EUFMC’s comprehensive educational program for 2014 will feature presentations by fleets, industry experts and manufacturers. On the list of topics designed to meet the needs of fleet professionals are the following:
How Do You Do It? -- Hear a panel of leading utility fleet professionals provide insight on a variety of current issues and share the practices they employ to help ensure success in their operations. Topics will cover technician recruiting and training, sourcing parts and fuel cost reduction. Presenters currently on the agenda include Gregg Doeden of Arizona Public Service, Dave Fisher of PNM Resources, and Diana Weaver of American Electric Power. Bill Doggett of LGE-KU will serve as moderator for the panel discussion.
Werner J. Schweiger, President, Electric Distribution at Northeast Utilities, will offer valuable insights to EUFMC attendees based on 30 years of utility industry experience. Currently, Schweiger is responsible for overall operations at Northeast Utilities’ four electric operating companies that deliver electricity to over 3 million customers in 525 cities and towns in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
Previously, Schweiger served at NSTAR as President of NSTAR Electric, where he was responsible for distribution, engineering and investment planning across a system serving 1.1 million customers, and as Senior Vice President, Operations with responsibility for electric and gas operations, engineering, metering, fleet, training, and investment planning. Earlier in his career, Schweiger held positions at Long Island Lighting Company and Keyspan Corporation.
Schweiger holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Manhattan College, and Master’s of Science degrees in Energy Management from the New York Institute of Technology, Electrical Engineering from Stony Brook University, and Business Administration from Nichols College.
Bonnie St. John, who has been called "One of the five most inspiring women in America" will bring her message of success to the 2014 Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference. St. John will serve as the dinner speaker at EUFMC on Tuesday June 3, 2104.
St. John, who has been featured extensively by national and international media and honored by three U.S. Presidents, is a highly successful Paralympic athlete, a best-selling author, a television and radio personality, a business owner, and consultant to senior Fortune 500 business executives.
Despite having her right leg amputated at age five, Bonnie St. John became the first African-American to win Olympic or Paralympic medals in ski racing, taking home a silver and two bronze medals at the 1984 Paralympics in Innsbruck, Austria. In 2010, she represented the USA as a member of President Obama’s official delegation to the Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver.
St. John was also honored at the White House where President George W. Bush celebrated her Olympic achievements. After graduating Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University in 1986 and then earning a Master of Letters in Economics from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, she was appointed by President Bill Clinton as a director for Human Capital Issues on the White House National Economic Council.
Today, St. John travels the globe speaking and leading seminars for corporate clients, and researching writing projects. She frequently donates personal appearances to schools, homeless shelters, community groups and other organizations. St. John is also the author of six books, including a recent best seller, How Great Women Lead, which she co-authored with her daughter, Darcy.
Roundtables at EUFMC address common challenges by allowing fleet managers to share best practices and to work with suppliers to find solutions. Discussion topics are determined based on member surveys.