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March 15, 2011

Utility industry expert joins URMC as new COO

STOWE, Vt. – Utility Risk Management Corporation,  an engineering services firm using lidar, GIS, and other means to provide information and analytics to electric power utilities and distribution companies, announced this week the hiring of Sally Filling as the company’s chief operating officer. Filling comes to URMC with more than 20 years of technical maintenance leadership and management experience in the utility industry.

“As we strengthen our competitive position and grow our business domestically and internationally, Sally’s firsthand knowledge of our customers’ needs and expectations — as well as tremendous leadership and management experience — is an incredible asset to our team,” said CEO Adam Rousselle, to whom Filling is a direct report, in a prepared statement. “We are fortunate to have someone of her caliber.”

Prior to joining URMC, Sally was director of System Protection and Automation for BGE, a Constellation Energy Company. In this position, Sally led a 95-person technical construction team that was accountable for the installation and maintenance of demand response, AMI/Smart Grid, Distribution Automation, and Relay and Control device and systems.

In previous roles at BGE, she managed over $300 million of annual capital, operations, and maintenance spending for electric and gas distribution projects, focusing on compliance programs such as BGE’s Transmission Vegetation Management Program (TVMP). This program is based on leveraging lidar data to implement vegetation management best practices and as such is directly reflective of a key URMC core competency. Sally directed Federal Energy Contracting for BGE and also led teams that developed an industry-leading methodology for inspecting clearances around distribution assets in order to ensure compliance with National Electric Safety Code requirements.

Sally has a B.S. in Natural Resource Economics from the University of Vermont and an MBA from Johns Hopkins University.

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