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Meeting Program

​​Securing Our Connected Future

In today's connected and systematized environment, electrical manufacturers are creating data-rich products and systems that improve our everyday lives while simultaneously ensuring customers' cybersecurity and privacy. Connected products and systems are improving the energy performance of our homes and buildings, reducing traffic congestion and emissions, boosting industrial productivity, and much more. Meanwhile, manufacturers are targets of those seeking to steal valuable intellectual property and are working diligently to protect their operations, products, and services. At the 2019 NEMA Annual Meeting, find out what market drivers manufacturers are following in this new environment. Learn how to access and use customer and device data legally; what requirements are being imposed on manufacturers by new state-level cybersecurity and data privacy laws; and how new controls on international trade for advanced technologies will affect where and how manufacturers may be able to do business.

Speaker Lineup

State of the U.S. Electroindustry

Thursday, November 7 | 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Speaker | Don R. Leavens, PhD, Vice President and Chief Economist, NEMA

Employing a scenario approach, NEMA Vice President and Chief Economist Don Leavens will analyze the economic growth impact of monetary policy, investments, productivity, and trade.

Technology Panel | Wireless Communications and Security

Thursday, November 7 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Wireless communication enables a host of new functionality and features in connected products and systems. However, with wireless data collection, system monitoring, and control comes the risk of unauthorized access, potentially resulting in power outages, vehicle accidents, stolen information, and other threats that could cause severe damage to life, property, and well-being. Discover the market drivers are incentivizing customers to buy cyber-secure products. Hear how leading telecom com​panies and end-users in the utility sector are addressing wireless communication security to enable advanced functionality from connected products without sacrificing security and safety.


Sujeet Chand
Chief Technology Officer, Rockwell Automation

Jason Handley, P.E.
Director of Smart Grid Emerging Technology & Operations, Duke Energy

Michael Tschanz

Technology & Analysis,

Walt Disney World

Keynote | Data Privacy and Ownership

Thursday, November 7 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Speaker | Michael Morgan, Partner and Co-Lead for Global Privacy and Cybersecurity, McDermott Will & Emery

Intelligent connected devices are replacing analog electromechanical equipment and generating substantial amounts of data in the process. Such data have enormous value, prompting ownership and usage questions. Learn how electrical equipment manufacturers face legal barriers related to accessing and using data generated or collected by electrical products and systems. Michael Morgan, Partner and Co-Lead for Global Privacy & Cybersecurity, McDermott Will & Emery, a leading data privacy and cybersecurity law firm, will present the findings of a report developed exclusively for NEMA Members, Legal Barriers to Using Device-Generated or Device-Collected Data

Lunch Speaker | Cybersecurity Public Policy

Thursday, November 7 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Speaker | Matthew Eggers, Vice President of Cybersecurity Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Regulatory disharmony is bad for business, and there is a proliferation of proposed cybersecurity rules across more than 15 states. A new California law authorizes state attorneys to determine whether manufacturers have established "reasonable" cybersecurity protections in their products effective January 1, 2020. Maryland, Oregon, New York, Massachusetts, and others have introduced similar cybersecurity legislation. Learn what the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is doing with federal pre-emption to push back on unworkable state regulations.

Policy and Politics | Opportunities and Challenges for the Electroindustry

Thursday, November 7 | 1:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Speaker | Philip Squair, Vice President, Government Relations 

Please join VP Government Relations Phil Squair for a discussion of NEMA’s engagement with federal and state policymakers on the important advocacy topics of the day.

Trade Panel | Digital Trade and Advanced Technologies

Thursday, November 7 | 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

The Digital Trade chapter of the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement sets a high bar, and Digital Trade negotiations will get underway later this year in the World Trade Organization. Simultaneously, the Administration is implementing new checks on foreign investment, promotion of U.S.-based manufacturing, and controls on trade in advanced technologies. Learn how legislators, regulators, and trade officials chasing technology advances and emerging threats are shaping future international market access. Panelists will help you consider how these and similar initiatives will impact your company, including where and how you may be able to do business in the future and how pending trade deals will help reverse the trade deficit.


Colin Chummers
Vice President of Supply Chain Operations,

Cisco Systems

Trevor Rudolph
Vice President of Global Digital Public Policy,

Schneider Electric

Nazak Nikakhtar
Assistant Secretary for Industry and Analysis,

U.S. Department of Commerce

Jeff Weiss

Partner, Venable LLP
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