Never Take No For An Answer

Brian Kilmeade

Keynote Speaker: Brian Kilmeade, Fox & Friends

Speaker, best-selling author, TV and radio personality Brian Kilmeade currently serves as co-host of Fox News Channel's (FNC) FOX & Friends (weekdays 6-9AM/ET) alongside Steve Doocy and Ainsley Earhardt. Additionally, he serves as host of Kilmeade and Friends, (weekdays 9AM-12PM/ET) a nationally syndicated three-hour radio show on Fox News Radio. Kilmeade joined the network as a sports reporter in 1997.

Every weekday morning, Kilmeade provides viewers with the latest on the current headlines in news, sports, politics and entertainment. During his tenure at FNC, he has interviewed newsmakers in politics as well as celebrities and athletes, including former President George W. Bush, former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, supermodel Miranda Kerr, television personality Simon Cowell, New Orleans Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees and former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson. During his tenure, he has also provided live coverage and analysis on major national and international events.

Prior to joining FNC, Kilmeade was a freelance reporter and anchor for NEWSPORT TV where he anchored Scoreboard Central. He also served as a sports anchor and director at the independent station WLIG-TV in New York, an anchor/host for KHSL-TV (CBS 12) in Ontario, CA and a radio host on The Jim Brown Show on XTRA-AM, an all-sports radio network. Kilmeade began his career as a correspondent on Channel One, a daily national high school television news program.

Kilmeade is the author of several New York Times bestselling books, including "Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates,""Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans" and "George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved The American Revolution."

Brian Kilmeade received a B.A. from Long Island University.

Presentation Summary:

In this presentation, Brian Kilmeade, co-host of Fox News’ morning program Fox and Friends, shares his journey in the news industry. Through anecdotes and insights, Brian provides an inside look into the broadcasting world - from local news coverage to a national, daily program. Successes and setbacks each have a place in Brian’s career, and he shares each with lessons learned.


15-Minute Session: Charging Technology Improves! Better Genset Starting Reliability

Bill Kaewert

Bill Kaewert, President & Chief Technology Officer, Stored Energy Systems (SENS)

Founder of two power protection companies, William (Bill) Kaewert has over 30 years’ experience applying technology-based solutions that assure continuity of electrical power to critical applications. 

SENS, is a leading supplier of non-stop DC power systems that are essential to electric power generation and transmission, energy production and other critical infrastructures. They also produce commercial-off-the-shelf based power converters used in electromagnetic pulse (EMP) hardened military systems including ground power for the Minuteman III ICBM and THAAD ballistic missile interceptor systems.

Mr. Kaewert received his AB in history from Dartmouth College and MBA from Boston University. He has served on the EGSA Board of Directors and is the Strategy Officer of the FBI InfraGard Electromagnetic Pulse Special Interest Group. 

Presentation Summary: 

Despite significant investments made by end users in preventive maintenance, starting battery failure remains the number one cause of emergency generator (genset) problems. Genset batteries suffer short lives that can end catastrophically. In contrast, identical batteries employed in vehicles last nearly twice as long and tend to fail gradually. (When is the last time any of us heard about a vehicle battery exploding?) This presentation reveals the apparent root cause of why reliability, longevity, and suddenness of failure of the exact same battery differ between genset and vehicle applications. It presents a solution that improves the reliability, life and gradual nature of failure in genset starting applications to levels enjoyed in vehicle applications.


15-Minute Session: Light's Out, Pressure's On!

Keith Page

Keith Page, Applications Engineering Manager Selkirk Corp. – Pressure Stacks

Keith Page is the applications engineering manager for Selkirk Corp’s commercial and industrial venting and chimney and has 15 years of chimney & venting industry experience. He currently is a committee member of NFPA 211, 37 and sits on several UL venting and chimney technical committees. 

Keith has a mechanical engineering degree from Michigan Tech University and a masters of business from Grand Valley State University. He is also a member of ASHRAE and his local West Michigan Chapter.

Presentation Summary: 

This brief session will present the many benefits of UL tested/listed factory-built stainless exhaust duct for gen-sets & turbines. It will highlight how designers and specifiers can use these fully code compliant systems to improve safety, performance, aesthetics, and reliability as compared to conventional methods involving field welded schedule 40 utility steel pipe. With UL clearances to combustibles up to 1400°F and more than adequate pressure ratings for gen-set exhaust, these exhaust systems should always be considered as part of the ‘power package’.


15-Minute Session: The ABCs of IBC

Steve Stoyanac

Steve Stoyanac, National Sales & Marketing Manager, Chillicothe Metal Company, Inc.

Steve Stoyanac is the National Sales & Marketing Manager for Chillicothe Metal Company, Inc., headquartered in Chillicothe, IL. A graduate of Whitworth University with a BA in Business Management, Steve began his career in On-Site Power Generation with Cummins Northwest in the late 70’s. He has also worked for other notable firms such as HOTSTART Mfg. and Silex Systems, prior to joining Chillicothe Metal in 2009.

Steve is an active member of EGSA, serving 2 terms on the Board of Directors, becoming President of the Association in 2004. He has also served in numerous additional leadership roles within the EGSA community, including Chair of the Revisions Committee for the 5th edition of On-Site Power Generation: A Reference Book as well as being active school instructor for the Rowley School, teaching the “Noise Control” module in the Advanced school curriculum.

Robert SimmonsRobert Simmons, CEO, Seismic Source Int'l.

Mr. Simmons has over 25 years experience in design, development, and application of vibration and shock isolation and seismic restraint of non-structural components such as mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection equipment and related systems. He has a BSME from Texas A&M University and is a registered P.E. in 33 states. He is a member and past Chairman for ASHRAE’s Technical Committee 2.7, Seismic Restraint and Wind Design. He is a member and past secretary for ASHRAE’s Technical Committee 2.6, Sound & Vibration Control, and is the chair for the Vibration Isolation Subcommittee of TC 2.6. Mr. Simmons served as Membership Chair and President of the Vibration Isolation and Seismic Control Manufacturer’s Association (VISCMA). Hegives frequent lectures on vibration isolation and seismic restraint.

Presentation Summary: 

The "International Building Code" (IBC) was introduced more than 17 years ago.

Today, there is still much misunderstanding and confusion regarding what this code means to the On-Site Power Generation Industry. In 15 minutes, you will learn and clearly understand the ABCs of this code:

1). Where did this code come from and why?

2). Who is affected by the IBC?

3). What must manufacturers do to credibly certify their products in order to meet the requirements of this code?

4). What documentation is required by the code to support product certification?


Navigating Data Center Evolution
Doug Head

Doug Head – Director, Mission Critical Systems, ASCO Power Technologies

Doug Head is a 17-year veteran at ASCO Power Technologies. He has served in several roles, including Field Sales Engineer, District Sales Manager and he currently holds the position of Director of Mission Critical Systems. This role holds him accountable for business and strategic partnership development, sales and counseling the company on the changing needs of the data center market. His extended responsibilities include counsel with marketing, management, product development and engineering. Doug holds his bachelor’s degree in engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.

Presentation Summary:

There is an abundance of power generation opportunities that exist in the data center market. In order to participate, one needs to understand how to navigate its evolution. The days of simply supplying equipment, based on a set of specifications or detailed request are gone. 

The need to understand the application, the scale and the required availability of the facility is paramount to be successful in this landscape. Doug’s presentation will discuss the evolution of the data center and how to take advantage of the opportunities that exist.


Executive Leadership Summit

The 2017 Executive Leadership Summit – It’s Time to Revisit and We Are Coming in Hot!Executive Leadership Summit

Back in the Fall of 2013, EGSA hosted our first EGSA Executive Leadership Summit in Seattle, WA. During that first Summit, on-site power professionals across the globe were able to ask questions of our panel of senior manufacturing executives for a period of several weeks and then those questions were whittled down to a series that were presented in a panel format.

Back by popular demand, we are hosting a second one this Fall! Brian Kilmeade, our keynote speaker, will also moderate this exciting panel of industry leaders. We’re going with the same format in 2017 - members will have an opportunity to propose questions that will be considered for our live summit on Tuesday. Be on the lookout for an e-mail detailing how you can submit those industry questions that you want answered by our top brass, or just go ahead and submit one for consideration!

Brian Kilmeade

Executive Leadership Summit Moderator, Brian Kilmeade

Brian Kilmeade will act as moderator for this exciting panel of industry experts on Tuesday. 

Panelists Include:

Charles Hunsucker

Charles Hunsucker, Vice President - Sales, Kohler Power Systems

Charles Hunsucker, an executive with more than 20 years of sales and leadership expertise, currently serves as the Vice President – Sales, Kohler Power Systems.  A native of Mississippi, Hunsucker joined Kohler Company in 2000 as a Kitchen and Bath (K&B) sales executive in Memphis, TN.  Over the next 13 years he held a number of sales and sales leadership positions of increasing responsibility within the K&B organization.  

In May 2013, he began his career in power generation when he became the Director - Sales, Residential/Light Commercial for Kohler Power Systems.  In June, 2015 he assumed his current role as Vice President – Sales, Kohler Power Systems where he is responsible for leading the industrial and residential sales organizations for KPS North America.  He is a key member of the Kohler Power Systems executive team with a focus on developing channel strategies, building talent, and driving a culture of execution and accountability. 

Hunsucker earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Troy University and an executive MBA from Auburn University.  Since 2004 he has lived in Kohler, WI with his wife, son, and 2 daughters.  

Aaron Jagdfeld

Aaron Jagdfeld - President/CEO, Generac Power Systems

Aaron Jagdfeld has served as Generac’s Chief Executive Officer since 2008. He began his career there in 1994 and worked his way up the ranks to Chief Financial Officer in 2002. Aaron was instrumental in managing the sale of Generac to CCMP Capitol Advisors, LLC in 2006 and was named President in 2007 before becoming Chief Executive Officer. He was one of the Milwaukee Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40” in 2012 and earned the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2012 in the manufacturing category for the Upper Midwest.

Terri LewisTerri Lewis, Digital & Technology Director, Caterpillar Inc. 

A member of the Caterpillar team since 1988, across multiple functions of marketing, product development, supply chain, after-sales support and M&A, Terri Lewis is using her broad background to lead the development and execution of the Digital & Technology strategy (Internet of Things) for Caterpillar's Energy and Transportation industry vertical; Marine, Oil & Gas, Power Generation, Industrial, Rail and Turbines. 

Terri’s role at Caterpillar builds upon her technical background and broad business experience and allows her to merge business and technical strategy to drive top line growth and bottom line profitability. She is an engineer and marketer by training, a strategist by vocation and a technologist at heart, with both a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural background. 

Alex SavelliAlex Savelli, Executive Director of Power Generation Markets, Cummins Inc.

Alex Savelli is currently the Executive Director of Power Generation Markets, leading this Line of Business (LOB) within Cummins Inc. Alex has been at Cummins for over 22 years where he has held various positions. He began his career at Cummins Brazil and then moved to Columbus, IN in 1994 where he managed various Industrial end-user and OEM accounts, as well as sales into the Agricultural equipment business. Between 1997 and 1999, Alex led the Industrial Product Planning group before moving to Europe, where he became responsible for the Engine Business Marketing and Sales efforts in EMEA (Europe, Africa and Middle East).

In 2004, Alex relocated back to the US to join Cummins Power Generation, where he led the Energy Solutions and Rental Business, responsible for Cummins larger Power Projects and the Generator Set Rental business worldwide. In late 2007, Alex was appointed as President - Cummins MerCruiser Diesel (CMD – JV between Cummins and Mercury Marine), position which he held for 5 years based in Charleston, SC. Alex then moved to Brazil to lead the Cummins Engine Business in South America between 2012 and 2015, prior to moving back to MN for his current role.

Alex has a BS in Engineering from the University of Sao Paulo – Polytechnic Engineering School and an MBA from the University of Michigan.

Matthias VogelMatthias Vogel - Executive Vice President, Sales, Service & Network, MTU Onsite Energy

Matthias Vogel is responsible for the Sales, Service and Network Organisation at Rolls Royce Power Systems.

He is leading the Sales business globally for all RRPS Applications.

Before this appointment, from July 2011 until April 2017, he was responsible for the customer facing business unit Power Generation. 

From January 2008 until June 2011, he was President and CEO of Tognum America Inc. (formerly known as MTU Detroit Diesel) and was responsible for North American sales, finance, IT and operations. 

From January 2003 until December 2007, Matthias served as MTU’s Director of Industrial Sales for Europe, Russia, Africa, Middle East, and Latin America, which included Mining, C&I, Rail and Agriculture markets. 

Previously, he was Director of Sales - Rail Drive System, with responsibility for sales, application engineering and product distribution. 

Prior to joining MTU in 2003, Matthias spent a number of years (1996-2003) working for Siemens Transportation Systems, overseeing projects around the world. He holds a degree in Electrical Engineering and Business.