EPRA FELLOWS

While electric power reliability or maintenance has been the forgotten asset class in the industrial and commercial world, there are giants of reliability who have supported the concept and have committed to help make this an important part of the industrial and commercial reliability mindset. While they may not profess to have the technical expertise of electrical system reliability, they have had and continue to have an important role in the overall reliability profession.

As such, at EPRA, we want to honor these distinguished professionals as EPRA Fellows, creating a Fellowship that will stand the test of time and will point the way to other professionals, who through their leadership, their sacrifice and their willingness to share with the industry will become the Fellows of tomorrow. As Fellows they will:

  • Have access to all of the content and links within the powerful EPRA Website and access to the App based portal, a private resource for members only to collaborate, learn from other practitioners and Alliance members to help them on this journey.

  • Engage in a member community of collaborative relationships for practitioners to communicate within EPRA; connecting members to experienced peer professionals and sharing best practices and industry standards, to support the development of electric power reliability within their sphere of responsibility

  • Have web-based and portal collaboration center www.myepra.com which creates the most cost effective method for housing and sharing best practices, standards, member to member connections, podcasts, event experiences and innovations and advancements in a non-commercial protected environment, exclusively for members.

  • Participation in and acknowledgement as an EPRA Fellow in EPRA events: EPR Summit, Regional Power Intensives to serve plant staff, Power Training webinars and presentations, Resource Practitioner Events

  • Stay current with the latest technology and techniques for building and maintaining electric power systems along with the changes taking place in design, testing, maintenance and monitoring of the assets within these systems.

  • Collaborate with like-minded Alliance members and Fellows like NETA, IEEE, SMRP, Reliable Plant and others to establish standards and guidelines which support our members.

Perhaps most importantly, EPRA is the only organization of its kind focused exclusively on industrial and commercial reliability of electrical systems for and by the current generation of practitioners as we prepare the next generation of practitioners. It is only fitting that we recognize some of these men and women who have pioneered reliability over the course of their careers.

Ron Moore

Doug Plucknett

Ron Moore is the Managing Partner of The RM Group, Inc., which for some 25 years has provided reliability and operational excellence seminars, consulting, change management, and benchmarking services.  Ron is the author of Making Common Sense Common Practice, 5th ed.; of What Tool? When? A Management Guide, 2nd ed.; of Where Do We Start Our Improvement Program?; of Business Fables & Foibles;  of A Common  Sense Approach to Defect Elimination;  and of Our Transplant Journey: A Caregiver's Story, as well as some 70 journal articles.   Prior to starting The RM Group, Inc., he served for five years as president of CSI, a market leader in predictive maintenance technologies. 

Jack Nicholas

Doug Plucknett

Jack R. Nicholas, Jr., P.E. (California) CMRP, CRL has been project manager and developer of predictive, condition monitoring technologies and maintenance and reliability programs, first as a senior civilian engineer on U.S. Navy nuclear submarines and surface warships for 17 years, and then as consultant to and trainer of key personnel in government facilities, oil field services, mining, refining, utilities and manufacturing firms in North America (Canada, USA) Australia, Asia (China, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong) and the Caribbean for the past 25 years. He is author, co-author, and/or editor of twelve (12) books on maintenance and reliability subjects and contributor to many others. He served the Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals Certifying Organization (SMRPCO) for seven years from its startup in 2000 as Board Member, Exam Director, Team Leader and Chairman of both Certification and Accreditation Committees.    

Doc Palmer

Doug Plucknett

Doc Palmer has over three decades of industrial experience primarily as a practitioner within the maintenance department of the Jacksonville Electric Authority, a major United States electric utility. From 1990 through 1994, Palmer was responsible for overhauling the existing maintenance planning organization. The resulting success played a role in expanding planning to all crafts and stations owned and operated by the utility. Publisher McGraw-Hill subsequently sought out Palmer to author the Maintenance Planning and Scheduling Handbook, published in 1999 and now in its fourth edition (2019). He also directed the purchase and implementation of a CMMS and administered the preventive maintenance program. Doc Palmer has delivered a number of well-received maintenance articles and presentations for industry. Currently, he provides consulting, education, guidance, mentoring and training for companies internationally for maintenance planning success. Doc Palmer is a registered professional engineer with a master's degree in business administration. He is also a CMRP, Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional.

Doug Plucknette

Doug Plucknett

Doug is the Author, President and Owner of Reliability Solutions Inc. His role is focused on Reliability Centered Maintenance as a Trainer, Mentor and Consultant.  Performing RCM analyses for companies around the world since 1999. From Skilled Trades Apprentice to providing consulting services around the world there are very few positions in Reliability Leadership and Asset Management I haven't held. Journeyman, Team Leader, Supervisor, Administrative Assistant (Responsible for 30M Maintenance Budget), Division Safety Leader (Responsible for OSHA Compliance) Reliability Engineer, RCM Facilitator, RCM Trainer/Mentor, Company President, Principal and World-Wide RCM Discipline Leader. I have made the business of Maintenance, Reliability/Asset Management and RCM entertaining and profitable by engaging the people who want to improve.

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Nathan Wright

Doug Plucknett

Nathan is a decorated Naval veteran with 40 years of experience in the reliability field and a doctorate degree in Organization, Development and Leadership Style. Nathan has a proven record of transforming organizations into revenue-producing powerhouses. He has developed and led the maintenance and reliability efforts from some of the country’s most iconic companies. He also helps corporate leaders develop first-line managers into top-caliber professionals, capable of effectively navigating and utilizing the tools available to them. He is a Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional (CMRP), Senior Member of IEEE (SMIEEE), licensed Project Management Professional (PMP), and certified as a Machinery Lubrication Technician Level 2 (MLT II).He has held every position within the maintenance and reliability chain of command completing three separate journeyman apprenticeships. Nathan is the author of The Death of Reliability, Is It Too Late to Resurrect the Last, True Competitive Advantage? and Maintenance and Reliability Certification Exam Guide. He has written many reliability and leadership focused articles, is currently collaborating with Reliable Plant writing two articles a month for their website and has served as a keynote speaker at industrial conferences.

Skipper Yocum

Doug Plucknett

Skipper is retired as the Director of Asset Reliability and Maintenance at Gerdau and has spent most of his career in the manufacturing industry leading his teams in implementing best practices in system maintenance and reliability. Skipper received his Doctor of Engineering from the University of Tulane in Chemical Engineering.

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