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John Benson

Senior Consultant, Microgrid Labs

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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

Microgrid Labs, Inc.

Senior Consultant: 2014 to Present

Developed product plans, conceptual and preliminary designs for projects, performed industry surveys and developed technical reports

Siemens Smart Grid Division

Product Manager, Microgrid Systems for Large Facilities: 2011 to 2013

Analyzed industrial, commercial and government, facilities developed strategy for market entry developed microgrid projects and managed projects

Siemens Energy Automation Division

Business Development Manager: 2008 to 2011

Developed the following major projects:

A large remedial action scheme processing system for BPA’s EMS.

Distribution automation system for SMUD

Large protective relay installations from Boeing

C3-ilex, LLC

Proposal Manager: 2007 to 2008

Performed testing and created final user manual and marketing material for new application, which extends SCADA to the end user though interfaces with the utilities’ AMR system.

Developed all proposals for utility SCADA market. C3-ilex primary customers were municipal utilities, and I developed several projects with these utilities

IPS Group, Inc.:

Vice President Utility Sales & Marketing: 2005 to 2007

Developed the IPS Group’s utility sales & marketing organization. The main product for IPS in the utility market was AMR communication systems using digital cellular.

Comverge, Inc.

Western Sales Director, Director of Channel and Product Management (AMR): 2002 to 2005

Sold $25 million demand response application service to a SDGE,

Active in the California Energy Commission Working Group 3. Our work led to the AMI deployment by major electric utilities in California. Managed an AMI project at SMUD.

We completed the largest wireless Internet AMR System in the US when I was the product director for AMR products.

Siemens Power T&D, Inc.

Tactical Product Manager, Product Manager, Integrated Solutions Manager: 1998 to 2001

Lead the development of several advanced metering products and projects, including the first major AMI project in California at LADWP

Managed a team that created business development process for a new small SCADA system business

Landis & Gyr Systems (acquired by Siemens in 1998)

Application Engineering Manager, Marketing Manager: 1980 to 1998

Member of the management team that developed the small SCADA system segment

Member of the team that created the design and project plan for a new SCADA/EMS system (currently principal product for Siemens Power TG). Managed all proposals for small SCADA system business unit with over 200 systems sold.