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Technology Team

Valerie Schafer


Valerie Schafer is a Licensed Professional Engineer with more than 35 years of experience. She has a BS in chemical engineering with honours from University of Virginia. She is an OSHA-authorized safety trainer and a Root Cause Failure Analysis leader. Valerie began her career at ExxonMobil where she served as the head of an international network of gas treatment plants. She audited refineries for energy optimization. She has held positions of Process Engineering Manager and Vice President of Engineering where she supervised multi-cultural teams. Valerie’s areas of expertise include leading concept studies, thermodynamic modelling, engineering design, contractor design review, and plant construction, commissioning, operations, and troubleshooting. She has led risk assessments and incident investigations. She worked closely with power plants in roles such as Lead Process Engineer at one of ExxonMobil’s largest refineries and as Operations Superintendent of a gas plant in Kurdistan, Iraq. Valerie has lived and worked in the Middle East, Asia, South America, Europe, U. K. and Canada. Valerie is well-versed in American and international design standards and speaks 4 languages.

Norman Oliver


Norm Oliver began his professional career in the energy industry as a combat nuclear power plant operator and instructor aboard U.S.S. Enterprise. Following honorable discharge and university degree studies, he was recruited by Atlantic Richfield (ARCO) in corporate strategic planning. During the next decade, Norm held positions of broadening responsibility in staff and line positions including investor relations, deregulated wholesale contract negotiations, and supply chain logistics optimization. In 1991 he answered the entrepreneur’s call and subsequently served in C-level and board roles in innovative internet trading, exploration big data management software, AI, and retail power marketing firms among other startup ventures. Since 2012 he have served on the Apollo Development board. Norm holds B.S. and M.S. engineering degrees from M.I.T. and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Mike Rowley

Energy Consultant

Mike Rowley’s energy career, spanning over 40 years in the industry, began in 1973 as a power plant operator. After six years of hands-on plant operations, he served during the next 14 years with the Salt River Project, a multi-billion-dollar power and water utility supplying central Arizona, as Grid Supervisor during which he acquired expert knowledge of local and national power production and transmission networks. With the passage of the Energy Policy Act of 1992 opening wholesale power generation and retail markets to deregulated competition, Mike subsequently formed Rowley Consulting to advise major power users and new market entrants on successfully navigating deregulated electric market opportunities and risks. Counted among his major clients were Calpine, Electric Clearinghouse, Enron, and Valero. In 1999 Mike joined the Automated Power Exchange (APX), a pioneering startup, where he applied his strategic and operational knowledge to the creation of online markets and exchanges for the electric power industry worldwide. Mike was recruited in 1994 to Stream Gas and Electric, an early and highly successful entrant into the deregulated Texas power market and which grew to over $7 billion in sales, as a member of the founding executive team and Director of Market Research. Mike has served as a board member of Apollo Development since 2012.

Bryan Pregler

Energy Consultant

Bryan Pregler has over 20 years of experience in the energy industry. Bryan currently serves as the CFO of Terrain Water Solutions which performs oilfield wastewater disposal and oil reclamation services. Bryan began his career with Williams Companies in the energy commodities trading group including management of electrical generation assets and electricity trading across all regions of the United States. He worked with KPMG in the energy consulting group working directly with energy executives supporting M&A transactions, business strategy, profitability improvement and finance strategy. Client companies include TXU, British Petroleum, Spectra Energy, Sierra Pacific Power, Exxon Mobile, Shell and ConocoPhillips. Bryan graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1999 with degrees in Accounting, Finance and MIS and obtained his MBA in 2003.