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

President & CEO

Dale Pennington brings over 35 years of experience working with emerging technologies in the utility and municipal space. 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. Dale is widely recognized as an Advanced Metering Infrastructure, Smart Grid, Smart Water, Smart Gas, and Smart City expert, routinely presenting at industry events and appearing as a feature in publications.

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 Schlumberger and ARCO Exploration. Today he serves as UtiliWorks’ chief 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

Vice President & Principal

A strong background in radio frequency, instrumentation, and controls technologies, coupled with more than 30 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. Kody 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.


Nicole Naassan

Director of Consulting Services

Nicole has over 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.