Owen Smith, Director of Utility and Grid Solutions, Trane
Owen Smith is director of utility and grid solutions at Trane, a leading global provider of building energy management solutions, and a brand of Ingersoll Rand. He leads Trane’s building-to-grid programs, which leverage Trane’s strengths in building equipment, controls, and digital solutions to enable buildings and industrial sites to optimize energy use and act as resources to utilities and grid operators to provide energy, capacity, and ancillary services. This includes a range of offerings to building owners and utilities, including demand response, energy storage, load flexibility solutions, and non-wires alternatives to addressing grid challenges. Prior to joining Trane / Ingersoll Rand in 2015, Smith’s background includes a range of leadership roles at Rocky Mountain Institute and Duke Energy spanning 2002-2015, with significant focus on utility strategy and program implementation related to the full range of distributed energy resources and utility scale clean technologies. Smith holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Wake Forest University and a bachelor’s degree from East Carolina University.
Paul Valenta, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Trane
Paul Valenta is Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Trane - CALMAC® Portfolio, a global manufacturer of thermal energy storage products for commercial cooling. Paul Valenta is a LEED Accredited Professional and is responsible for sales and marketing of ICE BANK® thermal energy storage systems in North America, Central America, South America and the Caribbean. Paul is a 32-year veteran of the HVAC industry, the last 21 being with CALMAC. He has a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Nebraska and is also a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers.
Keri KJ Taylor, Strategic Market Leader, Commercial Real Estate, Trane
Keri Taylor is the Strategic Market Leader Commercial Real Estate for Trane, a leading global provider of building energy management solutions. Keri is responsible for guiding the strategic vision to grow, manage, and facilitate sales in the CRE market and develop national partnerships to expand, engage, and promote Trane’s customer focused products and services across North America. She has been with Ingersoll Rand since 2011 where she also helps guide product development and innovation for the CRE industry.
Keri is also an active member of the Building Owners & Managers Association (BOMA) International’s Executive Committee, Chair of the BOMA Indianapolis’ Allied membership, and active industry thought leader, speaker, and participant on many of BOMA’s regional and International committees. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing and Management from the University of Kentucky’s Business school and is an Alpha Omicron Pi alumni.