Utility Technology Sales Executive Ann Broussard, B.E./MBA Joins Certrec’s Office of NERC Compliance

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Smart Grid, Power-Line, Fixed Network, Broadband, AMI, and Meter Data Management Solutions expert to expand NERC Internal Compliance Program practice for Registered Entities seeking to mange the regulatory compliance process to their advantage.

Ann Broussard, Office of NERC Compliance Business Development Director

We’re excited to have Ann join our growing Office of NERC Compliance team in a time when the regulatory process has many GO/GOPs wondering how to control their destiny. ~ Ted Enos, President

Certrec, a leading licensing and regulatory compliance provider for NRC and NERC compliance, announced today that Ann Broussard, a 20-year utility industry technology sales executive, has joined Certrec as the Office of NERC Compliance Business Development Director.

Certrec’s Office of NERC Compliance provides a proven, end-to-end Internal Compliance Program solution suite for Registered Entities seeking to better manage the impact of the NERC regulatory process, communicate effectively with regulators, avoid fines, and ensure system reliability.

“We’re excited to have Ann Broussard join our growing Office of NERC Compliance team,” says Ted Enos, President of Certrec. “Ann enjoys deep trust within the electric industry – having been instrumental in the market adoption of many smart grid solutions with market leaders such as AEP, Entergy, First Energy, CenterPoint, PPL, Oncor, SRA, ERCOT and more than 40 cooperative and municipal electric, gas and water utilities.”

Previously, Ann served as Director of Strategic Business Development for Cooper Power Systems, a $1.5B division of Cooper Industries. While there, Ann was responsible for executive-level business development, business case selling, and strategic alliance, distributor, and vendor management – earning her the Top Performer of the Year award for 2010.

A Chemical Engineer, with a minor in Nuclear Engineering, and holder of an M.B.A in international Business and Marketing, Ann is a frequent industry speaker and technology advocate for state utility regulatory agencies including the Public Utility Commission of Texas and the Louisiana Public Service Commission.

“The dynamic nature of the regulatory process has many Registered Entities wondering how to control their destiny in an environment where 343 non-cyber related and 301 cyber-related fines were imposed in 2012 alone,” says Ann.

“An Internal Compliance Program is often a prerequisite for exercising the Find It, Fix It, Track It Program – a program that allows credit for self-identification, reporting and corrective actions that can significantly reduce the instance of violations,” notes Broussard. “I’m excited to bring the power of Certrec’s NERC Internal Compliance solution suite to managers who may lack the expertise, time or resources to effectively manage the impact of this complex NERC regulatory process.

Certrec’s Internal Compliance Program (ICP) suite offers:

  •     Independent assessment of the effectiveness of an Entity’s existing Internal Compliance Program
  •     A comprehensive Internal Compliance policy, procedure, and training program for those wishing to implement a best practice program
  •     NERC audit preparation, audit SME support, and audit mitigation planning
  •     Compilation of compliance evidence and submission of Reliability Safety Audit Worksheets (RSAWs)
  •     Complete management of an Entity’s internal compliance operations (“Living” ICP)

Founded in 1988, Certrec is an engineering and technology based organization providing regulatory support services in the electric power industry. With over 600 cumulative years of direct industry experience (including nuclear, fossil, and renewables), Certrec has developed exceptional capabilities to support regulatory activities emanating from regulatory entities such as the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) , North American Electric Reliability Corporation and Regional Entities (NERC) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and others regulatory agencies. Certrec's Office of Licensing and Compliance (OLC), Office of Assessment and Recovery (OAR), Office of NERC Compliance (ONC), and Office of New Plant (ONP) services are used by utilities and entities across the United States to help manage the regulatory process to their advantage.

Certrec offers support from highly skilled and experienced industry professionals including degrees in a variety of engineering disciplines (Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, and Nuclear). Additionally Certrec's staff has multiple degreed personnel in physics, communications, a variety of MBAs, and information technology. This highly skilled team of personnel has direct working experience in all regulatory areas of licensing, compliance, and engineering including nuclear, fossil, and renewable generation and transmission.

For over 25 years, Certrec has been utilizing its hundreds of years of industry experience to help clients develop and manage solutions to complex regulatory issues. Combining this direct industry experience with Certrec's Information Technology assets has led to development of technology-based solutions and tools directly targeted to the electric power industry and specifically focused on helping clients manage regulatory issues.

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