AWEA Speakers Bureau
AWEA's Speakers Bureau is our index of people who can be called on to share their expertise and help spread good news about wind power.
The U.S. wind industry has a great story to tell. We hear from people all over the country who support wind energy and want it to grow, that’s why the Speakers Bureau is so important – AWEA is helping to connect wind’s vocal supporters with the media and the public, so that American wind power can continue to grow supplying clean, reliable and low-cost energy.
Members range from people with decades of experience in the industry to local supporters who have experienced the community benefits wind power firsthand. If accepted as a member of the Speakers Bureau, we can help you submit a letter to the editor or op-ed, appear at an event, or speak to the press. You will also be invited to participate in our Message-of-the-Month calls and other training opportunities. You will always have the choice to say yes or no to a given opportunity.
Here are just a few examples of AWEA's Speakers Bureau members:
David Day, North Dakota Rancher
Background: David Day and his family have raised cattle and feed from their ranch in North Dakota since before it was a state. Lately they’ve been looking forward to a change – David has agreed to host wind turbines on his ranch. He also works for a local wind developer to educate his neighbors about the ways wind power can strengthen their community.
Karen Conover, Vice President
Company: DNV GL
Background: Karen Conover is a Vice President of DNV GL, a global risk management company with multiple wind energy advisory and certification offices in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. She founded and served as CEO of Global Energy Concepts (GEC), a leading consulting company that specialized in the analysis, design, evaluation, testing, and management of wind energy systems and projects, prior to its acquisition by DNV in 2008.
Steve Lockard, President and Chief Executive Officer
Company: TPI Composites
Background: Mr. Lockard serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of TPI Composites Inc. and VienTek LLC. Mr. Lockard joined TPI in 1999 and has transformed it from a recreational boat builder into a leading manufacturer of large-scale composite structures for the wind energy, military vehicle and transportation markets.
John Purcell, Vice President, Energy Division
Company: Leeco Steel
Background: Mr. Purcell serves as Vice President of the Energy Division at Leeco Steel, LLC. He has also been a member of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee at United States Department of Commerce since February 20, 2013. Leeco has distribution facilities in Indiana, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Texas.
Want to connect with one of our speakers for an interview or event? Have other questions about the Speakers Bureau? Contact Evan Vaughan, AWEA Media Relations and Outreach Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org.