2018 USA Executive Summit recap

August 9th, 2018
Author: USA Communication

The Utilities Service Alliance (USA) fleet members hosted representatives from more than 102 companies in the Pacific Northwest last month for the 24th Annual Nuclear Generator & Supplier Executive Summit.

Several key meetings took place along with the conference general session attended by executives from across the world. USA board members reviewed results from the new business model put in place in January of this year and set fresh goals and objectives for 2019. In addition, a new board chair and vice-chair were elected. Joel Gebbie, AEP’s Senior VP and Chief Nuclear Officer, was elected to a two-year term as USA board Chair. Ken Peters, Luminant Sr. VP and Chief Nuclear Officer was elected to a one-year vice-chair term.

“I have worked closely with Joel and Ken over the past several years and I am excited about the leadership and vision they have for USA going forward,” said USA’s President and CEO John Christensen. “I’m looking forward to working closely with Joel and Ken as we continue to find new and unique ways to drive value to our members.”

The 2018 Supplier Solutions Showcase opened July 17 providing opportunities to network, and interact with suppliers concerning the latest products, services and solutions in the nuclear industry market today to support safe and efficient operations.

During the Wednesday and Thursday’s business meeting, members focused on “Using Technology to Improve Efficiency and Reduce Costs.” Business leaders enjoyed learning of new and unique ways they can implement ideas and best practices that will help their company deliver value to their customers – internally and externally. Some of the more notable presentations during the two-day business meeting included:

· DOE Deputy Asst. Secretary of Nuclear Energy Shane Johnson provided an update on the current focus of the administration and the DOE in the areas of nuclear technology.
· Rolls-Royce’s Nick Ward provided insights into how Rolls-Royce tracks and uses real-time data on their fleet of airplane engines.
· Off-going USA Board Chairman Tim Rausch provided his third annual update on the economic challenges facing the industry.
· Idaho National Lab’s Bruce Hallbert updated the group on activities currently on-going at the nation’s nuclear labs.
· Linda Mar and Richard Frasure updated the group on Lessons Learned implementing Electronic Work Packages at Columbia Station.
· Tim O’Connor and Clint Carter updated the group on implementation of the ‘Transform the Organization’ and ‘Advanced Remote Monitoring’ NEI Efficiency bulletins.
· INPO and NEI gave updates on current industry performance and the political state of the industry.
· Cook and Monticello executives talked about their journeys to improved performance.
· Tim Rausch and Brad Sawatzke were honored for their impact as USA Chair and Vice-Chair.

Guests participated in Casino Night July 18 benefitting the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation, which helped to raise funds to provide college scholarships and educational counseling to military children who have lost a parent in the line of duty. Overall, $25,000 was raised to support the organization.

“Innovation, outstanding customer service and strong partnering relationships with the top suppliers from our industry have been the cornerstone of our approach at USA since day one and we are sincerely appreciative of the excellent support received from the supplier community again this year,” said USA’s Director, Economic Strategies Jim Kitchens. “78 individual companies and 180 supplier attendees sponsored, exhibited and otherwise participated in educational, networking and leisure activities throughout the week. The support of our supplier community makes the Executive Summit possible and we are tremendously grateful for it.” < Back to News
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