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Join RIoT and Charlotte IoT at Levine Museum of the New South to hear how leading organizations are innovating within IoT in the energy / cleantech sector. We’ll discuss the new tech/new startups that are making an impact in the energy sector, how the energy sector impacts the smart city movement, and innovations in the energy sector related to data management, energy storage, and more. Register here.

Keynote Speaker:

Tim Fairchild, SAS

Tim Fairchild, Director of the SAS Global Communications, Education, Energy and Government Industry Practices.

Tim leads a team responsible for developing global product strategy and defining and delivering market-driven offerings for these industries. His team works closely with global customers, alliance partners, and SAS Research & Development to ensure that SAS solutions meet the needs of the market. Tim represents SAS on the Board of Directors of the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster and on the Advisory Board of UNC Charlotte’s Energy Production Infrastructure Center (EPIC). Tim joined SAS in 2002 and his experience at SAS includes Product Management, Sales and Business Development, and Solutions Architecture. Prior to joining SAS, Tim spent over 20 years in the technology industry at IBM, Compaq, Hughes Simulation Systems, and Texas Instruments.

Innovation Spotlight:

DeAndrea Salvador, CEO of Retiset

DeAndrea Newman Salvador is an energy expert with a background in economics, an entrepreneur and a founder of two groundbreaking organizations, Renewable Energy Transition Initiative (RETI) and JouleScout. She works to create a seamless integration of under-resourced communities into a world of energy abundance. Witnessing neighbors in her home state of North Carolina struggle to keep up with energy expenses, Salvador took action in 2013 and founded RETI, a nonprofit focused on helping low-income families sustainably reduce energy costs and gain access to cutting-edge technology. Through RETI, Salvador is partnering with Duke Energy (one of the nation’s largest utilities) to launch a low- to moderate-income shared solar program in South Carolina. RETI also worked with the City of Charlotte to create a Smart Home Kick Start for the city’s residents.

As a social entrepreneur and advocate, Salvador has been featured by The Atlantic, Fast Company, the BBC, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Utility Drive and the Charlotte Observer. Her own articles are published in Pacific Standard Magazine, GOOD, The Development Set, BRIGHT Magazine and on TheWeek.com. Salvador is a TED2018 Fellow, a recipient of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Young Alumna of the Year Award and was recognized as one of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Black Chamber of Commerce’s 30 under 30. She is a member of the Mecklenburg County Air Quality Commission and sits on the Board of Directors for Youth Empowered Solutions (YES!) and the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association.


Bob Irvin, Executive Director of the Joules Accelerator

Bob has over 30 years of experience in the energy industry providing strategic and financial leadership to improve stakeholder value. He led transformation efforts at three major utilities: TVA, Duke Energy and New York State Electric & Gas (NYSEG). He is currently the Executive Director of Joules, a nonprofit clean energy accelerator. oules has accelerated the start-up of 25 businesses that have created over 100 new jobs and attracted $20 million in funding since 2016.


Susan Sanford, Executive Director, Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster (RTCC)

Susan brings a broad mix of skills and personal traits to her role as the Executive Director of the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster (RTCC). Susan was the Executive Director at Futures for Kids (F4K) and built the organization from a start-up to a sustainable organization through creating and cultivating relationships over her 10-year tenure. In Wake County, Susan worked with federal, county, and citizen stakeholders to create land-use recommendations for publicly-owned farmland.

Through her work in rural and urban North Carolina and overseas in South Korea, Susan is highly competent in working with people from different backgrounds and cultures.

Susan holds a Masters in Public Administration and a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from UNC-Chapel Hill.


John Mitchell, Director, Digital Strategy and Delivery at Duke Energy Corporation

John Mitchell is the Director of Digital Strategy and Delivery at Duke Energy Corporation. He previously served as Duke Energy Corporation’s Director of Analytics and Mobility Centers of Excellence. John has been with Duke Energy Corporation since 1992. He’s a graduate of UNC Charlotte and of UNC Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School

Register for RIoT XXXVI

Like all RIoTs, this event is free and open to the public. Our goal is to give leaders a platform to share how they’re innovating and to give community members a chance to learn about new things coming about through IoT.