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The Current State of Deregulation in the Utility Industry

Date: Thursday, September 22nd, 2005

Location: SRP Information Services Building (ISB), 1600 N Priest Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281

Speaker: Russell Smoldon, SRP

Topic: "The Current State of Deregulation in the Utility Industry"

Speaker Bio:
Russell D. Smoldon: Manager, State and Local Government Relations for the Salt River Project in Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada and Utah

Mr. Smoldon has previously worked as a Public Affairs Representative for the Washington Water Power Company responsible for government relations in the states of Idaho, Montana and Washington. Prior to that, he served Congressman Thomas S. Foley as a Legislative Assistant.

Mr. Smoldon has a significant record of working with, and leading policy initiatives on, state and national business organizations. Currently, he serves on the board of the Arizona Tax Research Association (past chairman), the Western Legislative Conference Planning Committee (past chairman), the Greater Phoenix Urban League (past chairman), the American Legislative Exchange Council (national private sector chairman), and the National Conference of State Legislators' Advisory Council on Energy and National Tax Partnership.

Mr. Smoldon contributes his time and expertise to several non-profit organizations including the Arizona Trails Association and The Challenger Space Center, and serves as a member of the Arizona Supreme Court's Child Support Guidelines Committee, the Arizona Highway Users' Association, and the University Club.

Mr. Smoldon holds Bachelor's degrees in Political Science and History from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, and has conducted post-graduate work in Business and Political Theory at Gonzaga University School of Law and Eastern Washington University.