Monday, March 13
8:00 am – 9:30 am

Lessons from the Shark

Kevin O'Leary
Member of "Shark Tank," Canadian Businessman, Investor, Writer, and Television Personality

One of North America’s most successful entrepreneurs, O’Leary will share his secrets to his remarkable business achievements with us during his keynote address. Best known as guest judge “Mr. Wonderful” on the popular investment pitch show Shark Tank. O’Leary will take you on a behind-the-scenes look at his two hit shows, ABC's Shark Tank and CBC's Dragons’ Den. He will share entertaining and insightful outtakes from his TV shows, including videos you cannot see anywhere else, along with a current economic overview and how it relates to your industry. Finally, he will bring unique business information to your audience and provide insights into how your industry is performing, where the innovation is coming from, and more.

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Tuesday, March 14
8:00 am – 9:30 am

Lessons Learned: The State of Texas

John Anderson III
´╗┐´╗┐Logistics Managment Directorate, Federal Emergency Management Agency

Dan Barbersek
Director of Power Generation, Waukesha Pearce Industries

In February 2021, the state of Texas suffered a major power crisis, which came about during three severe winter storms sweeping across the United States. The storms triggered the worst energy infrastructure failure in Texas state history, leading to shortages of water, food, and heat, and more than 4.5 million homes and businesses were left without power, some for several days. At least 246 people were killed directly or indirectly, with some estimates as high as 702 killed as a result of the crisis. Though not at the same level, Texas has continued to experience widespread power outages since 2021. This presentation will provide insights on how you can grow your organization through the right mix of  products and services when unexpected weather events and natural disasters strike.

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Monday, March 13
10:00 am – 10:45 am; repeated from 11:00 am - 11:45 am

Generator Reliability
This session will be a discussion of how to mitigate potential failures through maintenance in prospective of NFPA 110, Chapter 8. We will be covering testing/documentation, keeping your EPSS as reliable as possible, and owner/operator responsibilities.
     Speaker: Jon Pinney ( Learning & Development Manager, Buckeye Power)

Optimizing Maintenance Intervals
With advancements in IoT (internet of things), AI (artificial intelligence), machine learning and sensor technologies, the connected industry is disrupting traditional fixed service interval approach by embracing Condition Based Maintenance. A sensor-based, data-driven approach can be applied to service practices enable real-time remote monitoring of filters and fluid health that helps end users to service engine consumables when needed and enable Condition Based Maintenance.
     Speaker: Shantanu Nadgir (Global Business Development Manager, Cummins Filtration)

Solving the #1 Genset Problem: Starting Battery Failure
Energy storage technology has progressed more in the past decade than in the previous century. The session looks at alternative energy storage options for starting gensets, compares these to lead-acid and Ni-Cd batteries, and identifies the nickel-zinc battery as the most promising technology for starting gensets.
     Speakers: William "Bill" Kaewert (Chief Technology Officer, Stored Energy Systems) and
     Eric Solanyk (Genset Power Solutions Director, Stored Energy Systems)

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

Combined Engine Exhaust Solutions in CHP
This session will discuss specific case studies where the design, integration, manufacturing, and site supervision/installation of multiple engine exhausts combined into single heat recovery modules. Key points will include: multiple engine exhausts combined, challenges, design considerations; multiple heat recovery options; efficiency & space optimization; and existing space re-purposed.
     Speaker: Dan Howland (Business Development Manager, Array Industries Inc.)

How Top Leaders Set the Tone for Recruitment & Retention
Regardless of what the economy is doing at any given time, some organizations always have a pipeline of the best candidates just waiting to come on board. More often than not, this is a result of those companies having a strong leadership culture that people want to be a part of. Not only does strong leadership attract great talent, it keeps that talent on the team and engaged! This session looks at why people join organizations, as well as why they leave, and provides key steps senior leaders can take to build this into all levels of their organization and have a direct impact on recruitment & retention.
     Speakers: Wes & Cindy Dove (Founders, Dove Development)


The Nuts and Bolts of Social Media for your Business
In this session we will explore how social media can increase brand awareness, help position your team as knowledge leaders in your space, assist your brand in creating new partnerships, and grow business.  We will cover the various social channels that apply to business-to-business relationships as well as briefly touch on how to use social media to drive consumer awareness.
    Speaker: Shana Duthie (Head of Sales and Marketing, Duthie Power Services) and Jennifer Watkins (Marketing Manager, Duthie Power Services)

Tuesday, March 14
10:00 am – 10:45 am; repeated from 11:00 am - 11:45 am


Continuous Fuel Quality Monitoring
This fuel quality session will cover the common issues with fuel in storage and the latest advances in fuel-quality-reporting technology including real-time monitoring. It will include an in-depth study of effects of fuel quality concerns on fuel tanks and related equipment, as well as solutions for the prevention and treatment of them. The presentation will also include information on regulating authorities, diesel specifications, warranty issues and asset protection.
     Speaker: Steve Burris (Fuel Quality Consultant)

Demand Response – A New Business Opportunity

This session will provide an introduction to Demand Response programs, including an overview of how they work and a summary of the benefits these programs can deliver. The session will then focus on how onsite standby generators can be monetized when utilized for Demand-Response programs.
     Speaker: Andy Rogers (VP of Business Development, Ayantra, Inc.)

The "Training Function": How to Increase Your Technicians Performance
In this session, discover the process for making measurable improvements in your technician’s performance by utilizing a training needs analysis. Learn how to investigate employee performance and identify which problems are training related and which are not. Utilize a training needs analysis process to properly assess the value of a training programs.
     Speaker: Raymond Perrier (Prime Power) and Nathan Harris (EGSA)




EGSA wishes to thank the following companies for their support of the Spring Conference. Revenues from the event help support ESGA’ operational programs.