2022 FMEA Energy Connections Conference & Trade Show

Wednesday, November 2, 2022
to Thursday, November 3, 2022

DoubleTree by Hilton at the Entrance to Universal

5780 Major Boulevard Orlando, FL 32819 United States

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The FMEA Energy Connections Conference & Trade Show is designed for a broad cross-section of employees, from public power technical personnel to safety managers. The event has much to offer to each segment of a utility's personnel – from directors and public power professionals involved in electric utility management and operations – to customer service and communication specialists.

Conference Presentations

Wednesday, November 2
 Presentation FMEA’s 80th Anniversary and Association Updates, Amy Zubaly, Executive Director, FMEA


Developing the Energy Workforce: Challenges and Solutions, Rosa Schmidt, Director of Member Services and Veteran Programming, Center for Energy Workforce Development


Different Thinking, Different Approaches: An Outlook for the Industry, Cathy Dalton, Strategic Account Executive, EPRI
  Workplace Safety: Active Shooter Preparedness, Lieutenant William Bartlett, High Risk Incident Command. Orange County Sherriff’s Office

Building Strong Communities Luncheon

Stop Saying 'Can't', Charlie Linville, Keynote Speaker

With remarkable stories about his personal journey as the first combat-wounded veteran to reach the summit of Mount Everest, Linville shares the secrets behind his relentless determination to achieve what others say cannot be done, including slowly chipping away at an enormous goal and pushing past limitations. As Linville explains, terrible things happen in the world every day, but cannot change who you are. He believes happiness is a choice, and illuminates the power of emotional resilience and unwavering dedication.

Customer Connections Roundtable


Communicating with Customers When the Topic is Tough, Korey Bush, Assistant General Manager – Customer Service, Lakeland Electric

Safety & Training Roundtable


Supply Chain Constraints: Impacts and Strategies, Ed Thomas, Materials Demand Management, OUC

Engineering & Operations Roundtable


Roundtable Topic: Increasing Reliability on Poorest Performing Distribution Circuits, Kenji Plennert, Practice Leader for Electric Distribution, KCI Technologies


Roundtable Topic: The Future of Solar Energy, Alex Wong, Portfolio Manager – Renewables, The Energy Authority
Thursday, November 3

Customer Connections Breakout Session


Digital Transformation Boosts Cities’ and Utilities’ Productivity, Ruby Irigoyen, Senior VP – Customer Services, ENCO Utility Services, and RJ Kumar, CEO, ESC Partners


Chatbot Technology in the Electric Utility Industry, Felipe Corredor, US Sales Consultant, and Juan Corredor, CTO, Open International


AMI at a Small Utility: It’s All About the Customers, Tammy Snyder, Customer Service Supervisor, and Silvia Rodriguez, Project Manager, City of Newberry


Our Community, Our Customers, Tony Clayton, Business Relations Coordinator, Ocala Electric Utility

Safety & Training Breakout Session


Substation Grounding and Personnel Safety, Molli Dooley, Senior Project Engineer, POWER Engineers


Material Lifting & Handling Safety: Derrick Diggers and More, Andy Netzel, Business Manager, Sentry Safety Program, Altec
  Building Trust to Build Safety Culture, Kim Culpeper, Technical Education Manager, TVPPA



Accountability for Supervisors in the Field, Paul Thomas, Manager of Safety & Health Services, Wes Grant, Manager of Technical Utility Training, JEA

Engineering & Operations Breakout Session


Storm Hardening and Field Area Networks, Derrick Bigham, Section Manager, Burns & McDonnell


What Type of Survey Does my Project Need? It Depends. Melissa Seitzinger, Business Development Manager, LJA Surveying


Developing a UAS (Drone) Program Supporting Engineering Design for Power G&T, Joel Holdcraft, Civil Engineer, Surveyor, and Drone Pilot, Commonwealth Associates


Electric Vehicles and Utility Coordination, Dan Scherle, Distribution Manager – Power Delivery, Shane Hall, Distribution Associate Supervisor – EV Infrastructure, Austin Smith, Electrical Engineer, ENERCON

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Thank you to our sponsors!

Diamond sponsor

Silver sponsors

Automated Energy
Burns & McDonnell
EC Fennel PA
GAI Consultants
Northwest Lineman College
POWER Engineers
Ring Power
TextPower, Inc.

Bronze sponsor

Cutter Networks
KCI Technologies.
Milwaukee Tool

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Elizabeth Bendele

Elizabeth Bendele

Manager of Member Services & Programs, FMEA

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