Industry Leaders Take Stage at DistribuTECH(TM)

Industry Leaders Take Stage at DistribuTECH(TM)

By Jerry Locsin, Senior Editor

With 70 miles of Pacific Ocean Beach to the west, and several uplifting mountain ranges to the east, San Diego boasts an abundance of activities, attractions and amenities to be enjoyed. Along the harbor, the waterfront theme village keeps busy with bay cruises, water taxis and ferry rides to Coronado Island. The backcountry retreat of Julian in the Laguna Mountains is yet another example of San Diego County`s most scenic areas.

San Diego is also the host city for the 1997 DA/DSM(TM) DistribuTECH(TM) Conference & Exhibition held from Jan. 27 to Jan. 30, 1997. The conference will be held at the San Diego Convention Center, a state-of-the-art facility which recently housed the Republican National Convention. For the second year in a row, Utility Automation is a proud sponsor and official publication for this event.

DA/DSM DistribuTECH is an intensive program designed for all utility and related industry personnel in marketing, engineering and operations positions who are involved in programs designed to improve customer service and competitiveness, reduce operations and maintenance costs, improve operating efficiencies and organize for new business development. This year`s symposium theme is “utility information technology, competitive business solutions and customer satisfaction.”

The conference also provides education and information options such as the Utility University (preconference seminars), the Market Intelligence Track and a newly added parallel session, the Water Track (sponsored by WaterWorld magazine).

About the Keynote

The 1997 DistribuTECH guest keynote speakers include a line-up of esteemed leaders within the utilities and information technologies industries. A welcome address will be given by the Program Conference Chair, Roger Levy. Levy will be followed by an elite group of speakers who will give new perspectives on key issues for automation in the utilities industry. The opening keynote speakers are Stephen L. Baum of ENOVA Corp., George R. Gantz of Unitil Resources and Lewis E. Platt of Hewlett-Packard Co.

Baum is the president and CEO of Enova Corp., the parent company of San Diego Gas & Electric Co. (SDG&E). Baum is also a director for both ENOVA Corp. and SDG&E, as well as president and CEO of Pacific Diversified Capital, a land holding and commercial real estate development company.

Baum joined SDG&E in 1985 and has since held officer positions with responsibility for all aspects of the utility business. This includes overseeing the company`s marketing and customer service operations, government and regulatory services, strategic planning and corporate services.

Prior to joining SDG&E, Baum was senior vice president and general counsel of New York Power Authority from 1982 to 1985. From 1978 to 1982, he held various legal positions, including general attorney at Orange & Rockland Utilities. Prior to that, he was an associate with a law firm in New York City. Raised in Cambridge, Mass., Baum is a graduate of Harvard University and the University of Virginia Law School.

Gantz is the senior vice president of Business Development for Unitil System of Cos. As president of Unitil Resources, he is responsible for the development and direction of the new business unit which provides competitive energy services in new market areas. Since 1983, he has assumed various responsibilities with the Unitil System Cos. including regulatory affairs, power supply planning and acquisitions, customer services and communications, pricing and marketing.

Gantz is a graduate of Stanford University with a bachelor`s of science degree in mathematics and honors humanities. He has appeared many times as an expert witness before the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission, the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Gantz helped create a highly competitive wholesale electric power system through market solicitations, negotiations and regulatory litigation. This system has done more than $1 billion of market transactions in the New England and nearby regions since 1986. Gantz has also developed and implemented strategies to manage regulatory reform and industry change.

Platt is chairman of the board, president and CEO of Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP). Platt joined HP in 1966 and held a variety of management posts in the company`s medical products operations prior to becoming general manager of the Waltham, Mass., division in 1974. From 1984 to 1988, he managed various parts of HP`s computer business. The board elected Platt to succeed David Packard as chairman when Packard announced his retirement in 1993.

In 1995, Platt was appointed to the Advisory Committee on Trade Policy Negotiations by President Bill Clinton and is serving as chairman of one of its three task forces, the World Trade Organization Task Force. Later that year, he was elected co-chair of Joint Venture (Silicon Valley Network, Calif.), an organization formed to strengthen the local economy and make the area a better place to live.

Platt holds a bachelor`s of science degree in mechanical engineering and a master`s of business administration degree from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He is a member of the California Business Roundtable and serves on the Cornell University Council and Wharton School Board of Overseers.

Innovation Awards

During the opening plenary session, the winners of the 1997 Innovation Awards will be announced. Special plaques will be given to winners of the following major categories: Best Distribution Automation Project, Most Innovative New Product Technology, the Utility Customer Care Award and the Marketing Award. Additional recognition will be given to winners of the following special certificate categories: Best Systems Integration Project, Best Telecommunications Project and Best Metering Project.

These unique awards are designed to reward excellence and to raise awareness of the benefits of new technologies and practices in distribution automation and energy delivery management within the utilities industry. More than 100 entrants from around the globe are vying to become one of the prestigious winners of the 1997 DA/DSM DistribuTECH Innovation Awards. See you in San Diego!

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DA/DSM DistribuTECH flies over the city of San Diego.

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On the electric floor, system users get specific product questions answered and learn about new developments in supplier offerings.

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The conference`s “Solution Exchange Expo” offers specific solutions to specific issues, such as utility information technology applications.

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