Blog posts of '2018' 'March'

Do the Right Thing
I haven’t written for a couple of weeks. Gary has been on a hot streak with the Burrito and there has been a great deal for the “incoming” Executive Director to process. But most of all, I’ve been watching what is happening in California, at FERC and the chess match for market development in the West between CAISO, the Mountain West and PEAK/PJM . Dang, this is happening faster than delivering pizza on a Friday night in Brooklyn.
“Wax on, wax off”
Learning how to run WPTF in anticipation of Gary Ackerman’s departure on June 30 has been challenging. First, directing a trade association is a unique skill set. Even if you’ve been a member of one, there are few jobs that prepare you for it. It’s rather a combination of cruise director, mixed with college administrator with treasury responsibilities. WPTF, to its credit, is even more unique with perhaps the broadest-based membership in our industry and robust committee structure. Hence it is no wonder that I sometimes joke that Gary is Mr. Miyagi – though he has yet to ask me to “paint the fence”…