Biographies

Gail Edgar

Director, Reliability and Maintenance Engineering, North American Customer Fulfillment, Amazon. Gail Edgar joined Amazon North America Customer Fulfillment Operations in June 2016, charged with leading fulfillment center reliability and maintenance operations across the United States, Canada, and Mexico.   Today, the North America Amazon Fulfillment portfolio includes over 110 million square feet of distribution under roof, encompassing over 1000 miles of conveyors.

Prior to this role, Gail served as Vice President, Global Real Estate and Facilities Services at W.W. Grainger, Inc.  Operating in over 20 countries, her teams designed and built high volume, highly automated distribution centers, as well as retail centers supporting same day and next day customer delivery promise for over one million products. While at Grainger, in 2014, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) established new, more restrictive criteria for certification.  Under LEED’s new standards, her team designed and built the world’s first LEED certified data center.   Using Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE), which measures the energy used beyond the IT load, the Grainger data center’s air cooling design operates at a best-in-class PUE rating of 1.2 at full capacity versus and industry average of 2.0.

Before her role at Grainger, Gail spent over 18 years with Trammell Crow Company and JLL, supporting Fortune 500 Clients including Baxter International, Cardinal Health, Pepsico, and Quaker Oats.  Her responsibilities were focused on driving operational excellence, from manufacturing to distribution, as well as assuring optimal space utilization within corporate office locations.

Gail holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a BS in Economics from Northwestern University.

She is married, has five adult children, and currently resides in Seattle, Washington. In her spare time, Gail participates in ultra-running events.  She has completed four 100-mile endurance runs, over 100 50-Mile events and over 150 marathons.

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.

 

Blair Fraser

Blair Fraser, Manager of Reliability Solutions Business Unit at Lakeside Process Controls is responsible for the operations and the business development of the Reliability Solutions services and products.

Blair has a passion for technology and solving problems using an innovative approach.  With a focus around what many are calling the next industrial revolution, Blair has spent the last two years on a technology journey which lead him from Waterloo, Ontario, Silicon Valley and to India to learn, experiment and share his knowledge of how the industry is applying these emerging technologies.

Andrew Jensen

Andrew is currently the Utilities Manager with Louis Dreyfus Company at the Savannah Sugar Refinery in Savannah, GA, where he manages the operations and maintenance of the Powerhouse. He graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in BSME in 2014. After graduation he joined Louis Dreyfus Company in their management trainee program. In the program he spent time at an ethanol plant, sugar refinery, and grain export facility learning all aspects of each facility.

Kiley Taylor

Kiley works for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory as an electrical engineer. He manages the day to day oversight and operation of the electrical maintenance program, SKM arc flash database, as well as medium voltage operations for three campuses. He serves on the electrical safety panel and is an electrical safety officer.

Milan Heninger

Milan is the Senior Technical Support Manager for EGPNA’s Geothermal and Solar Operations and Maintenance unit. His teams are responsible for all planning and reliability engineering services for 23 power plants across the United States. He is a renewable power industry professional with experience ranging from greenfield design through plant operations across numerous technologies and disciplines, including electrical construction & commissioning, mechanical design, failure analysis, and O&M activities. His current work emphasizes plant reliability, renewable technology hybridization techniques, and workflow digitization. He holds bachelor’s degrees in Criminal Justice and Mechanical Engineering, and is currently pursuing an MBA with emphasis in Renewable Energy Policy. He is FAA Part 107 unmanned aircraft pilot and a Cat 2 vibration analyst. Milan and his wife Marjanae live in Reno, Nevada where they enjoy the mountains and outdoors with their two young children, Soraya and Marek.

N.J. Lefort

N.J. is a Reliability Technician for L.O.O.P. LLC., a crude oil storage and transportation facility.  He began with the company as a Maintenance Technician in 2006 at the Small Boat Harbor Facility.  In 2011 he transferred into the Maintenance Department at the Clovelly Facility.  Three years later he then became a Reliability Technician.  Since his tenure in the Reliability Department he has received the following Certifications: Vibration Analyst Cat. I, Airborne Ultrasound Level I, CMRT, and has also attend classes in Motor Field Balancing, Time Waveform Analysis and Partial Discharge.  He is also a member of the Fire Brigade and Rescue Team at L.O.O.P.  His job duties include Vibration Data Collection and Analysis at three facilities, Airborne Electrical and Grease Ultrasound Testing, Manages the UPS Battery Program at all facilities, Relief Planner, Performs Partial Discharge Testing, Thermal Imaging Testing, and Manages Motor Shop Repairs.  Before working for L.O.O.P. he was self-employed owning an Electrical, A/C, Refrigeration, and Appliance Repair Company.  He has also worked for Coca Cola as a Maintenance Tech on Vending and Fountain Equipment for 8 years.  He graduated from South Lafourche High School in 1986 then went on to South Louisiana Technical Institute were her received a degree in Electrical, A/C, and Refrigeration.  N.J. has lived in South Louisiana all his life and is married and has two daughters.

Ian McKinnon

Ian McKinnon is a founding principal of Reliability Solutions and a pioneer in the “Precision Maintenance” field. His innate process orientation, mechanical aptitude, and analytical abilities have been the cornerstone of his extensive career achievements. In 2003, Ian cofounded Reliability Solutions and expanded “Precision Maintenance®” into a more complete approach, Reliable Manufacturing®, where design, engineering, purchasing, production, and maintenance all work in concert to optimize the manufacturing process. His training methodologies and curriculum have passed rigorous university reviews and he currently directs all curriculum and instructor development for Reliability Solutions. Ian is an inspired instructor who is passionate about helping others achieve a better life through the transfer of “hard” skills.

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.