Business News

October 2017

Sensus wins best smart utility solution award 

For the fourth consecutive year, the Sensus Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) solution has been honored by municipal utility executives as the “Best Smart Utility Solution” during the Municipal Smart Grid Summit (MSGS).

The Sensus AMI solution is comprised of smart metering technology and the FlexNet® communication system, a two-way network that securely transmits and receives data over licensed spectrum. The FlexNet system allows utilities across water, electricity, gas and lighting to collect, deliver, manage and analyze data while scaling to meet future communication needs.

The seventh annual MSGS focused on executives at public power utilities seeking stronger, smarter, more secure and resilient energy infrastructure. The summit featured smart grid technology companies presenting to more than 100 municipal utility executives from across North America.

McDermott brings Freeman aboard

McDermott International Inc. announced that John Freeman has been appointed senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary. He succeeds Liane Hinrichs who has announced her intention to retire from the company at the end of the year.

Freeman joins McDermott from TechnipFMC where he was most recently special advisor to the integration of Technip and FMC. Prior to the merger of Technip and FMC, Freeman was group general counsel for Technip, based in Paris, where he had worldwide leadership responsibility for all legal and compliance matters for Technip. Prior to joining Technip in 2009, Freeman was with Baker Hughes Inc., where he held a number of different legal and compliance positions.

Freeman has over 30 years of legal experience both in the private and public sector. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Management from The University of Texas, and a Juris Doctorate from the Washington & Lee University School of Law.

CASE Construction announces 2017 Diamond, Gold Dealers

CASE Construction Equipment has named its 2017 “Diamond Dealer” and “Gold Dealer” award recipients as a part of its North American Construction Equipment Partnership Program. The awards recognize dealerships across the U.S. and Canada for excellence in five categories including sales performance, marketing and communications, product support, parts support and training.

The 2017 Diamond Dealer award winners are: Birkey’s Construction Equipment (IL), Burris Equipment Company (IL), Crawler Supply (LA), Groff Tractor (PA, MD), Kucera Farm Supply (Ontario), Longus Equipment Inc. (Quebec), Miller Bradford & Risberg (WI, MI and IL), Monroe Tractor (NY, MA), Nueces Power Equipment (TX) and Redhead Equipment (Saskatchewan).

The 2017 Gold Dealer award winners are: ASCO (TX), Burks Tractor (ID), Crown Power & Equipment (MO), Eagle Power & Equipment (DE, PA), Hills Machinery (NC, SC), HiTrac (1974) – (Winnipeg, Manitoba), Lawrence Equipment (VA), McCann Industries – IL, IN) and State Equipment (KY, WV).

CASE’s Partnership Program is designed to increase dealer performance per the results of a dealer assessment while encouraging them to excel in their role as a “Professional Partner” to customers.

FERC names Pugliese chief of staff

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has named Anthony Pugliese chief of staff.

Since January 2017, Pugliese has served as senior White House advisor at the U.S. Department of Transportation, where he helped oversee all aspects of the department, including pipeline safety and regulatory issues. Pugliese also played a leadership role in the development and planning of President Donald J. Trump’s infrastructure proposal.

Previously, he served as a consultant on energy issues involving solar, oil and natural gas at Pugliese Associates. Before that, Pugliese was director of Legislative Affairs for former Pennsylvania Gov. Thomas Corbett, focusing on energy, tax policy, infrastructure, economic development and international affairs. He also served on Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale Commission.

IMCA welcomes Bloom to team

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has announced that David Bloom has been appointed as director for client engagement. He will be supporting the association in developing and expanding its engagement with oil companies and the broader industry.

Bloom joined the offshore industry in 1975 with Oceaneering, and during a 20-year career held various roles, including general manager of the Southern North Sea and West African business units, before spending three years at McDermott Subsea as Business Development Manager in the North Sea and West Africa. In 1998, he joined Brown & Root as UK Business Development Manager, and in the years that followed played a crucial part in a number of significant business integrations and acquisitions leading up to the merger of Acergy and Subsea 7 in 2011.

In 2016, he was awarded the Outstanding Contribution Award at the Subsea UK annual awards.

NextDecade appoints Hughes VP, Corporate Strategy

NextDecade Corp. announced that Patrick Hughes has been appointed vice president of Corporate Strategy. In this position, Hughes will be responsible for corporate strategy and business development activities including acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, and strategic partnerships. In addition, Hughes will oversee Investor Relations for NextDecade.

Prior to joining NextDecade, Hughes was a partner in the Investment Banking and Advisory Group at Height Securities LLC, a Washington, D.C.-based broker-dealer. During his tenure at Height, Hughes focused exclusively on the energy and industrials sectors. Hughes and his team were widely recognized as leading financial advisors in the global LNG marketplace.

Xcel Energy elects new board member

David K. Owens has been elected to Xcel Energy’s board of directors, effective immediately. An executive with extensive experience in public policies concerning energy and utility operations, Owens is recognized as an industry expert on business transformation.

After 36 years of service, Owens recently retired from the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), the association representing all U.S. investor-owned electric companies. He served as an executive vice president with EEI and was the first African-American to hold an officer title with the organization. Owens guided the association on issues affecting the future structure of the electric industry and the new rules in evolving competitive markets. He also spearheaded efforts to invest in the nation’s electric infrastructure with new technology enhancing energy efficiency with smart buildings, smart meters and smart grids.

Before joining EEI, Owens served as chief engineer for the Division of Rates and Corporate Regulation with the Securities and Exchange Commission where he actively participated in landmark proceedings involving utility mergers, electric integration issues and utility financial disclosure.

A driving force behind the founding of the American Association of Blacks in Energy, Owens has mentored generations of young men and women pursuing careers in energy. He served on boards of the National Academy of Sciences and chaired the National Institute of Standards and Technology Smart Grid Advisory Committee.

Roxtec services expands in North America

Global safety seal provider Roxtec has launched its second specialized service company offering inspections and maintenance of cable and pipe transits. The new Roxtec Services US LLC is a subsidiary of Roxtec Services AB. It is based in Houston, TX, and will cover ships and offshore units all over North America.

Roxtec Services is aiming to expand into several key markets around the world. Roxtec Services US LLC has experienced a good start and has already begun working on inspection projects. The services include inspections, maintenance and repair work concerning cable and pipe transits.