University, England as part of an engineering apprenticeship awarded by gen-set company Dale Electric Ltd, England. Miles trained in both the Gen-set and UPS/Static power divisions of the company. In filling a number of roles during his time there, Miles specialized as Technical Author for the offshore oil and gas industry. The last twenty-five years or so have been focused on the development and sales of gen-set control systems and building global brands in this niche, Miles is currently responsible for Mecc Alte’s Gense.

Michael Reynolds
Michael is a seasoned professional with 20+ years of experience in the technology sector in terms of Channel Partner development, account management and sales. He has created and executed successful sales and channel partnership strategies for many respected companies and have a deep understanding of the opportunities and challenges associated with marketing products and services.

Brian VenHorst
Brian is the National Accounts Executive at Tramont, a tank, enclosure and walkway manufacturer out of Milwaukee, WI. For the past 11 years, he has travelled throughout North America meeting with specifying engineers, OEMs/distributors and technicians to discuss best practices and assists in finding solutions for the power generation industry.