Mark Johnson, Vice president

Mark Johnson is an Energy Central co-founder, and vice president of the company’s Intelligent Utility and EnergyBiz divisions. Prior to his work with Energy Central, Mark was an energy consultant with EDS Group and a consultant with Stone & Webster.


Mark earned his MSEE from New Mexico State University, and BSEE from the University of Wyoming.


Mike Smith, Vice president of strategy

If you have been active in the North American utility IT/automation markets over the last two decades, chances are that you have subscribed to a publication, read a research report, or attended an industry event that was developed, launched, or managed by Mike Smith. Mike is a 24-year veteran of the utility ‘smart grid’/IT/automation, information services and media business, and is currently Vice President, Utility Analytics Institute where he has been responsible for product development, business development, and growth of the division. Prior to his assignment at The Institute, Mike was Vice President of Sierra Energy Group, the research and analysis division of Energy Central. Previously he has led initiatives that have been at the forefront of utility technology developments, including founding the industry’s first publication and leading numerous research and forum initiatives. Mike is a graduate of San Jose State University (BA, Economics) and is a veteran of the US Army (Captain, Infantry).


Mike Risner, Membership development director

Mike Risner is engaged in membership development for the Utility Analytics Institute. Mike has worked with Energy Central (the Institute’s parent company) for over ten years, serving as Corporate News Manager, responsible for customer account management and business development for our flagship Energy Central Professional news and information daily. Prior to his work with Energy Central, Mike worked with AT&T Corporation as a Commercial Account Specialist, Newton & Associates as Client Account Manager, and as a Semiconductor Technician at Intel Corporation.


Mike studied Electronics Engineering Technology at DeVry University.


Jennifer Habig, Marketing Manager

Jennifer Habig is the marketing manager for the Utility Analytics Institute. Jennifer serves as the key contact for all Institute marketing. Prior to her work with Energy Central, Jennifer served as director of stakeholder relations and communications for the Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance, product marketing manager for Syndicate Sales, Inc., and vice president of sales and marketing for TBI, LLC.


Jennifer earned a bachelor of arts in graphic design and art history from Indiana University Bloomington.


Shelly Cotton, Membership support manager

Shelly Cotton is the membership support manager for the Utility Analytics Institute. Shelly has worked with Energy Central over the past 12 years, and touched nearly every part of the business, including her work as employment services product manager, customer service manager, office manager and event manager. Prior to her work with Energy Central, Shelly worked for IntelliStaff as scheduling coordinator, and owned a successful cleaning business for 10 years that focused on new construction and residential cleaning.


Shelly studied at Pickens Technical College with a focus on business administration and marketing.


Kim Gaddy, Analyst

Kim Gaddy is currently engaged as an analyst supporting research, offer development, business development, event planning and other initiatives at the Utility Analytics Institute and Energy Central. Previously, Kim held the position of senior director, client solutions for Vertex Business Services where her responsibilities ranged from product/services strategy development to the formation and management of strategic partnerships to business development. She has expertise in advanced analytics, demand side management, and customer management services. Kim has over 20 years of experience in the utilities and telecommunications sectors. Earlier in her career, Kim held leadership positions at AT&T in product management, regulatory affairs and sales. She holds a BBA from Texas Tech University and an MBA from St. Edward’s University.



H. Christine Richards, Analyst

Christine is a researcher and writer whose areas of expertise include the utility industry, smart grid, utility analytics, renewable energy, economic development, regional planning and landscape architecture. Christine previously worked at Energy Central, as director of knowledge services for the Utility Analytics Institute, vice president of the company's Intelligent Utility division and editor-in-chief of Intelligent Utility magazine.


Prior to her roles at Energy Central, Christine served as the lead analyst for the intelligent grid practice at IDC Energy Insights-a top market research firm for the energy industry. Her clients included some of the largest investor-owned utilities and public power producers in North America along with the largest IT vendors in the world. In this position, she conducted rigorous research and wrote about critical issues facing smart grid efforts. Christine's ability to bring unique and valuable insights to the smart grid space earned her prestigious research and quality awards from IDC.


Christine received her master's degree from Cornell University and graduated Summa cum Laude with a bachelor of science from Colorado State University.