THE GEORGE JARKESY WENT LIVE AT THE KPMG GLOBAL ENERGY CONFERENCE IN HOUSTON, TX AND FEATURED GUEST JOHN KUNASEK GLOBAL AND NATIONAL SEGMENT LEADER FOR POWER AND UTILITIES, RONALD CLANTON PARTNER IN ADVISORY SERVICES AT KPMG, AND KATHRYN KLABER PRESIDENT OF MARCELLUS SHALE COALITION
Mr. Kunasek is the Global and National Segment Leader for power and utilities and is based in Houston. He has more than 19 years of experience in public accounting and has worked extensively with energy companies in many segments of the industry, including regulated and unregulated gas and electric utilities, pipelines, energy marketing & trading, and investment partnerships.
Mr. Kunasek has led several large Sarbanes Oxley 404 compliance projects for major international utilities. He has assisted a major domestic utility in setting up its energy marketing and trading infrastructure, including the evaluation of risks and implementation of controls over substantial energy related product and derivative trading operations. He has also led an engagement to review and assess operational and financial process issues at a major intrastate transmission pipeline. Mr. Kunasek has spearheaded the due diligence process for a number of significant domestic and international acquisitions in the electric and gas industry. He has also prepared and delivered expert witness testimony on several topics important to the regulated utility industry. His client list includes Public Service Company of New Mexico, TXU, XTO Energy, Tenaska Energy Marketing, Central Power and Light Company, West Texas Utilities Company, Texas-New Mexico Power Company, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company.
Mr. Kunasek received a bachelor’s degree with honors in accounting from Illinois State University. He is a Certified Public Accountant licensed to practice in the State of Texas and Arizona and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Kunasek has extensive involvement with continuous education initiatives. He participates in and instructs many firm wide utility and energy training courses, including the areas of derivative accounting, industry restructuring, energy risk management, the ratemaking process, and utility taxation.
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Ron has more than 25 years experience helping energy companies improve their
market position by implementing operational changes, expanding or redefining the
markets they serve, and adapting to regulatory changes. Ron leverages his
combination of financial, operational, outsourcing and technology experiences to
serve his clients.
Ron has led several engagements that improved operational performance,
leveraged outsourcing and implemented new technologies. He has merged andrationalized three entities’ fuel transport logistics operations in the U.S. He
established the first offshore business process outsourcing (BPO) operation in the
area of fuel transport logistics. He led an initiative to consolidate desperate supply
chain processes within the U.K. operations arena. He also led an initiative that
moved entire web presence (intranet and internet) to commonly branded scheme,
leveraging new technologies.
Ron holds a BSBA degree, with emphasis in accounting from San Diego State
University. He also holds an AA degree in Business Administration from Florida
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Kathryn Klaber serves as the Marcellus Shale Coalition’s first President. In this role, on behalf of the MSC member companies, she works closely with elected leaders, regulators and the civic community to realize the responsible development of natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica Shale geological formations and the enhancement of the region’s economy that can be realized by this clean-burning American energy source.
Prior to joining the MSC, Katie served as Executive Vice President for Competitiveness at the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and as the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Economy League. A lifelong Pennsylvanian, she earned her undergraduate degree in environmental science from Bucknell University and her Masters in Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon University.
At the Allegheny Conference, Ms. Klaber played a leading role in the gains made by a coalition of organizations and employers to improve tax competitiveness and the business climate in Pennsylvania. Katie also advanced initiatives around air and water quality, working proactively on behalf of a growing economy and an improving environment. In these roles, she worked with businesses and organizations across the Commonwealth to address the most uncompetitive aspects of Pennsylvania’s economy and improve the regulatory climate for fostering economic growth. Ms. Klaber regularly testified before legislative committees, and advises stakeholders on timely public policy issues. Beginning in early 2008, she led the Allegheny Conference’s efforts to help the region and state realize the full benefits of the Marcellus Shale development, including creation of an economic impact assessment of the oil and gas industry in Pennsylvania and the design of the Energy Alliance of Southwestern Pennsylvania.
Through the 1990s, Ms. Klaber worked for the international environmental, health and safety consulting firm, Environmental Resources Management, Inc. (ERM), first at the company’s headquarters in Philadelphia, then in her native Pittsburgh. Her client work consisted primarily of mergers and acquisitions, environmental management systems, air and water quality projects, and other facilities’ engineering engagements. She supervised multinational projects, primarily for Fortune 1000 companies, involving staff from across the company’s 130 offices. In southwestern Pennsylvania, she worked with regional companies on air quality compliance, Brownfields redevelopment, accidental release preparedness, and a myriad of other environmental initiatives. During her last three years with the firm, Ms. Klaber managed the Pittsburgh regional office, responsible for all aspects of the practice including business development, product delivery, staffing, and financial management.
She received the Enterprise Award for Entrepreneurship at Carnegie Mellon for her business plan for an innovative environmental reporting and metrics company. She was elected by her peers as President in the school’s archetypical Management Game. Katie was appointed by Pa. Dept. of Environmental Protection Sec. McGinty and reconfirmed by Sec. Hanger to Pennsylvania’s Air Quality Technical Advisory Committee.
Katie lives in southwestern Pennsylvania with her husband, two boys and their yellow lab.
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