2018 Condenser Life Cycle Seminar

Speakers (In order of appearance)


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Eric Fayard
Eric is a member of the Condenser Life Cycle Seminar organizing team and provides input for the technical agenda.

Eric is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and participates on the Heat Exchanger Committee. He is a frequent contributor to various industry publications including POWER, Power Engineering and Energy Tech. Eric is also a published author on topics related to condenser performance and reliability.

Eric has a Bachelor of Science in Marketing, attending the Michael J. Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University, and the University of Phoenix.
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Chris Lazenby
With a few breaks in service along the way, Chris has worked in Southern Company’s Engineering & Construction Services organization since 1994. The vast majority of that time has been spent working in the area of power plant cooling systems: condensers, cooling towers, and associated circulating water equipment. His responsibilities have included both design and procurement of new systems and equipment as well as providing guidance for operation, maintenance, and retrofit of cooling system equipment for Southern Company’s existing generating fleet. During that time, he has also served on various EPRI and ASME task groups and code committees related to condenser and cooling system equipment and testing.

Chris received a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Auburn University (War Eagle!) and a Masters in English from the University of Alabama-Birmingham, and he is a registered Professional Engineer in the states of Alabama and Minnesota.
Darren Nightingale
Director of Engineering - Condenser Division at Thermal Engineering International (TEi) Graduated from the University of Leeds (UK) with an Honors Degree in Chemical Engineering in 1991. Darren joined TEi’s UK office in 1994, where he worked on Steam Surface Condensers for the European market. Transferred to the US Office in 2001, and is currently the Director of Engineering for the Condenser Division based in TEI’s Santa Fe Springs, CA Office. Darren oversees all new-build condensers as well as special projects and consulting activities. He has also been the principal lead engineer on over 20 Condenser Modular Replacement projects since 2001.

Darren has published Technical Papers for ASME Power & EPRI, and he has attended the Condenser Technical Committee Meetings for the Heat Exchange Institute (HEI) since 2007. As the current Chairman, he has contributed to several Editions of the HEI Condenser Standards and Technical Data Sheets. He is also a member of the American Society for Mechanical Engineers (ASME), where he is actively involved with the ASME Power Division - Heat Exchanger Committee.
Dan Cicero
Dan Cicero is a 1987 graduate of the University of Michigan. He joined Nalco in 1991 after serving as an engineering officer in the United States Navy. At Nalco, he has worked in a variety of sales, marketing and new product development roles, including brand manager for Nalco’s 3D TRASAR Cooling Technology program and the Nalco ACT Advanced Condensate Treatment. For the past several years, he has been the Industry Development Manager for Nalco’s fossil-fueled power generation business.
Kevin Boudreaux
Kevin is an Industry Technical Consultant at ChemTreat and focuses on power generation; performance monitoring, water, equipment and chemistry. Kevin spent 12 years working in a similar capacity for Nalco in the Water Power SBU. After graduating from Texas A&M with an BS degree in Zoology, he started his water treatment career in the early part of 2002.
As an ITC, Kevin’s responsibilities have included everything from water treatment training seminars, to writing and publishing technical papers. However, most of his time is spent at plant sites, troubleshooting various systems. In recent years, Kevin’s primary focus has been condenser performance monitoring and zero liquid discharge (ZLD). These projects have included the development of a condenser performance monitoring software, as well as the research and development of novel ZLD options.
Timothy Harpster
Dr. Timothy Harpster, Director of Engineering, Intek. Dr. Harpster leads the Engineering team at Intek in the application of diagnostic methods and sensor technologies for power plant performance improvement. He is the co-inventor of Intek's circulating water flow and fouling meters and temperature sensors for condensers. These tools provide an array of diagnostic data for positively differentiating between steam-side and water-side causes of excess back pressure.

Dr. Harpster received his M.S. and Ph.D degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan.
Mark Tagliamonte
Mark Tagliamonte, Vice President and Manager of Projects at RetubeCo, Inc. in Ooltewah, Tennessee. The company has been providing specialized tools and technical services for retubing condensers and balance of plant heat exchangers since 1992.
Prior to joining RetubeCo in 1996, Mark was the General Manager for Siemens Power Corporation’s Nuclear Services Group for North America. The group provided equipment, engineering, and inspection services to the nuclear industry. Mark was the President and CEO of QUALTEC Testing Services, an FPL Group Company, from 1987 to 1991. Prior to 1987 he held various engineering and field service positions in the power industry.

Mark received a B.S. degree in Nuclear Engineering from SUNY Maritime College, Brooklyn, New York.
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George Saxon, Jr.
George Saxon, Jr. is the President of International Markets for Conco Services Corporation, Chairman of Conco Systems, Pty Ltd in Australia, and Managing Director of Conco Systems SPRL in Belgium. He is an adviser to Conco IndustrieService GmbH in Germany.

George has a Bachelor’s Degree and an MBA with distinction. He has been one of the principal members of Conco Services Corp. since 1987. Currently his responsibilities include Global Marketing and International Business Development.

George is an active member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and has been awarded an ASME Fellow. He is Past Chairman of the ASME Power Division’s Executive Committee, Past Chair of the ASME Heat Exchanger Committee and Past Chair of the International Relations Committee. He has served on the ASME’s Performance Test Code for Steam Surface Condensers committee, as well as on Technical Advisory Committees for Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). He is a former member of the American Society of Non Destructive Testing (ASNT). He is a published author and speaker.
Chuck Miller
Chuck is the Business Development Manager, Nondestructive Evaluation for Conco Services Corporation located in Verona, PA. Chuck is an Eddy Current Level IIIA, and his expertise includes system-wide inspection of heat exchangers at nuclear and fossil fuel power plants and petrochemical facilities. Chuck’s technical expertise includes BOP Heat Exchanger Eddy Current Data Analysis, Procedure Development, Strategic Inspection Planning, Project Management and Financial Projection.

Chuck has worked with Master-Lee Energy Services from 2000 to 2009, Mistras Group from 2009 to 2011 and started with Conco Services Corp. in 2011. In his current position, he is responsible for new business development of NDE Services along with customer retention of existing accounts. Chuck also provides technical assistance to the NDE group and is utilized as a Level III consultant at major Power Generation Facilities. He has traveled to numerous nuclear and fossil power generation sites to perform Eddy Current inspections on condensers, feedwater heaters, steam generators, heat exchangers and chillers.
Gary Fischer
Gary E. Fischer is the National Sales Manager for Conco Services Corporation located in Verona, PA. Gary manages a team Regional Managers and Inside Sales Administrators responsible for all US sales andl sales activities within the US Power Generation market. His interest in sales management, particularly technical sales, drew him to Conco in 2002 and during his 16 years with the company, sales have steadily grown.

Conco Services Corporation is the world leader in off-line mechanical tube cleaning. From power generation to polymers, alumina to refineries, Conco technicians have restored efficiency and reliability to over 150 million condenser and heat exchanger tubes worldwide. In addition to cleaning services, Conco is a leading provider of nondestructive testing services, including RFT, eddy current and tracer gas leak detection.

Before joining Conco, Gary worked in various markets ranging from construction to the software industry, most recently as the vice president of sales for Eutech Cybernetics. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and also an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.

Gary is a longstanding member of ASME. Previously its Chairman, Gary is currently serving as the Past Chairman on the ASME’s Heat Exchanger Committee. He is a frequent presenter at power shows and conferences on subjects relating to cleaning, eddy current testing and leak detection and has written several articles on those topics for trade magazines including Power Magazine and Energy Tech.
Ben Whipple
Ben Whipple wears several hats at Plastocor, dividing his time between general management, information systems, and oversight of technology and operations for full length tube coating. A 1978 graduate of Swarthmore College, Ben spent his time before Plastocor in manufacturing management, academia, and as founder, owner, and head programmer of a software company.
On board since 2010, Ben thinks he has the perfect job.
Jim Mitchell
Jim is the Vice President at Plastocor, Inc. Jim's responsibilities at Plastocor include technical sales and marketing. Jim began his power career in 1978 at Westinghouse Electric Corp., at the Power Systems Project Division, later joining Amertap Corp., (currently Taprogge America), and GEA Power Cooling Systems. In 1987, Jim joined what would evolve into Plastocor.

Jim's other affiliations include the ASME Heat Exchanger Committee, NACE and ASTM. Jim has authored several papers on the topics of condenser coating systems.
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Colin Criminger
From 2003 to 2006, Colin worked for Plymouth Tube Company in their Power Generation Division supporting their Sea-Cure and XLS feedwater heating tubing. Currently Director of Sales with Corrpro Companies which provides engineering, cathodic protection, and corrosion monitoring services for the protection and preservation of infrastructure.
Colin graduated with a BS from University of Louisiana, and an MBA from Louisiana State University. Colin is an officer with NACE's New Orleans Chapter.
George Licina
Mr. Licina is the Chief Materials Consultant at Structural Integrity Associates. He has over 45 years of experience in dealing with environmental degradation of materials in power plant and other industrial environments, including all forms of corrosion and stress corrosion cracking in aqueous environments. He is a co-developer of the BIoGEORGE™ Monitoring System, which provides real-time detection of microbiological activity on surfaces.
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John Panarese
John Panarese, National Sales Manager, Taprogge. John joined Taprogge in 1988 as a Field Service Engineer, and over the years has held various positions such as Project Engineer, Project Manager and Regional Sales Manager.

In 2001 he left Taprogge and moved to Florida where he worked for Penpower, a division of GE Power Systems, managing Engineers during the construction and start-up of combined cycle power plants around the world.

In 2008, John rejoined Taprogge, and, working from his home office in Tampa, Florida, he is responsible for all new sales of Taprogge equipment in the U.S., Canada, and Israel as well as managing numerous representatives nationwide.
Ford Wall
Ford is a Vice President and General Manager of Atlas Manufacturing, in Monticello, Ms. Atlas is a U.S. Leader in Intake Equipment which includes traveling screens, trash racks and other auxiliary equipment.
Prior to joining Atlas he held a similar position with SSI for 11 years.
Ford received a BS degree from Mississippi State University.
Kurt Schumann
Kurt Schumann has over 40 years of experience in design, testing and upgrades of pumps for utility and industrial applications. He has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Union College and an MBA from Lehigh University.

From 1976 to 2000 he worked for Ingersoll-Rand and Ingersoll Dresser Pumps in various engineering and managerial capacities. In 2000, he started ProPump Services which currently employs 10 people and provides pump and motor testing, design, upgrades and technical support across North America.

He is a frequent presenter on pump and system topics at EPRI Fossil and Nuclear Pump User Group meetings.
Dan Burns
Dan Burns is a Vice President with Burns Engineering Services, Inc. He has supported condenser engineering and field technical services to the utility industry for over 20 years.

During that time, he has provided utilities with technical services for condenser retubing & modular replacement projects including upgrade option evaluation, tube material selection, installation & tube mill bid specifications, condenser inspection & condition assessment, performance evaluation & rating, retubing field QA & technical oversight, tube mill & fabrication shop QA inspection, testing, and troubleshooting. He has been contracted to inspect over 150 units worldwide.

He has written several papers presented at EPRI and ASME conferences, and has made presentations to over 15 different utility groups. In addition, Dan presented sections of the Burns Engineering Services seminar for the past 15 years.

Recently, he presented a paper on the topic of Condenser Retubings at the EPRI Condenser Conference in Minneapolis (July 2017). He has also been honored to present a section on the topic of condensers & retubing projects at the Condenser Life Cycle Seminar (CLCS) in 2012, 2013 & 2014, the EPRI P2EP Conference (2013), the national EPRI Condenser Conference in Denver (2014) & the EPRI Combined-Cycle Utility Group in Tucson (2014).

Dan conducts condenser inspections/assessment, and performance evaluation of ~8 to ~16 units each year.

He is a graduate of the class of 1991 from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a BS in Mechanical Engineering.
Mike Horn
As President, Mike is responsible for research and development and innovative practices at Plastocor. Since 1984, Mike has presented extensively on the topic of condenser life extension and performance improvement using coatings.

Mike received a BA from Hamilton College and a Masters from MIT.
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Wendy McGowan
Wendy McGowan, Senior Manager, North American Sales Operations, Neotiss High Performance Tube located in Morristown, Tennessee. Wendy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio as well as an MBA from the Franciscan University of Steubenville. Wendy has been with Neotiss (previously Vallourec) since 1997 when the Valtimet joint venture between TIMET and Valinox was formed. Prior to that, she held various management positions within TIMET and has over 30 years' experience in the titanium industry.

Neotiss High Performance Tube with headquarters in France and seven facilities worldwide manufactures specialty welded tubing in stainless and titanium for heat exchangers used in power generation, desalination and the chem/petro-chem industries. They also manufacture Fine-Fin finned tubing in a variety of metals.
Dan Janikowski
Dan Janikowski, Chairman ASTM A01.10 Stainless & Alloy Steel Pipe and Tube Committee has a Bachelor and Master of Science degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Illinois.

Dan currently holds title of Senior Account Executive for which he previously had the role of Corporate Energy Sales Manager & General Manager at Plymouth Tube Company’s East Troy, Wisconsin facility. A plant built for and focused on the production of condenser, feedwater heater and HRSG tubing for the power industry. He has been affiliated with this operation since 1986. Over these years, Dan has held positions related to quality assurance, technical service, sales and marketing, and operations management.
Prior to managing East Troy, Dan was with the Allied Signal Research Center. There he was involved in alloy development and failure analysis for a number of Allied Signal’s divisions including Wolverine Tube, the largest seamless copper tube manufacturer in the United States.
Edward Overmyer
Ed Overmyer is the President of RetubeCo, Inc. in Ooltewah, Tennessee.

Since 1992 RetubeCo has been providing specialized tools and technical services for retubing and repairing steam condensers and balance of plant heat exchangers.

Prior to founding RetubeCo, Ed spent twelve years as Vice-president of Harris Tube Pulling & Mfg. Harris Tube pioneered in the development and implementation of many of the primary tools and techniques currently used for the high speed, efficient removal of condenser tubes.

Ed received a BA degree in Business Administration from Adrian College
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Bob Hahn
Bob Hahn serves as Senior Consultant to Day & Zimmermann’s Condenser Services Division, with its office in Norfolk, Virginia. Bob is primarily responsible for providing technical consultation and direction, as well as assisting with strategic planning and scheduling, and project forecasting and pricing.
Prior to launching the Condenser Services Division at Day & Zimmermann nearly 30 years ago, Bob was previously employed with one of the leading condenser manufacturers, Ingersoll-Rand (which later became Ecolaire Heat Transfer Company) for 19 years. Most notably, serving as Field Service Engineer, Bob acquired extensive experience in the resolution of field problems as related to the design, operation, and installation of new and existing steam surface condensers.

Bob designed and engineered the patented S-Flex® and S-Flex II® rubber expansion joint and system, Cradle-Lock® anti-vibration tube stake, and is responsible for other various innovative designs and patented equipment utilized for the repair and maintenance of steam surface condensers.
Dusty Booth
Dusty Booth is a Supervisor for Day & Zimmermann’s Condenser Specialty Services Division. He serves in a management role of field operations for our various specialty services offerings including, mass spectrometry leak detection, condenser rubber dog bone inspections and replacement, tube cleaning services, and other various technical supervisorial roles. Dusty has been with Day & Zimmermann’s Condenser Services Division for over 19 years.