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Mark Murphy, COO, Smart Grid Summits

Mark Murphy is the Chief Operating Officer for Smart Grid Summits (SGS). Mark is a seasoned sales and marketing executive with over 22 years of senior management experience in the direct marketing and event production industries. Mark has managed and produced complex direct marketing and business development events for many of the Fortune 500 Companies during his career.

Mark's experience and leadership has enabled SGS to add the Smart Water Summit to its portfolio of events thus making SGS the preeminent business development event for the Public Utility Industry. One of Mark's goals is to leverage The Smart Grid Summits unique and informative format to add additional events within the Utility Industry.

Mark received his BA Degree in Marketing from Saint Olaf College while playing collegiate baseball. Mark is married with two sons, lives in Alpharetta, GA. and enjoys spending his off time coaching and participating in youth sports with his boys.

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David Valle, VP of Marketing & Business Development, Smart Grid Summits

David Valle is the Director of Marketing & Business Development for Smart Grid Summits (SGS). Prior to his work with the Summits, David was a Sr. Research Analyst and the Director of Business Development with ZPRYME Market Research & Consulting.  With over 12 years of Management, Marketing and Business Development experience, David brings a young perspective to an ever changing Industry.

David received his Bachelor of Science in Geography, with a Minor in Business Administration, from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas.  David is a Native Texan living in Greenville, SC and enjoys playing golf during his time off.



David Stair, Senior Director of North American Energy, Sensus

David is a Senior Director for the North American Energy group at Sensus.    He has held numerous sales roles while at Sensus including the Director of Public Power for the U.S. and Caribbean markets.  He now manages sales efforts in the gas,  IOU, cooperative & municipalpublic power sectors and distribution.

He is a utility professional with 28 years of industry experience.  Stops along the way include 17 years at a large combination municipal utility, where he actually started as a meter reader and eventually was in charge of managing 60 employees in the field service department.  He then moved to a small technology start-up company as a national product manage and eventually joining Sensus.  David has leaned on his prior utility experience and background  to help him gain key industry knowledgein the areas of electric metering,  AMI, demand response, project management, product management, marketing, contract negotiations and key sales.  He holds a degree in education and attended Calhoun College and Faulkner University. He is an avid football and basketball fan, spending 15 years coaching AAU basketball and youth football.

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Bob King, President / Owner, RBK Utility Solutions Ltd.

Bob King manages his own Professional Services & Consulting Company, since his retiring from Toronto Hydro Electric Systems Limited as Chief Operating Officer. During his 34 years working in the Utility Sector, he demonstrated a very unique insight in developing and leading tactical initiatives with clear positive results.

Prior to his appointment as Chief Operating Officer at Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited in October 2006, he was Senior Vice-President of Distribution Services, a position that he held since September 2002.

Mr. King has been riding a wave of change since first coming into the energy business. He started as a power lineperson for the former Ontario Hydro while attending night school to obtain his professional engineering (P. Eng.) degree. He then continued to work in variety of positions in both Transmission and Distribution Organizations.

In 1999, after the amalgamation of Metro Toronto's six municipal electric utilities, Mr. King was asked to lead as Vice-President, Business Transformation, a program that involved new technology and change processes for a simpler, more efficient and effective approach to execution of work, transforming every aspect of Toronto Hydro Electric Systems Ltd..

Troy Schake, Chief Business Development Officer, SEDC

Troy Schake is the Chief Business Development Officer for SEDC, and a seasoned executive with over 18 years of experience in the utility industry. Troy has extensive experience in numerous technology fields spanning over 25 years. Prior to joining SEDC and entering the utility industry, Troy held sales leadership roles with United Systems and Software and RimTec. 

Troy’s primary focus with SEDC is leading the business development and communications teams to higher growth and greater customer satisfaction. Troy also serves as the CEO of Arista, the full-service print and mail division of SEDC.

Troy holds degrees in Business Administration and Computer Systems Design and Analysis. Troy lives in Jacksonville, FL, and is married with 3 children. 


David Lea, Manager, Gainesville Regional Utilities

Utility Industry Professional with 31 years' experience employed by Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU), a municipal utility with 94,000 electric, 69,000 water and 36,000 gas customers, located in Gainesville, Florida. David has held various positions in Electrical Engineering, Electric Operations, Energy Delivery Administration and currently serves as GRU's Advanced Metering Infrastructure Project Manager.

Past positions have included Distribution Engineering Technician, Utility Electric Services Supervisor, Software Project Leader for implementation of Mincom's Enterprise Asset Management and Telvent's Designer Work Management and Senior Analyst for Energy Delivery Administration responsible for electric, gas distribution capital construction budgets in excess of 13 million dollars annually. As Gainesville Regional Utilities Advanced Metering Infrastructure Project Manager responsible for overall management and implementation of Gainesville Regional Utilities Smart Grid implementation covering GRU's electric, water and gas distribution utilities.

The Gainesville Regional Utilities AMI project includes the installation of a Wimax and 900 Mhz mesh communications network. The AMI metering of electric, gas and water. The automation of capacitors, regulators, switches and reclosers on the electric distribution system. The project also includes automated switch restoration, volt – var conservation, AMI outage management integration, a new customer portal and data analytics, automatic vehicle location, and pre-pay.

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Roger Smith, Chief Business Development Officer, Central Service Association (CSA)

Roger joined the CSA staff in 1994 as a communications specialist. Since that time he has held several roles within, and now directs, the CSA business development department. Holding a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Mississippi State University, he has also participated in many continuing education opportunities and earned both the CPSv and CPE certifications from the Tennessee Valley Public Power Association.

In 2010, Roger was promoted to chief business development officer where he oversees the image and promotion of CSA, coordinates many of the relationships between CSA and third-party companies that provide valuable services to both CSA and its member utilities, coordinates all marketing and sales efforts including trade show and conference participation, oversees all corporate communications including the LINES magazine, corporate Web site, printed collateral, member communications, the content of the Annual User Education Conference and more. As chief business development officer, Roger is also a member of the executive committee that provides direction for future growth and development of the association.

Roger is married with one daughter and enjoys golf, college football and assorted other hobbies.

Jason Rodriguez, CEO & Director of Research, ZPRYME

Jason S. Rodriguez consults with clients in the in the manufacturing, clean technology, energy and the Smart Grid industries. Jason has recently led industry studies on distributed generation, energy storage, EVs, smart cities, and microgrids.

Jason has held prior research roles for Verizon Wireless, AAA, the Institute for Business & Home Safety, and the Center for Economic Development Research at the University of South Florida. Last, he served two years as an Economic Research Associate with ERS Group, a major economic litigation consulting firm in Tallahassee, Florida. Jason received his BBA from McMurry University in Abilene, Texas, his MBA from Texas-State University in San Marcos, Texas. He also completed two years of Graduate-level Economics at the University of South Florida.

Haruna Popoola, Technology Portfolio Leader/ Account Manager, The City of Calgary

Haruna Popoola is a successful Technology executive, visionary and strategist with over 20 years’ experience providing technology strategy, business planning and operational support to various organizations. In his current role as Technology Portfolio Leader/Account Manager for The City of Calgary’s Utility & Environmental department (Water Resources, Water Services, Waste & Recycling and Environment Safety Management business units) a Municipality with 15,000 employees supporting a population of about 1.4M people and about 380k water meters he’s responsible for technology portfolio planning, sustainment and also has staff supporting project delivery. He has led several initiatives that have positioned Utility Departments as partners and collaborators while fostering needed values for efficiency creation and business transformation.

Haruna is a strategic manager, leader, coach and mentor with proven ability to transform businesses into high-performing organizations by creating capacity and efficiency while executing portfolios of technology programs.

Patty Durand, President & CEO, Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC)

Patty Durand joined the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC) in January 2011 as its first Executive Director. In this role, she is responsible for advancing a consumer-friendly, consumer-safe smart grid through research and education. Under her leadership SGCC has grown 85% in four years to over 120 members and produced eight pieces of foundational consumer focused research.

Before joining SGCC, Durand worked for the Georgia Institute of Technology where she assisted in smart grid research projects. While there she helped to submit $10 million in three grant proposals to the Department of Energy and ARPA-E.

Prior to her time at Georgia Tech Durand served as the Executive Director for the Georgia Chapter of the Sierra Club where she focused on energy policy and climate change programs as well as citizen advocacy. Durand also served on the Board of the Smart Grid Society for the Technology Association of Georgia for two years and was named one of 2012’s “Fierce 15” Women in Energy by FierceEnergy for her dedication to driving consumer awareness and understanding of the smart grid.