Executive Team

At UtiliWorks, it is our goal is to help you succeed by providing leadership, industry experience and proven consulting methodologies. With well over a century of combined industry experience, the UtiliWorks executive team has the vision to help utilities maximize the potential of their technology investment, the knowledge to foresee the potential issues inherent in enterprise-level projects, and the skill to drive projects to successful outcomes.


Dale Pennington

Dale Pennington

Managing Director, Executive Consultant

A leading mind in the AMI and smart grid field, Dale Pennington has over 30 years of experience leading utility projects working with emerging technologies. His extensive knowledge of the industry allows him to guide utilities toward maximizing the value of their assets and technology investments, through proven workflow and management techniques.

Before founding UtiliWorks in 2005, Dale served as Executive Vice President for P.I./Dwights Petroconsultants. Prior to that, he worked as a geophysicist at both Schlumberger and ARCO Exploration. Today he serves as UtiliWorks’ Managing Director and business and technology solutions architect, while providing executive oversight for all UtiliWorks engagements. Dale holds B.A. and B.S. degrees from Long Island University in Geology/American Studies and Marine Science/Political Science, respectively, as well as a Master’s in geophysics from Adelphi University.


Kody Salem

Kody Salem

Principal

Kody Salem is currently a Principal with UtiliWorks Consulting. A strong background in radio frequency, instrumentation, and controls technologies, coupled with more than 25 years of technical operations and management experience, allow Kody to provide outstanding support for utility technology initiatives such as Smart Grid/AMI and SCADA systems. He excels in understanding complex technical systems and effectively communicating their potential to positively impact engineering and operations, to both persons with technical expertise and members of the general public.

As a Shift Technical Engineer and Operator-in Charge at a Department of Energy facility he learned to lead non-technical personnel through the performance of many complicated projects and daily operations tasks. Mr. Salem brings these skills to lead his team of consultants, providing the necessary guidance to deliver valuable services for   their’ projects. Kody received a B.A. In Electrical Engineering Technology from Purdue University.


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Nicole Naassan

Senior Manager

Nicole Naassan is a Senior Manager with UtiliWorks Consulting. Nicole has 25 years of experience in the energy sector and specializes in project management and customer back office systems deployment and integration. Nicole has been the lead on feasibility studies, procurement activities, and program management for multiple clients as they deploy Smart Meter/AMI and other related technologies.

Prior to joining UtiliWorks, Nicole was the Operations Director for Constellation New Energy where she managed the back-office operations and billing staff supporting over $1 billion in revenues annually. She managed numerous projects including business critical software system installations and upgrades, business process improvement and automation. Nicole also worked at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission where she delivered expert testimony in wholesale electric rate proceedings on behalf of       Commission Staff. Nicole holds a B.B.A. in Economics and Finance from New Mexico State University.


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Mark Windus

Senior Manager

Mark Windus is a Senior Manager with UtiliWorks Consulting. With over 30 years of project management and senior level business experience, Mark leverages this experience to assist utilities with: Design & build project planning, overall project management, business case analysis, feasibility studies, technical requirements, procurement, vendor selection, contract and vendor management.

Prior to joining UtiliWorks, Mark was a Senior Utility Consultant with Langham Consulting. Prior to consulting, Mark was a Senior Project Manager at Elster AMCO Water and a Senior Program Manager for Honeywell. Overall, Mark has been responsible for AMI/AMR metering implementation contracts totaling over 2 million customers.

Mark’s background also includes 15 years managing the financial and operational performance of telecommunications services at the General Manager and Director level. He holds a BS in Political Science and Psychology from New York State University at Brockport NY.