2019 State Energy Coference of North Carolina: Connecting North Carolina's diverse energy economy






Keynote Speaker Biographies

Addison "Tad" Davis IV

Addison Davis

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense
(Energy, Installations and Environment)

Mr. Tad Davis was appointed by the Secretary of Defense as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Energy, Installations and the Environment on September 5, 2017. He supports the Assistant Secretary in providing budgetary, policy, and management oversight of the Department of Defense’s real property portfolio which encompasses 28 million acres, over 500 installations with over 500,000 buildings and structures valued at a trillion dollars while enhancing the Department’s planning, programs, and military capabilities to provide mission assurance through military construction, facilities investment, environmental restoration and compliance, installation and operational energy resilience, occupational safety, and defense community assistance programs.

Mr. Davis has extensive senior executive experience with the Federal Government. From 2004 to 2005 he served as the Assistant Deputy Director/Acting Deputy Director (Demand Reduction) at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy where he served as the Drug Czar’s principal advisor on drug awareness, drug intervention and treatment programs, student drug testing, and the drug court program. From 2005 to 2010, he served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Environment, Safety & Occupational Health where he led a $1.7 billion program in support of the Army’s global mission. From 2010 until 2013, he served as the Chief Executive Officer /Director of Services and Infrastructure for the U.S. Army Reserve where he provided executive leadership for military construction, facilities investment, contracting, installation energy, information technology, civilian personnel management, and family programs for over 200,000 Army Reserve Soldiers and 12,000 civilians serving at 1,200 facilities worldwide.

Prior to his appointment, Mr. Davis served from 2015 to 2017 as the town manager for Spring Lake, NC and in the private sector from 2013 to 2015 as the Managing Director for Corvias Solutions, an emerging business line of the Corvias Group that focused on the development of public private partnerships (P3s) to address municipality storm water management challenges in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

Mr. Davis served over 26 years on active duty with the U.S Army, to include duty as the Garrison Commander of Fort Bragg, NC where he led the day-to-day operations as the “city manager” serving a population of over 250,000 Soldiers, civilians, veterans, retirees and their families. Additionally, he led the Army’s initial Compatible Use Buffer Program, established the Army’s largest privatized housing partnership, privatized the installation’s electrical distribution system, and led the Army’s first installation-wide sustainability program.

Mr. Davis received a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University. He was a National Security Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University and served as an Assistant Professor at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies. From 2005 to 2013, he served on the Conference Board’s Environment, Health, and Safety Council.

Mr. Davis was awarded the Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service and the Defense Superior Service Medal by the Department of Defense, and the Order of the Longleaf Pine by the Governor of North Carolina.

Greg Scheu

Greg Scheu

President, Americas Region, ABB

Greg Scheu is President of the Americas region for ABB and Managing Director for the United States.

Scheu first joined ABB in 2001 and has held a variety of management positions within the company. Prior to his current roles, he served as Head of Marketing and Customer Solutions,joining the Group Executive Committee in 2012.

In 2011, Scheu was appointed North America Region Division Manager for Discrete Automation and Motion, where he oversaw the integration of Baldor Electric Company. A year later, he oversaw the acquisition of Thomas & Betts, serving as Global Integration Manager. Together, these two acquisitions more than doubled ABB’s size in North America.

Scheu also served as the North America Region Division Manager for Power Products from 2008 through 2011, and Region Division Manager for Automation Products from 2002 through 2008. Scheu began his career at ABB as Head of Global eBusiness in 2001.

Scheu began his career in 1983 when he joined Westinghouse Electric in sales and product management. In 1986, he joined Allen-Bradley, now Rockwell Automation, where he held positions in sales management and operations, eventually becoming head of global channel sales at the company’s global headquarters in Milwaukee. In 2000, Scheu was named President and CEO of Source Alliance, which ABB acquired in 2001.

Scheu sits on the Board of Governors of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) and is also a member of the Business Roundtable in the United States. He holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Delaware.

Speaker Biographies

Ron Jarvis

Gretchen Bakke

Vice President, Sustainability, Home Depot

Ron Jarvis is vice president of sustainability for The Home Depot. He is responsible for aligning the Company’s business strategies with its social, environmental and sustainability objectives. Ron also leads our SER factory audits, Utility Rebates department, and he is the chairman of the Home Depot Environmental Council.

Ron joined the Company in 1995 as a merchant. He has held positions of increasing responsibility including divisional merchandise manager, national product merchant, global product merchant, vice president of merchandising and senior vice president of pro and tool rental.

Ron is a Board member of The Home Depot Foundation, as well as an Outward Bound Board member and a past member of the Yale Forest Forum.

Prior to joining the Company, Ron spent 11 years with Lowe’s in sales and merchandising. Ron has a bachelor’s degree in business and economics from North Carolina State University


Secretary Michael Regan

Michael Regan

Secretary of the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality

Governor Roy Cooper appointed Michael S. Regan secretary of the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality in January 2017.

Regan took over the leadership of the state’s environmental agency after spending 18 years working on environmental regulatory and advocacy initiatives.

He served in numerous leadership roles for the Environmental Defense Fund.

He also spent a decade with the EPA, working in the air quality and energy programs for both the Clinton and Bush administrations. Regan served as an EPA national program manager, designing programs aimed at reducing pollution and finding market-based solutions to improve energy efficiency and overcome climate-related challenges.

Regan has served on a number of boards and commissions focused on environmental issues, including the UNC School of Law Center for Climate, Energy, Environment and Economics, and the N.C. Energy Policy Council.

He is a native of Goldsboro and lives with his family in Raleigh.

Keynote Plenary: The Future of Energy Panel Biographies

John Downey

John Downey

Charlotte Business Journal - Moderator

John Downey has covered utilities and the energy industry for the Charlotte Business Journal since 2006. Much of his reporting focuses on Duke Energy and the solar industry. But he has also reported on nuclear development in the Carolinas, major energy technology manufacturers and in the region and issues ranging from energy storage to pipeline construction to economic development trends in the industry.

Downey has been a reporter since 1978, working over the years for the Raleigh Times, the Durham Morning Herald and Durham Sun and the Winston-Salem Journal.

Kendal C. Bowman

John Downey

Vice President Regulatory Affairs and Policy, Duke Energy

Kendal Bowman serves as vice president of regulatory affairs and policy for North Carolina. In this role, she manages the company’s presence in all North Carolina regulatory matters before the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC). She provides leadership on regulatory strategic plans and technical direction on regulatory policy for North Carolina. In addition, she serves as the company’s regulatory policy witness in proceedings before the NCUC.

Previously, Bowman served as deputy general counsel for Duke Energy, managing all legal state regulatory functions for North Carolina. Prior to that, she was associate general counsel for Progress Energy, supporting all state regulatory functions for North Carolina and South Carolina. Bowman also spent a decade leading the federal regulatory affairs group and was responsible for all Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), legal, policy and compliance matters for Progress Energy Carolinas and Progress Energy Florida.

Bowman has been with the company since 1999. Prior to joining Progress Energy, she was an attorney for Florida Power Corporation.

Bowman currently serves on the board of directors for Advanced Energy Corporation and has served since 2014. She served on the board of directors for the Greater Carolinas National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 2005 to 2016. Bowman is an alumna of Leadership North Carolina class of 2015 and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler Business School Leadership Development Program.

In 2016, Bowman received the James B. Duke Award, Duke Energy’s highest employee award for service to the company and community. She serves as the executive sponsor of Duke Energy’s Business Women’s Network chapter in Raleigh, N.C. A native of Clarksville, Va., Bowman earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Virginia and a Juris Doctor from Stetson University College of Law. She is admitted to the state bars of North Carolina and Florida.

Bowman and her husband, Brett, have a daughter and twin sons.

David McGowan, III

Brad Atkinson

Executive Director; North Carolina Petroleum Council
Southern Region Director; American Petroleum Institute

David is Executive Director of the North Carolina Petroleum Council, the state office of the American Petroleum Institute (API). He also serves as the API Southern Region Director, managing API state operations in South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky & West Virginia. API is the only national trade association representing all facets of the oil and natural gas industry, which supports 9.8 million U.S. jobs and 8 percent of the U.S. economy. API’s more than 625 members include large integrated companies, as well as exploration and production, refining, marketing, pipeline, and marine businesses, and service and supply firms.

As Executive Director of the North Carolina Petroleum Council, David oversees legislative, regulatory and public affairs activities on behalf of the oil and natural gas industry in the state of North Carolina. This includes direct lobbying of the North Carolina General Assembly as well as representing the industry before the various state regulatory agencies with oversight of the industry.

David is a native of Wilmington, North Carolina and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BA in History. He serves of the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Professional Lobbyist Association and also serves of the Board of Directors for the Frankie Lemmon School & Foundation, a pre-K program for special needs and typically developing children in Wake County. David resides in Raleigh with his wife and three young children.

Ivan Urlaub

Ivan Urlaub

Executive Director, NCSEA

Under Ivan Urlaub's leadership, NCSEA generates collaborative and innovative approaches to solving member and partner challenges in policy, business model, and market development. Ivan has consistently employed a systemic and incremental strategic vision that intends to align the needs of consumers, the clean energy industry, utilities, and government to achieve this.

Ivan is the founder of the NC Clean Energy Business Alliance, serves on the Three Zeros Advisory Board at UNC-Chapel Hill, is an original lab team member of RMI’s national Electricity Innovations Laboratory (e-Lab), and has been recognized most recently by the Charlotte Business Journal as a 2015 Energy Leader for North Carolina. He holds both a Master of Public Policy and a Master of Environmental Management from Duke University.

Michael D. Youth

Michael D. Youth

Government and Regulatory Affairs Counsel, North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives

Michael provides government and regulatory counsel to North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives (NCEC). Prior to joining NCEC, Michael worked for the North Carolina Attorney General's Office and the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association. Michael is a Board Certified Specialist in Utilities Law. Michael received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; he earned his Masters of Science in Forestry and Environmental Resources Policy and Administration from North Carolina State University.