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2012 Green Energy Summit and Exposition

Principal Speakers

John Bobrowich

Executive Director
Wisconsin Energy Research Consortium
PLENARY SESSION E / Green Energy and Economic Development
March 8, 2012
8:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Mr. John Bobrowich has been involved in supporting the electric power generation industry for over thirty years.

In August 2010, Mr. Bobrowich joined the Wisconsin Energy Research Consortium as its first Executive Director and CEO. In this capacity, Mr. Bobrowich is responsible for the organization realizing its vision of transforming the Wisconsin region into a national leader in the energy, power and control industries and the center of excellence for related cutting-edge research. Mr. Bobrowich will also be Executive Director of WERC’s sister organization for competitive research, the Center for Renewable Energy Systems, CRES.

Since joining WERC, Mr. Bobrowich has nearly doubled the number of industrial and academic members and developed a plan for expanding the organization statewide. He has also expanded the academic partnership to include several Technical Colleges and initiated working partnerships with complementary organizations such as the WI Bioenergy Initiative, Wisconsin Windworks and the Milwaukee Water Council.

Prior to joining WERC, Mr. Bobrowich was a co-founder and CEO of ReGENco, LLC in West Allis, WI. Under his leadership, ReGENco’s sales grew by over 25% per year, while its facility and employment tripled in size. The company was recognized by as the “Entrepreneurial Company of the Year” by Frost & Sullivan in 2003 and received several other awards for its outstanding growth.  In 2007 as part of its continued expansion, the company welcomed Toshiba International Corporation (TIC) as its new majority investor. In May 2010, TIC completed their 100% acquisition of the company and Mr. Bobrowich retired from the company.

Before founding ReGENco in 1999, Mr. Bobrowich was employed by Siemens Power Corporation where he last held the position of Vice President of sales and marketing for new plants and service, and was an officer of the company. During his over 20 year career with Siemens, he held a wide variety of responsibilities in the fields of sales, marketing, strategic planning, product and project management, public and governmental relations and general management. Mr. Bobrowich began his career at GE and was a graduate of both the company’s Generation and Technical Marketing Programs. While he was with GE, he was awarded both the company’s "Peak" and "Pinnacle Peak" Awards for excellence in Marketing.

Mr. Bobrowich earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering in 1977 from Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY. He continued his education at Loyola University of Chicago where he earned his MBA in Marketing and Finance in 1985.

Mr. Bobrowich is the immediate past Chairman of the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, College of Engineering and Applied Science’s Industrial Liaison Council. In 2006 he received the College’s Distinguished Service Award for making a significant impact on the college over an extended period of time. He is also currently active with the Silicon Pastures Angel Fund and the Midwest Capital Fund. Previously he has been a board member of the Gas Turbine Association and the EPA Global Climate Change Advisory Committee. He also has participated in various Edison Electric Institute and Association of Electric Illuminating Companies energy committees.
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