AGORA Advisory Board :
Industry & Business Development Professionals
David Valle, VP of Marketing & Business Development, AGORA
David Valle is the Director of Marketing & Business Development for AGORA. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Frank Brown III, Senior Civil Engineer, City of Portsmouth Utilities
Frank Brown III is currently a Senior Civil Engineer for the City of Portsmouth Engineering & Technical Services Department with more than 31 years of municipal government experience in Engineering, Public Works, and Public Utilities. His duties include project management, utility design, construction management, and management of operations. He has performed this work in several major cities on the east coast (ATL, DC, Richmond, and Hampton Roads). Throughout his career, he has managed major projects with responsibility for design, modeling, construction, and financial consistency. He also conducted condition assessments, maintenance improvements, asset management and resource management. Frank has an extensive knowledge and experience in public utilities and policy standards (federal, state, and local).
Frank received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Old Dominion University, Norfolk VA and his B.S. Mathematics in Applied Physics & Engineering from Christopher Newport University
John Romero, General Manager of Energy Acquisition, Engineering & Planning for Colorado Springs Utilities
John Romero is the General Manager of Energy Acquisition, Engineering and Planning for Colorado Springs Utilities. He has over 25 years of experience and is responsible for electric and gas Integrated Resource Planning, renewable energy and DSM strategies, Transmission and Distribution planning and engineering.
John graduated from CU, Colorado Springs with a BS in Electrical Engineering and an MBA with a Finance emphasis