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.
JARED PATTERSON, E.M.P.
TEPA community outreach Chair
Jared Patterson is passionate about educating his clients to make smarter energy decisions. Since graduating from Texas A&M University in 2005, he has gained experience on virtually every side of the electricity and natural gas industry – including the past nine years at Rapid Power Management in Dallas where he serves as Director of Energy Services. Jared and his colleagues at RPM act as the Energy Management Department for their clients, strategically reducing costs through energy procurement, power factor correction and LED lighting retrofits.
Also passionate about serving his public and professional communities, Jared has had the opportunity to serve in various leadership roles. From 2009 to 2013, he served concurrently on the Sachse, Texas City Council and Economic Development Board of Directors. In 2012, his peers elected him to serve as Mayor Pro Tem. Professionally, Jared has served on the Board of Directors for The Energy Professionals Association of Texas and the North Texas Association of Energy Engineers; where he served as President in 2013.
JEFF SHOAF, E.M.P.
TEPA Standards & Compliance Chair
Jeff Shoaf is responsible for all activities of Amerex Energy Services. Mr. Shoaf is focused on building upon Amerex’s history of providing unparalleled market intelligence, service and support for energy procurement and management to further grow the division and assist large energy users nationwide.
Prior to joining Amerex in 2012, Mr. Shoaf gained ten 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 Source Power & Gas, a leading retail electricity supplier in North America. Based in Sugar Land, 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 Source Power & Gas, Shana spent 10 years in similar sales positions at Engie, Constellation and Liberty Power. Shana holds a BS from The University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona.