Wednesday, March 7 │ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Panel: Smart City San Diego: Delivering Results
Join the Smart City San Diego strategic partners to discuss the multiple projects underway that are aimed at transforming the region into a best-in-class smart city. These strategic partners, including car2go, H.G. Fenton, GE, UC San Diego, and SDG&E, will address the case studies of smart grid technology solutions in the region. This panel will explore the technology gaps and business challenges surrounding the transition of San Diego into a model Smart City. http://smartcitysd.org
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Senior Vice President, Power Supply
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James P. Avery is senior vice president, electric, for San Diego Gas & Electric. Prior to joining SDG&E in 2001, Avery was a consultant with R.J. Rudden Associates, one of the nation's leading management and economic consulting firms specializing in energy and utility matters. Avery has extensive experience in utility operations and management. He was the chief executive officer of the electric and gas operations at Citizens Utilities Company, a multi-service organization that provided electric, gas, telecom, water and wastewater services in 21 states across the nation. He also held various positions at American Electric Power. Avery is a member of the board of directors of the California Power Exchange, and High Tech High. He also is a senior member of the Association of Energy Engineers, and a member of both the National Society of Professional Engineers and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Avery is a graduate of the Executive Management Program at Dartmouth College and holds a bachelor's degree in engineering from Manhattan College.
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President & CEO
H.G. Fenton Company
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As president and chief executive officer, Michael 'Mike' Neal is responsible for guiding the H.G. Fenton Company organization to achieve its vision and strategic plan objectives and for overseeing all real estate operations.
Neal, who joined H.G. Fenton Company in 1988, is considered the chief architect of the company's real estate emphasis and growth. Under his direction, the privately-held organization has become one of the largest real estate owners and developers in San Diego County. Neal is a graduate of San Diego State University (SDSU) with a bachelor's degree in business administration with an emphasis in real estate. He also holds his master's degree in real estate from SDSU and is a member of the San Diego State University Alumni Association.
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Digital Energy, GE
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Deb Tatum is the Account Director for GE Energy's Digital Energy business in Southern California. The Digital Energy business provides integrated smart grid solutions and reliable power delivery systems to electric utility, oil & gas, critical infrastructure and industrial sectors.
As Account Director she is responsible for crafting and executing the sales strategy for the GE Digital Energy’s utility business in S California. Deb has spent 20 years with GE in multiple sales and leadership roles in two GE businesses, GE Energy and GE Electrical Distribution & Control, now known as Industrial Solutions. Her career also spans her roles as Director, Global Sales Operations at Brooks Automation and Director, Sales and Marketing at Avistar, a former subsidiary of PNM Resources. Deb holds a B.S. degree from Troy University, a Masters in Education from Auburn University and her MBA from the University of Phoenix.
Byron Washom is responsible for energy management policy to achieve the campus' goals for quantum improvements in energy management and Greenhouse Gas reductions. Prior to UCSD, Mr. Washom was the CEO for twenty years of a due diligence firm that specialized in CleanTech, and he served as Sr. International Advisor to the World Bank and DOE. He is a four time Rockefeller Foundation Grantee and a former Heinz Endowment Grantee for early commercialization of CleanTech into developing countries. Mr. Washom was also Founder and President of Advanco Corp which in 1984 set the long-standing world records for solar electric conversion efficiency at 29.4% and subsequently achieved an IR100 Award. He was the 2008 Recipient of UCSD’s Citizen of the Year Award for Sustainability, and he was a Visiting Faculty Member at the Rady School of Management while teaching the graduate level course, The Business of Renewable Energy.