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Dr. Chris Albright
Professor of Operations & Decision Technologies, Kelley School of Business, Indiana University

Dr. Albright’s professional interests and expertise are in Spreadsheet Modeling for Optimization, Statistical Analysis and Simulation, Developing Excel Add-ins for Statistics, Statistics for Research, Stochastic Models in Management Science, Quantitative Methods for MBA Core, Web Page Development and Database Access with .NET, Data Mining, and VBA for Excel. He is the author and co-author of many books, including VBA for Modelers; Data Analysis and Decision Making (with Wayne Winston and Christopher Zappe) ; and Practical Management Science (with Wayne Winston). Also, Dr. Albright developed the statistical add-in StatsPro for Excel, later developed as StatTools by Palisade Corporation.

Dr. Howard J. Axelrod
President, Energy Strategies, Inc.

Dr. Howard J. Axelrod - BSEE, MSEE, MBA, Ph.D. - has more than 40 years of experience in management consulting, strategic planning and marketing for electric and gas utilities. With proficiencies in economics, marketing, and power systems planning, he provides a multi-disciplinary approach to resolving complex business and regulatory issues. He has performed numerous studies and led in the development of strategies addressing such issues as competitive restructuring, strategic business and market planning, organizational development, and business risk analysis. Dr. Axelrod also provides training seminars on risk and uncertainty assessment for such applications as power contract management, generation portfolio assessment, energy trading and derivative valuation and new business ventures. Dr. Axelrod has testified before numerous state regulatory agencies and FERC on such topics as resource planning, power contract management, utility operations and management and productivity.

Curtis Beaty
Research Engineer, Texas Transportation Institute

Curtis Beaty is the Program Manager for the Dallas Research and Implementation office as well as an Associate Research Engineer. Mr. Beaty has more than 12 years experience in transportation, construction, and business management both in the public and private sectors and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University and a Masters in Business Administration from Baylor University. His professional interests include construction finance, analysis of business aspects of the transportation industry, assessment of traffic and revenue studies for proposed tolling projects, and transportation system operations.

Mr. Beaty’s activities include independent analysis of traffic and revenue studies prepared by others relating to proposed tolling projects by evaluating the reasonableness of assumptions, traffic forecasts, and revenue projections using modeling tool developed within TTI. In addition, Mr. Beaty is leading an effort to assess the state-of-the-practice in market valuation of transportation infrastructure projects being developed through public-private partnerships. Mr. Beaty was also involved in the design, implementation, and testing of intelligent parking and transportation management systems at airports, medical centers, and university throughout North America. These system replacements also included the evaluation and creation of business processes, operational procedures, performance measurements and monitoring, and conceptual marketing plans.

Mr. Beaty is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas and a member of the Texas Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers. Mr. Beaty has attended numerous seminars and received training in ITS, traffic operations, project/program management, business law, and organizational development.

Stephan Beeusaert
Sales & Business Development Manager, Palisade Europe

Stephan Beeusaert, Sales and Business Development Manager for Palisade Europe, has been with the company for over 6 years. Stephan holds a BA in international business and economics from the University of Applied Sciences Cologne, Germany. Steve has worked for several multinational corporations in Europe and the US.

Elliot Bishow
Analyst, PA Consulting

Over the past few years, Elliot has become specialized in decision analysis and its various applications to logistics modeling, nuclear construction cost estimates, corporate liquidity risk analysis, and energy efficiency valuation. Elliot has developed experience of how to provide detailed analytical modeling and analysis in forecasting expected costs and schedules for large capital builds and projects across the energy and power industry with particular projects focusing on energy efficiency valuation, nuclear construction and uprate costs and financial liquidity.

Gregory Brink
Director of Risk Management and Principal Economist, Value Management Strategies, Inc. (VMS)

Gregory Brink is the Director of Risk Management and Principal Economist for Value Management Strategies, Inc. (VMS), a management consulting firm based in Escondido, CA. Mr. Brink is a Certified Value Specialist, Risk Management Professional, and Certified Cost Estimator/Analyst with extensive experience performing risk analysis, risk management, financial and life-cycle costing analysis, forecasting, value analysis, and economic impact analysis on projects of all scale and scope. Mr. Brink’s particular focus has been incorporating innovation of performance and risk modeling into a wide array of value analysis, risk management, and economic and market analysis for both government and private sector organizations. Mr. Brink’s specializations through the use of Value Methodology include quantitative/qualitative risk and uncertainty modeling and analysis, risk management, project management, financial analysis, economic analysis, market analysis, and economic forecasting. Mr. Brink’s experience includes working on multiple infrastructure and vertical construction projects of varying scale and scope, ranging from a million dollars to multibillion dollar engagements.

Dr. Jose A. Briones
SpyroTek Performance Solutions

Dr. Jose A. Briones is the Director of Operations of SpyroTek Performance Solutions, a diversified supplier of specialty materials, BPM software and innovation support services. Dr. Briones also holds managerial and board positions in several companies, including: CSI Incorporated, a manufacturer of rubber and industrial fabric assemblies; Smarty-Ears LLC, a developer of iPhone Apps for Speech Therapy; and Melenaus Corp., a supplier of hypoallergenic Natural Rubber.  

Dr. Briones has 19 years of commercial and technical experience in the manufacturing industry, holding multiple positions in the areas of marketing, innovation, sales, engineering and research with Fortune 300 companies.  Dr. Briones has a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Clemson University and is a graduate from the Business Administration Program from Wharton Business School. 

Dr. Briones’ expertise includes product development and ideation support, innovation practices implementation, business model assessments, business process workflow software, project risk forecasting analysis and product portfolio value Analysis

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Clayton Graham
Department of Management, DePaul University

Clay Graham is an adjunct professor of Statistics and Economics at DePaul University. He holds senior positions with the Chaos Group, Inc. and Analytical Advantages, LLC where he functions as a management consultant specializing in analytical and graphic econometrics. His formal education includes a BS from Purdue and graduate degrees in Economics (MA) and Business (MBA - Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University). He was a NASA Scholar (National Aeronautical and Space Administration) during his PhD studies at Northwestern (concentration in advanced large scale computer modeling and mathematical simulation.) Clay has functioned in various advisory capacities to Purdue and Northwestern Universities.

His entrée into the education field first came while a volunteer for a citizens group in Barrington (evaluating academics, finances and taxes). The creation of integrated databases and innovative statistical modeling for that project drew the interest of many professionals and resulted in presentations to The White House, the Illinois State Board of Education, the Center for Governmental Studies (Northern Illinois University), and many boards of education.

Prior to his current undertakings, he was CEO of an upstart aerospace, laser mapping and engineering firm. He’s brought with him years of practical management and leadership experience from the metal finishing industry where he owned and operated his own firms in the Chicago area. He introduced effective statistical process control technology to many firms including: Motorola, Siemens and Ford. He served that industry by being president of the local trade association, a director of several national alliances and sitting on industry standardization and quality committees.

Prior to running his own companies, Graham was with one of the world's foremost Management Consulting firms - A.T.Kearney, lnc. where he introduced cutting edge computer and mathematical modeling to the transportation and service distribution industries. Clay has written and published extensively in the areas of profitability and control, marketing, financial risk, computer integrated manufacturing, and technology. He has been a featured and keynote speaker at many trade association and professional conclaves. He was awarded the top technical paper in the world at the Second Asian Metal Finishing Forum (part of the Tokyo World Exposition). At Interex Europe (Hewlett-Packard users) he presented an award-winning work on a fully integrated system of research and development, process control and management integrating: personal computers, micro-systems, programmable controllers and digital-analog interfaces. He was also the subject of a press conference by Alteon Networks at Networld + Interop (Atlanta 1998) where he introduced the first commercial application of large file transfer incorporating “Jumbo Frame Technology."

Clay and his companies have been the subject of articles in Forbes, Business Week, Modern Metals, Industrial Finishing and Arthur Andersen's Small Business Forum. In addition, the methods incorporated in the management of his firms have been utilized in academic case studies in the United States and Western Europe. He was selected to speak on “The Management of Professional Advisors” before a joint session of the American Bar Association and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

He has served as an Advisor to the White House and Members of Congress in the areas of economics, environmental control and management strategy.

Rafael Fernando Hartke
Trading and Logistic Analyst, Petrobras

Mr. Hartke is a Trading and Logistic Analyst at Petrobras, under the Financial Planning & Risk Management department. He has a MSc degree in Mechanical Engineering and is also a certified Energy Risk Professional, certified by the Global Association of Risk Professionals.

Mr. Hartke main interests and activities include:

  • Development of mathematical models in engineering and finance;
  • Modeling of complex investment projects (risks, options, real options);
  • Development of methodologies and risk models for investment projects;
  • Monitoring, econometric modeling and forecasting of time series (commodity prices, commodity demands and financial series);
  • Research and training in risk analysis and Monte Carlo simulation

Randy Heffernan
Vice President, Palisade Corporation

Randy Heffernan started with Palisade in 1997, and helped the company expand with its first overseas office in Plymouth, England, in 1998. Further geographic expansions included London in 2002 and Sydney, Australia in 2005. He has held a variety of roles in sales, marketing, and management, and currently oversees much of the corporate operations. Randy works closely with the sales staff to understand client needs and liaise with software development. Randy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and Marketing, and an MBA, both from Cornell University.

Dr. Davion Hill
Senior Researcher, Det Norske Veritas (DNV)

Davion Hill, Ph.D. is senior researcher and group leader for the materials strategic research program for Det Norske Veritas (DNV), a consulting and certification company. Dr. Hill graduated from The Ohio State University in 2006 with a doctorate in Physics and was a fellow in the Center for the Advanced Maturation of Materials (CAMM). Prior to working for DNV, Dr. Hill worked for CC Technologies prior to the DNV acquisition, as well as Honda’s Research Institute.

Michael A. Kubica
Founder and President, Applied Quantitative Sciences, Inc.

Michael is Founder and President of Applied Quantitative Sciences, Inc. He has over 18 years experience within the life sciences industry, and has been providing quantitative sciences consultancy since 1999. Michael has extensive experience in providing quantitative decision support solutions for leading pharmaceutical, medical device/diagnostics, biotechnology and healthcare delivery organizations addressing a wide range of business issues. Prior to establishing AQS, Michael Held the position of Vice President, Operations for Magellan Health Services. During his career Michael has also held positions of Director of Quality Management, Regional Director of Business Operations & Finance, and Hospital Administrator. Throughout his career, Michael has employed sophisticated quantitative methods to forecast performance, streamline operations, and improve quality. Michael has both an MBA and Master’s of Science in psychology. He serves as Adjunct Professor of Research Design and Statistical Analysis at St. Thomas University in Miami, FL.

Andre Lowe
Intel Corporation

Andre Lowe is a ECG Product Line analyst for Intel Corporation in Chandler, AZ. Previously at Intel he was a Selections Analyst, Risk and Controls Analyst and Technical Accountant. He spent 6 years in the National Guard, and is a graduate of Binghamton University and holds an MBA in Finance from the W. P. Carey School of Business at ASU. He’s I’m interested in advanced analytical technicals, fundamental financial instrument valuation, portfolio management and movements of the stock market in general.

John D. McKenzie
Founder, Innovastat

John McKenzie, founder of Innovastat, has extensive experience in teaching and consulting in the areas of Monte Carlo simulation, optimization under uncertainty, forecasting, and inferential statistics. Innovastat, headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, provides consulting and training for applied decision and risk analysis - locally, nationally, and internationally. It is very much interested in natural resources and the international agricultural community. Mr. McKenzie offers seminars and consultation to farmers in the developing world. He is currently active in the areas of: agriculture, agricultural economics, agribusiness, land use, water and natural resources, and sustainable agricultural production, marketing, policy, and education.

Thomas G. McKinney
Sr. Manager, Pricing and Business Analysis, Armstrong World Industries

Tom is part of the Armstrong Building Products sales team and manages the pricing function. He has fifteen years of experience in business analysis with the last seven focused on price management. He has a degree in History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Pittsburgh.

Sam McLafferty
President and CEO, Palisade Corporation

Sam McLafferty is Palisade's founder, president, and CEO. He started the company in 1984 with the release of PRISM, a stand-alone Monte Carlo simulation package for DOS on the PC. PRISM later evolved into @RISK for Lotus 1-2-3, and then for Excel. Sam is Palisade's lead developer, with over thirty years of programming experience. He works closely with the technical and sales staff, ensuring that customer feedback is heard. He personally oversees the development and evolution of every one of the fifteen software products Palisade sells. Prior to Palisade, he was a risk analysis consultant.

Roy Nersesian
Center for Energy Marine Transportation and Public Policy, Columbia University

BS Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute followed by 8 years in the U.S. Navy with last position as Chief Engineer on a Polaris submarine. Graduated from Harvard Business School with a MBA and worked for a shipping company, a bank in shipping finance, and a consultant for a ship brokerage firm, and finally a professor at the School of Business, Monmouth University and Columbia University. He has written several books, one of which is Corporate Financial Risk Management published by Praeger Press, 2004. His most recent book is Energy in the 21st Century published by M. E. Sharpe. He is also associated with the Center of Energy and Marine Transportation at Columbia University, where @RISK simulation is an integral part of his course in quantitative analysis.

Dr. Javier Ordóñez
Director of Custom Solutions, Palisade Corporation

Dr. Javier Ordóñez holds a BS in Civil Engineering from the Universidad de Cuenca, Ecuador and a MS in Project Management from the University of Maryland. Javier earned his PhD from the University of Maryland performing research on project risk analysis. His current research deals with cost and schedule integration and correlation issues through the use of Bayesian belief networks.

Javier's experience is in the areas of construction and project management, optimal project and capital investments selection, earned value management, engineering and project risk analysis, and operations research applications to engineering and management problems.

Javier has taught as an adjunct professor in the Project Management Program at University of Maryland and provides training in risk and decision analysis. He is also registered as a Project Management Professional (PMP).

David Osorio Arboleda
Director of Business Analysis, Renting Colombia S.A.

David Osorio A. has seven years of experience in project structuring and assessment. He is a specialist in finance and has an MBA from the Maastricht School of Management, Netherlands, and holds a BSc Engineering Management from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. He is also an associated teacher in finance and decision subjects at different Colombian universities.

Christina I. Ray
Senior Managing Director for Market Intelligence, Omnis

Christina I. Ray is Senior Managing Director for Market Intelligence at Omnis and co-head of the firm's consulting practice in Threat Finance & Market Intelligence. She is an experienced trader, hedge fund manager, and risk manager, and is the author of The Bond Market—Trading and Risk Management (McGraw Hill, November 1992), used as a textbook in the finance departments of graduate schools and in the training programs of certain primary dealers. Her most recent book, “Extreme Risk Management” (McGraw Hill, June 2010) discusses alternative methods for modeling plausible, high-consequence scenarios.

Prior to Omnis, Ms. Ray held a number of senior positions at Drexel Burnham, Daiwa Securities and A. G. Becker Paribas where she was involved at various times as an options trader, risk manager and trading manager.

She devotes her applied mathematics and program development skills to the creation of algorithms for both the public and private sector designed to provide early warning of tactical and strategic threats. Ms. Ray's specialized interest and the focus of her activities involves the fusion of risk measurement methods used by the intelligence community and the financial community in areas that involve low-probability, high-consequence events.

Sean Ritchie
Manager, Clarisant Consulting

Sean runs the US operations of Clarisant, a business consulting and technology services company. Sean has nine years of management consulting experience with a focus on analytics and business intelligence. He has degrees in Finance, Economics, and Mathematics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Sean has been deeply involved in several award winning projects including the CIO 100 (Excellence in IT), CNET Business Technology Award (Best Public Project), and the Government Computing Award (Winner).

Sean’s expertise is in operational improvement including: supply chain (network optimization, supply chain simulation), activity based costing, and price management. Sean is currently focusing on growing the US operation of Clarisant while delivering operational improvement consulting services.

Tim Robinson
Partner, Windsor Strategy Partners

Tim Robinson has over 18 years of experience as a healthcare actuary. He has a broad range of actuarial, underwriting and management experience working with diverse organizations including reinsurers, insurance companies, disease management firms, health plans and employer groups. Tim has worked most recently on applications of predictive modeling and disease management to improved underwriting and pricing; modeling of large claim costs and trends; and audits of stop loss pricing and underwriting. He also has extensive experience with product development, pricing, underwriting and valuation work for insurers and plan sponsors. He works with our clients in the healthcare industry, directing actuarial and strategic analysis in support of their risk management goals and initiatives.

Tim graduated with a BA in Mathematics from St. Olaf College. He is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries. He also serves on the Disease Management and Medical Reinsurance Work Groups of the American Academy of Actuaries, and the Health Communications and Publications Committee of the Society of Actuaries.

Mark Rudd
President, Rudd Asset Management (RAM)

Mark Rudd is President of Rudd Asset Management (RAM), an energy consulting company. He has a BSE in Nuclear Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from the University of Chicago. With over thirty five years of experience in all areas of the power generation business and a broad business background, he is able to coordinate effective solutions for your power problems using the experience, engineering knowledge, and finance principles of RAM.

Svetlana A. Sigalova
Manager of Corporate Finance, Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Svetlana Sigalova is Manager of Corporate Finance at Vertex Pharmaceuticals. She currently supports their cystic fibrosis, oncology and other early development assets. She is responsible for the integrated P&L, valuations, business development and strategy support as it pertains to respective drug candidates. Prior to joining Vertex, Svetlana held a variety of marketing positions. She holds an MBA from Babson College.

Andy Sleeper
President, Successful Statistics LLC.

Andy Sleeper is President of Successful Statistics LLC, a consulting firm providing customized DFSS training and problem solving services to clients around the world. Andy is the author of two books, DFSS Statistics and Six Sigma Distribution Modeling, both published by McGraw-Hill. Andy holds degrees in Electrical Engineering and Statistics, and is a licensed Professional Engineer.

Steven Slezak
California Polytechnic State University

Mr. Slezak has nearly 30 years experience in strategic business planning and in financial planning and analysis. He has utilized Palisade software since 1998. His consulting practice serves clients in health care, agribusiness, and education. He has particular expertise in financial and market risk management, and has worked as a risk manager for energy companies and a Chicago trading firm.

Mr. Slezak is also a Lecturer in the College of Agriculture, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, where he teaches finance and credit, strategic planning, linear programming, and trade and development. He has also taught fixed income securities and business calculus at Cal Poly. He previously taught corporate financial management and financial mathematics at the Carey Business School at Johns Hopkins University.

He holds a BS in international studies from Georgetown University and an MBA in Finance from Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. William Strauss
President, FutureMetrics, LLC
Managing Partner, FutureEnergy Partners, LLC

Dr. William Strauss is the President and founder of FutureMetrics, LLC, a financial and economic forecasting consultancy that specializes in the renewable energy sector. He is the Managing Partner of FutureEnergy Partners, LLC. FutureEnergy specializes in enabling inventors of cutting edge technology in the energy sector move from idea to commercial product. He is also a Director of Maine Energy Systems, a renewable energy firm.

Bill Strauss has more than thirty-five years of strategic and policy planning, project management, data analysis, and modeling experience. He has an MBA (specializing in Finance) and a PhD (Economics, Earth Systems Science).

Bill is also the chief economist for the Biomass Thermal Energy Council (Washington, DC). Bill served as the chief economist on the Maine Governor’s Wood-to-Energy Task force in 2008.

Bill takes some time in the fall and spring to teach a few business and economics classes at the White Mountains College in northern NH. Bill loves to ski and he has logged nearly one million vertical feet heli-skiing.

Thompson Terry
Senior Training Consultant, Palisade Corporation

Thompson Terry is a dedicated member of Palisade’s training and consulting staff. With ten years of experience at Palisade, including eight in technical support, he is recognized as an expert in all Palisade software products and their applications.

Thompson has led numerous regional training seminars on risk and decision analysis and provided customized onsite training in a variety of industries including insurance, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, defense, and food safety. Clients Thompson has trained include: The Hartford, Unilever, Duratek, Eastman Chemical, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, National Rail (UK), RWE Thames Water (UK), National Gas Company of Trinidad & Tobago, Stone & Webster, and Northrop-Grumman.

Thompson is also on the board of directors of a local credit union’s not-for-profit, community development investment fund. He holds a BS in Agricultural Economics from Cornell University with specializations in economics, marketing, and finance.

Poh-Boon Ung
Principal Economist, ARCADIS

Mr. Ung is a Principal Economist with ARCADIS and specializes in environmental economics and environmental business consulting related issues. One of his areas of expertise is in application of probabilistic modeling techniques and quantitative decision analysis. He has helped numerous clients identify optimal strategies in light of uncertainties for various environmental issues. Some of his recent models include assessment of dredging and remediation strategies, redevelopment options and evaluation of various restoration projects. In addition to developing decision analysis and statistical models, Mr. Ung manages projects related to water and air regulatory programs. He has prepared cost-benefit assessments for different environmental regulations involving power generating stations, off-road engines, and other environmental impacts from air emissions. He is also experienced in conducting economic impact assessments and natural resource damage assessments (NRDAs) and has been involved in various assessments throughout the United States. Mr. Ung holds an M.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan and a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from Brandeis University, summa cum laude, where he is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Erica VanSant
Senior Analyst – Solutions Economics LLC

Erica VanSant provides economic analysis and advisory support for litigation matters involving economic and regulatory issues. She has contributed both quantitative and conceptual knowledge to litigation for regulated industries, such as natural gas, oil, electric, telecommunications, water, transport and milk industries. Her work in English and Spanish allows her to address economic and regulatory issues for U.S. and international businesses and governments. She has contributed to projects in the United States, Puerto Rico, Argentina, Chile, Canada and Guatemala. Ms. VanSant graduated magna cum laude from The George Washington University with a BS in Economics in 2009.

John G. Wachter
Principal Consultant, Wachter Consulting LLC

John G. Wachter is the owner and Principal Consultant for Wachter Consulting LLC. Mr. Wachter has over 25 years of experience as an engineer, project manager, and consultant for over $10B of project activity in the chemicals, fibers, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, consumer healthcare, pulp and paper, steel-making, upstream oil and gas, nuclear power generation and downstream oil refining industries. John has a reputation as acting as an “honest broker” between parties and as such he has provided Independent Project Reviews including Cost and Schedule Risk Analysis for over 40 projects with an estimated TIC of over 3.5BB within the past five years.

Robert Webster
Engineering Specialist, Aerojet

Robert Webster is a multi-degreed engineer that has worked in the Aerospace industry for the last 41 years as a design/project engineer, manufacturing engineer and test engineer. For the last 18 years he has been in the Business Development group of Aerojet as an engineering specialist. He has been SCEA certified since 1990 and has given numerous previous presentations on Cost Estimating Techniques and Statistical Risk Assessment to SCEA and Proposal Estimating Techniques to both SCEA and NASA Project Management Challenge.

He has participated in thousands of cost proposals and a wide variety of other types of estimates to accumulate the knowledge to make this presentation. The presentation shows that risk analysis can be done efficiently, effectively and accurately by properly accumulating existing data from relevant stakeholders and following consistent methodologies.

Erik Westwig
Software Engineer, Palisade Corporation

Erik Westwig received his BS in 1991 and MS in 1994 from the applied and engineering physics department at Cornell University. In 1998 he published the book Mathematical Physics with co-author Bruce Kusse, which was re-released in its second edition in 2006. Since 1995, Erik has worked as a software engineer at Palisade as part of the DecisionTools Suite development team.

Dave Whitman
Managing Consultant, PA Consulting Group

Dave Whitman is a Managing Consultant in PA Consulting’s Global Energy Practice. He has over 25 years of professional experience in the utility industry. He is an expert in facilitating change and helping clients improve their business and operational efficiency and effectiveness. Dave’s specific areas of expertise include power generation, capital project planning and execution, asset management, resource optimization, condition assessment, and performance metrics. He is an expert in business process improvement and an experienced facilitator of employee process teams. He also has extensive experience in employee training and development, organization and staffing, and compensation.

Prior to joining PA, Dave was a Director with Huron Consulting Group and a Partner in the Barrington-Wellesley Group, a management consulting firm specializing in the utilities industry. Previously to that, he held senior consulting positions with Navigant Consulting and AUC Management Consultants. Before entering the consulting profession, Dave was employed by a large Midwestern utility where he held senior positions in the nuclear generation organization and served as station manager at a 1,350 MW coal-fired facility.

Dave holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Naval Academy and an MBA degree from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. He is a Certified Management Consultant with the Institute of Management Consultants, USA.


Dr. Wayne Winston
Professor of Operations & Decision Technologies, Kelley School of Business at Indiana University

Dr. Winston is a professor in the Operations and Decision Technologies department at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University in Bloomington. He has been teaching at the Kelley School of Business for over thirty years, and specializes in operations research, which is mathematics applied to business problems. His courses include Advanced Decision Models for MBA students, and he incorporates @RISK and DecisionTools software into much of his curricula.

He also works for the Dallas Mavericks basketball team, simulating tournament outcomes and optimizing rosters.

Dr. Winston has consistently been recognized for excellence in business education, winning awards such as the Trustee Teaching Award twice, and the Lilly Award for Teaching Excellence four times. He consults and teaches extensively for companies and organizations like Eli Lilly, Cisco, and the US Army. Dr. Winston has written many books on Excel modeling and decision making, and regularly teaches Excel to Microsoft staff. His books include the recently released MathleticsOperations Research, Financial Models Using Simulation and Optimization I & II, and Spreadsheet Modeling Using @RISK. He has degrees from MIT and Yale.

Carolyn Witthoft
Director, Libretto Group LLC

Carolyn Witthoft is a Director with Libretto Group LLC, a firm that provides consulting services to individuals, businesses or government entities involved in litigation, investment treaty arbitrations and regulatory disputes. Ms. Witthoft has over 25 years of experience providing consulting and engineering services to clients in such diverse industries as oil and gas, construction, defense contracting, electric utilities, financial services, healthcare, hospitality, retail and manufacturing. She specializes in services related to determining economic damages in a wide variety of business disputes, and also provides consultation during depositions, mediations and settlement meetings. Her practice focuses on explaining complex financial and economic matters to clients and/or their legal counsel, judges, juries and arbitrators. Prior to co-founding Libretto Group LLC, Ms. Witthoft was a refinery process engineer and a member of several national and international consulting firms. Most recently, she has served as a project specialist to Global Financial Analytics LLC, a firm specializing in investment treaty disputes. Ms. Witthoft holds a bachelor of science in chemical engineering from the University of Southern California and an MBA from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA. She currently resides in Connecticut.




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