Chairman from Spring, 1986 – Fall, 1991
With the EEI's reorganization which resulted in the elimination of its existing subcommittees and task forces and there too the Combustion Turbine Operations Task Force. Rather than disbanding the CTOTF™ members decided to continue to meet, as the benefit came from the exchange of information at the meetings, not from affiliation with any other organization. One concern was that a lack of affiliation may cause difficulties for some members to get permission from their management to attend the meetings. Other organizations were considered for sponsorship, but the final decision was to go it alone. The Combustion Turbine Operations Task Force dropped EEI from the name and met for the first time as an independent organization in Portland, Oregon, in the Fall of 1995. The meeting was hosted by Portland General Electric, and was a huge success. In 1996 the CTOTF™ sought the services of Wickey Elmo, now with GCSI, for conference planning and group coordination. This arrangement has worked well, significantly reducing the burden on a member company to act as meeting host.