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Maura AdminAccount New Member New Member Posts:4

27 Apr 2009 02:23 PM
    Please take a minute to introduce yourself to the community. Let us know where you are from and what sector of the Utility Industry you work in or are interested in learning more about. Also, what do you hope to give to and/or get from this community?

    Timothy Smith New Member New Member

    27 Apr 2009 02:57 PM
    Hello group.  It looks like we a fairly small group so I hope we can get to know each other.  My name is Tim Smith and I am located near Los Angeles, California. My work has mainly been with the development and construction of power plants in the Western United State, Asia, and Australia.  I have also done work in other locations but those are my most active locations.  I work mostly with gas turbine simple and combined cycle plants but I am trying to get into renewables as almost everyone in the utility sector is. 
    I started out in the US Navy with gas turbine power school in 1979 and jumped from the Navy to gas turbine Cogeneration plants in California and then spent 8 years in Australia with power plant development and construction.  I am now working on the development and construction of peaking and combined cycle plants in Californian and Indonesia. 
    I am interested in seeing how some of you apply the PMI skills to these areas and getting to know the group.  I look forward to talking to you.

    Osbert Lomax New Member New Member

    28 Apr 2009 09:40 AM
    I am Ozzie Lomax, PMP from AmerenUE in St. Louis

    Cory Ash New Member New Member

    28 Apr 2009 12:25 PM

    Nice to meet you Ozzie and Timothy.  My name is Cory Ash.  I am a certified PMP, graduate student pursuing an MBA in Finance (with a semester until graduation).  I am currently a contractor for DHS (Department of Homeland Security) I manage telecom and equipment projects for our borders.  My exposure to the utility sector is based on my experience managing capital asset construction projects for Progress Energy Florida Energy Delivery-Distribution Unit.


    After leaving Progress Energy I founded a renewable energy company called Ascension Energy Inc.  At that time there was a strong motivation for renewables, capital budgeting methods indicated that these projects were sound.  However, there was little guidance and very localized markets; hence this introduced a very high risk for all potential stakeholders.  There after the capital markets seized and access diminished.  Ultimately, leaving utilities as the only entities capable yet resistant to assume any risk building renewable plants. 


    Due to the current economic circumstance much ground has been lost in an effort to make PV, small wind, or large wind applications feasible.  At any rate I continue to be optimistic about the potential of future generation projects including nuclear. 


    I will be at the Nuclear Energy Assembly in Washington DC next month to gain more insight and gauge in my opinion; a tool in our national tool box to add carbon neutral base load generation.


    I look forward to meeting our group members, benchmarking, and sharing industry best practices for utility projects. 

    Mia Prunesti New Member New Member

    30 Apr 2009 06:36 PM
    Hello Tim, Ozzie and Cory. My name is Mia Prunesti, PMP and I work in the Telecom Industry.  I was formerly in the IT industry, implementing financial software for large banking institutions. Now, I work for a fiber optic facilities based telecom company in SW Florida, US Metropolitan Telecom.  I made the leap from corporate america to a telecom startup to put my PMP skills to work. It's been challenging to say the least, but having PM experience and knowledge base has enabled me to meet each challenge with an approach and methodology to bring an idea to fruition.  Good to meet you all, I look forward to perusing this website as well as the multitude of resources available to PMI members.

    Akin Thompson New Member New Member

    15 May 2009 01:19 PM
    Hello Everyone.
    I am Akin Thompson, from Nigeria, certified PMP and currently studying for an MBA degree.  I work as a Project Manager with Ericsson in Nigeria. I have worked for the past 9 years in the Telecommunications industry, and i am interested in Optic Fibre networks; mainly FTTx projects.
    I hope i will be able to share on the challenges faced in deploying infrastructure in Nigeria, and also the opportunities for development. I will like to learn from others about best practices for utility projects and challenges faced in managing utility projects in other countries.

    Dominic Valente New Member New Member

    15 May 2009 05:11 PM
    Hi Everyone,
    My name is Dom Valente.  I work for Henkels and McCoy, Inc, a large engineering and construction firm heavily involved in the utility industry.
    I have been here 12 years in our Blue Bell, PA location, and have managed projects in the engineering phase for electric transmission, distribution, telecom, water, you name it.  I have a BS in Civil Engineering.
    Business development has been added to my responsibilities, which you know comes so very easily to introverted, detail-oriented people like me!  I'm hoping that networking like this can help me with this responsibility, and also learn some good practices and experiences that other PM's in the utility industry have.

    Paul Guglielmetti New Member New Member

    16 May 2009 03:40 PM
    I'm Paul Guglielmetti, an Operations Manager at Dayton Power & Light in Ohio.  Currently I manage the Substation Services group.  We are responsible for all substation maintenance, operations, and switching.

    Bruce Fluehr New Member New Member

    18 May 2009 03:52 PM
    Hello all, my name is Bruce Fluehr, and I manage the Project Management organization at PECO, the local electric and gas utility in the Philadelphia area.  I'm very interested in how other utilities manage their large T&D projects, and how the PM organization fits in with the operating groups (i.e. part of Operations, or a different reporting relationship).  Looking forward to some good discussions.

    JASON STILLMAN New Member New Member Posts:6

    21 May 2009 05:45 PM

    Glad to meet you all.

    My name is Jason Stillman, and I work as a Maintenance and special projects planner/scheduler for an independent utility in the Pacific Northwest. I am not (yet) a PMP, but just finished a one year certificate program in Project Management to add to an AAS in Industrial Maintenance Technology.

    I am also employed by a small renewable energy company managing my first project which is constructing a bio-diesel plant in AZ.

    Donna Blomquist New Member New Member Posts:1

    03 Jun 2009 02:40 PM
    Hi all,
    My name is Donna Blomquist and I work for We-energies in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  I've worked for them for 37 years and my current responsibilities are around project management.  I'm currently managing a Unified Desktop project for our Customer Services Department.  The group I work in is not an official PMO but we are planning a modified version to suit my Company's needs.  I'm looking forward to discussions on how other utilities utilize PM, integrate it within their organizations, project successes/failures, etc.   And I'd like to share the same information for my utility. I think this will be/is a great way to network.  Look forward to some great discussion.

    James Dudley New Member New Member Posts:11

    06 Jun 2009 12:30 AM

    Hello all, my name is Jim Dudley and I work for Piedmont Natural Gas in Charlotte, NC.  I'd like to thank everyone for joining this site and for your interest in the Utilities Industry Forum. We are excited about this site, and we believe it will become a valuable resource for information and insights regarding project management in the utilities industry, especially as the site membership grows.
    The predecessor to this forum was the Utilities Industry Specific Interest Group or UISIG. The UISIG had for some time enjoyed a respectable membership level, but in recent years it had not been delivering a lot of value to its constituents.
    Although a group of members had already begun a SIG revitalization effort over a year ago, we were thrilled when PMI approached us about transitioning to this new virtual community site model. This site offers vastly improved features for collaboration and knowledge sharing as compared to our previous static web site. I encourage everyone to review the How to Use This Site presentation to become more familiar with all of the features.
    As you can tell, we are still in the early stages of membership transition and site adoption. It will take some time to get all of our historical UISIG members signed up and comfortable with the new capabilities. In the meantime, please continue to get to know one another and together we will welcome new members as they join.

    Parnell Myhrum New Member New Member

    15 Jun 2009 10:41 AM
    Hello All,
    I'm Parnell Myhrum, eServices Program Manager for Progress Energy Carolinas and Progress Energy Florida.  I work primarily out of our corporate headquarters city of Raleigh, North Carolina.  In addition to overseeing the Web customer self-service, I am the principle strategist for Customer and Market Services for both utilities.  Progress Energy is a Fortune 250 company serving 3.1 million electric customers in the Carolinas and Florida.
    Previously, I managed the project management office for Progress Energy Carolinas. 
    I've been a PMP since 2004.  I'm always interested in hearing about how other utilities are applying the project management best practices.

    Toby Everett New Member New Member

    15 Jun 2009 11:53 AM
    Hi Everyone -
    I am Toby Everett and I specialize in energy trading risk management systems (ETRM systems).  I help clients through the entire systems development lifecycle and have been in the industry for over 10 years.

    Scott Hallam New Member New Member Posts:1

    05 Sep 2009 10:37 PM
    Hi everyone.  My name is Scott Hallam, PMP, MBA, MS, BS.  I work for Dominion East Ohio, a subsidiary of Dominion Resource, Inc. (  I'm a project manager responsible for natural gas Transmission, Storage, and Gathering design and construction.  Primary focus area is mid-stream natural gas projects transporting production natural gas to existing transmission and storage pipeline systems.  Other areas includes working with alt energy energy producers to transport their commity through our existing infrastructure. 
    Hoping to learn more about other utility PM processes and practices, including the use of PMO and risk managment.

    Stuart Miller New Member New Member Posts:7

    17 Sep 2009 08:46 PM
    Hi I'm Stu Miller. I work for BC Hydro as the Generation Area Scheduler on Vancouver Island. My work involves the scheduling of maintenance and upgrade projects and coordinating between project teams, site staff and system operations. I'm currently working on my PMI-SP.
    Amr Hassan New Member New Member

    23 Sep 2009 10:46 AM
    My name is Amr Hassan and work for Con Edison of New York in Gas Transmission Engineering, Major Projects group.  I am a PMP, and am trying to better improve our project management practices.  I am very open for discussion and look forward to hearing from everyone. 

    Nacy McConnell New Member New Member Posts:1

    06 Oct 2009 04:43 AM
    Hello all:
    My name is Nacy McConnell and I manage the Contracts and Production Services functions in Progress Energy's Customer and Marketing Services Department in Raleigh NC. My main areas of responsibility include 1) managing the print/mail process for all customer billing, notices and correspondence 2) managing a network of over 600 walk in paystations in three states.

    I am a certified PMP and have been in the utility industry for 26 years. However, I am relatively new in this role (16 months) and I am extremely interested in networking throughout the industry to identify best practices relative to these functions.

    Michael Balin New Member New Member Posts:1

    06 Oct 2009 08:16 AM
    Hi my name's Mike Balin. I'm a PMP and work in the Boston area for StreamServe, a high-volume document management company that converts documents from one format to another, then distributes them via high-volume print, email, FAX, SMS, etc. My focus is strategic marketing and sustainability, where we launched a program linking ROI and eco-impact calculations based on converting utility bills from paper to electronic, for example.

    I'm interested in learning more about project management issues associated with the utilities industry, especially concerning the impact of emerging smart grids. For example, as plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV's) go mainstream, how do utilities see managing load issues while also tapping into all these vehicles (and their batteries) as a source of auxiliary power for the grid?
    Timothy Johnson New Member New Member Posts:2

    06 Oct 2009 10:48 AM
    Hello, my name is Timothy Johnson I am a PMP working for Carter & Crawley, in Greenville, SC. We provide Relay & Control Equipment for Utilities and Generation facilities. I have also worked with Progress Energy and Florida Power & Light on projects.

    I am interested in the solutions developed for renewable energy projects. I have seen significant activity in Canada and Northern United States for wind projects. I would be interested in hearing about new projects in wind, solar, and geothermal power generation.
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