SWS Advisory board

Industry & Business Development Professionals

David Stair, Senior Director of North American Energy, Sensus

David is a Senior Director for the North American Energy group at Sensus. He has held numerous sales roles while at Sensus including the Director of Public Power for the U.S. and Caribbean markets. He now manages sales efforts in the gas, IOU, cooperative & municipalpublic power sectors and distribution.

He is a utility professional with 28 years of industry experience. Stops along the way include 17 years at a large combination municipal utility, where he actually started as a meter reader and eventually was in charge of managing 60 employees in the field service department. He then moved to a small technology start-up company as a national product manager and eventually joining Sensus. David has leaned on his prior utility experience and background  to help him gain key industry knowledge in the areas of electric metering, AMI, demand response, project management, product management, marketing, contract negotiations and key sales. He holds a degree in education and attended Calhoun College and Faulkner University. He is an avid football and basketball fan, spending 15 years coaching AAU basketball and youth football.

Bob King, President / Owner, RBK Utility Solutions Ltd.

Bob King manages his own Professional Services & Consulting Company, since his retiring from Toronto Hydro Electric Systems Limited as Chief Operating Officer. During his 34 years working in the Utility Sector, he demonstrated a very unique insight in developing and leading tactical initiatives with clear positive results.

Prior to his appointment as Chief Operating Officer at Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited in October 2006, he was Senior Vice-President of Distribution Services, a position that he held since September 2002.

Mr. King has been riding a wave of change since first coming into the energy business. He started as a power lineperson for the former Ontario Hydro while attending night school to obtain his professional engineering (P. Eng.) degree. He then continued to work in variety of positions in both Transmission and Distribution Organizations.

In 1999, after the amalgamation of Metro Toronto's six municipal electric utilities, Mr. King was asked to lead as Vice-President, Business Transformation, a program that involved new technology and change processes for a simpler, more efficient and effective approach to execution of work, transforming every aspect of Toronto Hydro Electric Systems Ltd.

Roger Smith, Chief Business Development Officer, Central Service Association (CSA)

Roger joined the CSA staff in 1994 as a communications specialist. Since that time he has held several roles within, and now directs, the CSA business development department. Holding a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Mississippi State University, he has also participated in many continuing education opportunities and earned both the CPSv and CPE certifications from the Tennessee Valley Public Power Association.

In 2010, Roger was promoted to chief business development officer where he oversees the image and promotion of CSA, coordinates many of the relationships between CSA and third-party companies that provide valuable services to both CSA and its member utilities, coordinates all marketing and sales efforts including trade show and conference participation, oversees all corporate communications including the LINES magazine, corporate Web site, printed collateral, member communications, the content of the Annual User Education Conference and more. As chief business development officer, Roger is also a member of the executive committee that provides direction for future growth and development of the association.

Roger is married with one daughter and enjoys golf, college football and assorted other hobbies.

Frank Brown III, Chief of Design Services, Newport News Waterworks

Frank Brown III is the Chief of Design Services for Newport News Waterworks in Newport News, Virginia. He is responsible for all Water Pipeline Designs & Hydraulic Analyses that serve five jurisdictions (Newport News, Hampton, Poquoson, York County, James City County). Frank has more than 30 years of project management, design, and operations experience in public utilities for some of the major cities on the east coast (ATL, DC, Richmond, and Hampton Roads). Throughout his career, he has managed major projects with responsibility for design and construction along with financial and resource management. Frank offers extensive knowledge and experience in public utilities and policy standards (federal, state, and local). 

Frank received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Old Dominion University, Norfolk VA and his B.S. Mathematics in Applied Physics & Engineering from Christopher Newport University.