Among Us MOD APK

February 11 - February 14

Utilities Technology Forum 2024

Reno, NV

Register Now

Welcome to the Utilities Technology Forum

Don’t miss 2024’s Utilities Technology Forum in Reno, NV! This year’s education program focuses on up-to-the-minute content focused on 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.

Rates

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

Speakers:
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 January 14, 2023, will receive a refund less a 25% cancellation fee.  Cancellations must be received in writing at meetings@utc.org.

* 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 kristi.middlebrooks@utc.org to discuss your sponsorship options.

Exhibitor & Sponsor Contract – Click here

Floorplan – Click here

Sponsor Information:
Kristi Middlebrooks | Director, Conference Exhibit and Sponsorship
Direct: +1.202.833.6838 |
Email:  kristi.middlebrooks@utc.org

Already an Exhibitor or Sponsor?

Exhibitor Quick Facts – Click here
Form to register your staff – Click here
Lead retrieval form – Click here
Floorplan  – Click here

Freeman is the official show contractor and has produced the exhibitor service kit. The kit includes very important show information including but not limited to: Internet/Electric ordering; shipping details; lead retrieval information; advanced discount deadlines; furniture; specialty carpeting; etc.  Click here to access the kit online. For questions regarding the kit and any Freeman services please contact Freeman Exhibitor Services at exhibitorsupport@freeman.com or by calling 888.508.5054.

For questions or assistance please contact Kelly Moran at kelly.moran@utc.org or 443.497.1053.

For assistance please email us at support@utc.org or call 202.872.0030.  For membership inquires please email membership@utc.org

Silver Legacy Resort Casino

407 North Virginia Street
Reno, NV 89501

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:

Who: 

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: 

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

Contact our Region 10 officers:

SPEAKERS

Ron Bilodeau
Ron Bilodeau
Sr. Solutions Consultant, Osmose

Ron provides solutions to the utility and broadband industries on wide-ranging topics including joint use, and wireless collocation programs and processes. Ron has more than 35 years of management experience in the telecom and electric space, he earned an MBA from Western Governors University and a BA from the University of Las Vegas Nevada, and is a certified Project Management Professional.

Jena Blazer
Jena Blazer
Director of Products & Services, X2nSat
Mrs. Blazer has a well-rounded sales and marketing background with a concentration in B2B and telecommunication. She is currently launching X2nSat’s newest business division, Datadel. She is responsible for planning and implementing marketing and product development programs, both short and long-range. As part of a client-centric organization, Mrs. Blazer takes a consultative approach to developing products that meet the technical, commercial, and logistical needs of utilities.
Dewey Day
Dewey Day
Principal OT Architect, Pacific Gas & Electric Company

Dewey is a Principal Operational Technology Architect at Pacific Gas and Electric company. He has 28 years of experience designing fiber optic, microwave, and radio communications systems supporting utility needs through the 79,000 square mile PG&E service territory. He served for 15 years on the WECC telecommunications workgroup before joining UTCs leadership team. He served UTC for 4 years as chair of the Public Policy Division prior to being elected to the executive committee. Dewey has a Bachelor’s Degree in electrical engineering from  California State University Fresno.

Simon Hill
Simon Hill
Head of Legal and Compliance, Certes Networks

As Legal Counsel for Certes Networks, Simon assists with regulatory and compliance issues, contract drafting and negotiations, disputes, intellectual property and general legal matters.  Simon has extensive international experience in the technology sector and his combination of both legal and technical skills enables him to translate complex legal regulations and mandates into clear and definitive technical requirements for IT and Engineering teams.

Simon is a regular speaker on data protecting and cyber security regulations including GDPR, HIPAA, NIST Frameworks and PCI DSS. Simon resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Brett Kilbourne
Brett Kilbourne
Of Counsel, Stevens & Lee
Greg Kunkle
Greg Kunkle
Partner, Keller and Heckman LLP
Pawel Lopata
Pawel Lopata
Head of OSS Consulting, Comarch
Kirt Mayson
Kirt Mayson
Chair UTC Board - Northwestern Energy

Kirt Mayson is a 24-year Employee of NorthWestern Energy (NorthWestern Corporation) and now serves as Senior Engineer – Business Technology, Network Engineering, and Operations for NorthWestern. He has an extensive background in Utility Communications Technologies in the areas of fiber optic and microwave systems. Previously Mr. Mayson was an employee of Tetragenics Company, a subsidiary of The Montana Power Company, and was involved in automation solutions for Communications Site Monitoring Systems, Substation Remote Telemetry Units (RTUS), and Hydro-Electric Generation Plant Control Systems. Prior to his utility career, Mr. Mayson was an engineer in the Natural Gas Compression Industry for approximately 10 years. During his tenure with UTC, he served in officer positions of UTC’s North West Region, Region 9 as well as Chair of UTC’s Regional Divisions. Mr. Mayson received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Petroleum Engineering from Montana Tech (now Montana Technological University).

Kathy Nelson, P.E.
Kathy Nelson, P.E.
Founder & Principal, KN Utility Telecom Consulting

Kathy Nelson, PE is the Founder and Principal at KN Utility Telecom Consulting, a firm specializing in utilities telecommunications strategy. Ms. Nelson has over 31 years of experience in the utility telecommunications industry including a long career of 25 years at Great River Energy, serving on the board of directors for UTC for 10 years including as Chairwoman from 2017 – 2018, providing strategic direction and leading IEEE standards development at Ondas Networks, providing strategic telecommunications consulting for utilities at West Monroe Partners and most recently founding KN Utility Telecom Consulting.

Ms. Nelson is a strong supporter of women in STEM, hosting a podcast “Ordinarily Extraordinary – conversations with women in STEM”. Ms. Nelson resides in Minnesota and is the mother to three adult children and a lively sheepadoodle dog.

(Opens in a new browser tab)
Travis Phifer
Travis Phifer
Senior Network System Engineer, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc.
Susan E. Ronning, P.E., PMP, ASEP
Susan E. Ronning, P.E., PMP, ASEP
Owner and Principal Engineer, ADCOMM Engineering, LLC
Ms. Susan E. Ronning, P.E., PMPASEP, is owner and principal engineer of ADCOMM Engineering, LLC, an engineering firm specializing in critical communications system design, testing, troubleshooting, and deployment. Ms. Ronning has 4 years’ military and over 25 years of systems engineering and project implementation experience in the land mobile radio industry. She is a registered professional engineer (electrical) in over a dozen states, an INCOSE-certified Associate Systems Engineer, a PMI-certified Project Management Professional, licensed Private Pilot, and licensed Amateur Radio Operator.
Ms. Ronning’s varied experience ranges from an avionics technician in the United States Navy, to systems engineer for two different radio manufacturers (Motorola and Tait), a radio shop supervisor for the City of Glendale, California, and a consultant under multiple firms. She has designed and deployed multiple small- and large-scale radio networks for city and county municipalities, as well as utility and transit agencies in analog, DMR, P25 technologies over VHF, 220MHz, UHF, and 7/800 MHz frequency bands.
Ms. Ronning is the co-chair for the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) Information Communications and Technology (ICT) Working Group where she contributes to the advancement of systems engineering within the telecommunications industry. Ms. Ronning and her working group colleagues published, “Defining Critical Communications Networks: Modelling Networks as Systems,” INCOSE INSIGHT Magazine, June 2020.
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.

Shaun Skidmore
Shaun Skidmore
Communications Principal Engineer, Idaho Power Company

Shaun Skidmore has worked for Idaho Power Company in Boise, Idaho, USA since 1995 as an engineer in the Communications Engineering group. He received a BSEE from a joint engineering program of Boise State University and the University of Idaho. His areas of emphasis are network and transport engineering and cyber security. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Idaho, USA.

Piotr (Peter) Stoklosa
Piotr (Peter) Stoklosa
Director of Business Development at Comarch
Mauricio Subieta
Mauricio Subieta
Chief Technology Officer Energy, Nokia

Dr. Mauricio Subieta is the Energy Segment CTO for North America, leads the Industrial Cyber Security Program, and is the technical lead for the Private Wireless Networks (LTE and 5G) Nokia’s Enterprise division, which focuses on the energy segment including electric utilities, oil and gas, and mining. Dr. Subieta completed his undergraduate studies in Systems Engineering (BSc) at the Bolivian Catholic University in 1997 and his master’s and Doctoral degrees in Telecommunications Management and Electrical Engineering at the Oklahoma State University in 2002 and 2006, respectively. He was awarded the Fulbright scholarship for his graduate studies and was a distinguished researcher at the Advanced Communications and Systems Engineering Laboratory at OSU. His work experience includes almost a decade as a security and network architect at Oklahoma Gas and Electric (OG+E); more than five years supporting the oil and gas industry (Devon, Chesapeake Energy, etc.) as a wireless network engineer; and more than 10 years performing research in cybersecurity, telecommunications, and teaching graduate-level courses at different institutions of higher education. Dr. Subieta’s areas of research and expertise cover next-generation wired and wireless networking architectures (5G), network traffic characterization and optimization, protocol design, system development, and cybersecurity for industrial control systems and networks.

Ira Wiesenfeld
Ira Wiesenfeld
President/Principal Engineer, IWA Technical Services, Inc.

Ira Wiesenfeld, P.E., CETms(RF), has been involved with commercial radio systems since 1966. Currently he is the president and principal engineer at IWA Technical Services Inc. (IWATSI). IWATSI provides engineering services and technical training in the land mobile radio and paging industries. He has a BSEE from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX; holds an FCC GROL; has an Extra Class amateur radio license (WA5GXP); and, is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Texas. He is a lifetime senior member of IEEE. His experience has included broadcast engineering; LMR system design, installation, and maintenance; manufacturing; training on electronic and communications systems, including PIM and Antenna Line Sweep testing; utilization of communications service monitors; radio paging systems; and military communications systems. Ira has served on the executive committee of the Electronics Technicians Association-International as Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary, and is currently the Chairman of the Board of Masters; and has played a pivotal role in the development of new certifications including the DAS, DASI, DASC, WCM, USMSS, FDR/LAS, GCT 1, GCT 2, GCT 3, RFIM, MCEI, and PIM. He is a subject matter expert for the NFPA in the area of emergency communication systems and is currently serving on the ERCES 1225 committee. He also was a major contributor in the development of the FCC GROL currently used today. Ira has authored and co-authored numerous books, and has also authored over 60 magazine articles on radio related technology and applications.

Rusty Williams
Rusty Williams
President and CEO, Utilities Technology Council

Jimmy R. (Rusty) Williams is President and CEO of the Utilities Technology Council (UTC.) UTC is a DC-based global trade association that represents electric, gas, and water utilities on their mission-critical information and communications technologies.

Williams, a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Alabama, has more than three decades of extensive utilities industry experience. He worked at LightRiver Technologies for seven years, where he served as Vice President, Sales. Before LightRiver, Williams worked for nearly four years as Director of Business Development at AFL Telecommunications. He also worked for more than 25 years at Southern Company, where he held various telecommunications and IT management positions.
Williams, a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Alabama, has more than three decades of extensive utilities industry experience. He worked at LightRiver Technologies for seven years, where he served as Vice President, Sales. Before LightRiver, Williams worked for nearly four years as Director of Business Development at AFL Telecommunications. He also worked for more than 25 years at Southern Company, where he held various telecommunications and IT management positions.
As President and CEO, Williams will lead UTC’s staff as the association continues to be a trusted advocate and thought leader on regulatory issues and emerging technology, as well as a valued training source in the utility telecommunications and networking space.
Williams earned his BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
When not working for UTC, Rusty enjoys his family which includes his wife Ivette, 2 daughters and 5 grandchildren.  He also enjoys playing golf and hunting.  Rusty also serves his church as a leader and teacher.

PREMIER SPONSOR

PLATINUM SPONSOR

GOLD SPONSORS

SILVER SPONSOR

BRONZE SPONSORS

BECOME A MEMBER

Join Now

MEMBER BENEFITS

Access Resources

Skip to content