Reinventing a Culture of Innovation - Columbus Web Group

Last night, Columbus Web Group presented “Reinventing a Culture of Innovation” with speakers, Matt Usher and Tony Gerstenberger of American Electric Power (AEP) who are leaders within AEP’s CHARGE Innovation Hub. They shared AEP’s innovation story and their 100 year history of adapting to change.

Key Takeaways:

  • Leverage your past

  • Live a transformative culture

  • Listen to customers

  • Grow and learn as a community

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Here’s a bit more about the presentation and the speakers from the CWG Meetup page:

Matt and Tony will share their backgrounds and discuss how AEP is transforming the way they do business. Coupling the rapid pace of technology change with increasing customer expectations to offer reliable, cost effective, and diverse products and services, AEP looks to adopt new and innovative business models to sustain their position as a leader in the electric utility industry.

Recognizing the case for change, revolutionizing a culture of innovation and establishing organizational alignment to efficiently and effectively develop, test, scale and deploy technology is the new AEP journey - a journey that may be similar to yours as the accelerating pace of technology is impacting many businesses and industries. Join The Columbus Web Group to hear how AEP is transforming, confronting these challenges, and accelerating innovation to disrupt and grow the business.

Matt Usher has more than 20 years of experience at AEP in power plant equipment engineering and design. Specific areas of focus have included environmental controls systems engineering, carbon capture & storage (CCS), strategic business planning and new power generation technology development. In his current role as Charge Portfolio Lead for AEP’s Generation business unit, Matt is responsible for interfacing directly with Generation employees, bringing their innovative ideas to the forefront to develop user-centered digital products and solutions in AEP’s new Charge digital innovation hub. Matt received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kentucky in 1998, and holds a Masters in Business Administration from Otterbein University. Matt is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Ohio, and lives in Clintonville with his wife Marisa, and two daughters Ellee and Natalie. In his spare time, Matt is an avid music lover with an extensive analog and digital collection. He also enjoys brewing and drinking craft beer, and having grown up in KY, he knows a thing or two about bourbon.

Tony Gerstenberger is Director – IT Demand Management for American Electric Power (AEP). In this position, he is responsible for providing direction to a team of Business System Analysts working with AEP’s integrated businesses to build and implement business enabling technology roadmaps. Specifically, he encourages partnership with a broad team to identify business technology need, build business case justification, estimate solution requirements, and transition approved project work to AEP’s delivery team for implementation.
Tony has over 17 years of wide ranging experience at AEP. Specific experience includes on-site power plant engineer, major environmental equipment retrofit engineer and strategic planning & operational performance manager. Tony earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Ohio University and a Masters of Business Administration from Capital University. He is also a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Ohio. In his spare time Tony enjoys visiting with friends and family, hiking, mountain biking, skiing, vacationing and coaching middle school robotics. He and his wife, Kari, have two children and reside in Plain City, Ohio.

Matt Usher (L) and Tony Gerstenberger of AEP presenting “Reinventing a Culture of Innovation.”

Matt Usher (L) and Tony Gerstenberger of AEP presenting “Reinventing a Culture of Innovation.”