Meet our committee members.
PAUL SMOLEN, E.M.P.
TEPA Legislative and Regulatory Committee Chair
Paul has over twenty-five years of experience in infrastructure development and regulatory compliance. His clients include public- and private-sector organizations preparing to exercise their options in deregulated telecommunications and electric markets. Paul helps public power utilities and other entities to implement electric deregulation plans. He has served as a municipal regulatory affairs officer and negotiated licenses and franchises for cable-television and telecommunications providers.
His duties included rights-of-way management, telecommunications tower sitting, Internet public service delivery and other economic development initiatives. As an economist at the Public Utility Commission of Texas, Paul was involved in telecommunications and electric tariff development and rate design. He also coordinated conservation and load-management projects and served on several Federal Communications Commission Joint Boards.
ANDREW BARTH, E.M.P.
TEPA MEMBERSHIP Chair
Andrew Barth is Partner at CSD Energy Advisors, LLC, an energy management firm based in Houston, TX that utilizes market knowledge and leveraged buying power to implement procurement strategies that merge price and product, to maximize our client’s energy portfolio. Prior to CSD Energy Advisors, he was the Vice President at Incite Energy, LLC, a national energy management firm and Demand Response service provider that assists clients with the development and implementation of integrated energy solutions. Andrew combines years of industry experience, customer service, and technology to provide client based solutions. His areas of expertise are in the planning and sourcing of commodity procurement strategies, risk management, and the development of efficiency and sustainability initiatives.
Andrew also served as Vice President of Business Development for World Energy Solutions, a publicly traded company that assists clients in executing strategies to control and reduce energy costs through the application of consulting and brokerage services. Additionally, he has held Regional and National Sales Director positions in both Dallas and Houston, TX for World Energy Solutions and GSE Consulting, LP (formerly Gulf States Energy) where he recruited, developed, and managed sales teams across the country. Andrew is a graduate of the University of Missouri – Columbia and Past President of The Energy Professionals Association, (TEPA).
JEFF SHOAF, E.M.P.
TEPA Standards & Compliance Chair
Jeff Shoaf is a seasoned energy executive at Gexa Energy. He has gained years of experience in the deregulated energy industry, holding a variety of business development and leadership roles with two retail electric and natural gas suppliers. Beginning in 2002, when the Texas electricity market deregulated, Mr. Shoaf joined Reliant Energy and progressed from a strategy and analytics role to a variety of direct and indirect sales roles. After playing a key role in growing Reliant’s sales to large national retail clients, Mr. Shoaf was asked to oversee and grow the indirect sales channel, developing and managing relationships with a network of energy brokers and consultants such as Amerex.
Following the sale of Reliant to NRG Energy, Mr. Shoaf was appointed to lead a team focused on acquiring and managing the electricity needs of Texas’ largest industrial users. In 2010 Mr. Shoaf was hired by Spark Energy to manage its commercial sales division for electricity and natural gas in 15 states and 40 utility markets across the U.S., with an emphasis on rapid growth and expansion. The majority of the growth Spark experienced with his leadership was originated via third party broker and consultant channels.
Prior to entering the energy sector, Mr. Shoaf began his career with U.S. Filter Corporation in the industrial water purification industry. Mr. Shoaf graduated with honors with a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Furman University, and earned his MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.
SHANA PAGE, E.M.P.
Shana Page is a Business Development Manager at Freepoint Energy Solutions, a leading retail electricity supplier in North America. Based in Houston, TX, Shana facilitates electricity contracts for C&I customers, while providing a high level of customer service. During her career, she has managed broker relationships with multiple, high-profile Aggregators, Brokers and Consultants (ABCs) throughout the ERCOT, PJM, NYISO and ISO-NE service territories. Prior to joining Freepoint, Shana spent 10 years in similar sales positions at Engie, Constellation, Liberty Power and Source Power & Gas. Shana holds a BS from The University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona.