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T&D World Executive Insights Board

Executive Insights from experts in the power delivery industry: This page includes a list of experts from around the globe that contribute content on a regular basis. Browse the list, view their content, and connect with them. If you are interested in joining the community, please send an email to Rich Maxwell at [email protected] and introduce yourself. 

John H. Baker Jr.

President, Inception Energy Strategies

John is a proven utility executive, strategist, engineer and executive consultant. He is president of Inception Energy Strategies, an executive consultancy serving the utility industry. He has particular expertise in strategic business models, new energy technologies, customer strategies and smart grid.

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Mike Beehler

Vice President, Burns & McDonnell

Mike is a vice president at Burns & McDonnell. After working as a transmission engineer and project manager, Mike led the company’s initial development of the critical infrastructure protection after 09/11. He initiated the application of sustainable principles into substation design preceding the development by ASCE and ACEC of the Envision program.

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Terry Boston

U.S. Presidential Appointee, National Infrastructure Advisory Council and PJM, Former President & CEO

Terry Boston has worked shoulder-to-shoulder with energy leaders around the world, traveling to France, South Africa, China, South Korea and other countries. He has explained complex energy issues to White House staff and U.S. Congress members and established business relationships with several U.S. governors and public utility commissioners. He has testified before FERC and served on boards for groups such as the IEEE, CIGRÉ, the Association of Edison Illuminating Companies, the North American Electric Reliability Council and the Very Large Power Grid Operators of the World.

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Richard Brown

Principal Engineer and Practice Director, Engineering Management Consulting for Exponent

Dr. Richard Brown is the practice director for Exponent’s Engineering Management Consulting practice. He is an internationally recognized expert in infrastructure asset management, power system reliability, major event performance, system hardening, reliability improvement, power delivery system planning, smart grid, system automation, distributed energy resources, risk assessment, and economic analysis.

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Mark Goff

Engineer Power Services, LLC

Mark Goff, a retired engineering manager with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), is on a mission to bridge the communications gap between electric utility technical groups and management teams.

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Michael Heyeck

Founder, The Grid Group, LLC

Michael Heyeck is the founder of The Grid Group, LLC. He previously served as senior vice president of transmission at American Electric Power. He is president of the CIGRÉ U.S. National Committee and was a member of the Department of Energy Electricity Advisory Committee. 

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mark-knight-board.jpgMark Knight

Senior Industry Advisor, Burns & McDonnell

Mark Knight is a senior industry adviser in the Business & Technology Solutions Group at Burns & McDonnell with more than 30 years of experience in distribution, transmission, metering, systems integration, deregulation, grid modernization, interoperability, asset management, risk management, resilience and transactive energy both as a utility employee in the United Kingdom and the United States.

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John D. McDonald
SmartGrid Business Development Leader, GE Power's Grid Solutions business

John D. McDonald, P.E., is SmartGrid Business Development Leader for GE Power’s Grid Solutions business. John has 43 years of experience in the electric utility industry.John teaches a Smart Grid course at the Georgia Institute of Technology, a Smart Grid course for GE, and substation automation, distribution SCADA and communications courses for various IEEE PES local chapters.

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profile-Esri-Bill_Meehan_540x540.jpgBill Meehan
Director, Worldwide Utility Industry Solutions, ESRI  

Bill Meehan, P.E., heads the worldwide utility industry solutions practice for Esri. Author of Enhancing Electric Utility Performance with GIS; Modeling Electric Distribution Performance with GIS; Empowering Electric and Gas Utilities; Power System Analysis by Digital Computer, and numerous papers and articles.

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James Merlo
VP and Director of Reliability Risk Management, North American Electric Reliability Corp.

Joining NERC in July 2011, James works with the talented professionals in the electric reliability organization to promote the understanding and learning from events and occurrences that are experienced on the Bulk Electric System, assess the industry status and needs with regard to human performance challenges affecting bulk power system (BPS) reliability and provide world class training for the ERO staff and industry.

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Mani Vadari
Founder and President, Modern Grid Solutions

Dr. Vadari is founder and president of Modern Grid Solutions delivering consulting and training services to a global set of entities (cities, utilities, and vendors) seeking deep subject matter expertise in developing the next-generation electric energy and other sustainable mechanisms. Also, he is an Affiliate Professor at the University of Washington and a Technical Consultant to the New York State Smart Grid Consortium.

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