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Utility Technology Forum 2022- Regions 8, 9, and 10


Welcome to the 2022

Utility Technology Forum

Virtual registration available!

The 2022 Utility Technology Forum’s education program is centered around engaging content tailored to our members’ and stakeholders’ critical needs and other applicable industry themes that will benefit you and your organization.

Who Should Attend? This regional event is designed for individuals who are required to stay abreast of changes and advancements in the utility and information technology industries. Sessions are relevant for managers of IT and telecom and wireless professionals from utility and energy companies, as well as representatives from technology and service providers.

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Registration Rates:
UTC Members – $450
Non-Member Utility Rate – $695
Non-Member  Technology Partner Rate – $795

Virtual Attendance Registration Options
UTC Members – $200
Non-Members – $300

All speakers will be registered complimentary by UTC staff.

Sponsors & Exhibitors:
Sponsors & Exhibitors may receive complimentary or discounted rates depending on their level of participation. Before registering through the website please email us by clicking here to confirm any applicable comps or discounts.

Cancellation Policy:
Cancellations received by Monday, January 24, 2021, will receive a refund less a 25% cancellation fee.  Cancellations must be received in writing to

* Dates are subject to change.

Exhibit & Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship gives your company exposure and provides a clear platform to leave a lasting impression. UTC is committed to providing you with the support you need for success. Contact to discuss your sponsorship options.

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Sponsor Information
Cheryl Stratos | Sales Executive
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Booth Services:
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About Regions

Region 8

Region 8 serves the states of:

  • Colorado
  • New Mexico
  • Utah
  • Wyoming

Region 8 is your place to connect with Information Technology, Operations Technology and Telecommunications professionals (Engineers, Technicians and anyone else involved with IT/OT/Telecommunications). Below are some things Region 8 can offer to you as a partner:


What: We network with similar professionals to improve our knowledge, learn about the latest equipment and designs, discuss events and many times, have a good time; and sometimes to just discuss the big bang and the residual noise it creates in our systems.

When: At a minimum we meet annually at the regional conference, at a technical training conference and at the national UTC conference. Oh, and we communicate often via email, text and the plain ol’ telephone, not to mention the latest apps.


Have any questions or interested in hearing more how UTC can play a role in your company?   Contact our Region 8 officers!

Contact our Region 8 officers:

Region 9

  • Region 9 now includes the Canadian Provinces of British Columbia & Alberta!And continues to serve the states of:
    • Alaska
    • Idaho
    • Montana
    • Oregon
    • Washington

    Have any questions or interested in hearing more how UTC can play a role in your company?   Contact our Region 9 officers:

Region 10

Region 10 Southwest serves the states of:

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Hawaii
  • Nevada
  • Guam

Region 10 is your place to connect with Information Technology, Operations Technology and Telecommunications professionals (Engineers, Technicians and anyone else involved with IT/OT/Telecommunications). Below are some things Region 10 can offer to you as a partner:

  • Network with IT, OT and Telecom professionals from utilities from Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii, Nevada; and even more at the national and international level
  • Participate in educational opportunities (Understanding FCC and FAA rules/changes, latest technology, lessons learned, etc.)
  • Become involved with local activities
  • Attend technical events and training at the regional and national level
  • Improve your leadership skills and volunteer for one of the Committees or even become an officer of the region

Who: We are UTC members with strong connections to southwestern United States utilities. Our members are from electric, gas, water and many other utility companies and co-ops, including Arizona Public Service, NV Energy, PG&E, SCE, SDG&E, Salt River Project, SMUD and many others.

What: We network with similar professionals to improve our knowledge, learn about the latest equipment and designs, discuss events and many times, have a good time; and sometimes to just discuss the big bang and the residual noise it creates in our systems.

When: At a minimum we meet annually at the regional conference, at a technical training conference and at the national UTC conference. Oh, and we communicate often via email, text and the plain ol’ telephone, not to mention the latest apps.

Where: We are located in the vacation capital of America, the south western states. We typically have a regional meeting in Reno every February for 2-1/2 days and, a 1-1/2 day technical meeting every October in one of the states in Region 10.

Have any questions or interested in hearing more how UTC can play a role in your company?   Contact our Region 10 officers!

Contact our Region 10 officers:


Jack Breeding
Jack Breeding
Business Unit Leader, Rural Markets - Ribbon

Jack has been operating, designing, and improving communications networks for Telecoms and Utelcos for over 15 years.  His knowledge and expertise allow him to help service providers deploy right-sized solutions with a clear path to support tomorrow’s requirements.

With the advent of higher bandwidth technologies, the massive growth of online applications, and the unprecedented government investment in Broadband, the time is right to build a next-generation network and carry your service offerings to the next level.

Daniel Draughn
Daniel Draughn
Director Market Development – Critical Industries - Tait

Over 35 years of executive leadership, Dan Draughn offers a client-focused approach to critical communications. With experience in helping organizations implement solutions in complex and emerging markets, he has worked in diverse industries including utilities, public safety, transportation, state and local governments, wireless and wire-line telecommunication companies. In this new world of convergence, it is more important today than ever to leverage technology to manage critical infrastructure.

Emmanuel Manny Duvelson
Emmanuel Manny Duvelson
Product Manager RFL/Hubbell Power Systems

Emmanuel Duvelson is currently the Product Manager for the RFL Communications Product Line at Hubbell Power Systems. Emmanuel is a graduate of Boston University where he earned his BSEE degree. Emmanuel has authored numerous white papers and has had several articles published in the UTC Journal.

Manny is a current member of IEEE and a MEF Carrier Ethernet Certified Professional (MEF-CECP).

Chelle Eishens
Chelle Eishens
Business Development Manager - VIKOR - VIKOR Teleconstruction

Chelle Eischens has been in the telecommunications industry since 2001 when she started her first job at Tower Systems in Watertown, SD. In 2004 she transitioned her career to Performance Development Group (PDG), where among other things, she was responsible for site acquisition, zoning, and leasing.  After she helped lead the sale of a majority of PDG assets in 2020, Chelle was hired by VIKOR Teleconstruction. Chelle has held several management roles and serves as primary contact for professional services at VIKOR, in addition to managing a portfolio of towers.

Chelle attended the University of South Dakota and serves in various capacities in the industry, including Treasurer of the Nebraska-Iowa Wireless Association and Chairwoman of the NATE Wireless Industry Network. Chelle and her husband have two daughters and during her off time, she enjoys traveling and visiting new places.

Grace Jensen
Grace Jensen
Assistant Electrical Engineer, Burns & McDonnell

Grace is an assistant electrical engineer at Burns & McDonnell. She has worked on multiple projects involving communication networks and microwave solutions for power utilities. Additionally, she has experience in substation supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems. She has a BS in Electrical Engineering with a certificate in Engineering for Energy Sustainability from the University of Wisconsin— Madison.

Marty Johnson
Marty Johnson
Senior Director, Wireless and Utility - VIKOR

Marty Johnson has been working in the telecommunications for over 25 years. He began his career as a tower technician building out Pacific Bell in Las Vegas, NV. His love for building towers and networks led him to positions in the Northeast and Southeast for numerous years. Marty has extensive experience with cellular, railroad, and utility construction. Marty is currently the Senior Director, Wireless and Utility at VIKOR.

In his free time, you will find him on the water, boating, and enjoying his time with his wife and four children.


Brett Kilbourne
Brett Kilbourne
General Counsel and Vice President of Policy, UTC

Brett Kilbourne is the Utilities Technology Council’s General Counsel and Vice President of Policy, the Washington-based association representing vital energy and water utilities on their mission-critical technologies by driving innovation, fostering collaboration, and influencing public policy.

In this role, Mr. Kilbourne provides legal guidance to utilities on telecommunications issues both pending before federal and state agencies and being considered in Congress.

He received his Juris Doctor degree from Catholic University and his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of the South. Mr. Kilbourne is licensed to practice law in the state of Maryland and is a member of the American Bar Association and the Federal Communications Bar Association.

Paul Lambert
Paul Lambert
Chair UTC Board - East River Electric Power Cooperative

Paul Lambert has worked in the utility telecommunications field for more than four decades.  He is a graduate of Lake Area Technical College in Watertown, SD with a degree in Electronics/Telecommunications.  He holds a General Radiotelephone Operators License from the FCC, is a PCIA certified telecom technician, and is a certified tower climber.  Paul previously served on the Advisory Board for the electronics program at LATI and served on the Lake County 911 Communications committee.

Paul is a supervisor in the Telecommunications Department at East River Electric Power Cooperative in Madison, SD where his direct responsibilities include mobile trunked radio, SCADA, Load Management, multiple wireless systems, and their associated antenna systems, and standby generator backups.  He has been an active participant in UTC Region 5 for many years and is a past officer and Chairman. 
Paul recently completed 10+ years tenure on the International Board of Directors for the Knights of Columbus and he and his wife Julie are the parents of 4 adult children and 5 grandchildren. 

Corey McMahon
Corey McMahon
Project Manager, Burns & McDonnell

Corey is a project manager specializing in telecommunications and cybersecurity at Burns & McDonnell. During his career, he has consulted for utilities and special purpose facilities on industrial control systems and secure communications.  Additionally, he has worked as a networking and cybersecurity professional for every branch of the US military.  He has a BS in Management Information Systems and a MS in Telecommunications Management from Oklahoma State University.

Lee Onsager
Lee Onsager
Senior Engineer – Telecom Department – NV Energy

Lee Onsager has been with NV Energy ( Nevada Power dba NV Energy )  for 30 years, in several roles, in Telecom Engineering, EMS/SCADA Engineering, Telecom Construction & Maintenance, working on Microwave, Fiber Optics, MW Towers, mobile radio, etc. and is currently doing Telecom System planning for major  500KV Transmission Projects.

Sheryl Osiene-Riggs
Sheryl Osiene-Riggs
President and CEO, UTC

In June 2020, Sheryl Ovie Riggs was named president and CEO of the Utilities Technology Council (UTC). UTC is a Washington, D.C.-based global trade association that represents electric, gas, and water utilities on their mission-critical information and communications technologies. Sheryl joined UTC in 2017 and rose through its senior management ranks, serving previously as interim president and CEO, senior vice president of finance and operations, and director of accounting and administration.

Sheryl’s professional journey spans more than 20 years and began with an interest in financial sciences that expanded into a passion for the broad spectrum of operations. Prior to joining UTC, Sheryl held roles of progressive responsibility in the areas of finance, accounting, human resources, compliance, and overall operations. She served in organizations in the banking/finance, education, and health and social services industries, as well as federal and state government entities and nonprofits. Among her previous positions is an auditor for the University of Texas System; senior accountant for a public accounting firm; controller for the Salvation Army and CFO for the largest mental health provider in Maryland.

Demonstrating not only acumen with numbers but more importantly, connecting with people, Sheryl prioritizes service to others. She is certified as a registered IRS tax professional and partners with colleagues to provide volunteer tax preparation services and financial literacy education. Sheryl developed her community commitment at Howard University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in International Business with a Minor in Accounting. In addition, she obtained two post-graduate degrees — a Master of Science in Accounting and a Master of Science in Human Resource Management.

The Brooklyn, New York native has cultural roots that spread to Alabama and Nigeria. She is married and enjoys spending time with three daughters and a precocious canine member of the family, Hershey.

Mitch Simcoe
Mitch Simcoe
Director, Solution Marketing, Ciena

Mitch Simcoe has over 30 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, starting with Bell Canada and later with Nortel, where he worked in numerous roles in marketing and product management, as well as in product groups including voice switching, broadband access, and optical networking. He later joined GENBAND as Director of Application Marketing and built an application showcase for communication-enabled IT applications.

At Ciena, Mitch is currently the Director of Solution Marketing. In this role, he is responsible for supporting Utilities to modernize and automate their networks, and position Ciena’s solutions for Edge Cloud.

Mitch received a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) and a Master of Business Administration in Marketing from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

Ryan Smith
Ryan Smith
Head of Business Development for Utility Broadband, Nokia

Ryan Smith is the Head of Business Development for Utility Broadband at Nokia. Ryan has spent the last 12 years helping utilities make strategic investments in their communications infrastructure to move beyond legacy communications toward advanced broadband solutions that enhance reliability, security, support grid modernization, and include new revenue opportunities in rural or underserved regions. Ryan has his MBA from Keller Graduate of School of Management.

Mike Snelgrove
Mike Snelgrove
Engineer, Albedo Telecom

Mike Snelgrove is a professional engineer, P.Eng, in the electrical, electronic, and network test & measurement industry for the last 20 years.  For the past decade, he has focused on the network testing and timing industry with a key focus on helping the electrical utility industry navigate testing the migration of mission-critical communications over packet-based transport.  Mike is the Director North America for ALBEDO Telecom, a network test & measurement and timing/synchronization clock manufacturer.

Beacham Still
Beacham Still
Sales Manager, Syncworks

A Sales Manager at Syncworks with nearly 10 years of experience in designing and deploying precise timing solutions.  Beacham works with Utility networks to modernize infrastructure and ensure best practices of their synchronization deployments.  He is well versed in the challenges of TDM to IP evolution and particularly focused on the migration to packet-based timing.



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