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Nixon Peabody, LLP
Purvis Gray & Co.
Southern Power Company
Spiegel McDiarmid
Sumter Utilities

The 2014 FMEA-FMPA Annual Conference was held July 15-18 at the Ritz-Carlton, Naples.

The Conference is a summer highlight for representatives from all segments of the electric utility industry: public, private and cooperative, and is extremely successful due to the support of the Florida Public Power Community. There are 7.25 CEU (Continuing Education Credits/Professional Development Hours) available for attending this FMEA event.

Attendee and Guest Registration

Conference Agenda

Tuesday, July 15
1:00 – 5:00 Registration
2:00 – 5:00 Pre-conference Seminar (separate registration fee)
Electric Utility 101, Barry Moline, Executive Director, FMEA
The electric utility industry is complex. Topics like generation, transmission, distribution, reliability, mutual aid, fuel sources, climate change, power cost adjustment, base rates, demand-side management and power purchases can make your head spin. Add to that the many organizations and their acronyms, the likes of FMEA, FMPA, APPA, IOUs, co-ops, FERC & DOE, and pretty soon your head is spinning. This seminar will give you an excellent overview of how electricity is created and delivered to homes and businesses, introduce to you the many players that work in the industry and their roles, and how all the pieces of the electric industry puzzle fit together.
5:30 – 6:30 Welcome Reception
Wednesday, July 16
9:00 – 5:00 Registration
7:30 Golf Tournament (separate registration fee)
8:30 Tennis Tournament (separate registration fee)
1:00 – 1:30 Ice Cream Social
1:30 – 4:30 Opening General Session
Strategic Planning: Simple, Straightforward and Streamlined, Jean Freeman, President, Jean Freeman & Associates, Fairfax, Va.
Planning is one of the most critical functions of organizational and community management, but effective planning does not always take place. We will focus on guidelines for simplifying and making the planning process go smoothly with a focus on setting practical, functional goals and objectives.
Connecting with employees from different generations, Danette Scudder, Member Services Manager, Tennessee Valley Public Power Association, Chattanooga, Tenn.
Today we have four generations of employees in the workforce. The Traditionalists are retiring. Baby Boomers are today’s leaders, followed by Generation X and Millennials. Each group grew up in different environments and has their own ideas about what’s important to them, such as recognition, money, and free time. To reach each generations potential, it’s important to know how best to interact with them.
An Insider’s View of Florida Politics and the Future of Florida’s Business Climate, Senator George LeMieux, Florida’s 34th United States Senator in the 111th Congress, Chairman of the Board of the Gunster Law Firm, Ft. Lauderdale
Senator LeMieux has an interesting place in Florida history. Serving as chief of staff, he was appointed by then Republican Governor Charlie Crist to complete the term of Senator Mel Martinez, who resigned from office. Today Senator LeMieux is a prominent figure in Florida who advises CEOs and prominent individuals on business, law and politics from a state and national perspective. With Charlie Crist running for governor now as a Democrat, Senator LeMieux has one of the most unique perspectives on this race of any individual in Florida. He has a deep understanding of the political pulse of Florida.
6:00 – 7:30 Reception Honoring Elected and Appointed Officials
Thursday, July 17
7:00 – 5:00 Registration
7:00 – 8:00 Fellowship Breakfast (separate ticket purchase required)
8:30 – Noon Morning General Session
Increasing Your Access to Bank Credit and Improving Your Borrowing Costs, Karl Pfeil III, Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo Bank, New York, NY
At the moment, few utilities are expanding. In the coming years, however, we expect expansion in several areas, including new transmission and distribution facilities, replacement of retired generation facilities, new generation resulting from growth, and the impact of climate change regulations on the utility sector. Public power is poised to take advantage of many investment opportunities.
The Future of the Electric Industry: Managing Change to Ensure Long Term Viability, David Porter, Director, U.S. Strategic Accounts, Electric Power Research Institute, Charlotte, NC
The electric utility industry is changing. We’re seeing expanding solar energy, shifting from coal to natural gas to perhaps nuclear, and more electricity to power our cars. Whether we drive the change or are forced to adapt to it, the new electric utility world will require investing in new technologies, modernizing our local grid, and focusing on quality operations and sound financing.
Energy Legislation and Politics in the 113th Congress, Michael Nolan, President, MJN Consulting, Arlington, Va.
Our most popular speaker returns for an encore performance. Learn about the latest on EPA regulations, Cyber and Physical Security, and Congressional gridlock, and how it all impacts your local public power utility. Come with your toughest questions, and be prepared for straight talk from this Washington insider.
Leading With Integrity, Scott Waddle, Commanding Officer of the USS Greeneville Nuclear Submarine, Author, The Right Thing
The ultimate test for Commander Scott Waddle and his shipmates followed a tragic accident when the Greeneville (while at sea for a distinguished visitors day cruise) performed an emergency surface maneuver and collided with the Japanese fishing training vessel Ehime Maru, sinking the vessel in three minutes and killing nine on board. The story of the collision made global headlines and was the subject of heated discussion and debate. What followed however was even more unprecedented. Scott Waddle, as the former Commanding Officer, took sole responsibility for his actions and the actions of his crew. He took the stand during the Navy’s Court of Inquiry and testified without immunity knowing his words could be used against him in a Court Martial. In a time where CEO’s and corporate executives have been quick to blame others within their organizations for their shortcomings and failures, Scott Waddle demonstrated uncommon strength of character, integrity and uncompromising ethical conduct in accepting responsibility for the actions of his crew. It is the job of the leader to create the work environment for an engaged crew, which is permitted to work collegially, and even make mistakes without fear of retribution.
Noon – 1:30 Luncheon
Collaborative Problem Solving for Win-Win Results, Bill Conrad, FMPA Chairman and Mayor, City of Newberry, and Nicholas Guarriello, General Manager and CEO, Florida Municipal Power Agency
2:00 – 4:00 Afternoon Breakout Sessions
Breakout 1 – Legal Seminar
2:00 – 3:00 Back to the Future: Sovereign Immunity Limitations and Liability Issues Arising from Antiquated Pole Attachment Agreements, Grant Lacerte, General Counsel, Kissimmee Utility Authority
3:15 – 4:00 Public Records: Challenges, Pitfalls and Update to Florida Law, Shayla McNeill, Utilities Attorney, Gainesville Regional Utilities
Breakout 2 – Policy-Makers Forum
2:00 – 2:45 Seven Habits of Highly Effective Boards, Jean Freeman, President, Jean Freeman & Associates, Fairfax, Va.
3:00 – 4:00 Policy-Makers Roundtable Discussion on Electric Utility Issues and FMPA’s Policy Makers Liaisons Committee (PMLC) Meeting, Bill Polk, Mayor Pro-Tem, City of Leesburg, and Chair, PMLC
Breakout 3 – Controlling Costs and Providing Outstanding Service for Today and Tomorrow
2:00 – 2:35 Educating Customers with a Utility Customer Academy, Alan Shaffer, Deputy General Manager, Lakeland Electric
2:50 – 3:25 Determining the Effectiveness of Your Social Media Communications, Chris Gent, Vice President of Corporate Communications, Kissimmee Utility Authority
3:25 – 4:00 Handling an Emergency at Your Utility, Lynne Tejeda, General Manager, Keys Energy Services, and Larry Novak, Assistant City Manager – Utilities, City of Ocala
4:15 – 5:30 FMEA Board of Directors Meeting
6:30 – 7:00 Reception
7:00 – 10:00 Annual Banquet
Friday, July 18
9:00 – 9:30 FMPA Board of Directors meeting
9:30 – 10:30 FMPA Executive Committee meeting
10:30 FMPA Board of Directors & Executive Committee Box Lunches

Sponsorship Information

Hotel Information

Hotel Reservation Deadline: June 16, 2014

  • Coastal View Rooms – $185/night – Single or double occupancy To make hotel reservations, please call the Naples Ritz-Carlton Reservations department at 888-856-4380. Please identify yourself as attending the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) Conference.
  • Overnight valet parking is included in the room rate.
  • For additional information about the property, please visit their website.