SPEAKERS & EDUCATION


GENERAL SESSIONS 

Monday, October 2
8:00 am – 9:30 am

Reggie Jackson, Former MLB Player, Author, Businessman

Mr. October: Overcoming Failure on the ´╗┐Path to Success

Reggie Jackson, nicknamed ‘Mr October’, is a titan of American baseball, widely recognized as one of the most prodigious power hitters in the history of the sport. His career spanned an impressive 21 seasons in Major League Baseball, during which he made a lasting impact with the Oakland Athletics and the New York Yankees.

Jackson's career is a testament to his unrelenting dedication and unwavering determination. Over the course of his career, he earned five World Series championships and was named the World Series MVP twice. He was also selected as an All-Star an impressive 14 times and won the prestigious American League MVP award in 1973. Jackson's unrivaled talent and numerous accomplishments cemented his place among the elite in baseball history and in 1993, he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, a fitting tribute to his enduring legacy.

To this day, Jackson's expertise and knowledge are highly valued in the sport, as evidenced by his role at the Houston Astros as a special advisor to the owner, Jim Crane. His unwavering passion for the game and his lasting impact on the sport make him a true inspiration to generations of baseball players and fans alike.

After his retirement in 1987, Jackson has become more focused on his passion of preserving automotive history. The collection spans from the 1930s to the 1980s and even includes many exotic models like Ferrari. Jackson is one of America’s greatest classic and muscle car collectors. He is the owner of the popular Reggie Jackson Collection, which has attracted automotive enthusiasts from around the world.  The five-time World Series winner and Hall of Famer knows his automotive history and has a very impressive collection of vehicles on display, including Corvettes, Mustangs, and many Camaro models.

Reggie Jackson also started the The Mr. October Foundation and partnered with STEM 101 since 2014. They launched their first program in the Bronx in 2015 and have expanded to schools in Detroit, Oakland and St. Louis. The Foundation focuses on improving STEM education and workforce pipeline for underserved youth. Their goal is to inform and inspire kids in the areas of engineering, technology, manufacturing, medical and the trades while focusing on skill development and employability. 

“I feel that the most important requirement in success is learning to overcome failure. You must learn to tolerate it, but never accept it.” -Reggie Jackson


Tuesday, October 3
8:00 am – 9:30 am

Robert Bryce, Author and Journalist

Presenting: A Sober Look at the Energy Transition

Robert Bryce is an author, podcaster, and film producer. He has been writing about energy, power, politics, and innovation for more than three decades. Bryce is the author of six books including most recently, A Question of Power: Electricity and the Wealth of Nations. He has given more than 450 invited or keynote lectures to groups ranging from the Marines Corps War College to the Sydney Institute as well as to a wide variety of associations, universities, and corporations. He is the host of the Power Hungry Podcast and the executive producer of the feature-length documentary: Juice: How Electricity Explains the World, which is available on numerous streaming platforms. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, Lorin, who is an art teacher, photographer, and master potter. Follow him on Substack, robertbryce.substack.com, and on Twitter, @pwrhungry



EDUCATIONAL SESSIONS

Monday, October 2
10:00 am – 10:45 am; repeated from 11:00 am - 11:45 am

Topic: Mission Critical Generator Controls

Speaker(s):

Peter Rossomando, Product Manager, ASCO Power Technologies
Daniel Fischer, Regional Systems Architect, ASCO Power Technologies

Topic Description: This session will discuss control architectures for mission critical generator paralleling applications. Topics covered will include PLC Architectures used in these systems, Redundant designs to include failure scenarios and elimination of single points of failure, and load control options.


Topic: The Value of Community Partnerships for Small and Midsize Businesses

Speaker:

Becki Salmon, CEO, Hardin Industries
 

Topic Description: This presentation will identify the benefits of building community partnerships for a small to midsize business. We will explore ways to identify and establish partnerships, and leverage these relationships to help grow talent, share resources, and identify business development opportunities.


Topic: Introduction to Battery Inverter Technology and Applications

Speaker:

John O'Connor, Director of Power Conversion Systems, Oztek-Trystar 

Topic Description: The renewable segment of our market is growing at a rapid pace. Battery inverters are a key technology in battery energy storage systems (BESS) and a critical microgrid component. This session will provide an introduction to battery inverters including functionality, Smart Inverter requirements, common applications, transformerless design consideration, UL and other certification requirements, and much more!


Monday, October 2

1:15 pm – 2:00 pm; repeated from 2:15 pm - 3:00 pm

Topic: Building Buy-In Around A Clear Mission & Vision

Speaker(s):

Wes & Cindy Dove, Dove Development & Consulting

Topic Description: It’s never all that difficult to find an organization’s mission statement, but that doesn’t mean the people within that organization have bought in or have an idea how what they do on a daily basis ties back to that statement. This lesson analyzes examples of mission statements and challenges leaders to think into how they could apply those statements if they worked in those organizations. This lesson also shares principles participants can consider what developing and communicating their own company’s mission and vision to the teams they lead and provides them with tools they can apply to ensure their mission and vision do more than just fill space in a nice frame on their lobby wall.


Topic: Codes & Standards Development Process

Speaker(s):

Jeff Jonas, Senior Staff Engineer-Global Product Compliance, Generac Power Systems Inc.
Keith Page, Sr. Applications Engineer, Selkirk Corp (c/o Duravent Group)

Topic Description: The attendees will gain valuable insight into how the various standards development organizations work, the renewal cycle and the codes & standards they develop. Also, a working knowledge of what codes & standards are relevant to the installation of an engine generator.


Topic: Greenhouse CHP Balance of Plant Solutions

Speaker(s):

Dan Howland, Business Development Manager - North America, Array Industries Inc.

Topic Description: This session will discuss proper design and utilization of Combined Heat & Power or CHP solutions in greenhouse applications provides enhanced resiliency, increased production, efficient energy utilization and reduced emissions over traditional energy sources. Attendees should walk away from this session with a better understanding how CHP helps with energy efficiency, operational resiliency, reduced carbon footprint, and increased production.


Tuesday, October 3
10:00 am – 10:45 am; repeated from 11:00 am - 11:45 am

Topic: Why Service & Maintenance Matters

Speaker:

Frederic B. Sargent, President, Great Service Forums

Topic Description: Your customers may think of service & maintenance as a necessary evil. You should regard it as a golden opportunity. This session will answer the questions: Why would anyone get into this business and if service & maintenance were a movie who would win the Oscars?


Topic: Demand Response – Benefits for Businesses and Homeowners

Speaker(s):

Harold Jarrett, Founder, OmniMetrix LLC
Jay Snyder, Certified Energy Manager, CPower

Topic Description: This session will discuss the benefits of Demand Response programs to generator dealers, businesses and homeowners, as well as marketing methods for implementation.  CPower and OmniMetrix have a unique partnership that can reduce brownouts and blackouts, reduce the strain on the electric grids while offering a monetary value in return for participation.  With the power of OmniMetrix remote generator monitoring and control, generators become connected distributed energy resources, available for demand reduction during peak grid demand.  The rise in electric vehicles and increasing government policies pushing towards electricity vs. typical oil and gas products will further increase demand on an already taxed electrical grid.  Our solution can help circumvent this issue, while providing generator owners compensation for their participation, and providing generator dealers competitive sales opportunities.


Topic: HVO Fuels vs Bio Diesel 

Speakers:

Ryland Berg, Service Manager, Collicutt Energy
RJ Johansen, Sales Specialist, Gaines Oil Company

Topic Description: Bio-Diesel and HVO (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil) are both renewable fuels derived from plant-based sources but there are significant differences between them in terms of production methods, composition, and properties. These differences can impact fuel stability, engine performance, emissions, and lifecycle costs and HVO fuel provides advantages in all these areas.

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