Ed Thomas is
Executive Director of UtilityExchange.org. The
organization provides association management, strategic
consultation, and tactical event production to help
enhance learning and networking among energy and water
utilities, government entities, and other like-minded
companies and organizations. Clients include: Peak Load
Management Alliance, Utility Energy Forum, Rocky
Mountain Utility Efficiency Exchange, Edison Electric
Institute and the Electric & Gas Industries Association.
Ed serves on the Boards of
the Home Performance
Resource Center and
Gas Industries Association
and is an adjunct professor at
in San Bruno, California.
He is perhaps best known in the energy utility
industry as an engaging presenter and innovative program
Ed Thomas was Vice President,
Utility and Government Services for the Electric & Gas
Industries Association (EGIA) from May 2010 to September
2012. EGIA is a non-profit organization that serves
member contractors, manufacturers and distributors
focused on delivering energy and water efficiency and
renewable energy solutions.
Prior to founding UtilityExchange.org, Ed Thomas was Managing Partner of Market Development Group, a leading utility energy industry consulting firm that provided strategic and tactical program design, implementation and evaluation services, as well as event and publications management for utilities and public agencies delivering energy efficiency, renewable energy and demand response programs.
Ed was the Manager of Intermountain Energy, a subsidiary of the 30,000-member Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) in Montrose, Colorado. He was instrumental in DMEA
becoming the first electric cooperative to receive a
national ENERGY STAR® Award.
For MainStreet Networks, Ed helped reposition the company from an automatic meter reading manufacturer to an affinity marketer of residential Internet gateway services. For Volt VIEWtech, Ed helped reposition the company from being a demand side management program provider to a residential customer program implementer. For the Edison Electric Institute, Ed revitalized meeting activities; doubling attendance to over 2,500 for 20 annual conferences.
Ed earned a Master's of Science degree in Marketing from The American University, Washington, DC, and a Bachelor's of Science degree in Communications from Butler University. Ed served as a U.S. Navy spokesperson during Desert Storm, frequently quoted in USA Today and other national publications. Ed
was a co-founder of the Timshel Theatre Company
in Montrose, Colorado. He lives with his wife,
Tiger Adolf, in Vallejo, California.
Dobson works as an event manager for UtilityExchange.org
as a subcontractor through Cascading
Connections "design and build" conference/meeting
planning service. Sharon has been involved with the planning and
production of conferences, workshops and events for the
last 20 years. She began her career as the business
manager of the Hatch Cover Restaurant in Colorado
Springs. During her fourteen years in that position,
Sharon oversaw the opening of four additional
restaurants in Wichita, Albuquerque, Denver and Colorado
Springs by setting up the systems, hiring and training
employees. During this period, Sharon participated in
organizing the Cystic Fibrosis Walk from 1989-1993. She
also helped to found the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation in
Colorado Springs and JDF Walk from 1994-1997.
In 1991, Sharon became a CSU certified master gardener
and started her own landscape design business, Slate
River Designs. The primary client is High Valley Farm, a
private, outdoor, botanical garden located in Colorado
Since 2007, Sharon has enjoyed working in the
professional conference planning business with Robin
Spaulding in their business, Cascading Connections, Inc.