About Us

PGS Energy Training (PGS) is a leading provider of quality CPE approved seminars for the electric power and energy industries. Established in 1990, PGS has trained over 10,000 energy professionals in the last 8 years. PGS offers on-site training programs, public Classroom Seminars, live Phone & Web Seminars, and online training. View PGS Seminar Clients.

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Our Instructors
John Adamiak
John Adamiak is President and Founder of PGS Energy Training and an expert in energy derivatives and electric power markets. Mr. Adamiak is a well-known and highly effective seminar presenter who has over 20 years experience in the natural gas and electric power industries. His background includes 15 years as a seminar instructor, 9 years of energy transaction experience, and 6 years of strategic planning and venture capital activities. John's academic background includes an M.B.A. degree from Carnegie Mellon University.
Peter C. Fusaro - Chairman of Global Change
Peter C. Fusaro wrote the best seller “What Went Wrong at Enron” and has served as an expert witness on corporate corruption cases. His knowledge of the energy industry goes back over 4 decades as both a policy maker at the US Department of Energy in Washington DC and as a senior executive at a multinational oil company and original equipment manufacturer. Today, Peter is on the advisory board of Bard College’s MBA in Sustainability and was on the advisory board of the University of Michigan’s Erb Institute in the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. He as an adjunct professor at Columbia University and developed a popular renewable energy project finance course there. He is a graduate of Tufts University with an MA and Carnegie-Mellon University with a BA.
Greg Peters
Greg Peters is President, EnVision Energy Solutions and the natural gas consultant to the Midwest ISO and author of several of the MISO’s electric – natural gas infrastructure interdependency studies. Mr. Peters has over 25 years of energy industry consulting and management experience and is an expert in energy products and services marketing and supply planning, procurement and energy management. Mr. Peters' consulting experience includes several years as Manager of Price Waterhouse's National Public Utilities Consulting Services and currently as President, Envision Energy Solutions Company. Envision provides gas, electric and fuel management consulting services to a wide range of industrial, commercial and municipal end-users. Previously, Mr. Peters has had fuel procurement, fuel management and planning responsibilities for Columbia Energy Services Corporation, Equitable Gas Company, and The Peoples Natural Gas Company.
Kenneth Skinner, Ph. D. -- Vice President of Risk & Evaluation Products

Dr. Skinner has over 20 years’ experience in evaluation and risk measurement, having worked as an energy consultant with PHB Hagler Bailly and Financial Times (FT) Energy, and as the Derivative Structuring Manager for the retail energy supplier Sempra Energy Solutions. He has his Ph.D. from Colorado School of Mines, in Mineral Economics, with an emphasis in Operations Research, an MBA from Regis University and a BS in Engineering from Letourneau University.

Dr. Skinner is a nationally recognized expert in economic evaluation and modeling of energy assets including energy storage, distribution and generation, efficiency and demand response, renewable energy alternatives, financial derivatives and structured contracts using net present value, econometric and statistical methods, optimization principles, and real option valuation techniques. Dr. Skinner is widely published and currently the technology columnist for Wiley Natural Gas and Electricity Journal. He is a noted speaker on energy related topics for organizations such as AESP, IAEE, ACEEE, PLMA, IEPEC, INFORMS, Infocast, EUCI, SNL Energy and PGS Energy Training.


Notable risk management assignments include:
• Developing the value at risk (VaR) reporting system for a natural gas trading company
• Assessing risk models for an international electric supplier
• Advising an electric utility on risk adjusted reporting metrics
• Building the natural gas storage valuation model and mark-to-market reporting for a national gas company
• Assessing term risk for structured retail gas and electricity contracts
• Pricing risk associated with complex generation fuel supply and tolling contracts
• Author of a national retail energy supplier’s structured pricing model

Jim Crist
Jim Crist is President of Lumen Group, Inc. headquartered in the suburbs of Pittsburgh. He has over 27 years experience in the energy industry covering coal, gas, oil, propane, and electricity. Jim has conducted many strategic studies of the industry and prepared market and business assessments for several large energy companies. Before founding Lumen Group in 1996, Jim spent 20 years working for major energy companies in engineering, technology development, rate and regulatory policy development and marketing. He served as marketing vice president in both regulated and deregulated entities. His consulting practice provides strategic planning, marketing and business development, and rate and regulatory consulting, along with serving as an expert witness in regulatory proceedings in several jurisdictions.
Eric Stark

Eric Stark is a Senior Trainer and Consultant of RNItechnology. He has more than 32 years of consulting and training experience and practice in industrial applications, utilities and academics in North America and around the world.

Eric has extensive experience in power system design, studies and commissioning, special emphasis on protection, power quality, power system grounding, power flow, short circuit, arc flash, transient stability, transient switching analysis and harmonic studies.

Eric’s recent work included several generation, micro-grid, subway and utility projects in North America and Middle East, including system and stability studies. Eric was involved in protective relay settings, transfer schemes, coordination, and load shedding schemes.

In addition to his vast professional experience, Eric is the author of technical papers for major players like General Electric, Institute of Technology, Digital Energy and has prepared and conducted numerous courses, workshops and tutorials in academics and industry, globally, for GE and RNItechnology clients.

Eric's experience includes industries such as oil and gas, silver, gold and phosphate mining, cogeneration, utility systems, pulp and paper, and many application projects.

Soli Forouzan
Soli Forouzan is President of Mind Span, Inc., an Energy Trading Risk Management and Asset Optimization consulting firm based in Houston. Prior to holding this position he was the Chief Risk Officer for PG&E Energy Trading, overseeing all trading in electric power, natural gas and other fuels for the third largest energy trading organization in North America. In that and other occasions he oversaw the middle office functions for complex, multi-commodity wholesale energy books. Soli's career spans over 20 years in the energy industry, during which time he traded one of the largest natural gas storage asset portfolios in the industry. Mr. Forouzan has been a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) since 1987 and is a frequent speaker at energy industry forums on the subjects of trading risk management and asset optimization.
Zarin Imam
Zarin Imam leads Compliance, Regulatory & Retail Advisory Practice for The Xcelrate Group and brings over two decades of experience in the energy industry. She is the former Chief Compliance & Regulatory Officer of Iberdrola Energy Holdings, LLC where she oversaw Corporate Compliance, Regulatory, EHS, Systems Implementations; and Global Projects. Zarin has a thorough knowledge and experience in trading and operations. She is experienced in business development, gas flow optimization and managing large operations groups. Zarin has previously held positions at American Electric Power, Enron North America and Enron Energy services.
Denise M. Furey

Denise Furey has over 25 years of experience working for financial institutions structuring and/or analyzing debt instruments for private and public sector bond issuers. In 2011 she started Regent Square Advisors, a consulting firm, which offers research products focusing on financial, political and regulatory issues faced by clients operating in the energy and utility arenas.

Most recently she was with Citigroup as a sell-side fixed-income analyst covering electric power, oil and natural gas companies. Primary responsibility was to write and publish investment recommendations and fundamental credit opinions of companies within the sectors. Prior to Citigroup she was with Fitch Rating, Enron Corporation and MBIA Insurance Corporation in various capacities. Ms. Furey, also, was with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission participating in the regulation of investment companies. Additionally, she has testified before regulatory commissions and served as a guest lecturer at industry conferences and educational institutions.

Ms. Furey holds an MBA in Finance from New York University’s Stern School of Business and a BSFS in International Politics from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

Paul Endress

Paul Endress is an in-demand authority in the on the subjects of leadership and interpersonal communication. He is the creator of the Communication Styles 2.0 model which is used by companies worldwide to diagnose and solve organizational communication problems.

An inspiring speaker, he has helped thousands of individuals and business executives solve leadership and communication problems and be more effective through his seminars, speeches, and products. During the past five years Paul has trained executives from companies such as Mitsubishi, Chevron, Exxon, Shell, and Halliburton, as well as thousands of human resources professionals at state SHRM conventions.

The founder of nine companies, Paul has focused on combining the latest research in modern psychology and linguistics with time proven management and personal development strategies to create several breakthrough programs including: Values Focused Leadership, Conflict Resolution for Difficult Situations, Managing by Influence, and Questions Are the Answer. He is also the author of The Communication Revolution and The People Puzzle.

Paul has been quoted on the front page of USA Today, as well as in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes magazine and dozens of other leading business publications.

Ann O'Hara
Ann O'Hara practiced law for 30 years prior to taking an “inactive” status with the Nebraska State Bar Association. Her experience in energy contracting law began in 1988 and she gained the majority of that experience as senior counsel for Aquila Energy Corporation in Omaha, Nebraska. In 1995, O'Hara began her own law practice which focused on energy transactional law with an emphasis on over the counter derivative documentation and the ISDA© Master Agreements. Her ISDA clients included some of the largest energy producers, marketers, and local distribution companies in the United States.

In 2000, O'Hara wrote the book, "A Practical Guide to Gas Contracts” published by PennWell Publications, which is still the definitive book on gas contracting. The 467-page book is available from PennWell.com and from Amazon.com."

O'Hara continues to lecture and consult on energy risk management issues and ISDA documentation. She has presented seminars and workshops throughout the United States and Canada on the 1992 ISDA© Master Agreement, the 1994 ISDA® Credit Support Annex, the 2002 ISDA© Master Agreement, Master Netting Agreements, the NAESB Base Contract and the GISB Base Contract.
Andy Weissman
Andy has provided strategic advice to leading firms in the energy sector for more than thirty years, playing a key role in developing innovative business structures for major energy transactions, and transforming energy and environmental policy at the state and federal level. Andy is Senior Energy Advisor to Haynes and Boone, LLP, and the guiding force behind EBW AnalyticsGroup, an energy market research and analysis advisory service. Andy is a graduate of Harvard Law School.
Mr. Miki Kolobara, Esq.
Mr. Miki Kolobara, Esq. is the managing attorney at Kolobara Law Firm, LLC. He practices primarily in commodities and derivatives trading law with particular emphasis on energy trading, risk management, and compliance. Prior to founding Kolobara Law Firm, Mr. Kolobara spent 15 years working for several large energy companies where he assisted in creating and implementing trading policies and procedures, drafting standard trading and credit documentation, and training front and middle office personnel about legal and contractual aspects of energy trading. He has negotiated hundreds of master agreements and documentation for physical and financial transactions, as well as structured transactions for natural gas, electricity, coal, crude oil, and emissions allowances.

Mr. Kolobara serves on the Futures and Derivatives Law Committee of the American Bar Association, as well as the North American Energy Standards Board's contracting committee where he participated in drafting the NAESB standard master agreement for natural gas trading. Additionally, Mr. Kolobara is active in the International Energy Credit Associations' Contracts and Legal committee and its Dodd-Frank Act working group. As a member of the WSPP contracting committee, Mr. Kolobara participated in drafting of the WSPP standard master agreement for electricity trading.

Mr. Kolobara is a frequent speaker on topics related to energy trading, hedging, risk management, and compliance.
Steve Reese
Steve Reese is the President of Reese Energy Consulting which was formed in 1994. Reese Energy Consulting has offices in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and Dallas. Their main business focus is gas, oil, and NGL marketing, midstream asset business development and management, gas processing contract negotiations, asset evaluation, and pipeline / midstream acquisition and divestment. Mr. Reese has over 35 years’ experience in the natural gas business. Reese has helped acquire and operate midstream assets over his career with total values exceeding $1 Billion.

His client list includes all phases of the gas business including small and large producers, major law firms, utilities, midstream companies, and end users such as: Pemex, Linn Energy, Williams Natural Gas, The University of Oklahoma, The United States District Court, Redbud Energy, Centerpoint Field Services, Gulfport Energy, West Texas Gas, and Mustang Fuel.

He is also the founder and CEO of Reese Energy Training, Inc. and has taught Natural Gas Basics, Midstream, NGL, and Gas Processing Courses to every major energy firm in the U.S. and to over 10000 industry professionals. Reese’s in-house training clients include: Devon Energy, Samson, Lumen Energy, Oneok, Boardwalk Pipeline, Yates Petroleum, Enbridge, LDC Gas Forums, Detroit Edison, and ProLiance.

He is a recognized industry speaker with recent engagements for The Oklahoma Marginal Well Commission, The National Royalty Association, the Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Association, The Natural Gas Society of Oklahoma, the Desk and Derrick club, the Oklahoma Law Review, and the Permian Basin Gas Society.

Julie Ryan
Ms. Ryan provides advisory services to energy companies in the areas of risk management, hedging, wholesale trading and marketing, energy supply and strategic planning. Ms. Ryan has over 23 years of experience in the energy industry. She has been consulting since 2006, and she brings direct experience in leading risk management and trading operations in senior executive positions at Puget Sound Energy, Merchant Energy Group of the Americas and Louis Dreyfus Energy Corp. She began consulting in 2006 and is the Managing Partner at Aether Advisors LLC, the company she launched in 2008. Ms. Ryan works with utility, merchant power, developer, private equity, competitive retail marketing and university clients. She reviews clients’ risk management infrastructure, risk policies and hedging program effectiveness. Ms. Ryan helps clients upgrade their risk management program, train and hire staff, select new risk systems, and improve risk management processes.

Ms. Ryan is a CFTC-registered Commodity Trading Advisor. She has been an appointed member of the Seattle City Light Review Panel since 2010, which oversees its strategic planning process, rate design and rate reviews. She has spoken at numerous industry conferences on the topics of risk management, hedging, strategic planning, and has been a guest instructor at Willamette University’s Atkinson School of Management since 2006. Ms. Ryan graduated Cum Laude, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, from Smith College in Massachusetts.

Mr. Jason Makansi
Jason Makansi has been immersed in electricity driven energy storage for two decades. He has led two energy storage public policy organizations, The Energy Storage Council and the Coalition to Advance Renewable Energy through Bulk Storage (CAREBS); and has successfully undertaken numerous energy storage technical and market assessments for clients as large as Fortune 500 firms and as small as inventors in their “garage.” Through his public policy and consulting work, Mr. Makansi has been a recognized and sought-after subject matter expert (SME) in storage. He has keynoted the Infocast Annual Storage Summit, served as program chairman for the Platt’s Power Storage Conference, presented at storage technology forums, and authored key articles and white papers, all of which have helped propel the industry forward. He is known through the electricity industry for his unbridled, dispassionate assessments and training seminars free of the usual institutional biases. Mr. Makansi has published three books on the electricity industry, the latest, Lights Out: The Electricity Crisis, The Global Economy, and What It Means To You, widely reviewed by the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, and other media of record, and an Amazon best seller in its category.
Dr. Mazie Leftwich Psy. D.
Dr. Mazie Leftwich has developed an intricate and multi-faceted career as a nationally recognized Speaker, Workshop Leader and Trainer, while serving as a Senior Vice President of Contract Land Staff, LLC (CLS). Dr. Leftwich is the Officer in Charge of the CLS Professional Development Institute and has been the catalyst behind CLS's extensive employee training, the University of Houston-Downtown College of Business Right of Way Certificate Program, and team-excellence programs.
Dr. Leftwich earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Social Work (Clinical & Administrative) from the University of Houston, and her Doctorate in Psychology (Applied) from California Coast University. Dr. Leftwich is an IRWA Certified Communication Instructor and has been an Instructor on the University and Community College level as well, including the University of Houston’s Leadership Certificate Program.

She has provided training for numerous national and international energy companies, as well as non-profit organizations, various IRWA Chapters, and has often been a presenter at a number of Energy Industry Conferences throughout the United States.
Joey Lee Miranda
Joey Lee Miranda is a Partner in the Environmental and Utilities Practice Group of Robinson & Cole LLP. Ms. Miranda's practice focuses on energy and utilities matters including regulatory representation, litigation, transactional representation and counseling. Ms. Miranda also regularly publishes and presents on matters of interest to the energy industry. Recently, she edited the book Capturing the Power of Electric Restructuring.
Michael Pillow
During his career, Michael Pillow has worked as a corporate counsel, contract manager, marketing manager and law professor. Most of his career has been spent working for Westinghouse and Siemens in the power generation/energy sector. He currently works as an independent contractor for Siemens Energy Legal. At those companies he handled diverse assignments including contract drafting and negotiation; international business transactions; dispute resolution; joint ventures, acquisitions and divestitures; and corporate governance and compliance. He has presented legal and business seminars on topics from contracts training to compliance to dispute resolution. As a professor, he taught Global Corporate Compliance, Contract Drafting, Sales (UCC Article 2) and Business Law at the University of Florida and FAMU law schools and Seminole State College. During his early career, he practiced in Pittsburgh, focusing on litigation, with two law firms. He has published several articles, primarily relating to commercial law, and a novel, Neighbors 2009. Mr. Pillow received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia in 1979. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh Law School in 1983. He now resides in Charlottesville.
Mr. Dale Veres
Mr. Dale Veres is the President / Principal Consultant of Trailblazer Strategies Group LLC. Trailblazer is a Management Consulting firm focusing on strategy development, business planning, business opportunity assessment, performance management, identifying and eliminating unwarranted costs, asset optimization, change management, implementing enterprise solutions, process-systems alignment, and competitive intelligence.

Dale's professional career spans 29 years with over 25 years of US energy industry experience. He has broad-based industry knowledge including that for energy, utilities, wind energy, consulting, commercial real estate, and information technology.

Most recently Dale has been involved directly in the wind power industry through his consulting work for the US operations of an international wind energy developer as well as by serving as Vice President Finance & Strategic Planning for a start-up wind turbine manufacturing firm. Prior to those positions, Dale professional career includes three-years of consulting with a Fortune 5 company as well as a 20-year career with a major US integrated natural gas corporation and its largest operating gas utility.

He has served Notre Dame College of Ohio as an Instructor on Business Analysis and Decision-Making. Dale has produced and delivered numerous webinars on wind energy, and has spoken nationally and internationally on the topics of tactical competitive intelligence and on business transformation. He is a Certified Toastmaster and has also served four years as the Chapter Coordinator for the Northeast Ohio Chapter of the Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals.
Keith Custer, PE
Keith Custer, PE has over 30 years of consulting and management experience and is an expert in project estimating, cost engineering, project scheduling, and earned value project management. Mr. Custer is a professional Electrical Engineer and has been involved in estimating technical projects ranging from Nuclear Power electric generation and control systems, landfill monitoring controls, office telephony systems, international voice and data communications systems, computer systems, custom software development, and major package software applications like Financials, CIS, HR, CRM, MMIS, PMO, and ERP in wide range of industries including electric power, insurance, financial, retail, manufacturing, health care, environmental, and customer service.

Mr. Custer has served as CIO and systems strategy planner and has operated his professional consulting, estimating, and management services company for over 20 years and has estimated, scheduled, and managed numerous technical projects and program offices including on-shore and off-shore staffing for companies such as Keane, IMRglobal, and Computer Aid Inc. Additionally, Mr. Custer has directly provided professional estimating Bechtel, SWEC, Comanco, Oracle, and Marriott as well as for numerous utilities customers such as FPL, NUSCO, MPL, Centerior, TECO, PECO, PPL, PSEG, SMUD, and GSU service.

Cynthia Kase CMT, MFTA
Cynthia Kase is President and Founder of Kase and Company, Inc, a world-class expert on energy trading and hedging, and an award-winning technical analyst. Ms. Kase has over 35 years’ experience in the energy space, having worked as an oil trader, derivatives trader, and hedging advisor. Her background also includes 30 years as a seminar instructor. She served on the NYMEX’s Natural Gas Advisory Committee helping with the inception of the contract that was launched in April 1990. Cynthia’s academic background includes a BS degree from Lowell Tech, and ME degree from Northeastern, both in chemical engineering.
Larry G. Berg, PMP
Larry Berg is President of BERG LLC and has over 29 years of electric industry strategy, management and consulting experience. He has authored articles for industry periodicals on proposed climate change legislation as it specifically affects electric utilities. Mr. Berg spent most of his professional career at El Paso Electric Company (before retiring in February 2010), where he held a number of key strategic roles, including Director of Forecast & Planning and Director of Corporate Projects. He also served the company as a Power Consultant, Principal Project Manager, Technical Assistant (to the CEO) and as the company's Y2K Program Director in 1999-2000. Mr. Berg is a graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso and is a Project Management Professional (PMP) as certified by the Project Management Institute.
P. Dean Rogers, AP
Dean Rogers has taught Kase’s acclaimed technical analysis methods all over the world. Rogers is a computer programmer turned market technician, and has been with Kase for 13 years, not only teaching but also providing market analysis on crude oil and natural gas every week.
Joan Matochik
Joan Matochik is president and founder of JM Communications, a professional development and training business, specializing in helping individuals in the business world sharpen their written and verbal communication skills. For over 20 years, she has trained individuals in the profit and non-profit sectors not only to become more effective communicators but also more productive employees in the workplace.

Joan's academic background includes a B.A. degree in English Language and Literature from Daemen College in Buffalo, New York, and an M.A. degree in Journalism from Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York. For several years, she assisted clients with their public relations and publicity needs. She has also taught professional writing at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York; Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York; and the State University of New York College at Geneseo in Geneseo, New York. A published author, Joan has written several articles on business communication.
Sharon Armstrong
Sharon Armstrong has over 20 years of experience as a Human Resources consultant, trainer and career counselor. Since launching her own consulting business in 1998, Sharon Armstrong and Associates, she has consulted with many large corporations and small businesses. She has facilitated training, completed HR projects and provided career transition services for a wide variety of clients in the profit and non-profit sectors.

Sharon received her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Southern Maine and her Masters Degree in Counseling from George Washington University. She is a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR).

Sharon is the co-author of a humor book, published by Random House. Heeling the Canine Within: The Dog's Self-Help Companion was published in 1998. Her first business book, Stress-Free Performance Appraisals - Turn Your Most Painful Management Duty into a Powerful Motivational Tool was published by Career Press in July 2003. Her second business book, The Essential HR Handbook - A Quick and Handy Guide for Any Manager or HR Professional was published in Summer 2008. The Essential Performance Review Handbook, her last book, was published in May 2010.
Joyce Oliner
Joyce Oliner concentrates on providing employment law and human resources training programs to the senior executives, managers and line employees of commercial, non-profit and governmental organizations. Ms. Oliner's extensive experience as an employment attorney makes her uniquely qualified to provide very practical training that combines both legal principles and real-world situations.

Ms. Oliner practiced employment law for close to twenty years. As a partner with Shaw Pittman LLP in the District of Columbia, Ms. Oliner counseled management on a wide range of employment matters and conducted sensitive internal investigations of employee discrimination complaints. In addition to her counseling practice, Ms. Oliner also successfully represented employers in litigation before federal and state agencies around the country on a wide range of employment discrimination issues.


Ms. Oliner is a frequent speaker and writer on issues relevant to human resources professionals. Ms. Oliner received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Oxford University, England, her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Wisconsin, her Master of Laws degree from the University of Virginia, and her Master of Education degree from the University of Maryland.

E. Shashi Menon, Ph.D., P.E.

E. Shashi Menon is a registered Professional Engineer in California, with Bachelors and Master degrees in Mechanical Engineering. He has over 41 years of experience in various industries, including 40 years in the Oil, Gas and the Pipeline industry. He has worked in Engineering Consulting companies and Major US Oil and Gas Companies as Project engineer, Project Manager and Director of Special Projects.

He has been providing engineering services to North and South American firms in Pipeline feasibility studies, cost estimates, hydraulics studies and transient analyses. He has authored several PC software programs in hydraulics and pumps for the oil and gas industry, that are marketed through SYSTEK's web site. These software products are used by various operating companies and Consulting firms worldwide.

Mr. Menon also conducts training workshops in Liquid and Gas Pipeline Hydraulics in the USA and South America. He has authored seven books on Liquid and Gas Pipeline Hydraulics published by McGraw Hill, CRC Press and Marcel-Dekker (Taylor and Francis Companies), Pump and Pumping Station published by Elsevier. He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Boris Shvartsberg, Ph.D., P.E., P.M.P.
Mr. Shvartsberg is an engineering and project management professional with more than 35 years of practical experience in managing and supervising of highly complicated technical projects for utility companies in the United States and Latvia. He has extensive teaching experience in the European and US colleges and universities. Mr. Shvartsberg is the author of more than 20 publications on electrical engineering and project management subjects and has made numerous successful presentations at international conferences and symposiums.

Mr. Shvartsberg has a doctorate and a masters degree in Electrical Engineering. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of New Jersey, USA and a certified Project Management Professional designated by the Project Management Institute (PMI). He is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and a Leader of PMI Utility Industry Community of Practice.
James W. Bowen

Jim Bowen is President of Momentum Development Corporation, which provides advisory and management services to clients in the energy sector, including banks, investment funds, and principal investors. He has been an instructor for the Knowledge Center since 2012.

As a veteran consultant in the energy industry, he has valued hundreds of power plants, integrated utilities, transmission and distribution systems, power purchase agreements, tolling agreements, options, and midstream and downstream energy assets.

Jim regularly taught in-house for McKinsey & Company, and was an adjunct faculty member at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Prior to founding Momentum Development, Jim was a consultant with McKinsey, a litigation attorney with Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP, and an officer in the U.S. Army.

He holds a J.D., cum laude, from the Harvard Law School, an M.Sc. in Financial Management from the University of London, and a B.S. in Economics from the U.S. Military Academy.

CPE Credits in Specialized Knowledge & Applications

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