2017 FMEA Energy Connections Conference & Trade Show
Diamond Sponsor
Genesys
Gold Sponsors
8minutenergy Altec Industries
Burns & McDonnell T&D Solutions
Silver Sponsors
Beaches Energy Irby
Leidos Michels
Northwest Lineman College Oracle
PIKE POWER Engineers
Stanley Consultants

About the Conference

Designed for a broad cross-section of employees, from public power technical personnel to safety managers, the Energy Connections Conference also has much to offer to utility directors and public power professionals involved in electric utility management and operations as well as information technology and communications specialists.

Who should attend?

Call Center Managers & Representatives

Collection Specialists

Communications Managers & Specialists

Counter Clerks

Customer Service Managers & Representatives

Energy Auditors

Engineers

Field Services Personnel

IT Managers & Specialists

Key Account Managers & Representatives

Lineworkers & Lineworker Foremen

Mutual Aid Coordinators

Public Relations/Community Outreach Representatives

Revenue Protection Analyst

Safety & Training Coordinators

Safety Managers & Officers

T&D Managers

Training officers & Specialists

Utility Directors & Managers

Utility Safety Specialists & Directors

Utility Supervisors

FMEA Continuing Education Program

There are 8.0 CEU’s (Continuing Education Credits/Professional Development Hours) available for attending this FMEA event.

Attendee Pricing
FMEA Municipal Member
$250
FMEA Associate or Affiliate Member
$350
Non-Member
$500
Attendee Registration includes the following meals:

  • Wednesday: Light breakfast, Public Power Luncheon, Networking Dinner
  • Thursday: Light breakfast only

Sponsorship Opportunities

You do business with municipal electric utilities so you understand sustained relationships and continuous exposure to this market segment is essential for long-term success. The FMEA Energy Connections Conference and Trade Show brings together electric utility personnel from Florida’s municipal, cooperative and investor-owned utilities from across the state. Participating as a conference sponsor is easy. Take note of the benefits accompanying the different levels of sponsorship, to determine an appropriate level of support for your company.

Corporate Sponsorship levels

Category
Contribution
Number of registrants included
Number of tables included
Diamond
$10,000
8
2
Platinum
$5,000
6
2
Gold
$3,000
4
2
Silver
$2,000
2
1
Bronze
$1,500
1
N/A

Municipal Utility Sponsorship levels

Category
Contribution
Number of registrants included
Platinum
$5,000
8 (Front table reserved during Wednesday Luncheon)
Gold
$3,000
6 (Front table reserved during Wednesday Luncheon)
Silver
$2,000
4
Bronze
$1,000
2

Exhibitor Information

The FMEA Energy Connections Conference and Trade Show brings together electric utility personnel from Florida’s municipal, cooperative and investor-owned utilities from across the state.

Exhibitor rates

Each table rate includes two representatives and name badges for the Trade Show only.

PLEASE NOTE: To attend additional Conference functions (General Sessions, Idea Exchange Forum, Building Strong Communities Luncheon, Florida Public Power Networking Dinner & Event, Concurrent Breakout sessions) an additional fee is required.

FMEA Associate Member
Non-member
1 table
$500
$700
2 tables
$750
$1,000
3 tables
$950
$1,150
Additional table representative
$75/person
$150/person
* Add Conference functions
$150/person
$200/person
* Includes conference sessions badge, and tickets to the Building Strong Communities Luncheon and the Florida Public Power Networking Dinner & Event

Additional Exhibitor Information

Exhibitor Shipping Information

Recipient’s Name and Date of Arrival
Recipient’s Phone Number if Not a Registered Guest
Organization Name
Renaissance World Golf Village
500 S. Legacy Trail
St. Augustine FL. 32092

Registered Exhibitors
ASSET Engineering Burns & McDonnell
E-Finity Capstone Turbine
Emerald Transformer ENCO Utility Services Engineer Sales
NEC Energy Solutions Northwest Lineman College Novinium: Masters of Reliability
OTC Services Ovante, LLC PIKE Electric, LLC
RS Sales
TCI Sales, Inc./CI Agent Solutions
Telephone Doctor Customer Service Training

Hotel Information

A third party claiming to represent FMEA may be contacting attendees of upcoming conferences and offering assistance with hotel reservations. No such third party is affiliated with FMEA or authorized to represent us — please do NOT make hotel reservations through any third party that may contact you by phone or email.

FMEA maintains room blocks with specially negotiated rates at all our conference hotels and attendees are encouraged to only use the Online reservation links, phone numbers, and discount codes available on the FMEA web site.

Reservation DEADLINE: October 27, 2017
Room Rate : $129.00

Make your reservations by calling (800)468-3571 and using group code FMEFMEA.

Or use the link to reserve your room online:
Book your group rate for Florida Municipal Electrical Association Meeting

Renaissance World Golf Village
500 South Legacy Trail
St. Augustine, Florida 32092

Conference Agenda

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
8:00a Registration open
8:00 – 9:00a Continental breakfast
9:00a – Noon General Session: Presider, James Barnes, Chief Customer Officer, City of Tallahassee
9:00 – 9:30a Welcome to the Energy Connections Conference, Jay Westmark, Southeast Public Sector Sales, Genesys, Crawfordville, FL and Michael Brost, Vice President / General Manager of Electric Systems JEA
9:30 – 10:00a Unprecedented Hurricane Irma: Unprecedented Response and Recovery Efforts, Amy Zubaly, Executive Director, FMEA
10:00 – 10:45a Community Engagement: Telling the Public Power Story, S. Yvette Carter, Community Relations Director, Gainesville Regional Utilities & Tony Clayton, Public Education and Outreach Supervisor City of Ocala Utility Services
10:45a Refreshment Break
11:00a – Noon Can You Hear Me Now? Proactive Communication Strategies, Nancy Friedman, President, Telephone Doctor Customer Service Training, St. Louis, MO & Lisa Ward, Customer Operations Training Manager, City of Tallahassee
Noon – 1:45p Building Strong Communities Luncheon

Motivational Speaker: Creating Difference Makers in the Face of Adversity, Chad Porter, Trainer, Motivational and Inspirational Ziglar Speaker

Experience how a young boy overcomes a horrific tragedy to not only survive but to defy all odds and turn, what most would find insurmountable, into a life of inspiring people across the globe. Chad will share his thoughts on the importance of perseverance and finding ways to unlock leadership skills that are inside all of us.

2:00 – 4:00p Idea Exchange Forums

  • Customer Connections
  • Safety Training & Lineworker Training
  • Transmission & Distribution
4:00 – 6:30p Energy Connections Conference Trade Show
7:00 – 9:30p Florida Public Power networking dinner & event
Thursday, November 9, 2017
8:00a Registration open
8:00 – 9:00a Light breakfast in the Trade Show
9:00a – Noon Concurrent breakout sessions
Customer Connections Breakout Session: Presider, James Barnes, Chief Customer Officer, and Chair Customer Connecitons Committee, City of Tallahassee
9:00 – 9:30a GRU Achieving Innovation in People and Processes, Herb Firsching, Customer Operations Director, and Kinn’zon Hutchinson, Customer Service Manager, Gainesville Regional Utilities
9:30 – 10:00a Closing the Gaps: Overflow, After Hours & Emergency Support Services for Smaller Utilities, Ruby Irigoyen, Senior Vice President Customer Service, ENCO Utility Services, Hemet, CA and Dallas Lee, Director of Finance and Administration, City of Newberry
10:00 – 10:30a Electronic Bill Pay Options: To Fee or Not To Fee; That is the Question, Stephanie Warren, Director National Sales, Clearwater Payments, Ponte Vedra, FL
10:30a Refreshment Break
10:45 – 11:30a Prepay Programs Creating a Win-Win for Utilities and our Customers, Sheila Pressley, Director Customer Revenue Services, JEA
11:30 – Noon OUC New Customer System Modernization, Ruth Jayson-Pok, Manager, Finance & Training, Jeanette Thole, Design Authority Manager, OUC and Bob Szadek, Professional Services, Oracle, South Carolina
Safety and Training/Lineworkers Breakout Session: Presider, Gary McKenzie, Electric Safety Specialist, and Chair Safety and Training Committee, GRU
9:00 – 9:45a **Joint Session with T&D Breakout Session ** APPA Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) Program, Alex Hofmann, Director of Energy and Environmental Services, APPA & Aaron Haderle, Manager of T&D Operations, KUA
10:00 – 10:30a The Changing Electrical Line Trade Environment and its Impact on Hiring as an Investment, William “Bill” Bosch, President Northwest Lineman College, Edgewater, FL
10:30 – 11:00a Future Proof Your Arc Flash Assessment, Keith Mullen, Managing Director-Distribution Planning and Analysis, Leidos, Nashville, TN
11:00a Refreshment Break
11:15 – 11:45a Managing Your Safety Program with eSafety Tracker, Alex Hofmann, Director of Energy and Environmental Services, APPA & Aaron Haderle, Manager of T&D Operations, KUA
11:45 – 12:15p Switching and Tagging Policies Use it or Lose it, Mike McCleary, Manager of Member Services Development, FMPA
Transmission & Distribution Breakout Session: Presider, Javier Cisneros, Supervising Engineer, Fort Pierce Utility Authority
9:00 – 9:45a **Joint Session with Safety/Training and Lineworkers Breakout Session ** APPA Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) Program, Alex Hofmann, Director of Energy and Environmental Services, APPA & Aaron Haderle, Manager of T&D Operations, KUA
10:00 – 10:45a How Distributed Generation Impacts Distribution Systems, Matt Lundeen, Manager System Analysis, JEA and Trishia Swayne, Director Interconnection Studies, Leidos, Hendersonville, TN
10:45a Refreshment Break
11:00 – 11:30a Revolutionizing Inspections: Transmission Line Drone Inspections, Jamison Parker, Electrical Engineer, Beaches Energy Services
11:30a – Noon Lessons Learned: Overhead to Underground Conversion in Florida, Scott Brondyke, Project Engineer & Dustin James, Project Engineer, POWER Engineers, Orlando, FL
Noon – 2:00p Sponsors and Exhibitors Lunch & Learn (Sponsored by Genesys, invitation required)