2024 EFBC Conference

Senator Scott Private Lunch

Senator Scott Private Lunch with EFBC Board and Special Guests

Yacht Club Resort in the Stonington Board Room

Friday May 10th, 2024 at 12 Noon

At 12 Noon

Michelle Bloodworth

President and CEO

BIO

Michelle Bloodworth is President and Chief Executive Officer of America’s Power, the only national trade association whose sole mission is to advocate at the federal and state level on behalf of coal-fueled electricity and the coal fleet. Bloodworth represents coal electricity and its supply chain before Congress, state and federal regulatory agencies, and the Administration. She has provided testimony before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Congress, legislative bodies, and utility commissions on matters that impact the bulk power system, the coal fleet, and its supply chain. Bloodworth holds a leadership position in the Affiliates Sector of the Midcontinent Independent System Operator’s (MISO) Advisory Committee. Prior to America’s Power, she served in positions at MISO, America’s Natural Gas Alliance, and Energen/Alabama Gas Corp. She has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Auburn University.

Tory Bombard

Assistant General Manager of Energy Production

BIO

Ms. Tory Bombard serves as the Assistant General Manager of Energy Production, bringing over two decades of experience at Lakeland Electric. Her diverse roles within the organization have included Fuels Manager, Business Operations Manager at McIntosh Power Plant, Chief Accountant, and Accountant. Her expertise lies in negotiating electric utility contracts, power plants O&M and capital budgeting, managing Natural Gas risk through financial hedges and prepaid gas contracts, developing utility fuel rates, and forecasting units for generation planning.

Tory has served as Chair of the City of Lakeland’s General Employees’ Pension Board, Polk County President of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Chair of the Fuels Committee with the Florida Municipal Power Pool, Chair of the Eastern Fuel Buyers Group, and on the Executive Board Member of the Florida Gas Utility. She engages in providing market updates on fuel costs, construction projects, and capital needs of the generating units to the Utility Committee and the City Commission. Provides leadership to Energy Production infrastructure projects by relocating its natural gas pipeline, transitioning operations to Florida Gas Transmission, and building the new McIntosh Reciprocating Engine Plant (MREP).

Tory holds two Bachelor of Science degrees in Accounting and Finance and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of South Florida. Her professional qualifications include being a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a Certified Government Finance Officer (CGFO), and a Certified Public Manager (CPM).

Miles Dentler

Plant Manager

BIO

B.S. Industrial & Systems Engineer from UF

12 years with FPL at several plant locations:

    • Reliability Engineer
    • Business Lead
    • Maintenance Supervisor
    • Project Coordinator

5 years with Lakeland Electric

    • Project Coordinator
    • Plant Manager as of June 2023

Lakeland, FL native along with wife, 6 year old daughter and 3.5 year old son.

Enjoys all things outdoors and coached daughters U8 soccer.

Christopher J. Fasy

Vice President of Marketing and Sales

BIO

Chris is Vice President of Marketing and Sales for American Consolidated Natural Resources, one of the largest coal mining companies in the U.S. Prior to ACNR, Chris had various responsibilities in sales and marketing for Murray Energy, Consol Energy and for CONRAIL, where Chris began his career over forty years ago in the coal marketing department.

ACNR markets steam coal from its equity mines as well as from Foresight Energy’s mines, to electric utilities and industrial consumers in the United States and around the world. Chris’s Illinois Basin coal is barged and railed to domestic customers and is barged through Convent Marine Terminal, UBT and Sitran Terminal for transshipment through the Gulf for ocean delivery around the world.
ACNR’s Northern Appalachian coal is delivered by barge and rail to domestic customers, and is shipped through Curtis Bay, Consol Terminal, Pier IX and Lambert’s Point into the international market.

Chris holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Temple University and a Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Chris resides in the Philadelphia area with his wife Valerie, blessed with three grown children and three beautiful grandchildren.

Wade Gillingham

Vice President Electric & Water Production

BIO

Responsible for the leadership, planning, and execution of electric, water, and chilled water production at Orlando Utilities Commission.

Key Accomplishments:

Completed purchase of Osceola Generating Station, which helped support generation dispatch of load following solar shapes as increase renewable energy adoption by OUC

Completed OUC’s EIRP in Fall of 2020 to drive OUC’s CO2 reduction goals to 50% in 2030, 75% in 2040, and 100% net zero in 2050 as compared to 2005 levels.

Expanded OUC’s renewable generation portfolio by partnering with OUC’s Sustainability group to successful evaluate, negotiate, and establish the Purchase Power Agreement for the construction and operation of Taylor Creek and Harmony 1 Solar Farms.

Enhanced OUC’s renewable generation portfolio by partnering with OUC’s Sustainability group to successful evaluate, negotiate, and establish the Purchase Power Agreement for the construction and operation of Kenneth P. Ksionek Community Solar Farm. This solar farm is a large-scale 12 MW Solar Farm located at the Stanton Energy Center (SEC).

In collaboration with Senior Leadership, successfully partnered with GOAA to expand beyond the traditional electric and water services agreement to include back up generation, emergency distribution services, a central energy plant accompanied with EV charging and solar energy systems.

Provided leadership and direction during market changing conditions that shifted OUC’s coal assets from being base load to intermediate generation. Changes in operations resulted in millions of dollars of savings annually while maximizing the current generation asset base. These innovative efforts were nationally recognized by Power Magazine.

Expanded the success of the Electric and Water Production re-organization that joined the Electric, Water, and Chilled Water divisions under one executive. Integrated completely different cultures together to form one highly innovative, collaborative, engaged, and productive business unit.

Attila Miszti

Chief Operating Officer

BIO

Attila Miszti is the Chief Operating Officer of the Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC—The
Reliable One), the 14th largest municipal utility in the United States.

Miszti is responsible for managing OUC’s electric, water, chilled water, energy services, and lighting operations. Additionally, Miszti oversees management of OUC’s operations-specific plans while exploring new and innovative ideas that combine assets, technologies, and ingenuity that further OUC’s reliability and operational excellence to support the growth of Central Florida.

Miszti joins OUC with 23 years of experience, most recently from the Sacramento Municipal
Utility District (SMUD), the 6th largest municipal utility in the United States. During his career at SMUD, Miszti was responsible for providing strategic leadership and tactical oversight for transmission and distribution asset engineering, construction and maintenance. Prior to SMUD, Miszti worked for several multinational companies, including MCI World Com and Citigroup.

Miszti earned a Master of Business Administration from California State University of Sacramento and Bachelor’s degree in Applied Economics from the University of San Francisco and holds several professional certifications.

William Nettles

Board Member

BIO

William Nettles is an Energy Trader Analyst who’s worked at Lakeland Electric since 2015. He’s served with public and private utilities since 1988 including City of Lake City, Gainesville Regional Utilities, TECO Gas Services, and Central Florida Gas Company. His wife Brenda is a school teacher and they have been married almost 20 years. He’s a former deacon of Westide Baptist Church in Gainesville. Although originally from Alabama, he’s lived in Florida since he was a teenager. His father was executive aide to three governors of Alabama.

William is a 1988 graduate of the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Telecommunication. He enjoys golfing, using personal watercraft, and was a car club president in Gainesville. As a fan of the program “Magnum PI”, he helped organize a worldwide effort to save the program in 2023. The group’s actions, including a billboard in Times Square he set up, successfully got the program shifted to NBC for an additional season.

Bob Pollack

Manager of Fuel Services

BIO

Bob Pollack has lived in the Central Florida area his entire life. He graduated from the University of Central Florida in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. He completed his MBA at Rollins College in November 2016. He has almost 25 years of municipal finance experience ranging from positions as an auditor, an accountant, an analyst, and a commodities trader. He has worked at the Orlando Utilities Commission for almost 17 years and is currently the Manager of Fuel Services.

He has been an active member of many organizations in his community. He has been on the board of directors for The Oviedo Preservation Project, the Oviedo-Winter Springs Chamber of Commerce, the Oviedo HOA Presidents’ Association, and the Waverlee Woods Homeowners’ Association. He was appointed to the Oviedo Planning, Zoning, and Appeals Board in 2011. He served as the vice-chairman of the Land Planning Agency for the city of Oviedo from 2012 – 2016. He has served on the Oviedo City Council from 2016 to the present. He is an active member and volunteer at Most Precious Blood Catholic Church. Also, he is an Eagle Scout and has served in many positions at various scout packs and troops over the years.

Troy Rivera

Director of Fuels, Power Marketing, and Contracts & Settlements

BIO

Troy Rivera is an accomplished leader with over two decades of experience working in the public utility and energy sectors. He boasts a proven track record of success in operational planning, contract negotiation and implementation, as well as directing comprehensive energy marketing efforts and driving reliable, economical generation plans.

As the Director of Fuels, Power Marketing and Contracts & Settlement, for Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC), a leading public utility, Troy draws upon his extensive background of strategic planning, power generation, energy market analysis and energy portfolio optimization to drive OUC’s profitability, innovation, and efficiency. His deep understanding of the energy market, fuel consumption and transmission reservations management has been instrumental in his success when negotiating purchase power agreements, ensuring seamless coordination between internal stakeholders and external customers.

Troy holds a Professional Engineering License (FL) a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Florida Atlantic University and two Master’s degrees from the University of Florida – a Business Administration and Industrial Systems Engineering.

Sandra Ruede

Fuels Manager

BIO

Sandra Ruede- Graduated from Florida Southern College with a dual major in Criminology and Political Science.

In 2001, I shifted the direction of my career and began working in the natural gas/utility sector at Lakeland Electric. After being in the workforce for five years, I decided to further my education and return to Florida Southern College where I earned a Master’s in Business Administration. As I pursued my education, I continued to learn on-the-job as well. Through hard work, tenacity, and dedication, I advanced in my career from an entry level Account Clerk to a Fuel Buyer. As a Fuel Buyer, I established an excellent rapport in the natural gas industry, which lead to a further career opportunity with Tampa Electric in 2016. While at Tampa Electric, I expanded my knowledge from municipal owned utilities (Munis) to Independently Owned Utilities (IOUs).

Over the years, I have acquired extensive knowledge in various aspects of fuels including hedging, storage & asset management arrangements, pipeline & NAESB contracting, as well as Natural Gas Portfolio Management and diversification. All of which have to be managed within the confides of changing regulatory and environmental regulations. While the industry knowledge and relationships that I developed in my time at Tampa were invaluable, I still desired to work in Lakeland.

In 2022, an opportunity opened at Lakeland Electric in the Fuel’s Division, and I was ecstatic to have been given the opportunity to return. Recently, in 2023, I had the privilege of becoming the Fuels Manager.

In my years in the industry the market has and continues to grow with new opportunities and challenges abounding daily such as bidirectional flows on pipeline, the introduction of fracking, new environmental regulation, “clean” energy developments, and LNG imports and exports.

The challenge of the changing environment is exciting, and just like when you set out to overcome a specific run on a ski slope, I believe with endurance and human ingenuity and flexibility, we will find solutions to any obstacles. As an Anonymous writer once wrote “People with great passion can make the impossible happen”, and I am proud to serve in an industry where there is great passion.

Claston Sunanon

Board Member

BIO

Claston Sunanon is an accomplished and goal-oriented Senior Professional with over 40 years of experience in the electric utility industry. Mr. Sunanon currently serves on the Board of the EFBC Conference Inc. (EFBC). The EFBC is a non-profit organization with a mission to educate professionals across all energy sectors that are committed to the transitioning and balancing of fossil fuels and renewable energy to maintain a sustainable power grid. Mr. Sunanon along with the EFBC Board members and Committee members are responsible for overseeing the overall operations of the organization, its financial stability by pursuing sponsorships, and seeking high level speakers for the continued success of the EFBC conference.

Mr. Sunanon held the position of Director of Fuels, Power Marketing, Contracts, & Settlement at the Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC-The Reliable One), the 14th largest power utility in the United States. In this role, Sunanon progressively held leadership roles in engineering, generation portfolio planning, generation optimization, operations, fuel supply and logistics, power marketing, and renewables. He successfully led the first of its kind Electric Integrated Resource Planning strategy to achieve OUC’s net zero carbon goals by 2050.

In addition, Mr. Sunanon was a member of the Florida Municipal Power Agency and Florida Gas Utility Board of Directors and served on several committees at the Florida Reliability Coordinating Council. His excellent strategic leadership, communications, negotiations, motivational and interpersonal skills have allowed him to build positive relationships and strategic alliances at all levels of the industry.

Mr. Sunanon graduated from Wright State University with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and the University of Miami with a Master of Science in Management.

Romy C. Baesens

Director and Founder & Board member of the EFBC Conference

BIO

In 1997, Romy Baesens created Global RCBI, an international and multilingual site search and selection firm offering a full range of conference and meeting management services. Global RCBI has quickly become the premier conference resource firm globally.

Romy was born in Belgium, raised in Central and East Africa, and was brought up in the tourism and hospitality industries. A previous flight attendant and later on became a hotel and resort sales & marketing director for such properties as Hilton and previously famous 800 room Grenelefe Golf and Tennis Resort outside Orlando, Florida.

She also speaks five languages fluently.

Romy has been managing the EFBC Conference, previously named the Eastern Fuel Buyers Conference, since the year 2000, when it only had 100 people and serving pizza at the conference. Over the years she helped to make the EFBC Conference THE premier conference in the industry with an annual attendance of over 450 people for many years. The EFBC Conference also has many sponsors that have supported the conference for over the past 15+ years.

The EFBC Conference educates energy professionals across all energy sectors who are committed to the balancing of fossil and renewable energy and implementing comprehensive energy solutions that balance reliability, sustainability, and affordability to maintain a reliable power grid in the US.

Romy has extensive experience in producing a wide-range of domestic and international meetings (like Hong Kong, Barcelona, Antwerp, Athens, Kuala Lumpur, Monte Carlos, ect) for large corporate association and government clients.