2018 keynote sessions

Watch 2018 day 1 and 2 keynote sessions here:

Featured speakers on Tuesday, December 4, 2018

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Valencia Ballroom - Orange County Convention Center


Mr. Gregory Lee

President, Board of Commissioners
Orlando Utilities Commission

Gregory D. Lee is currently president of the Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC – The Reliable One) board. He was appointed to the board in 2013 and reappointed in 2017. OUC’s five- member governing board, known as the Commission, is responsible for setting the utility’s rates and operating policies.

Mr. Lee is an attorney and partner at BakerHostetler, one of the nation’s largest law firms, where he represents clients with regard to land use, local and state government, and real estate development matters. He leads the firm’s national Sports and Entertainment Industry Practice Team. He most recently served as lead outside counsel in development of the United States Tennis Association’s new “Home of American Tennis,” a 63-acre, $80 million facility in Lake Nona that serves as the association’s national campus.

Mr. Lee has served as Chair of the City of Orlando Community Venues Oversight Committee, responsible for the construction schedules and budgets for large Orlando venues like the Amway Center, Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Camping World Stadium, and the Orlando City Soccer stadium. He was Chair of the City of Orlando Municipal Planning Board, Chair of the Central Florida Sports Commission, and Chair of Habitat for Humanity of Orlando. He is also a member of the Sports Lawyers Association, Orange County Bar Association, District of Columbia Bar Association and American Bar Association.

Mr. Lee is a graduate of the University of Florida and earned his Master of Business Administration and Doctor of Law (JD) degrees from Stetson University.

Scheu, Greg

Mr. Greg Scheu

President, Americas Region

Greg Scheu is President of the Americas region for ABB and Managing Director for the United States.

Scheu first joined ABB in 2001 and has held a variety of management positions within the company. Prior to his current roles, he served as Head of Marketing and Customer Solutions, joining the Group Executive Committee in 2012.

In 2011, Scheu was appointed North America Region Division Manager for Discrete Automation and Motion, where he oversaw the integration of Baldor Electric Company. A year later, he oversaw the acquisition of Thomas & Betts, serving as Global Integration Manager. Together, these two acquisitions more than doubled ABB’s size in North America.

Scheu also served as the North America Region Division Manager for Power Products from 2008 through 2011, and Region Division Manager for Automation Products from 2002 through 2008. Scheu began his career at ABB as Head of Global eBusiness in 2001.

Scheu began his career in 1983 when he joined Westinghouse Electric in sales and product management. In 1986, he joined Allen-Bradley, now Rockwell Automation, where he held positions in sales management and operations, eventually becoming head of global channel sales at the company’s global headquarters in Milwaukee. In 2000, Scheu was named President and CEO of Source Alliance, which ABB acquired in 2001.

Scheu sits on the Board of Governors of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), the Board of the National Association of Manufacturers, and is also a member of the Business Roundtable in the United States. He holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Delaware.

Yeager, Robert

Mr. Robert Yeager

President, Power & Water Solutions 

Robert Yeager has led Emerson’s Power & Water Solutions business since 2004. He began his career when he joined Westinghouse (now Emerson Automation Solutions) as a systems engineer in 1982. Since that time, he has held positions of increasing responsibility at Emerson, including manager of control and IS integration, manager of strategic engineering, and vice president of sales, marketing and engineering. In 2001, Yeager was named president of Emerson’s Intellution business, where he played an instrumental role in the sale of that company to General Electric and successfully led the transition of ownership. Following the sale of Intellution in 2002, he was named president of Emerson’s Process Systems Business. In 2004, he was named President of Power & Water Solutions.

Bob holds a bachelor’s degree in data and systems analysis from Carnegie Mellon and a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Pittsburgh. 

Featured speakers on Wednesday, December 5, 2018

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Valencia Ballroom - Orange County Convention Center

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Mr. Todd Buchholz

Acclaimed author, former White House economic policy director and economist Todd Buchholz connects the dots between local and global markets, the politics that define business environments, and the people who drive it all.

In his keynote speeches, Buchholz draws on years of research into financial topics ranging from housing finance to fast-food lawsuits to the influence of competition on our lives as working members of society (Rush: Why You Need and Love the Rat Race). His work in historical economics (New Ideas from Dead Economists, New Ideas from Dead CEOs) brings to light past influences and trends that affect today’s economic landscapes. From Here to Economy is a trusted guide to economic literacy, simply and clearly explained. In Lasting Lessons from the Corner Office, through “compelling and fast-reading narratives” (Booklist), Buchholz examines the great ideas, and some of the failures, of several CEOs and entrepreneurs whose businesses grew to become household names.

Buchholz is an experienced and dedicated keynote speaker and media personality who is noted for his sharp wit, candid demeanor, and well-researched arguments on a broad variety of topics.

Scott L. Strazik

Scott L. Strazik

Chief Executive Officer 
GE Gas Power

Scott is the Chief Executive Officer of GE Gas Power, a new business GE is creating to unify its Gas Power Systems and Power Services teams into one gas lifecycle organization.

He has more than 18 years of operations and leadership experience with GE across Corporate, Aviation, and Power, including five years with the company’s gas power businesses. He was named an officer of the General Electric Company in 2015 and appointed to his current role in November 2018.

Most recently, he was the President and Chief Executive Officer of GE’s Power Services business, a $12 billion revenue organization focused on after-market power generation services and solutions. In this role, Scott was responsible for developing and delivering a global services strategy to offer power producers the technology, services, knowledge, and insights to make better decisions across the entire lifecycle of their power generation assets.

Prior to his CEO role, he was the Sales and Commercial Operations leader for GE’s Gas Power Systems business, a $10 billion revenue organization focused on gas power generation technology and solutions. He was actively involved in successfully launching GE’s HA gas turbine product line, with over 80 booked orders in the first three years of the program—one of GE’s fastest NPI launches in history. He also served as the Chief Financial Officer for Gas Power Systems, as well as CFO for GE Aviation’s Commercial Engine Operations organization.

Scott holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Industrial Labor Relations from Cornell University, as well as a master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs with a focus on Economics and Public Policy.