The Industrial Tsunami Coming Your Way

John Ratzenberger

Keynote Speaker: John Ratzenberger

During more than three decades of movie making and theatre, John Ratzenberger has enjoyed great success as a screenwriter, director, producer and multi Emmy-nominated actor. In all, John has acted in 38 major motion pictures including blockbusters such as Superman, Star Wars: Episode V –The Empire Strikes Back and Ghandi to independent films like his hit The Woodcarver.  Known as Pixar’s Good Luck Charm, John has voiced a character in every Pixar film starting with Hamm the Pig in Toy Story to this summer’s release of the Incredibles 2 where he plays the Underminer.  He has written, directed or produced hundreds of television projects over the span of his career making him the 6th largest grossing actor of all time based on box-office receipts. He is also an accomplished entrepreneur and philanthropist.

He began his career in the early 1970s as half of the improv duo Sal’s Meat Market. To help pay the bills, John also worked as a house framer, archery instructor and deck hand on a fishing boat. Learning these trades allowed him to pursue his dream of acting.

In 1982, he auditioned for a role on the upcoming Cheers television series. At the time of his audition, the character of the postman did not exist so John created him on the spot, and the rest his history. 

Since climbing off the barstool at Cheers, John has immersed himself in what makes America great, a country in which a truck driver’s son wound up being a TV icon. He wrote the book: “We’ve Got it Made in America, A Common Man’s Salute to an Uncommon Country”, a collection of essays from his five years on the road visiting factory towns throughout the country on the Travel Channel show John Ratzenberger’s Made in America.

John is Hollywood’s most outspoken advocate for American manufacturing, skilled labor and the companies that are the foundation of our great country, detailing the crushing regulations on American enterprise and the fact that we are running out of skilled tradesman to fill the hundreds of thousands of available skilled trades jobs in America. To combat this issue, he works with legislators on both sides of the aisle to bring back trades training in schools, build apprentice programs for returning veterans and support the reshoring of American companies.

In October 2017, John was appointed to the President's Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion whose mission is to identify strategies and proposals to promote apprenticeships, especially in sectors where apprenticeship programs are insufficient. He speaks to groups across the country about eliminating the stigma around the trades while providing much-needed training opportunities for students, returning veterans and out of work Americans. 

Thanks to the generosity of Kohler Co., who are graciously sponsoring our keynote speaker, we are able to welcome John as our EGSA Keynote speaker in Nashville! 

Presentation Summary:

The average age of a machinist in America is 58-years old. We aren’t training our youth to fill these jobs or the millions of others available now in the skilled trades.

  • How did we go from celebrating the trades to denigrating them?
  • Is a $100k education worth it when millions of high-paying, highly-trained jobs in the trades are available?
  • What can companies, communities, schools and the government do to stem this skills-loss that is crushing our manufacturing base?


A Conversation with FEMA

Jeffrey DorkoJeffrey Dorko, Assistant Administrator – Logistics, Office of Response & Recovery, FEMA

Jeffrey Dorko serves as the Assistant Administrator for Logistics within the Office of Response and Recovery. Prior to this posting, he served as Director of the Office of Federal Disaster Coordination (OFDC). Mr. Dorko’s public service career spans more than 35 years at the Federal level, mostly with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, serving in key leadership positions world-wide and completing his military service as a Major General.

Dorko’s capstone assignment with the U.S. Army was as Deputy Commanding General, Military and International Operations, where he led a combined 11,000 civilian and military personnel and managed a $28B program.  Prior to that assignment, he served as the Commander, U.S. Army Engineer Division in Iraq, supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Additionally, Dorko commanded the Corps of Engineers Southwest Division, headquartered in Dallas, Texas. While there he worked extensively with FEMA, most notably during the response to Hurricane Rita, leading the Corps efforts in power restoration, debris removal, roof repair, structural assessment and commodity distribution.

Dorko is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree. He has graduate degrees in Construction Management from George Washington University and National Security Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at the National Defense University.

Presentation Summary:

Historically, FEMA has supported disaster survivors by marshaling the capabilities of the federal government in close coordination with volunteer organizations and in direct support of the affected States, Territories and Tribal Nations. FEMA’s 2018-2022 Strategic Plan is placing a renewed emphasis on other critical components of the disaster response effort, more specifically:  State, Local, Territorial and Tribal capacity: and perhaps most significantly, integrating the extraordinary capabilities and capacities of the private sector.

FEMA’s Logistics Directorate, is working to find new ways to enable the timely and effective restoration of private sector supply chains, commercial services and businesses affected by disasters.  Power restoration may well be the most critical first step in getting disaster survivors and the impacted area on the road to normal, after a terrible experience. The EGSA 2018 Fall Conference represents a unique and critically important opportunity to open a dialog between the on-site power industry and FEMA’s resource and logistics responders to improve our collective service to disaster survivors in their hour of greatest need.


Rudolph's Virtues: Environmental Impact & How Big is Your Climate?

Jim McDonald

Jim McDonald, Director of Environmental Impact - PowerSecure, Inc.

Jim McDonald has more than 25 years of experience in environmental controls utilization on power generation equipment. As Director of Environmental Impact for PowerSecure, Jim oversees the environmental controls implementation for the Distributed Infrastructure Group and is on the development team with Volvo for the Tier IV Certified product line.

Jim has testified before the Federal EPA numerous times and is considered a valuable stakeholder on several rulemaking teams at the State level.  He has been a Rowley School Instructor at our Advanced School since 2008, teaching on the subject of Emissions from Diesel engines. He also authored the Emissions reference book chapter for Onsite Power Generation: A Comprehensive Guide to On-Site Power. He is an active conference attendee and he chaired the EGSA Green Committee from 2012 until 2014.

He holds a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Delaware. Jim also has a Patent Pending on the use of wire mesh DPF substrates in the pre-heating of SCR catalyst blocks.

Presentation Summary:

Tier IV was introduced to the EGSA membership in 2006. In the decade that followed it has been proven that there is no greater way to clear a room of attendees than to give a presentation on Tier IV and its implications. It is the 2018 version of ‘yelling Fire in a crowded theater.’

But the truth is….Pollution controls is just what might save the Diesel Engine! If you follow the path of “Clean Coal” you will see a dangerous precedent and narrative of half-heartedly embracing ‘green’ while surmising that your industry is invincible. ‘Dirty Diesel’ is an expression that should have been retired 30 years ago. Those who still use the expression show more of a political slant than an educational viewpoint on the subject.

Through a combination of history lesson, case studies and compelling true stories, Jim McDonald hopes to convey that Diesel, more specifically Ultra Clean Diesel, is the perfect ‘bridge to a renewable horizon.’   With its virtues of on-site storage, ability to compensate for intermittent generation and as a firming resource nothing is more proven, reliable and resilient than the local generating diesel engine. With the emissions issues solved, it approaches the ideal power source in every way.

Rudolph Diesel’s altruistic intents, the unique qualities of today’s diesel engine and the antiquity of our grid all prove the point. Whatever your political leanings and personal position on environmental issues, we all make an impact in our lifetime. What will EGSA’s impact be with regards to promoting and leveraging the diesel engines unique role in modernizing the aging grid infrastructure of the United States?


De-escalating Conflict in Any Work Setting

Ray Hassett

Ret. Lieutenant Raymond Hassett

Ray Hassett served twenty-five years in New Haven, CT as a Patrol Officer, Detective, Police Sergeant, Lieutenant and District Commander. He spent two years under cover in organized crime, worked as a detective in the Narcotics Division, the Major Crimes Unit and the Arson Squad. Ray is a Fellow with the Yale Child Studies Center which began working with children of homicide victims and has since expanded to help children exposed to domestic violence, as well as any other incidents of violence and trauma. He is an FBI trained Hostage Negotiator and works as a contractor for the U.S. State Department, Bureau of Diplomatic Security, teaching the Art of Hostage Negotiation and Behavioral Observation Skills (BOS) in the Middle East, India, Columbia, Tajikistan, North Africa, Jamaica, Trinidad, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines.

Prior to entering law enforcement, Ray was a professional actor working in London, New York and LA. Some of his film credits include: Superman, the Movie; Ragtime; The Spy Who Loved Me; The Empire Strikes Back; and Body Double.

Presentation Summary:

More than 850 companies make up the Electrical Generating Systems Association, representing tens of thousands of employees that range from c-level executives to end-users of the industry. Although our members’ day-to-day scope of work may vary greatly, we should all strive for the highest level of professionalism and performance. However, there will undoubtedly be challenging issues – especially when servicing on-site power systems – where conflict can arise. 

Whether you’re working in sales, customer service, management or visiting a client face-to-face, you’re going to experience some kind of conflict. How you deal with that disconnect can impact your bottom line in productivity, client-retention and brand reputation.

Be prepared to leave Ray’s presentation with real tools on how to de-escalate any situation – from internal conflict in the workplace, to disagreements with outside resources to boots-on-the-ground service technicians who are your face and brand to your customers. 

Ray teaches De-escalation/Connecting Techniques to police departments, foreign embassies, corporations, schools and associations with one very real directive: the bottom line in any conflict is how do you get out of it with everyone feeling heard, respected and responded to so all parties can move on.


Remote Monitoring for the On-Site Power Industry Panel

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a major driving force for most industries, including the On-Site Power industry.  

Generator manufacturers and service organizations are embracing emerging technology and incorporating remote monitoring solutions into their equipment and service operations.  This allows for access to the status of each customers' generators, provides service companies and generator owners with automatic alert notifications, provides history and performance tracking and many other benefits.  

The primary goal of generator monitoring is to improve reliability and performance to help ensure that the generator system will work properly when needed. The resulting benefit is that everyone wins...the generator owner, the service provider and the generator brand.

Technology is changing our industry, how we provide service, and how we meet and exceed the 21st century expectations of our customers. Join us for this exciting panel of experts on the subject from the manufacturers’ point of view! 

***Due to an overwhelming response from our membership, EGSA will be hosting two additional panels in committee meetings on this subject focused on the unique perspectives of these committees.  Join the discussions in the Dealer/Distributor Committee and the Government Relations & Microgrid/Renewables Committee Meetings in Nashville. In order to not have overlap in content, Andy Briggs will serve as Moderator for all three.

Matt AdamchickMatt Adamchick, Research Engineer - MTU Onsite Energy

Matt is a research engineer at MTU America, Inc. and has been with the company for just over 4 years. His primary focus is to bring products, services, and associated data into the digital space. He is involved in setting up telemetry systems, performing data analytics, and writing the code behind engineering programs. He enjoys automating the mundane and the complex to create the enjoyable and the efficient.

Matt has a bachelor’s degree in both mechanical and aeronautical engineering from Clarkson University and is pursuing a master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Minnesota.  Prior to working for MTU, Matt was a design engineer in the nuclear industry.

Andy Briggs

Andy Briggs, President – Power Telematics, Inc.

Our moderator for this exciting member panel on Remote Monitoring is Andy Briggs.

With more than 3 decades of power systems experience, executive level leadership, sales and business operations, Andy has held senior-level positions with several leading generator distributorships throughout his career.

Andy has been at the forefront of industry trends for his entire career, most recently founding Power Telematics, an industry-leading provider of generator monitoring and vehicle tracking services. There, Andy has assembled a growing team of experienced industry professionals dedicated to helping clients build better businesses and positioning them for significant growth and profitability.

He has been the recipient of several accolades during his career in on-site power, including the Generac Eagle Award in 2003 for his work with Pro Power Solutions, the industrial distributor of Generac in Georgia. In 2007, the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and the Atlanta Business Chronicle recognized Andy as one of the Top 5 Small Business Leaders in Atlanta. Andy is a member of the EGSA Board of Directors and is also a School Instructor for the Rowley School.

Dagoberto Goncalves

Dagoberto (Dago) Goncalves, Digital & Technology Manager – Caterpillar Inc.

Dago Goncalves is the Digital & Technology Manager for the Large Electric Power at Caterpillar Inc. A 28-year veteran of the power industry, Dago has held positions in aftermarket, product support and product sales, in Latin Americas. 

He has been involved with many different initiatives associated with digital systems ranging from application of existing technologies, to development new ones, investment & partnership with key players and since 2013 has been responsible for Caterpillar’s remote monitoring strategy for the electric power segment. 

Todd Howe

Todd Howe, Product Manager - Generators & Light Towers - Doosan Portable Power

Todd Howe is the Product Manager for the Mobile Generator and Light Tower portfolios at Doosan Portable Power. A 20-year veteran of the compact equipment industry, Todd has held positions in aftermarket, product support and marketing. 

Since 2005, Todd has been responsible for new product development, strategic planning, sales and application training and the growth of Doosan’s generator and light tower business.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from St. Michael’s College and a Master’s degree in Engineering Management from Western New England College. 

Mario Ibrahim

Mario Ibrahim, Director of New Products & Innovation - ASCO Power Technologies

Mario Ibrahim is Director of New Products and Innovation at ASCO Power Technologies. He has built a track record of proven performance during nearly two decades of ever-increasing responsibilities with powerhouse technology companies such as IBM and Bell Labs.

His passion and tenacious pursuit to innovate is driven by solving real-world customer problems and pain points. Core competencies are business development, engineering and product management, which support a number of the critical sectors of the U.S. infrastructure identified by Homeland Security.

He is responsible for defining business strategy and vision, applying cutting-edge technologies to satisfy a range of customer requirements in power control automation, monitoring and service categories.

A life-long New Jersey resident, Mario has served as an engineering professor, and holds a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University, an MBA from Rutgers and a Bachelors degree in Computer Engineering from NJIT.

Ray Lecuyer

Ray Lecuyer, Business Development Manager - ComAp Americas

ComAp is a Czech-based, leading global supplier of innovative controls for power generation markets. Ray has served in multiple leadership roles as a founding Partner/President of ComAp Americas for 10 years. He is now responsible for business development of fleet monitoring services. 

Starting as a controls engineer for Fairbanks Morse in the early 80s, Ray has more than 35 years of experience in engine controls applied to oil and gas and power generation markets, including engineering, sales and marketing management roles at Colt Industries’ engine accessories operation and Barber Coleman’s DYNA products group. 

Previously, he operated a sales and service business distributing Dynalco Controls and Altronic Ignition and Controls, and was also the founder and president of RDK Associates, Inc., a sales and distribution business representing Governors of America Corp and Motortech GmbH.

Beau Lintereur

Beau Lintereur, Executive Director – Global Aftermarket Business - Cummins Power Systems

Beau joined Cummins in 1998 at the Corporate Headquarters in Columbus, IN as a Senior Engineer of special projects in the Power Generation Business Unit and progressed to become the Manager of Global Platforms, leading the initiative to standardize commercial generators across various Cummins sites. 

After a two year spell serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mali, Africa, Beau rejoined Cummins in 2003 in Fridley, MN as the Business Development Manager of the Power Electronics Business and then in 2004, became the Director of the Global Transfer Switch Business. In mid-2006, he relocated to China as Director, Power Electronics, Asia Pacific, and then on to India in April 2008 to lead the Power Generation Business Unit at Cummins India Ltd. In 2013, Beau was appointed Executive Director of Marketing and Aftermarket Sales for Cummins Filtration, and then Executive Director of Aftermarket for Cummins Power Systems in 2016. He is based here, in Nashville, TN.

Beau has a B.S. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Purdue University, a M.S. in the same field from MIT, and a M.S. in Management and certificate in Public Management Policy from Stanford University. Beau is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt, and has various levels of proficiency in French, Mandarin, Dogon, Fulfulde, and Bambara. 

Vito Minneci

Vito Minneci, Vice President- Aftermarket Parts & Service – Kohler Power Systems

Vito Minneci is responsible for delivering the global plan for the Aftermarket Parts & Service P&L, administering objectives and policies, as well as directing the development, coordination and implementation of short- and long-term strategies. The Aftermarket Parts & Service Department consists of Warranty Administration, Aftermarket Parts, Generator Field Service, Switchgear Field Service, Customer Call Center, Training, and Quality.

Vito joined Kohler in 2013 as Vice President – Marketing, KPS, and transitioned to the newly created role of Vice President – Aftermarket Parts and Service in September of 2015.  He brings unique industry experience to the role. Vito has a strong technical foundation as a Design Engineer as well as broad North American market knowledge in distribution development and product support. Additionally, he has focused on building a comprehensive service and aftermarket strategy to support large gaseous genset projects and launched a global diesel genset service strategy supporting Kohler Power Systems and SDMO power generation systems.

Prior to joining the Kohler team, Vito held several positions of increasing responsibility at Caterpillar including Design Engineer, Technical Service Representative, Senior Product Support Engineer, Marketing Consultant, Business Process Manager, Engineering Manager and New Product Introduction Manager responsible for Tier 4 Interim and Tier 4 Final engine development.

Vito holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Bradley University, and an MBA from Aurora University.  He is Six Sigma Green Belt certified in both the DMEDI and DMAIC methodologies as well as 6 Sigma Black Belt certified. Internally, Vito completed the Kohler Leadership Forum and Global Leadership Program leadership training programs. He has also been recognized for several achievements including the Chairman’s Annual Quality Improvement Award at Caterpillar and Central Illinois 40 Leaders Under 40.

Greg Wischstadt

Greg Wischstadt, Senior Vice President, Connectivity – Generac Power Systems

Greg Wischstadt’s nearly 30-year career has been dedicated to product development as either an engineering leader or a business unit leader. Currently Senior Vice President, Connectivity, at Generac Power Systems in Waukesha, WI, Greg supports the company’s continuing efforts in remote monitoring, demand response and the development of a global connectivity strategy for Generac. With 11 years of service at Generac, Wischstadt has held roles of increasing responsibility at the generator manufacturer, including Senior Vice President, Engineering. 
Prior to joining Generac, Wischstadt was Director of Engineering at Honeywell, where he led the technical functions related to that company’s medical telematics business. While at Honeywell, Wischstadt also earned a Six Sigma black belt in design. Prior to this, he spent 15 years in product development, designing sensors for fire detection applications.

Wischstadt holds a number of technical patents, ranging from sensor designs to role-based access rules for desktop software applications. He is also the current President of the Portable Generator Manufacturers Association (PGMA), an industry trade association.

Wischstadt earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois.