Rick Schmidt is with Black & Veatch providing automation and communications consulting and engineering services, including technology work plans, strategic communications plans, communication design and procurement, and automation planning and deployment. Rick was formerly the Utility Automation and Communications Department at Power System Engineering, Inc. (PSE). Rick focuses on the business side of technology. He has led more than 50 strategic technology plans and has authored more than 150 RFPs for the procurement of technology. He has an MBA from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.