Biographies

Jose Maria Gurria, CMRP

Jose Maria Gurria (Txema) is currently the “Global O&M Digital Implementation Leader” where he works Aligning the fastest moving and revolutionary GE Digital capabilities  and tools to O&M customer needs and problems. He translates business goals to requirements and participates in solution design and validation projects while taking care of proper implementation, adoption and value tracking at the end user level.

He previously holded the “Reliability Based Maintenance Program Manager”: In this role he’s responsible for driving the Maintenance strategy, best practices, standardization, PMO, predictive maintenance and technology adoption, KPIs and asset management roadmap across 31 CCGT Power Plants.

He started his career on Power Generation 15 years ago as an Operator with SIEMENS, then quickly moved to the Maintenance function and grow from Mechanical technician to Supervisor, Maintenance Planner then he jumped from the field to a global position within GE PGS O&M as responsible for the CMMS implementation and maintenance standardization.

GE O&M has a fleet of +40 Power plants around the world with +1000 workers.

He has travelled the world helping the sites to launch their maintenance & reliability programs facilitating the journey from reactive to proactive.

He holds a Ms. Degree in Reliability, Maintenance and Risk, and an Associate Degree in Industrial maintenance; he’s a Certified Maintenance & Reliability Professional by SMRP and an IAM Member. He’s an avid technical reader continuous learner, who never rejects the opportunity to attend conferences, discussions, webinars, and learning and certification events.

He lives in the North of Spain with his wife Lorena and his two daughter Zoe and Laia.

James Kordsmeier, CMRP

James Kordsmeier is a Reliability Engineer with Cemex USA currently positioned at the cement manufacturing plant in Clinchfield, GA, with his daily focus being on Reliability Centered Maintenance. He is a Certified Maintenance & Reliability Professional (CMRP) through the Society of Maintenance and Reliability Professionals (SMRP). James holds a BSME with a minor in Entrepreneurship from Louisiana Tech University. James has led teams on various reliability improvement projects. He started his journey on becoming a reliability professional in 2013 when joining SMRP. Since then he has obtained several certifications and countless hours training and practicing reliability activities. These certifications include but are not limited to two Six Sigma Green Belt certifications, Machinery Lubrication Technician Level 1 (MLT1), Ultrasonic Testing Level 1 (UT1), and Vibration Analyst Level 2.

 

Dr. James Neale, PhD, CMRP

James is a Mechanical Engineer and CMRP with 19 years experience in a range of industrial applications form power electronics, food processing, pulp and paper, industrial energy efficiency and customized energy systems management solutions. The Waikato Energy Research Centre specializes in working closely with industry to deliver real tangible benefits in form of reduced energy costs, increased plant capacity and improved plant reliability. James’ work covers the full spectrum of opportunity identification, problem solving and high level research right through to project implementation and staff training.

James has been using airborne and structure borne ultrasound for over 10 years, working with multiple plant owners and operators over that time to establish and enhance condition based maintenance programmes. James has a PhD in computational aero-acoustics and is a happily married father of 6 children.