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Joseph M. Rigby (Welcome)
Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer,
Pepco Holdings, Inc. (PHI) 
Joseph M. Rigby is Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Pepco Holdings, Inc. (PHI), a regional energy holding company that provides utility service to approximately 1.9 million customers. PHI is the parent company of Potomac Electric Power Company, an electric utility serving Washington, D.C., and suburban Maryland; Delmarva Power, an electric and gas utility serving Delaware and the rest of the Delmarva Peninsula; and Atlantic City Electric, an electric utility serving southern New Jersey. Delmarva Power and Atlantic City Electric previously operated under the brand name Conectiv Power Delivery.

Mr. Rigby joined Atlantic City Electric in 1979 and advanced through a number of management positions. His responsibilities have included accounting, financial services, treasury operations, business transformation, human resources and the Atlantic City Electric/Delmarva Power merger transition team. Following the merger that formed Conectiv, he was Vice President/General Manager of Gas Delivery, then Vice President/General Manager of Electric Delivery. He was elected President, Conectiv Power Delivery in 2002. From May 2004 to September 2007, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of PHI and was responsible for all financial activity as well as investor relations.

From September 2007 to March 2008, Mr. Rigby served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of PHI. He was responsible for the day-to-day operations of Pepco, Delmarva Power and Atlantic City Electric, along with Information Technology and Corporate Communications. In March 2008, Mr. Rigby was elected President and Chief Operating Officer, adding responsibility for the competitive energy businesses (Conectiv Energy and Pepco Energy Services). Mr. Rigby was elected President and Chief Executive Officer effective March 1, 2009.
Mr. Rigby earned a bachelor's degree in Accounting from Rutgers University and a master's degree in Business Administration from Monmouth University. He is also a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the state of New Jersey.

Mr. Rigby serves on the boards of the Association of Edison Illuminating Companies, the Greater Washington Board of Trade, the Greater Washington Initiative and the Greater Washington Sports Alliance. He is Chair of the Finance Committee of the United Way of the National Capital Area. Mr. Rigby is a member of the Rutgers-Camden School of Business Executive Advisory Board and a member of the New Jersey Society of CPAs and the American Institute of CPAs. He previously served on the Delaware Governor's Energy Task Force and as Conectiv's United Way Corporate Chairman.
David M. Valazquez (Moderator)
Executive Vice President,
Pepco Holdings, Inc. (PHI)
David M. Velazquez is presently Executive Vice President of Pepco Holdings, Inc. (PHI), and leader of its Power Delivery business.  PHI is a regional energy holding company that provides utility service to more than 1.9 million customers and the parent company of Potomac Electric Power Company, an electric utility serving Washington, D.C., and suburban Maryland; Delmarva Power, an electric and gas utility serving Delaware and the rest of the Delmarva Peninsula; and Atlantic City Electric, an electric utility serving southern New Jersey.

He joined Delmarva Power, another PHI subsidiary, in 1981 and advanced through a number of management positions in engineering, operations, and planning. Mr. Velazquez most recently served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Conectiv Energy, PHI’s competitive merchant energy subsidiary.  He previously served as Vice President of Strategic Planning & Chief Risk Officer of PHI and Vice President, Business Planning for Conectiv Energy.

Mr. Velazquez earned his Bachelor of Science in Engineering at Widener University.

Mr. Velazquez serves on the Boards of the Southeastern Electric Exchange, and the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education.
Thomas (Tom) R. Kuhn
Edison Electric Institute (EEI)
Mr. Kuhn is President of the Edison Electric Institute, the association of investor-owned electric companies whose members generate and distribute approximately three-quarters of the Nation's electricity.  In addition, EEI has a growing affiliate membership of utilities worldwide.  Mr. Kuhn joined the Institute in 1985 as Executive Vice President, was named Chief Operating Officer in 1988, and elected President in 1990.

Prior to joining the Institute, Mr. Kuhn was President of the American Nuclear Energy Council, which subsequently merged with the Nuclear Energy Institute.  The Council represented virtually all of the companies in the commercial nuclear power industry.  He joined the Council in 1975 as Vice President of Government Affairs and became President in 1983.

From 1972 to 1975, he headed the energy section of the investment banking firm, Alex Brown and Sons.  Prior to that, from 1970 to 1972, Mr. Kuhn was White House Liaison Officer to the Secretary of the Navy.

Mr. Kuhn received a BA in Economics in 1968 from Yale University, served as a Naval Officer following his graduation, and completed a Masters in Business Administration in 1972 from George Washington University. He completed the Stanford University Graduate School of Business Senior Executive Program in 1989.

Mr. Kuhn served on the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board and the Board of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He currently serves on the Boards of the United States Energy Association, the Alliance to Save Energy, the Electric Drive Transportation Association, and the American Council for Capital Formation. He is Chairman of the Committee of 100 of the U. S. Chamber of Commerce. He is Chairman-Emeritus of the American Society of Association Executives, and past Chairman of ASAE's Key Industry Association Committee and of the Trade Association Liaison Council.

Mr. Kuhn was chosen as Association Executive of the Year 2000 by Association Trends magazine. He was the recipient of The Energy Daily's 2000 Public Policy Leadership Award. Mr. Kuhn also received the Alliance to Save Energy's 2004 Chairman's Award.

Mr. Kuhn serves on the Boards of the National Park Foundation and the U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation.  He also serves on the Board of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, as well as being a Board Member and past Chairman of the National Capital Chapter. Mr. Kuhn was awarded the Bess Goodman Humanitarian Award in 2000.  He served as 1992 and 1997 chairman of the Associations Division, United Way Campaign, and chairman of the 1996 through 1998 National Alliance to End Homelessness Awards dinners.
Dr. George Arnold
National Coordinator for Smart Grid Interoperability
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
George Arnold was appointed National Coordinator for Smart Grid Interoperability at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in April 2009. He is responsible for leading the development of standards underpinning the nation’s Smart Grid. Dr. Arnold joined NIST in September 2006 as Deputy Director, Technology Services, after a 33-year career in the telecommunications and information technology industry.

Dr. Arnold served as Chairman of the Board of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), a private, non-profit organization that coordinates the U.S. voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system, from 2003 to 2005. He served as President of the IEEE Standards Association in 2007-2008 and is currently Vice President-Policy for the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) where he is responsible for guiding ISO’s strategic plan.

Dr. Arnold previously served as a Vice-President at Lucent Technologies Bell Laboratories where he directed the company’s global standards efforts. His organization played a leading role in the development of international standards for Intelligent Networks and IP-based Next Generation Networks. In previous assignments at AT&T Bell Laboratories he had responsibilities in network planning, systems engineering, and application of information technology to automate operations and maintenance of the nationwide telecommunications network.

Dr. Arnold received a Doctor of Engineering Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Columbia University in 1978. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE.
Nick Sinai
Energy and Environment, Director National Broadband Task Force
Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis
Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
Mr. Sinai serves as the Energy and Environment Director of the Federal Communications Commission's Omnibus Broadband Initiative. Mr. Sinai leads a team exploring how broadband and advanced communications can help the nation achieve its goals of energy independence and energy efficiency. Mr. Sinai is a former venture capitalist and entrepreneur. Most recently, he served in executive and advisory roles with two Boston area clean energy technology companies, and served as a senior advisor to the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. Mr. Sinai played a key role in building the clean energy practice at Polaris Venture Partners, and subsequently served as a Principal of Tenaya Capital. He also has private equity experience at Madison Dearborn Partners. Earlier in his career, he was a senior management consultant with Cambridge Strategic Management Group, where he led teams working with large communications and media companies. He earned an M.B.A from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and an A.B. from Harvard University.
Patricia A. Hoffman
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary
Office of Electricity Diversity and Energy Reliability
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Patricia Hoffman was named Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary (PDAS) for the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability at the United States Department of Energy in November 2007.  The focus of her responsibility is to provide leadership on a national level to modernize the electric grid, enhance the security and reliability of the energy infrastructure and facilitate recovery from disruptions to the energy supply both domestically and internationally.  This is critical to meeting the Nation’s growing demand for reliable electricity by overcoming the challenges of our Nation’s aging electricity transmission and distribution system and addressing the vulnerabilities in our energy supply chain.  

Prior to her current position, she served in a dual capacity as Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) for Research and Development (R&D) and Chief Operating Officer within Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability.  During her tenure as the DAS for R&D, she developed the long-term research strategy and improved the management portfolio of research programs for modernizing and improving the resiliency of the electric grid.  This included developing and implementing sensors and operational tools for wide-area monitoring, energy storage research and demonstration and the development of advanced conductors to increase the capacity and flexibility of the grid.  She also initiated a new research effort focused on integrating and distributing renewable energy through the electric grid, such as promoting plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and implementing smart grid technologies to maintain system reliability.  As Chief Operating Officer, she managed the business operations for the Organization, including human resources, budget development, financial execution, and performance management.   

Prior to joining the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, she was the Program Manager for the Federal Energy Management Program within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the United States Department of Energy.  This program guides the Federal government to “lead by example” promoting energy efficiency, renewable energy and smart energy management.  Complementing her building energy efficiency experience, she also was the Program Manager for the Distributed Energy Program which conducted research on advanced natural gas power generation and combined heat and power systems.  Her accomplishments included the successful completion of the Advanced Turbine System program resulting in a high-efficiency industrial gas turbine power generation product.

Patricia Hoffman holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Ceramic Science and Engineering from Penn State University.
Brian Markwalter
Vice President, Technology and Standards
Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)
Brian Markwalter is Vice President Technology and Standards of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA).   Mr. Markwalter represents CEA technical interests in inter-industry venues related to cable compatibility and copy protection. Mr. Markwalter also supports accredited standards work within CEA’s committee structure for mobile electronics, video systems, and cable compatibility of television receivers and related video products.

Prior to joining CEA, Mr. Markwalter worked as Director of Program Management at Intellon Corporation, a semiconductor company specializing in power line communications. In this role, he helped develop and launch the technology adopted by the HomePlug Powerline Alliance for data networking over residential power lines.

Mr. Markwalter holds BS and MS EE degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology.