News Release: 4/25/2018 - EPIcenter Summit to Address Business Resilience in the Face of Disaster

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April 25, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                              
 
EPIcenter Summit to Address Business Resilience in the Face of Disaster
“Disaster Disabled | Resilience Reinvented” will examine ways business, utility and civic leaders can prepare for the next disaster
 
SAN ANTONIO, April 24, 2018 – On Thursday, May 3 from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., EPIcenter will host a summit to bring business leaders together with industry executives, utility leaders, and business continuity experts to explore best practices, lessons learned, and the technologies available to enable business resilience in the face of disaster. The summit will be held at the Pearl Stable and tickets are $100 per person. Online registration is now available.
 
What should the smart business leader be doing now to prepare for the next disaster? That’s the question EPIcenter will pose to a slate of speakers from across the country from varied backgrounds and fields of expertise. This summit will include keynotes, moderated panels, and short talks about a host of issues including grid resilience, the protection of IT assets, and how regional governments and companies are hardwiring resilience. This year’s keynote speakers are Jan Vrins, Global Energy Practice Leader with Navigant, who will address “What is resiliency?” and Michael Skelly, Founder and President of Clean Line Energy. Other speakers include:
  • “What is the City’s role in resiliency?” - Councilman Manny Peláez (City of San Antonio)
  • “Grid Resilience” – Panel: Don Reeves (Itron); Paula Gold-Williams (CPS Energy); Larry Dickerman (Landis + Gyr); Sabah Mahmood (OCI Solar Power); Kenan Ögelman (ERCOT)
  • “Resilience-Enabling Tech and Case Studies” - Moses West (AWG Contracting); David Champion (AT&T); Janie Barrera (LiftFund); Matthew Marchetti (CrowdSource Rescue)
  • “Learning from the Puerto Rico Experience” - Cris Eugster (CPS Energy); Jose Trevino (CPS Energy); Larry Aguayo (CPS Energy)
  • “Local Business and Their Response to Disaster” -  Jenna Saucedo-Herrera (San Antonio Economic Development Foundation); Wayne Peacock (USAA); Daron Peschel (Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas); David McGee (Amegy Bank); Peter J. Holt (HOLT CAT)
  • “Protecting IT Assets” - Jimmy Holmes (San Antonio Business Journal); Brian Kelly (Rackspace); Bret Piatt (Jungle Disk); James L. Turgal Jr. (Deloitte); Lui Chambers (Langley & Banack)
 
“Disaster, whether natural or man-made, is inevitable. This highly curated summit will demonstrate the role of energy in resiliency while also featuring advanced technologies that support business continuity post-disaster,” said Kimberly Britton, CEO, EPIcenter. “EPIcenter is excited to share best practices, lessons learned, and other resources with the regional business community.”
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About EPIcenter
EPIcenter is flipping the switch on an historic 1909 power plant by transforming it into a world-class center that will be the hub for new energy technology innovation, education and community engagement, and entrepreneurial incubation and ideation. The EPI stands for Energy, Partnerships and Innovation. Learn more at www.epicenterus.org.  
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