2019 Annual Conference Schedule



2019 Annual Conference
March 31-April 2, 2019

Rancho Bernardo Inn
17550 Bernardo Oaks Drive, San Diego, CA


Sunday, March 31

9:30 am                               CMUA Annual Walley Duncan Memorial Golf Tournament
                                            
Rancho Bernardo Golf Course, San Diego

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm              Welcome Reception
 

Monday, April 1

7:30 am – 9:00 am                Opening Breakfast (all attendees)
Economic Outlook for the U.S. and California Economies
Presider: Chris Garner, CMUA Vice President and General Manager, Long Beach Water Department
Speaker: Mark Vitner, Senior Economist, Wells Fargo Securities, Charlotte, NC
 
9:15 am – 9:30 am                Opening Remarks & General Session
Barry Moline, CMUA Executive Director
 
9:30 am – 10:00 am               Leading for Sustainability in San Diego
Presider: Chris Garner, CMUA Vice President and General Manager, Long Beach Water Department
Speaker: The Hon. Mark Kersey, Councilmember, District 5, City of San Diego
 
10:00 am – 10:15 am             Break
 
10:15 am – 11:45 am             State Issues Update
Presider: Michelle Bertolino, Electric Utility Director, Roseville Electric Utility
  • Danielle Blacet, Director for Water, CMUA
  • Patrick Welch, Director for Energy - Legislative, CMUA
  • Jonathan Young, Regulatory Water Advocate, CMUA
  • Frank Harris, Energy Regulatory Manager, CMUA
  • Justin Wynne, Counsel to CMUA, Partner, Braun Blaising Smith Wynne, P.C.
 
Noon – 1:15 pm                   Luncheon (all attendees)
What Makes the Great Ones Great
Presider: Gurcharan Bawa, General Manager, Pasadena Water & Power
Speaker: Don Yaeger, Leadership Speaker, Longtime Associate Editor for Sports Illustrated, 11-time New York Times Best-Selling author, and columnist for Forbes.com
 
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm               The Future of Infrastructure
Presider: Tim Haines, Deputy General Manager, Energy, State Water Contractors, Sacramento
  • Shell’s SKY Scenario, Jason Klein, Vice President, Shell U.S. Energy Transition Strategy
  • Innovative Approaches to Refurbishment and Replacement at MWD, Manager, Engineering Planning Section, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
 
2:30 pm – 3:00 pm                Ice Cream Social

2:30 pm – 3:45 pm                Water Committee Meeting
  • Federal Update, State Legislative and Regulatory Issues
 
3:45 pm – 5:00 pm                Energy Committee Meeting
  • Federal Update, State Legislative and Regulatory Issues
 
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm                Reception (all attendees)

7:00 pm – 10:00 pm              Awards Banquet - Resource Efficiency & Community Service Awards Presentation
Presider: Chris Garner, CMUA Vice President and General Manager, Long Beach Water Department
 

Tuesday, April 2

7:30 am – 9 am                     Breakfast (all attendees)
Elements of a Good Credit Rating
Presider: Craig Miller, General Manager, Western Municipal Water District
Speaker: Matt Reilly, Senior Director, Fitch Ratings, San Francisco
 
9:00 am – 10:15 am               Building Your Agency’s Brand
Presider: Patrick Harbison, President, Patrick Harbison Public Relations
  • Rebranding Yuba Water Agency – a Case Study, DeDe Cordell, Communications Manager, Yuba Water Agency
  • Why Utilities Should Care About Branding: The Power of a Successful Brand, Rachel McGuire, President, RMG Comunications
  • The Changing Value of Customer Experience, Aida Hakirevic, Director, Navigant, New York
 
10:15 am – 10:30 am              Break
 
10:30 am – 11:45 am              Lessons Learned from Recent Wildfires
Presider: Paul Hauser, General Manager, Trinity Public Utility District
  • Dan Beans, Electric Utility Director, Redding Electric Utility
  • Andy Fecko, Director of Resource Development, Placer County Water Agency
  • David Lippman, Director of Facilities & Operations, Las Virgenes Municipal Water District
 
11:45 am – 1:15 pm                 Luncheon (all attendees)
Blockchain’s Impact on the Evolution of Utilities
Presider: Steve Zurn, General Manager, Glendale Water & Power
Speaker: Rob Trinnear, Managing Director, The Energy Authority, Jacksonville, Fla.

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm                  CMUA Annual Business Meeting

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm                  CMUA Board of Governors Meeting

* Schedule Subject to Change