Herb Allen

Chairman from Spring, 1986 – Fall, 1991
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Herb Allen, a Florida Power Corp. (now Progress Energy) employee, succeeded Knauf as CTOTF™ chairman.  Allen is remembered as a: “quality guy, a person who facilitated interchange, quiet by nature, but a confident ‘force’ when it came to getting things done.” Allen maintained the CTOTF™ affiliation with the EEI which lasted for 16 years, ending with the reorganization of EEI in 1995.  Allen retired from Florida Power in 1991 giving up the CTOTF™ Chair to John Lovelace, then with Arizona Public Service Company.  After he retired, Allen spent several years as a consultant; his area of specialty was maintenance procedures.  Allen last attended a CTOTF™ meeting in spring 2006 when he accepted an award from his colleagues for a lifetime of contributions to the gas-turbine-based power plant community.

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.
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