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).





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.




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.




Chris Moyer, Community Manager

Chris Moyer brings a decade of strategic communications and community building experience to Energy Central and the Utility Analytics Institute. Originally a Detroit native he has lived in Scotland, Virginia, London, and now Denver.  Chris first honed his communication, and community engagement skills in the political realm as a speechwriter, press secretary, and campaign manager. Before joining Energy Central he has worked as a senior digital marketing strategist with Archotype Media. "In all my work I strive to create content with a compelling narrative, which will lead to brand allegiance and an integrated social network."

Outside of work you can find Chris on a soccer field, tennis court, or in the mountains hiking, climbing or skiing.




Jennifer Cooper, Director of Marketing

Jennifer Cooper has served in marketing roles for 15 years and brings Energy Central her tried and true insight on best marketing practices, as well as creative and outside of the box marketing strategy and tactics for customers across various industries. Jennifer has served in Director and Senior Management roles for Xcel Energy, MDC Holdings, a fortune 500 company, and several other global and national organizations. In her spare time she is a board committee member for the Tennyson Center for Children where she drives the marketing and creative strategy for local Denver based events. Being highly self-driven and team oriented, her favorite motto is “bring it on and let’s get it done.” Jennifer looks forward to helping grow the Utility Anayltics Institute and bringing value to the marketing communications sent to the membership base.


In Jennifer’s free time, she enjoys running, time in the mountains, cooking, travel and chasing after her 6 year old while waiting for baby number two due in the fall.