Leadership

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The CMG team has over 30 years of proven technology and market experience in Smart Cities, Energy, Telecommunications, and Software.

We enable smarter solutions. We help define and accelerate the digitalization and transformation of our customers. Our Smart Solutions are built with our unique and proven Smart Design, Build, Run, and Optimize Frameworks. For utilities, cities, and enterprises, these frameworks consist of proven strategies, processes, and best practices on how to design, build, run, and optimize all elements of planning and operational execution. For vendors and startups, these frameworks accelerate product innovation, go-to-market planning and commercialization.


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Andres Carvallo – CEO & Founder

Previously EVP and Chief Strategy Officer at Proximetry, EVP and Chief Strategy Officer at Grid Net, CIO at Austin Energy, CTO at Pecan Street Project, CEO at HillCast Technologies, CEO at agentGo.com, EVP at iMark.com, VP at Tycho Networks, President & GM at Philips Consumer Communications, GM at Digital Equipment Corp., GM at Borland, Regional Manager at SCO, PM at SCO, and Windows and MS-DOS PM at Microsoft in Redmond, WA.

Expertise — General Management, Strategic Planning, Business Cases, Business Models, Project Financing, Project Management, Product Management, Utility Operations, Grid Design, Generation Design, Software Development, Energy Markets, Telecom Markets, Software Markets, and Technology Integration. CMG Frameworks — Strategy and Scenario Planning, Go-To-Market Planning, Business Optimization and Transformation, Smart Grid Roadmap, Smart Grid Governance, Smart City Roadmap, Distributed Energy and Microgrid Planning, Virtual Power Plan Planning, and Distribution Management System Lifecycle Management.


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Ross Baldick – Senior Consultant

Professor at The University of Texas at Austin.  Previously Assistant Professor at Worcester Polytechnic University, and Postdoctoral Fellow at Lawrence Livermore National Lab.

Expertise — Business Cases, Business Models, Project Financing, Grid Design, Utility Operations, Energy Markets, and Technology Integration. CMG Frameworks — Strategy and Scenario Planning, Go-To-Market Planning, Business Optimization and Transformation, Smart Grid Roadmap, Smart City Roadmap, Distributed Energy and Microgrid Planning, and Virtual Power Plan Planning.


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Carter Eltzroth – Senior Consultant

He is also the Legal Director at DVB Project, Managing Director at Helicon.net, Adjunct Professor at American University Washington College of Law and Board Advisor at International Intellectual Property Institute. Previously Board Advisor at TeliaSonera, SVP of Global Public Policy at MIH (now Naspers Group), General Counsel at Nethold.

Expertise – General Management, Business Transactions, Business Models, Commercialization, Standardization, Business Strategy, Regulatory Arbitrage and Legal Issues Associated with New Technologies, and Novel Licensing Frameworks. CMG Frameworks – Strategy and Scenario Planning, Go-To-Market Planning, Smart City Roadmap, and Smart Grid Governance.


David Emmerich – Senior Consultant

He is also Managing Partner with PACE Equity.  Previously, Director of Industry Marketing and Director of Professional Services for Noesis Energy, Head of product management, marketing and technical service groups for the Control Solutions division of Hubbell, Inc., Product Line Manager at Lucent Technologies, and R&D engineer at Alcatel Telecommunications.

Expertise — Market validation, partner/channel strategy, commercialization, financial modeling, project management, project financing, product lifecycle management and business development. CMG Frameworks — Strategy and Scenario Planning, Business Optimization and Transformation, Go-To-Market Planning, and Smart Buildings Planning.


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Vijay George – Senior Consultant

Previously VP at Sogeti USA LLC with Capgemini, CTO and Director of Innovation at Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts (State of Texas), CIO at LCRA (Lower Colorado River Authority), President at VORB Technologies Inc., Partner at Digitech Systems LLC, and Staff Engineer at Alcoa Inc.

Expertise — General Management, Strategic Planning, Business Cases, Project Management, Product Management, Utility Operations, Telecom Operations, IT/OT Management, Software Development, Energy Markets, Telecom Markets, Software Markets, and Technology Integration. CMG Frameworks — Strategy and Scenario Planning, Business Case Development, IT and OT Operational Alignment, Business Optimization and Transformation, Technology Modernization strategy, Regulatory Compliance strategy.


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Jim Henry – Senior Consultant

Previously Board Member at Global Alliance on Tax Justice, Board Member Tax Justice Network, and Chief Economist at McKinsey and Co.

Expertise — General Management, Strategic Planning, Channel Development, Business Cases, Business Models, Project Financing, Project Management, Telecom Markets, Software Markets, and Technology Integration. CMG Frameworks — Strategy and Scenario Planning, Go-To-Market Planning, and Business Optimization and Transformation.


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Tom Iwanski – Senior Consultant

Previously Senior IT Manager/CIO at Tri-State Generation and Transmission, IT Manager at Platte River Power Authority, Manager and Architect for Penton Media, and Technology Senior Reviewer and columnist for Windows NT, Windows 2000 and Windows IT Pro Magazines.

Expertise — General Management, Strategic Planning, Security and Compliance Management, Project Management, Utility Operations, IT/OT Management, Datacenter and Infrastructure Design, Green IT, Vendor Management, and Technology Integration. CMG Frameworks – Strategy and Scenario Planning, Business Optimization and Transformation, Smart Grid Roadmap, Smart City Roadmap.


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Atul Mahajan – Senior Consultant

He is also President of Vostro Energy Solutions Corp. Previously CEO of Oshawa Power and Utilities, CEO of HDM Interactive Inc.  Also a board director at Toronto East General Hospital.

Expertise – General Management, Strategic Planning, Business Development, Use Cases, Business Cases, Business Models, Project Financing, Project Management, Energy & Utility Operations, and Telecom Operations. CMG Frameworks – Strategy and Scenario Planning, Go-To-Market Planning, Business Optimization and Transformation, Smart Grid Roadmap, Distributed Energy and Microgrid Planning.


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Bill Marsh – Senior Consultant

Previously Director of Strategic Partnerships at Dell, General Partner at Oxantium Ventures, Co-Founder and CTO at Traq Wireless, Senior Director at Motorola, and VP and Principal at Cambridge Strategic Management Group.

Expertise — General Management, Strategic Planning Business Cases, Business Models, Project Financing, Project Management, Product Management, Software Development, Telecom Markets, Software Markets, and Technology Integration. CMG Frameworks — Strategy and Scenario Planning, Go-To-Market Planning, Business Optimization and Transformation, Smart Grid Roadmap, Smart City Roadmap, Distributed Energy and Microgrid Planning, and Virtual Power Plan Planning.


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Karen Robinson – Senior Consultant

She is also CEO & Founder of KWR Acuity Strategies.  Previously CIO at State of Texas, Director of Administration at Office the Governor of Texas, Director of Information Technology at Office of the Governor of Texas, Support Tech at the Texas Legislative Council.

Expertise — Strategic Planning, Market Development, Business Cases, Business Models, Project Management, Federal Government Markets, State Government Markets, Local Government Markets. CMG Frameworks — Strategy and Scenario Planning, Go-To-Market Planning, Business Optimization and Transformation, Smart City Roadmap.


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Morrie Sandler – Senior Consultant

Previously Managing Partner at EnerPlex Partners, Chairman at ECT LLC, Chariman and CEO at Global Wireless, EVP of Strategy at Global Telesystems, and various roles at Goldman Sachs.

Expertise – General Management, Strategic Planning, Business Cases, Project Financing, Project Management, Energy Markets, Telecom Markets, Financial Markets, and International Markets. CMG Frameworks – Strategy and Scenario Planning, Go-To-Market Planning, Business Optimization and Transformation, Distributed Energy and Microgrid Planning, and Virtual Power Plan Planning.


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David Shpigler – Senior Consultant

He is also President of Shpitler Group. Previously Manager at Cambridge Strategic Management Group, Associate at Dean & Company, Senior Consultant at Accenture, General Manager at North American Bell Security, Marketing Director at Hospitality Marketing Systems, and Marketing Manager at Online Communications.

Expertise – Strategic Planning, Business Cases, Business Models, Project Management, and Energy Markets. CMG Frameworks – Strategy and Scenario Planning, Business Optimization and Transformation, Smart Grid Roadmap, Distributed Energy and Microgrid Planning, and Virtual Power Plan Planning.


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Paul Struhsaker – Senior Consultant

Previously CTO of Dell’s Client Solutions Group, SVP Software Engineering at Comcast NBC Universal, VP of Engineering at Cable Vision Systems, VP Silicon Platform at Motorola PCS, CTO Broadband at Texas Instruments, Founder and CTO of Aironet Wireless, Founder and CTO of Raze Technologies, and started his career at the National Security Agency.

Expertise – Commercialization, Standardization, Technology Strategy, Patent Portfolio Strategy, IT/OT Management, Datacenter and Infrastructure Design, Cloud Client Software Architecture, Vendor Management, and Technology Integration. CMG Frameworks – Strategy and Scenario Planning, Business Optimization and Transformation, Smart Grid Roadmap, Smart City Roadmap, and Smart Cyber Security & Compliance Framework.


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Mani Vadari – Senior Consultant

He is also President of Modern Grid Solutions. Previously Vice President at Battelle, Partner at Accenture, Adjunct Professor at The University of Washington, Lead Engineer at Areva T&D, Lead Engineer at Alstom-ESCA.

Expertise — Strategic Planning, Business Cases, Business Models, Project Management, Grid Design, Utility Operations, Energy Markets, and Technology Integration. CMG Frameworks — Strategy and Scenario Planning, Smart Grid Roadmap, Smart City Roadmap, Distributed Energy and Microgrid Planning, Virtual Power Plan Planning, and Distribution Management System Lifecycle Management.


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Dave Walker – Senior Consultant

Previously VP of Sales for Qv21 Technologies, VP of Sales for United Technologies’ FreightWatch International, Vice President of Americas Sales Operations at Jeppessen (Carmen) System, VP of Global Sales at CALEB Technologies, and held several Sales Manager roles at Synopsis of Mountain View, CA. Mr. Walker began his sales career with Gerber Scientific Instruments managing sales to 14 DoE and DoD accounts.

Expertise — General Management, Strategic Planning, Business Cases, Business Models, Business Development, Market Development, Channel Development, Logistics Markets, Semiconductor Markets, Software Markets, and Technology Integration. CMG Frameworks — Strategy and Scenario Planning, Go-To-Market Planning, Business Optimization and Transformation, and Smart City Roadmap.


Massoud Amin – University of Minnesota – Advisor

Andy Bochman – Idaho National Lab – Advisor

Erfan Ibrahim – National Renewable Energy Lab – Advisor