Keynote Speakers

Charles Marshall

Humorous Motivational Speaker

Charles Marshall is without a doubt one of the funniest and most original professional speakers providing corporate content today. Charles delivers personal development material packaged within a humorous light-hearted program that your crowd will be talking about for years to come.

Presentation Topic: Real Heroes Don’t Wear Spandex

How to positively impact the lives of others without wearing a costume. In real life, heroes aren’t rock stars, movie stars, or sports figures. Real-life heroes are people who make a difference by believing in, and investing in, the lives of those around them. In this thoroughly inspiring and uplifting program, Charles publicly honors people in your group for their contributions and recognizes them as examples of what real heroes are. Learn how to engage the Power of Belief to revolutionize your organization!

John Zachary Gibson, P.E.

Chief R&D Engineer, Manager of Distribution Services
Avista Utilities

John Gibson is an experienced engineer working at Avista for over twenty five year leading a variety of power and innovation projects. John’s positions at Avista have included hydro generation, facility management systems, distribution planning, smart grid DMS systems, storage and micro-grid projects. As the Chief R&D engineer, John is one of the principle team members responsible for envisioning, proposing and implementation grid edge projects. The grid edge projects focus on blending renewable resources, DERM’s, and rate design into a new utility delivery platform. John’s most recent effort is the sponsorship of an eco-district designed to incorporate private investment into utility infrastructure to achieve “net-zero” and “carbon free” cost effective developments. John holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical (BSEE) and civil engineering (BSCE) from Gonzaga University and a Masters in Engineering Management from Washington State University.

Curtis Kirkeby

Fellow Engineer
Avista Utilities

Curtis Kirkeby holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) from Montana State University and a Masters in Engineering Management (MSEM) from Washington State University. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Washington and has extensive experience in the electric and gas utility industry; 6 years in substation design; 18 years in GIS, outage management, asset management, advanced metering systems, engineering modeling; and 14 years in applied research and development focused on energy storage, renewable integration, smart grid, and smart cities. Mr. Kirkeby is currently responsible for innovation strategy and applied research and development, focused on technologies and solutions that enhance the grid and deliver increased value to customers.

Presentation Topic: Eco-District Innovation for Future Utility Business Model

The eco-district centralized control strategy will balance the certification requirements of net-zero, carbon free developments against optimizing grid system performance to reduce shared investment by other rate payers in grid infrastructure. A project strategy we are branding Grid Two Green (G2G).

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