Convergence and Collaboration

Tuesday, December 5, 2017
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Hall C2 – Las Vegas Convention Center

Open to ALL registered attendees

Welcome Address
Russell Ray, Chief Editor, Power Engineering magazine
Program Committee Chair

The Project of the Year Awards, Papers of the Year Awards and 4th Annual Peabody Energy Clean Coal Awards will be announced during the Opening Keynote Session.



Moret, Blake

Mr. Blake Moret

President and CEO
Rockwell Automation

Blake Moret is President and Chief Executive Officer of Rockwell Automation. He assumed the role on July 1, 2016.
As CEO, Blake leads the world’s largest company focused on industrial automation and information, dedicated to making our customers more productive and the world more sustainable. He is passionate about our vision of The Connected Enterprise and is leading its acceleration through innovation and his in-depth knowledge of our customers’ business needs. Blake has proven himself to be an exceptional leader with a deep understanding of the company’s values, culture, people, technology, and customers. In his previous role, he served five years as senior vice president of Control Products and Solutions (CP&S), one of the company’s two business segments.

Blake has 31 years of broad experience with the company including leadership roles in marketing, solutions, services, and product groups. He began his career in 1985 as a sales trainee, and subsequently served in senior positions across the organization, including international assignments in Europe and Canada.

Blake is a graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. He is currently on the National Association of Manufacturers’ (NAM) Board of Directors and Executive Committee, and previously served as Chair of the Board of the NAM Manufacturing Institute. Additionally, he is a member of the Business Roundtable and on the Board of Directors for the Milwaukee-based Urban Ecology Center and the United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha. He is also the Board of Trustees of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee.


Mr. Paul Browning  

President and CEO
Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas

Paul F. Browning was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas
(MHPSA), Inc. on April 1, 2016 and oversees all Western Hemisphere business activities. MHPSA provides a wide variety of products and services for the power generation industry including turbines, boilers and environmental control systems.

Mr. Browning has extensive global leadership experience in distributed and central power generation, as well as in North American midstream and downstream oil and gas operations. He has worked in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Germany and has commercial experience around the world. He has also served on the Board of Directors of eSolar, and Fuel Cell Energy.

Prior to joining MHPSA, Mr. Browning was President and Chief Executive Officer of Irving Oil Company Limited. Irving Oil owns and operates Canada’s largest oil refinery and crude oil import terminal, and is a joint venture partner in Canada’s only LNG import terminal.

Before joining Irving Oil, Mr. Browning was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Thermal Products Division of GE Power & Water in Schenectady, New York. At General Electric, he and his team developed new products for the power generation industry and sold and executed utility scale power generation projects throughout the world.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Browning worked for Caterpillar Corporation in a variety of leadership positions, including Managing Director of Caterpillar Motoren in Kiel, Germany, Vice President of Turbomachinery Products for Solar Turbines in San Diego, CA and General Manager of a manufacturing facility in Tijuana, Mexico. He began his career at GE Corporate Research and Development in Niskayuna, New York.

Mr. Browning holds a B.S. degree in Metallurgical Engineering & Materials Science from Carnegie Mellon University as well as an in Materials Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


Mr. Stan W. Connally Jr.

Chairman, President and CEO
Gulf Power Company

Stan W. Connally Jr. is Chairman, President and CEO of Gulf Power Company, a subsidiary of Southern Company — one of the largest producers of electricity in the United States. Gulf Power Company is headquartered in Pensacola and provides electricity and energy services to communities in Northwest Florida.

Stan began his career with Southern Company in 1989 as a co-op student at Georgia Power’s Plant Yates and has held positions in various functional areas, including Customer Operations, Sales and Marketing, and Power Generation. In 1998, Stan was named Sales Manager for the company’s Central Region in the Macon, Ga., area. One year later, he returned to Georgia Power’s corporate office as Assistant to the Vice President of Retail Sales and Service. He subsequently served as Group Leader of Engineering at Plant Wansley before being named Plant Manager of Mississippi Power’s Plant Watson in 2003 and Plant Daniel in 2004. Three years later, Stan became Plant Manager at
Alabama Power, with responsibility for all electric generating units at Plant Barry, Theodore Co-Generation Plant, and Washington County Co-Generation Plant.

Prior to coming to Gulf Power Company, Stan was Senior Vice President and Senior Production Officer for Georgia Power Company, where he was responsible for coal, gas, and hydro-electric generation. Stan graduated in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.


Mr. Stefan Bird

President and CEO
Pacific Power

Stefan Bird is president and CEO of Pacific Power, a division of PacifiCorp. For more than 100 years, Pacific Power has been delivering energy to households and businesses across Oregon, Washington and California. Today, the company delivers energy to 740,000 customers in 243 communities. By owning and operating one of the nation’s largest transmission grids, the company is uniquely positioned to access and deliver low-cost energy to customers and markets across nine Western states.

Since joining PacifiCorp in 2007, Bird has led the company’s transition to a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy future. Under his leadership, the company has added over 3,000 megawatts of owned and contracted renewable capacity, making it the second largest owner of wind power among the nation’s regulated utilities. Bird also championed the company’s partnership with the California ISO to develop a transformative western energy market that optimizes the diversity of the grid to reduce customer costs, improve reliability and maximize the
use of renewable energy.

Prior to his current position, Bird served as senior vice president, commercial and trading for PacifiCorp; president and CEO of CalEnergy Generation U.S.; vice president, development and acquisitions for what is now Berkshire Hathaway Energy; and various other energy and financial sector positions across the United States, Europe, Mexico and South America.

Bird serves as a director on the Oregon Business Council, director of PacifiCorp and director of the PacifiCorp Foundation. Bird earned a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Kansas State University.

Bird lives in Lake Oswego, Oregon, with his wife Valerie and their two children.


Dr. J. Patrick Kennedy

CEO and Founder

Dr. J. Patrick Kennedy is the CEO and majority owner of OSIsoft. Under Dr. Kennedy’s visionary leadership, the company has grown from a small software startup in 1980 to a highly profitable multimillion dollar per year global corporation. Prior to founding the company, Dr. Kennedy worked as a research engineer for Shell Development Company and as an applications consultant for Taylor Instrument Company.

Dr. Kennedy attended the University of Kansas where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering. A registered professional engineer in control systems engineering, he holds a patent on a catalytic reformer control system. He began his career as an advanced control specialist for Shell Development. In 1973, he joined Taylor Instruments and installed many different systems in refining, chemical, pharmaceutical, food, and semiconductor plants. In 1980, along with R. A. Sara, Dr. Kennedy started Oil Systems as an advanced control company.

Dr. Kennedy is a 30-plus year veteran of the petroleum refining industry and has made significant contributions to the success of NPRA as a supporter of the Plant Automation Committee (formerly the Computer Applications Committee) and its conferences. He has been on the conference program committee numerous times, made technical presentations at the conference, and served as a Q&A panelist at the 1990 Computer Conference. Dr. Kennedy was also a charter member of the NPRA Cyber Security Subcommittee and has made presentations at the NPRA Annual Meeting.

Dr. Kennedy received the Pioneer Award from the TAPPI Process Control, Electrical, and Information Division in March 2002. Start Magazine awarded him the Visionary Award in 2002, and other leading industry associations recognize his accomplishments in the use of information technology to solve real world problems. In 2007, he was awarded the Lifetime Service Award from the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association.