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     September 17-19, 2017
     Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa
     Tucson, AZ

 CONVENTION AGENDA AT-A-GLANCE

 SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2017
   8:30 a.m., Golf Outing  La Paloma Country Club,  Sponsored by Power Contracting, LLC
   6:00-9:00 p.m., Reception, Sponsored by RMEL Champions , Entertainment Sponsored by Black & Veatch
 
 MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2017
 7:00-7:45 a.m.,  Networking Breakfast
 7:45 a.m.  Opening Remarks
  Jon Hansen, 2016-2017 RMEL President, VP, Energy Production & Marketing, Omaha Public Power  District, Presiding

  Welcome to Tucson
  David Hutchens, President & CEO, UNS Energy
 8:00-9:10 a.m.  Keynote Address: Mark Kelly, Commander of Space Shuttle Endeavour’s Final Mission &  Space and Aviation Contributor for NBC News/MSNBC
 9:15-10:00 a.m.  The Power of Crowd Based Challenges: NASA’s Practical Toolkit for Open Innovation
 Steve Rader, Deputy Manager, Center of Excellence for Collaborative Innovation (CoECI), NASA,  Johnson Space Center
   10:00–10:15 a.m., Networking Break, Break Sponsored by Electrical Consultants, Inc.
 10:15-11:00 a.m.  Panel: Investor Viewpoint of Utilities
 Greg Starheim, Sr. VP, National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corp.; Chris Norman, Director of Regulatory Services & Chief of Staff to the CEO, Tucson Electric Power; Darren Hodge, Director,  PFM; and Matthew Johansen, Sr. Managing Consultant, PFM 
 11:00-11:45 a.m.  Efficient Electrification - Pathway to an Integrated Energy Network 
 Arshad Mansoor, Senior Vice President, R&D, EPRI
 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.,  RMEL Awards and Annual Meeting Luncheon
 1:00-1:45 p.m.  Climate Change in the Time of Trump
 Jim Marston, VP, Clean Energy, Environmental Defense Fund
 1:45-2:30 p.m.  ESCC - Electric Utility Industry Partnership with DOE and DHS for Security & Resilience
 Kevin Wailes, Chief Executive Officer, Lincoln Electric System and Co-Chair of the Electricity  Subsector Coordinating Council
 2:30–2:45 p.m., Networking Break
 2:45-3:30 p.m.  How Disney Institute Thinks About Customer Experience
 Kelly Fuhlman, Regional Account Manager, Disney Institute
   6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., Reception, Sponsored by the RMEL Champions, PLATED Networking Dinner  and Foundation Auction , Entertainment Sponsored by Black & Veatch
 
 TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2017
 7:00-8:00 a.m., Networking Break
 8:00-8:15 a.m.  Welcome Back and Passing of the Gavel
Tom Kent, 2017-2018 RMEL President, VP & COO, Nebraska Public Power District, Presiding
 8:15-9:30 a.m.  DAY 2 KEYNOTE Address: Rob Talley, President, Talley & Associates
 9:30-10:00 a.m., Networking Break
 10:00-11:30 a.m.  CEO PANEL
 Panelist #1: Mark Bonsall, CEO & General Manager, SRP; Panelist #2: Cindy Crane, President & CEO,  Rocky Mountain Power; Panelist #3: David Hutchens, President & CEO, UNS Energy; Panelist #4:  Patrick Ledger, CEO, Arizona Electric Power Cooperative; Moderator: Scott Fry, Managing Director, Mycoff, Fry & Prouse LLC
 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Networking Lunch


The RMEL Fall Executive Leadership and Management Convention started in October of 1903. Since that first meeting, the Fall Convention has grown and evolved into one of the industry’s leading events for senior management. The Convention provides a relaxed forum for networking with your peers and colleagues to find and share solutions to the critical issues that keep you up at night. The primary focus of the Convention is the educational presentations, which include a vision and forecasting trends, current and future projects, lessons learned, technology, regulation, compliance, public policy, fuel strategies, workforce development and other topics selected by RMEL’s leaders. Utility executives offer their insight and thoughts on a variety of issues, trends, challenges and the direction they are leading their companies. Speakers are primarily CEOs, senior executives and other top leaders from inside the industry discussing the issues that matter most to you. Find significant value in the two day streamlined format. Make the connections you need and learn from education presentations that will benefit you and your company.

Who Should Attend

The RMEL Fall Convention attracts over 300 senior-level utility managers and executives. Find chief executives, company officers, vice presidents, general managers, decision makers and senior management of energy companies. Attendees represent the many utility ownerships including IOU, G&T, municipalities, cooperative and government agencies. Key representatives from suppliers, engineering firms, construction and manufacturers round out the one of a kind diversity only found at RMEL. Participants have responsibilities spanning the industry including generation, transmission, distribution, safety, human resources, information technology, compliance, customer service and executive leadership. Whether it’s building or operating a power plant, planning or constructing transmission and distribution systems or leading the way in safe working practices, your networking contacts will be here. The Fall Convention is a unique opportunity for industry leaders to meet and discuss issues of strategic importance to the future of their companies and the electric energy industry.

Continuing Education Certificate
All attendees will be mailed a continuing education certificate upon completion of the course. The continuing education certificate will award the following:

Full Convention registration: 14.0 PDHs
Monday only registration: 8.0 PDHs
Tuesday only registration: 6.0 PDHs