Section 6 : Roundtable on Innovating Utilities, Authorities, and Public Sector Water Operations - Technology & Investment Perspectives

Alan Heymann

District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority

Alan Heymann is Chief Marketing Officer for DC Water. He leads the Authority’s efforts in developing new markets for its products and services, to provide value to ratepayers locally and advance the water sector nationally. He also serves as a member of the executive team and as a senior adviser to the General Manager. Mr. Heymann brings nearly two decades of communications, marketing and policy experience to this role, which is his second tour of duty at DC Water.

Most recently, Mr. Heymann was Vice President of Communications for the Humane Society of the United States. He led a team of more than 100 people in seven departments in producing and disseminating hundreds of pieces of content across multiple platforms every month for the global advocacy organization.

 

From 2010-2013, Mr. Heymann served as Chief of External Affairs for DC Water. Under the direction of the General Manager, he led a nationally-recognized rebranding campaign that reconnected the utility with its customers and reminded them of the value of water in their lives. He launched an aggressive tap-water marketing effort that continues to this day, established DC Water’s social media presence and expanded the Authority’s government relations efforts.

 

Mr. Heymann held various senior communications roles within the District Government prior to joining DC Water. He served within the District Department of the Environment, the Office of the Attorney General, the Executive Office of the Mayor and the DC Council.

 

Earlier in his career, Mr. Heymann was a television reporter, producer and anchor in his native Illinois. He has a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School and a Juris Doctorate from The George Washington University Law School. Mr. Heymann is a member of the bar in Illinois and the District of Columbia. He and his family live in Maryland.

Craig Pederson

Enviro Water Minerals

Mr. Pedersen serves as Senior Vice President for Enviro Water Minerals Company, a positon he has held since 2013.  He had a career in the Texas state government from 1981-2002, which included both administrative and policy positions, culminating in 11 years as the Executive Administrator of the Texas Water Development Board, the state water infrastructure financing and planning agency.  In 2002, he was recruited by the URS Corporation (now AECOM/URS) to develop and lead their regional water practice where he served as a corporate Vice President. He was the Regional Water Resources Leader for Texas and Oklahoma from 2002-2013. During that time, he led the growth a URS’ regional water practice – achieving over a ten-fold expansion in revenues and sales.  From 2004-2008 he also led the Austin General Engineering Office, one of URS’ largest and most successful operations. Mr. Pedersen has over 35 years of professional experience in water policy, planning and financing. He has extensive knowledge of state, national, and international issues related to water and infrastructure development.

Ed Archuleta

AccelerateH2O & EL Paso Water Systems

Ed Archuleta has over 45 years experience in the water and waste water field, including his service as CEO and President of the El Paso Water System. In his public sector role, Ed managed all aspects of the municipal utility from plant operations to engineering. He is widely recognized for initiating one of the first successful conservation programs in the country, expanded reclaimed water systems and oversaw the planning and eventual construction of the world’s largest inland desalination system as well as the largest arsenic treatment of groundwater in the U.S. The planning of the desalination plant with cooperation from the Defense Department brought a 5 billion dollar investment to Ft. Bliss in El Paso.

 

Throughout his career, Ed has worked with Mexican, Texas and New Mexico officials and federal and international agencies in agreements effecting El Paso along the U.S./Mexico border. He has been instrumental in supporting and embracing innovation and technology at water utility systems. He currently advises the University of Texas El Paso water and engineering programs, consults with public and private water management, and is the chairman of the Pecos River Commission.

 

Ed has served on several national water boards including Chairman of the Water Research Foundation, Chairman of the Multi-State Salinity Coalition and on the President's National Infrastructure Advisory Council.  He holds a Masters Degree in Civil Engineering from New Mexico State University and a Masters Degree in Management from the University of New Mexico.  He is a registered professional

Frank Vlaha

John Miri

Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA)

Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for a billion-dollar public energy and water utility serving more than a million people in the US State of Texas. Lead a diverse portfolio of functions including information technology (IT), engineering, cyberphysical security, public safety, enterprise risk, human resources, fleet, project management, employee safety, facilities, supply chain, real estate, parks, and records. Currently leveraging technology and startup experience to transform LCRA's business functions for dramatically improved efficiency; integrating cyber and physical security to improve resiliency of 5,100 miles of the Texas electric grid; driving cost savings on more than $661 million in annual purchasing of goods and services; and building a culture of excellence, innovation, learning, and enlightened risk taking. Directly manage CIO, four Vice Presidents, other department leads, and approximately 500 staff members. Responsible for annual capital and operating budget. Prior to joining LCRA, Miri was CEO of Bluewater Technology Services, a company providing strategic consulting to a distinguished roster of clients ranging from large government agencies to venture-funded startups. Miri is an internationally-recognized expert on using technology to transform organizations for better administrative performance. His many articles and research reports have been published in GOVERNING, Government Technology, Public CIO, FutureStructure, and Emergency Management magazines. In his early career, Miri was the chief architect of a number of innovative software products in energy risk management, human resources, social media, data analytics, and business process automation. He was awarded US Patent 7,571,138 for an energy risk software system that was successfully deployed to ERCOT, Williams Energy, Dynegy, ConocoPhillips, and others. Miri graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Physics.

Ravi George

Ravi has six years of experience in the water quality sector, beginning his career in environmental compliance consulting. He followed this with stepping into a series of roles with Water Environment Research Foundation, assisting with their business development efforts and having several roles in developing and managing the Leaders Innovation Forum for Technology (LIFT) Program. Ravi has spent the last 4 years engaging utilities and technology providers to identify partnerships and collaborative opportunities to accelerate the development and adoption of water quality technologies.

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