VP, UMS Group
Nicholas A. Austin: Mr. Austin is Vice President, Consultancy and Managing Director, North America for UMS Group, Inc. He has obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Dayton, and his Juris Doctorate from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. He also completed the Leadership for Senior Executive Program at Harvard Business School. Mr. Austin started his career as an attorney with a large Midwest law firm, practicing initially in Cincinnati, Ohio, and then in Cleveland, Ohio with a focus on construction law. After a successful career as an attorney, he pivoted to energy, working for FirstEnergy Corp. initially as an analyst; in that role, he helped stand-up a contracting and portfolio management strategy associated with a significant capital portfolio increase/investment in FirstEnergy’s distribution and transmission assets. Thereafter, he was promoted through various Support and Operations Director roles in FirstEnergy’s Pennsylvania and Ohio footprint, including time as FirstEnergy’s Corporate Director of Asset, Portfolio and Project Management, with a total capital portfolio in excess of $1.5B. His last role at FirstEnergy was as President of the Pennsylvania Electric Company where he was responsible for all aspects of Penelec’s safety, operational effectiveness, customer service and financial performance. Mr. Austin left FirstEnergy to join Ashton Gray, LLC as President and Partner of Ashton Gray Energy, LLC. While at Ashton Gray Energy, he helped turn-around the oil field services and infrastructure operating entities to position both for divestiture. Upon completing the successful divestiture of Ashton Gray Energy’s operations, he joined UMS Group in his current position.
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