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Digital Roundtable

Welcome to the new “Digital-Roundtable”

Every Wednesday at 2PM CT / 3PM ET

Register in advance for this webinar: 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. 

Andres Carvallo
CEO @ CMG – Professor of Innovation, Fellow of Materials Applications Research Center, and Co-Director of CIEDAR Consortium @ TXST – Smart Grid Godfather

Llewellyn King
Exec. Producer and Host of “White House Chronicle” on PBS, Columnist at Forbes, InsideSources Syndicate, and Commentator at SiriusXM Radio

Dr. John Butler
The J. Marion West Chair in Constructive Capitalism, Faculty Director Jon Brumley Texas Venture Labs, and IC2 Endowed Fellow, and Professor at McCombs School of Business at University of Texas at Austin

Carvallo-King-Butler will share the latest digital transformation news impacting the planet and share their insights. This new Digital-Roundtable via Zoom is a first of its kind.

You don’t want to miss it.

Video file will be available after the show for private listening on-demand for those who register.

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Video Library

January 10, 2022 – Jason Mock, President & CEO of San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce, will be our Digital RoundTable guest speaker on Wednesday January 12 at 2PM CST.The Chamber strives to be the unified voice of business that advocates, promotes and inspires business and leaders in the Greater San Marcos Area. Click Here for Recording. Pass Code: 1sHX&yAt

December 15, 2021 – Scott Sellers, City Manager of Kyle, will be our Digital RoundTable guest speaker on Wednesday December 15 at 2PM CST. A founding member of TXST CIEDAR, The City of Kyle is one of the fastest growing cities in Texas. Click Here for Recording. Pass Code: 6!BE@69u

December 8, 2021 –John Wang, Founder and Chairman of Noodoe, Inc. will be our Digital RoundTable guest speaker on Wednesday December 8 at 2PM CST. Noodoe is an EV charging platform company with leading technology and business model. Click Here for Recording. Pass Code: H1r=mR%=

December 1, 2021 – Kenny Mercado, EVP of Utilities at Centerpoint Energy, to be our Digital RoundTable guest speaker on December 1 at 2PM CDT. Click Here for Recording. Pass Code: 2Czf@#6H

November 24, 2021 – Amir Sternhell, Chief Strategy Officer at Sertainty, to be our Digital RoundTable guest speaker on Wednesday November 24 at 2PM CST. Sentainty, a TXST CIEDAR member, delivers an industrial-grade data cybersecurity platform like no other. Click Here for Recording. Pass Code: A4V340=H

November 17, 2021 – Mar Tarres, VP of Products at Anterix, to be our Digital RoundTable guest speaker on Wednesday November 17 at 2PM CST. Anterix delivers for electric utilities 900 MHz licensed spectrum to build Private LTE networks. Click Here for Recording. Pass Code: Zz29k0r@

November 10, 2021 – Jonathan Van, Head of Enterprise Innovation at Element 8, to be our Digital RoundTable guest speaker on Wednesday November 10 at 2PM CST. Element8’s mission is to connect people with the information of the world, with ease. Click Here for Recording. Pass Code: 4^70l1WM

November 3, 2021 – Guest: Dave Albano, President and CEO of RestorePoint, to be our Digital RoundTable guest speaker on Wednesday November 3 at 2PM CST. RestorePoint is an AI + Cloud Data & Process Automation Platform for Enterprises. Click Here for Recording. Pass Code: y3Q*aR7H

October 27, 2021 – Guest: Darren Schauer, General Manager and CEO of Guadalupe Electric Valley Coop. GVEC sells energy, internet and home energy services to its members. GVEC is a TXST CIEDAR member. Click Here fo Recording. Pass Code: *Dy9Cd@+ 

October 20, 2021 – Guest: George Karayannis, North American Smart Cities Lead at Honeywell. Honeywell smart cities delivers a great platform for integration and works with multiple companies and standards in the industry. Click Here for Recording. Pass Code: X7UY=i?M

October 13, 2021 – Guest: Jim Curtin, CEO of GridMonitor and a serial entrepreneur. GridMonitor collects, organizes and updates real-time video, filings and news – with curated archives and powerful search capabilities in an easy-to-use cloud-based platform. Click Here for Recording. Pass Code: $qai8hjN

October 6, 2021 – Guest: Pat Wood III, CEO of Hunt Energy Network and former FERC and PUCT chairman. Hunt Energy Network aims to utilize its platform to locally balance generation and load by empowering end users with cleaner, more reliable energy while fairly compensating owners of distributed generation assets. Click Here for Recording. Pass Code: 9pd9xG^h

September 29, 2021 – Guest: Gabriel Reyna, Managing Partner at Bandera Capital. Bandera Capital believes in ‘people-first’ so they generally look for owners and founders that are smart, passionate and want to go on a growth journey. Click Here for Recording. Pass Code: D!2BeG1d

September 22, 2021 – Guest: Larry Tittle, Founder and CEO of ClearWorld. ClearWorld is focused on providing off-grid/on-grid solar LED lighting solutions for roadways, sidewalks, apartment and condominium complexes, retail and corporate parking lots, university campuses, government institutions, military installations and more. Click Here for Recording. Pass Code: 1&1.aamF

September 15, 2021 – Guest: Richard Medina, VP of Grid Transformation and Engineering at CPS Energy. CPS Energy is the largest combined gas and electric public utility in the US. Click Here for Recording. Pass Code: v#8t*M6+

September 8, 2021 – Guest: Byron Rojas, Founder and CEO of Easymetering LLC. Easymetering offers 4G and 5G smart metering solutions with built-in cybersecurity and theft detection. Click Here for Recording. Pass Code: !N3erlhp

August 25, 2021 – Guest: Hernando Parrott, President of North America at Open International. Open Smartflex is a comprehensive system that integrates the customer care, billing and field service operations processes under one modular, multi-service product platform. Click Here for Recording. Pass Code: hBbN=6vg

August 18, 2021 – Guest: Troy Blaschka, Director of Connected Solutions at Ubicquia. Ubicquia creates innovative technologies and solutions to make cities smarter, safer and more connected. Click Here for Recording. Pass Code: T?=6dp6T

August 4, 2021 – Guest: Harvey Ring – Former Angel Investor and Executive at Dell Technologies, ADP, ITT and BT. He has a PhD in Physics and an MBA in Marketing and Finance from the University of Michigan. Click Here for Recording. Pass Code: bNLv.8c^

July 28, 2021 – Guest: Gil Quiniones, President and CEO of New York Power Authority. NYPA is the largest public power company in the US. Click Here for Recording. Pass Code: X7eS1.?9

July 21, 2021 – Guest: Karl Popham, Manager of Electric Vehicles and Emerging Technologies at Austin Energy. Austin Energy is the 8th largest public power company n the US. Click Here for Recording. Pass Code: PnN^ze6Q

July 14, 2021 – Guest: Michael Adeeko, Managing Partner and VP of Training at Direct Line To Compliance. DL2C is a Texas State University CIEDAR. Click Here for Recording. Pass Code: 4$+R#=Xj

July 7, 2021 – Guest: Amy Akers, Board Director at Pedernales Electric Coop and Senior Council at McCullough Sudan. Amy is a former board director of The Edwards Aquifer Authority. Click Here for Recording. Pass Code: e%*N6O3c

June 30, 2021 – Guest: John D. McDonald, Smart Grid Business Development Leader and Senior Fellow at Grid Solutions for GE Renewable Energy. John is a registered professional engineer, an IEEE Fellow and a CIGRE Distinguished Member. John and his colleagues at GE played a key role in the buildout of the first smart grid in Austin Energy from 2003 to 2010. Click Here for Recording. Pass Code: +$F0&qwC

June 23, 2021 – Guest: Lee House, Founder and CEO of IoT83. Lee has a history of recognizing technology and market trends, and using this to define and deliver disruptive and game-changing products that show fast returns for customers. Click Here for Recording. Pass Code: 52u^Q!YL

June 16, 2021 – Guest: Caroline Chan, VP and GM, 5G Infrastructure Division, Network Platform Group at Intel Corp. Intel is the largest semiconductor company in the world.

June 9, 2021 – Guest: Gary Rackliffe P.E., Vice President of Market Development and Innovation of North America at Hitachi ABB Power Grids. Hitachi ABB Power Grids is uniquely positioned as a market and technology leader, with a proven track record of pioneering innovation and a vast global customer base served through a manufacturing, service, sales and R&D network in around 90 countries.

June 2, 2021 – Guest: Jason JonMIchael, Assistant Director fo Smart Mobility at City of Austin. The City of Austin is investing $7 billion plus over 20 years on new transportation solutions.

May 26, 2021 – Guest : Mike Bates, General Manager of Energy at Intel Corporation. Intel is the largest semiconductor company in the world.

May 19, 2021 – Guest: Jim Steffes, SVP of Strategy and Regulatory Affairs at Washington Gas Light Company. Washington Gas Light Company is a member of the AltaGas family and services Washington D.C.

May 12, 2021 – Guest: Dr. Cris Eugster, President and CEO of NAES. NAES is an independent services company dedicated to optimizing the performance of energy facilities across the power generation, oil & gas and petrochemical industries.

May 5, 2021 – Guest: Sunil Cherian, Founder and CEO of Spirae. Spirae is a leading microgrid technology platform & control software developer focus on commercial and industrial customers. A microgrid is a decentralized group of electricity resources (e.g Solar, Fuel Cells, Geothermal, Microgas Turbines, Microwind, and Energy Storage) and loads that normally operates connected to and synchronous with the utility grid, but can also disconnect to “island mode” and function autonomously.

April 28, 2021 – Guest: Arshad Mansoor, President and CEO of Electric Power Resarch Institute (EPRI). EPRI provides thought leadership, industry expertise, and collaborative value to help the electricity sector identify issues, technology gaps, and broader needs that can be addressed through effective research and development programs for the benefit of society.

April 21, 2021 – Guest: Jeff DeCoux, Chairman of Autonomy Institute. The Autonomy Institute is a government, industry, academia and public alliance to create the policies, industry, jobs and community benefits of autonomy, starting with the Intelligent and Autonomous Infrastructure that is the equivalent of the Eisenhower Interstate Highways.

April 14, 2021 – Guest: Erika Bierschbach, VP of Energy Market Operations and Resource Planning at Austin Energy. Erika is a long term Austin Energy member with a BS in Economics from Texas A&M.

April 7, 2021 – Guest: Noel Bernal, City Manager of Brownsville TX. Prior to Brownsville, Noel, was Deputy City Manager at City of Coppell TX, Assistant City Manager at City of Taylor TX, and others.

March 24, 2021 – Guest: David Heitzer, Head of Business Origination for Retail and Wholesale Renewable Energy at EDF North America. EDF North America is part of the EDF Group, one of the world’s largest power companies and a global leader in low-carbon energy.

March 17, 2021 – Guest: Ron Zimmer, President & CEO of CABA. CABA is The Continental Automated Building Association offering fantastic research about smart buildings and smart homes.

March 10, 2021 – Guest: Sharelynn Moore, EVP and Chief Marketing Officer at Bloom Energy. Prior to Bloom, Sharelynn was SVP of Network Solutions Product Business Unit at Itron.

March 3, 2021 – Guest: Tom Deitrich, President and CEO of Itron. Prior to Itron Tom was a SVP and VP at Freescale, Sony-Ericsson, and Ericsson.

February 24, 2021 – Guest: Jon Wellinghoff, Founder and CEO of GridPolicy. Digital 360 Summit Hall of Fame Inductee. Former FERC Chairman.

February 17, 2021 – No Guest

February 10, 2021 – Guest: Stefan Wolf, Global VP of Go-To-Market Execution of Industry Business Unit Utilities at SAP.

February 3, 2021 – Guest: Tim Fairchild, Director of Global Energy and Manufacturing Industry Practices at SAS.

January 27, 2021 – Guest: Chris King, SVP eMobility at Siemens. Prio to his current role, Chris was SVP of Digital Grid and Chief Strategy Officer of Digital Grid at Siemens.

January 20, 2021 – No Guest

January 13, 2021 – No Guest

January 6, 2021 – No Guest

December 16, 2020 – Guest: Alex Keros, Lead Architect of EV Infrastructure at General Motors. Prior to his current role, Alex was the Smart Cities Chief at Maven, Senior Manager of Public Policy at GM, and Manager and Senior Project Engineer at GM.

December 9, 2020 – Guest: Helen Ramirez, Deputy City Manager of Brownsville TX. City of Brownsville is deploying a Smart Cities Roadmap. BTX is a TXST CIEDAR member. Prior to BTX, Helen was Assistant City Manager of Hutto TX.

December 2, 2020 – Guest: Jay Zoellner, CEO of Kiwi Power. Prior to Kiwi, Jay was President of Edison Energy and Managing Director of Global Industries at Enernoc.

November 25, 2020 – No Guest

November 11, 2020 – Guest: Sharon Allan, Chief Innovation Officer at SEPA. Prio to SEPA, Sharon was Managing Partner at Accenture and President of Elster.

November 4, 2020 – No Guest

October 28, 2020 – Guest: Alessandro Giacobbe, General Manager of Global Corporate Learning and Education Cloud at Microsoft Corp. Microsoft Teams has become one of the most popular learning, collaboration, and conference tools.

October 21, 2020 – Guest: Bud Vos, President and CEO of Enbala Power Networks. Enbala has been recently acquired by Generac Power Networks.

October 14, 2020 – Guest: Angelos Angelou, Founder and CEO of International Accelerator and Angelou Economics. Former VP and Chief Economist at Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce.

October 7, 2020 – Guest: Scott Hinson, CTO at Pecan Street, Inc. Pecan Street is focused on advancing original data research and accelerating climate and conservation data solutions.

September 30, 2020 – Guest: Pat Kennedy, Founder and CEO of OSIsoft. OSIsoft was recently acquired by Schneider Electric for $5 billion.

September 23, 2020 – Guest: Jason Giulietti, President of Greater San Marcos Partnership. Former Board Director at New England Economic Partnership, VP of Business Recruitment at Connecticut Economic Resource Center.

September 16, 2020 – Guest: Alfred Berkeley, Chairman of Princeton Capital Management and Vice Chairman of Gentag.

September 9, 2020 – Guest: Dr. John Schemmel, Bruce and Gloria Ingram Chair, Professor, and Chair of Civil Engineering Department at Ingram School of Engineering at Texas State University.

September 2, 2020 – Guest: Pat Meagher, Principal & Senior Consultant at CMG. Former VP at Katerra and former CTO at Flex.

August 12, 2020 – Guest: Allan Schurr, Chief Comercial Officer at Enchanted Rock LLC. Prior to Enchanted Allan was President of Edison Energy and VP of Strategy for Energy & Utilities at IBM.

August 5, 2020 – Guest: Alper Üzmezler, Founder of Anka Labs. Alper delivers smart building solutions using AI and ML.

July 29, 2020 – Guest: Austin Trees, Vice President at JLL. JLL is one of the largest property management firms in the world and now innovates in the smart buildings category.

July 22, 2020 – Guest: Brigid Shea, Travis County Commissioner. Austin, TX is in Travis County.

July 15, 2020 – Guest: Jon Wellinghoff, CEO of GridPolicy Inc. Jon is a former FERC chairman and commissioner.

July 8, 2020 – No guest

July 1, 2020 – Guest: Dixon Wright, Chairman of Surety Resource Connection and SVP os USI Surety.

June 24, 2020 – Guest: Charles Dickerson, DGM & COO Austin Energy. Prior to AE, Charles was SVP at National Grid and PECO/Exelon.

June 17, 2020 – Guest: Steve Koenig, VP of Research at CTA (CES).

June 10, 2020 – No guest

June 3, 2020 – No guest

May 27, 2020 – Guest: Tom Rose, Principal & Senior Consultant at CMG. Before CMG, Tom was a senior regulatory executive at TXU and EFH.

May 20, 2020 – Guest: Cheryl Mele – Former COO at ERCOT. Prior to ERCOT, Cheryl was COO at Austin Energy.

May 13, 2020 – No Guest

May 6, 2020 – No guest

April 22, 2020 – No guest

April 15, 2020 – No guest

April 8, 2020 – No guest

Smart Energy & Utilities Keynote and Panel Video

Smart Cities Keynote and Panel Video

Smart Buildings Keynote and Panel Video

Smart Mobility Keynote and Panel Video

Water & Wastewater Keynote and Panel Video

Smart Networks Keynote and Panel Video

Space and Smart Factories Keynote and Panel Video

Sensors & Edge Computing Keynote and Panel Video

Big Data and Software Keynote and Panel Video

New Regulations and Business Model Video

Public Safety Keynote and New Financial Tools Panel Video

TXST Research and Digital 360 Summit Hall of Fame Video

Why CMG?

CMG has built a library of over 500 use cases and 20 frameworks. Each framework delivers the answers to use cases, technologies, vendors, business models, business cases, policy models, and best practices.

CMG’s Team has planned for and successfully deployed and managed over $10 billion+ of technology solutions within 5,000+ projects in the last 20 years.

CMG offers advisory services per month, 1-day workshops for each framework, 2-day workshops for each framework, and customer-defined consulting projects (e.g. virtual CEO, COO, CMO, CTO, Chief Strategy Officer, PMO, Vendor Management Office, and more).

The CMG advantage is world-class advise by former senior executives with 25 years plus of successful experience for 50% less than the Big Old Brands. CMG is Cheaper, Faster and Better!!!

CMG team has developed smart grid roadmaps for multiple utilities in the US, EU, Middle East and South America.

CMG team has developed multiple smart city roadmaps for several fast growing cities across the US and Brazil.

CMG has developed a large number of Go-To-Market and Commercialization Plans for Fortune 1000, medium and small companies.

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