In and Around Frisco Texas

Be sure to get out and visit Frisco, Texas while at the 2022 PEARL Conference & Exhibition. With 400+ restaurants and over 900 retail stores, there is something for everyone. In addition to Frisco, you are a short drive away from Historic Grapevine, Downtown Dallas, Denton, and Fort Worth. We look forward to seeing you there!

Frisco TX

Fun Facts About Frisco

1. 400+ Restaurants
3. 90+ Miles of Walking, Hiking and Biking Trails
5. #2 Safest Cities in America (SmartAsset, 2021)
2. 60+ City Parks
4. 9 Million Square Feet of Retail Shopping
6. #1 Fastest Growing City in the Country (U.S. Census Bureau, 2017 and 2019)

Frisco is the go-to place for fun in the DFW Metroplex. Single players, spectators and team members – no matter your travel style, they have a play-cation for you.

Historic Downtown Grapevine has it all. Anchored by Main Street, this walkable, preserved historic area is home to winery tasting rooms, the Grapevine Vintage Railroad, the Palace Arts Center, the Grapevine Glockenspiel Clock Tower, one-of-a-kind shops, live entertainment venues, restaurants, and art galleries.

Dallas is known as the Big D. As the ninth-largest city in the country, Dallas is all about BIG fun, BIG events, and BIG attractions. Home to exclusive shopping, world-renowned museums, five-star dining, lush green spaces, and vibrant nightlife, in Dallas, a visitor can do it all.

When you stay in Denton, you’re surrounded by a creative culture that’s rich in history and artistic expression. Take a walk around our historic Courthouse-On-The-Square, go sight-seeing at the Little Chapel-in-the-Woods, take a tour of the Bayless-Selby Museum, see a show at the Campus Theatre, explore the Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center, find your way through Denton’s craft beer district, or listen to live music at one of our iconic venues.

Fort Worth is the 12th-largest city in the United States, known for Texas hospitality and a dozen remarkable districts full of culture and fun. The historic western Stockyards featuring the world’s only twice-daily cattle drive, Billy Bob’s Texas, the world’s largest honky-tonk and the new Mule Alley. A connected downtown with the 35-block Sundance Square entertainment district. The stunning museums of the Cultural District, the Botanic Garden and nearby Fort Worth Zoo.

New PEARL Member Opportunities: Online Member Directory & PEARL$AFE Newsletter Sponsorship

Attention PEARL members – don’t miss out on these new member opportunities!

PEARL Online Member Directory

The new PEARL online member directory is now live on the website, providing members with customer and end-user visibility.

The basic listing included with your membership will have your company name, member type, and website link.

You can UPGRADE your listing to include:

  • Company logo
  • Description
  • Member type
  • Location and Satellite locations
  • Website
  • Social Media

PEARL$AFE Newsletter Sponsorship

Advertise your company to over 6,000+ electrical asset contacts. Your advertisement will have a direct link to your website for readers to connect directly with you.

One week after the newsletter goes out, you will receive an email with the number of times readers clicked through to your website.

You will have the option on your renewal form to sponsor one month or multiple months.

PEARL Portal

PEARL has just completed an upgrade to a new association management system and member database. This new system will allow PEARL members to renew their membership, register for events, and make purchases from PEARL. For security purposes, you will need to create a new password for your PEARL account. Your old password will no longer work in the new system.

Non-members will be able to register for events once you have set-up a new account.

Here are the steps to do that:

  1. Please navigate to the PEARL Login Portal.
  2. Click “Sign Up” Note: the “forgot password” functionality will not work until you’ve created a password in the new system. You must first “sign up” here.
  3. Enter the email address associated with your account (most likely, it’s the email address where you received this message).
  4. Select a password for your account and click “Continue”
  5. You will be sent an email and asked to verify your email address by clicking the link in the email. This ensures you have provided a valid email address.
  6. Now, you can log in with your new password and set up your account.

Mary C. Kelly

Mary Kelly, Ph.D.

Commander, U.S. Navy (ret) | CEO, Productive Leader

Mary specializes in leadership growth that helps organizations improve their profitability and productivity, especially in finance, insurance, real estate, and manufacturing. One of the first female graduates of the Naval Academy, Mary served 25 years on active duty, mostly in Asia, leading multicultural teams in nine countries. Her remarkable career of service included working as an intelligence officer, a chief of police, an HR director, and a chief of staff, as well as training more than 40,000 military personnel.

Mary has been a leadership and economics professor at the Naval Academy, the Air Force Academy, and Hawaii Pacific University. She has written 13 business books, including her best-seller, Master Your World (named a “must read” by MENSA and MOAA), and her latest award-winner, Why Leaders Fail and the 7 Prescriptions for Success (profiled in Forbes and Success magazines).

Today, Mary is a popular conference keynote speaker and leadership adviser working with businesses, associations, and government agencies. She offers programs that are content rich, highly entertaining, and strategically designed to help her clients get results.

Integrated Power Services Acquires National Switchgear and National Field Services

IPS expands service capabilities, coverage, and distribution with acquisition of leading independent power distribution services company

(Greenville, SC — December 27, 2021) IPS, the North American leader in service, repair and engineering for electric motors, generators, and rotating equipment, continues to grow with its acquisition of National Switchgear and National Field Services.

Headquartered in Lewisville, Texas, National Switchgear and National Field Services provide a wide range of power delivery solutions. Founding owner Doug Powell, began in 1986 with a plan to warehouse and inventory used and surplus switchgear equipment for customers. As major switchgear OEMs exited the service business, the company saw a demand for skilled third-party technical services and expanded to offer switchgear rebuilds, remanufacturing and upgrades. In 1997, National expanded again, adding switchgear installation, commissioning, and field services.

Today, the company has five locations, including branch operations in San Marcos and League City, Texas and Las Vegas and Reno, Nevada, and three brands — National Switchgear, National Field Services, and the National Training Center. The field service operation is a NETA accredited organization with 53 NETA and NICET certified electrical testing technicians. National Training Center, the company’s training division, opened in 2015 to provide hands-on education for new and veteran technicians. It also offers open enrollment to customers. These investments in complementary services and continuous improvement are now part of IPS. They strengthen IPS single-source capabilities, as the company offers power distribution services throughout its IPS North American network.

“I couldn’t be more excited about teaming up with IPS,” said Doug Powell, NATIONAL’s Founding Owner. “For years I have observed their steady pursuit toward growth by blending technology, process improvements and safety into the fabric of their organization. I’m truly excited to team up with IPS and build out a national power services platform with that same degree of excellence.”

“The combination of IPS and NATIONAL brings an opportunity to our clients, suppliers and employees that NATIONAL alone could not have done,” said Robert Koren, CEO of NATIONAL. “To be a part of the industry’s leading independent services supplier, from generation to meter to motor, brings about an excitement for the future of our company and what it means for the industry we serve.”

“National Switchgear and National Field Services will become a platform for a new service division for IPS focused on adding Power Management services that are highly complementary to our existing offering,” said John Zuleger, IPS President & CEO. “In combination, we will seek to become a Trusted Advisor to customers seeking to manage their Power Management and Electro-Mechanical equipment. The combined company offering will position IPS to identify and correct electrical losses for its customers leading to safer, more reliable, and energy efficient operations.”

Bulkley Capital, LP and Libby Sparks Willis Starnes PLLC, an affiliate of BMD, acted as financial advisor and legal counsel to NATIONAL, respectively, in connection with the transaction.

For more information on IPS or National Switchgear and National Field Services, or to arrange an interview with IPS senior management, contact Megan Thompson, IPS Director of Marketing, at 864.451.5636 or

About Integrated Power Services

Headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina, IPS is the North American leader in the service of electric motors, generators, and mechanical power transmission components, with over 5,500 customers across a wide range of capital-intensive industries, including but not limited to power generation (fossil, nuclear, hydro and wind), petrochemical, air separation, oil & gas, metals, mining, paper, aggregates, and cement. IPS has 38 service centers and field offices across North America, combining industry-specific experience with deep engineering resources to deliver reliability to customers

IPS services include engineering, in-shop repair, on-site field services, distribution, motor storage programs and contract manufacturing. For more information, visit

Premier Power Earns Full Service Member Status

Premier Power Maintenance has completed the steps necessary to advance their membership status from a provisional member to a full service member of PEARL. As a full service member, Premier Power has demonstrated that they adhere to the PEARL Reconditioning Standards and has passed the onsite inspection for quality and safety.

Premier Power Maintenance is a family owned company headquartered in Indianapolis, IN with offices in Alabama, Kentucky, Michigan, and Arkansas. They have highly qualified electrical engineers and technicians leading the way with over 300 combined years of experience working with electrical power distribution systems, electrical design, testing and maintenance.

They provide services in the following areas:

  • Safety Training
  • Engineering
  • Installation
  • Commissioning
  • Preventive Maintenance
  • Repair

When asked about PEARL membership, Bob Sheppard, Director of Sales and Marketing said, “Great achievements and expectations come from careful planning, training, education and experience; all with the goal of exceeding expectations.  Premier Power Maintenance is excited to be a part of the PEARL organization and we’re looking forward to seeing both organizations continue to be the leaders in our industry”

To learn more about Premier Power Maintenance, go to

2019 & 2020 Member of Year Announcement


Bill Schofield

Bill Schofield


Casey Blevins

Casey LinkedIn

PEARL Board President, Dan Hook, announces the 2019 and 2020 Member of the Year Awards. Each year the Board President selects a member(s) to receive this prestigious award that recognizes the awardees outstanding efforts to promote and further the goodwill of PEARL and its mission. 

Dan commented on each of the awardees saying:

“Bill Schofield spent countless hours on the task group formed by NFPA on the topic of reconditioned electrical equipment and associated requirements in the National Electrical Code.  His dedication to the task group, and methodical logical approach resulted in solid recommendations to NFPA for updates to the code with clarifying language reflecting the reality in the industry.”

“Casey Blevins stepped up in a remarkable way on the board of directors during the trying times we experienced in 2020.  His leadership and motivation helped me tremendously to continue forward on the business of the association, all while being physically disconnected due to the pandemic.  His dedication to effective marketing is outstanding and has championed setting PEARL on a path for success moving into the future.  PEARL is in great hands with Casey as the incoming President.”

The 2019 and 2020 awards were delayed due to the pandemic. The 2021 award announcement will take place at the PEARL Annual Conference and Exhibition on April 22-23, 2022. 

Dan Hook looks on as Bill Schofield accepts the Member of the Year Award.
Casey Blevins accepts the Member of the Year Award from Dan Hook.

EASA Updates Best Practices Guide for the Repair of Dry-Type Transformers

Electric Power Systems Acquires H.A.R.T. High Voltage Apparatus Repair and Testing Co.

YUBA CITY, Calif., Oct. 26, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Electric Power Systems (EPS), one of the largest and fastest growing companies in the independent power system testing and engineering industry, has acquired H.A.R.T. High Voltage Apparatus Repair and Testing Co (HART). The official announcement was made today at the EPS St. Louis headquarters. This acquisition continues EPS’s year-long rapid expansion across the US which has included joining with North American Substation Services (NASS) in Orlando, FL, Energis High Voltage Resources in Green Bay, WI, and Krause Power Engineering in Chippewa Falls, WI.

Steve Reed, CEO of EPS shared during a recent briefing, “Partnering with Jim Wolfgram and his great team at HART provides EPS with an even stronger foothold throughout the West to enable us to grow with our customers as they invest in modernizing the electric grid. We are excited to welcome the HART team as we join together and continue to provide the safe, quality, and experienced service that customers have come to expect from both of our companies.”

The acquisition of HART fits into the EPS strategy of becoming the premier high-voltage electrical partner in guiding clients through the complex modernization of the electrical infrastructure, through vision, strategy, service, and support and delivering unwavering safety and reliability, now and into the future.

“EPS shares the HART values of exceptional service, innovative solutions, and client-first relationships. By joining forces with EPS we can now access more tools and resources to expand our expertise and available staff to support our clients. At HART we have always focused on understanding our customers’ needs and working diligently to fulfill those needs. Our team is excited for the opportunity to partner with EPS and NASS to continue to grow with our customers,” said Jim Wolfgram, General Manager of HART.

About HART High Voltage Apparatus Repair and Testing Co.

HART was started in Yuba City CA in December of 1991. Today, they provide services to customers throughout Californiaand Nevada including preventive maintenance, acceptance testing, transformer services, service contracts, and emergency maintenance with the mission to provide the ‘Next Generation of Service’ today.

About Electric Power Systems

EPS offers over 40 year’s industry experience, service throughout the US, 24-hour customer service, and technical expertise in field testing, engineering, electrical system troubleshooting, and maintenance of equipment up to 765kV for utility, industrial, and commercial clients. They are committed to providing a culture of safety and technical expertise as a way of ‘Setting the Standard of Excellence in the Power Industry.’ Their subsidiary Electric Power Systems International Inc (EPSII) is a full member of the International Electrical Testing Association (NETA).

SOURCE Electric Power Systems

Remanufacturing as Disruptive Innovation

Kevin Surace: Remanufacturing will play a huge role alongside autonomous transport, artificial intelligence, robotics, and other game changers in a new era of sustainability.

By Niels V Christiansen, US Editor

In the face of the threats from global warming and unsustainable use of resources, Kevin Surace, entrepreneur, innovator, visionary, and keynote speaker at the RIC-RIT World Remanufacturing Conference on October 9-10, believes that we can still save the planet and ourselves from global warming by reimagining everything and inspiring game changing disruptive innovation.

“Remanufacturing can be disruptive innovation in and of itself,” he said. The definition of disruptive innovation is that you not only disrupt the industry you’re in, but you can also disrupt other adjacent industries at the same time. It’s a really powerful and amazing idea.”


Surace is recognized as one of the thinkers and doers behind the change that’s going to come. He may not have the name recognition of Apple’s Steve Jobs, Microsoft’s Bill Gates or Tesla’s Elon Musk, but his impact is wide ranging across many industries.

Surace helped pioneer both the smartphone and the digital voice assistant. He is a leader in developing and applying artificial intelligence, AI, and is currently the Chief Technology Officer of, using AI in revolutionary automated testing of computer programs.

He has 84 patents to his credit, spreads his ideas globally as a speaker at TED talks, academic, business, industry, and science conferences, and in front of lawmakers. He is one of the most famous and influential graduates of Rochester Institute of Technology, (RIT) where he now serves on the Board of Trustees.


Perhaps his highest accolades were bestowed on him after a decade long foray into the construction industry and remanufacturing. As CEO of Serious Materials, Surace led the development of alternative environmentally friendly building materials in an attempt to disrupt the most environmentally challenged industry in the world, construction.

In the highest profile Serious Materials project, Surace and his team set up a remanufacturing operation on the fifth floor of New York’s Empire State Building and remanufactured the building’s 6,556 windows into environmentally friendly replacements. Window energy efficiency increased by 400%. The project paid for itself in four years in energy cost savings.

Surace was named entrepreneur of the year in 2009 by Inc Magazine and recognized as one of 15 innovators of the decade by the CNBC financial news TV channel, among many other honors.

The Golisano Institute for Sustainability at RIT, of which Surace was a leading proponent, incorporated the innovation from Serious Materials into its structure when it was built in 2012, and Surace was inducted into the RIT Innovation Hall of Fame.

A renaissance man with a separate career in the music industry near his home in Sunnyvale, California, Surace’s extraordinary journey into future technologies and sustainability solutions led him to seven years ago.


“We try to use disruptive innovation in Silicon Valley in the way we work,” he told Reman World. “Immediately, most people are going to be thinking that anything disruptive is not going to be possible.

“If you were going to heal metal in an airplane, a car or engine, people are going to say, ‘wow, that’s impossible. Somebody would have started doing it years ago’. But we can totally disrupt multiple industries if we can figure out how to heal cracks in metal for a certain cost, and the amount of energy we use will be substantially lower than the energy used rebuilding the whole thing from scratch.

“So now we have things like additive manufacturing that can make us think about how to fill cracks in metal that we wouldn’t have thought of before.
“We’ve got other ways to add molecules whether to metals or plastics. So, where most people would have said, ‘oh we just make the thing over again for 82,000 dollars’, now we can fix it for 100 dollars or 1000 dollars.

“So, it seems disruptive, it seems impossible, but as long as you’re not breaking the laws of physics, don’t count it out.”


The telephone displacing the telegraph and mass-produced cars from Henry Ford’s assembly line displacing the horse and buggy are classic examples of disruptive innovation from long before the term was coined.

More recent examples:

  • Digital photography, revolutionizing the way we create images and largely wiping out film photography
    • The computer
    • Data Analytics
    • The Google search engine
    • The internet, disrupting newspapers and many other products
    • Social media, perhaps disrupting society as a whole.


Surace says he never stops thinking about all the places we can be disruptive in every part of our lives. He believes that remanufacturing is a big part of this conversation.

Inside the remanufacturing industry itself, the disruptive power of AI and
robotics may be the answer to some of remanufacturing’s greatest challenges, starting with taking over functions currently hampered by workforce shortages. More generally, there will be new demands for remanufacturing as industries are disrupted.


Remanufacturing is likely to be part of the business model in the advent of driverless vehicles – a whole new way of disruption, according to Surace. The car business, where people own or lease their own cars, will transition to an on-demand transport business, resulting in high utilization rates, 80-90 percent fewer vehicles – all electric – on the road, and dramatically lowered cost per driven mile or kilometer.

Some auto companies will disappear, and with little down time, each vehicle will be driving more than 100,000 miles per year and more than a million miles in its lifetime.

“So, all of a sudden,” Surace said, “there will be new opportunities to remanufacture parts that need to last a million miles.”


After decades of leading the charge, Surace says he has learned not to rely on government action or idealism to drive progress.

“Everything shouldn’t be driven by economics,” he said.” But I am no longer as stupid as I might have once been, to think that people are going to do anything that isn’t economically viable. Companies don’t. People don’t. That’s why we have to figure out from the start how we make doing something more profitable than not doing it. Remanufacturing a product and getting someone to pay you almost the same money the second time when you didn’t have to make it from scratch, that’s fantastic.

Rochester Conference Preview, Reman World October 2019 issue