Speakers - TTA Spring Meeting

Embassy Suites Hilton O'Hare Rosemont


                                 Steve Goreham, MS/EE, MBASteve Goreham

BIO: Steve Goreham is an informative and engaging speaker, delivering compelling and provocative programs to businesses, universities, and diverse organizations. Steve is an independent scholar, researcher, and futurist in the fields of energy and environmental policy, as well as a former engineer and business executive with 30 years of experience at Fortune 100 and private companies. He’s Executive Director of the Climate Science Coalition of America and a policy advisor to The Heartland Institute.

Steve is author of three books on energy and climate change with over 100,000 copies in print. He’s a freelance columnist and frequent guest on radio and TV, including Dennis Miller, Sean Hannity, and Fox Business Channel. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a BS/MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois.

Steve presents a fresh viewpoint on environmental, economic, energy, climate, and public policy topics in a down-to-earth style that all can understand, and with stories and humor that all will enjoy. Ask him to customize a program for the needs of your organization.

                                                                                                 Brian Zahnstecher, Founder & Principal | PowerRox

BZ Headshot Full

                                 Brian Zahnstecher is a Sr. Member of the IEEE, Chair of the IEEE SF Bay Area Power ElectronicsSociety (PELS), and the Principal of PowerRox, where he focuses on power design, integration, system applications, OEM market penetration, and private seminars for power electronics.  He has successfully handled assignments in system design/architecting, AC/DC front-end power, EMC/EMI design/debug, embedded solutions, processor power, and digital power solutions for a variety of clients.  He previously held positions in power electronics with industry leaders Emerson Network Power, Cisco, and Hewlett-Packard, where he advised on best practices, oversaw product development, managed international teams, created/enhanced optimal workflows and test procedures, and designed and optimized voltage regulators.  He has been a regular contributor to the industry as an invited speaker, author, workshop participant, session host, roundtable moderator, and volunteer.  He has over 13 years of industry experience

and holds Master of Engineering and Bachelor of Science

degrees from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Tracy Lustyan, Managing Director | AlliantGroup

Tracy Lustyan is the Managing Director for the Great Lakes Region and is based in alliantgroup’s Chicago office. Her focus is on clients in the Midwest, primarily in Illinois, Missouri, Minnesota and Iowa. Tracy has a vast knowledge of governmentsponsored incentive programs that are designed for the benefit of U.S. businesses, including her work with the R&D Tax Credit, IC-DISC, DPD and hiring incentives.

Prior to joining alliantgroup, Tracy spent over 20 years in the employment field, where she became passionate about the importance of spreading the word on government-sponsored tax incentives and their role in keeping jobs in the U.S. Tracy has worked with over 225 CPA firms, acquiring over $380 million in tax
credits and incentives for over 900 businesses.

• Helped a stainless steel and equipment manufacturer identify $550,955 in federal R&D tax credits for two years’ worth of qualifying projects
• Assisted a control systems integrator in claiming over $1.1 million in federal R&D tax credits for qualifying projects spanning a five-year period
• Identified $529,168 in federal R&D tax credits for a motorcoach manufacturer over a four-year period
• Aided a structural steel manufacturer in claiming $275,771 in federal R&D tax credits for two years’ worth of qualifying projects
• Identified $728,265 in federal R&D tax credits for a thermal systems and process equipment manufacturer for qualifying projects spanning a three-year period
• Helped a precision machining and tooling company receive $221,586 in federal R&D tax credits for two-years’ worth of qualifying projects

• Industrial Distribution - R&D Tax Credit: An Opportunity for Distributors, OEM Channel Partners and Value-Added Resellers
• Control Engineering - Control & Integratio

Lisa Blaski, Staff Engineering Associate, Energy & Power Technologies - Electrical Distribution | UL

Lisa is a graduate of Gateway Technical College.  She has been with UL for 34 years.  Lisa worked in the Industrial Control Group for the first 12 years, working on IC Panels, Drives, and Relays. She moved to the Power Distribution Group for the remaining 22 years working on Wire Connectors, Terminal Blocks and Transformers, and recently became involved with Power Supplies. She works closely with UL's GMA (Global Market Access) Group, getting UL into the global arena, with CB Scheme for IEC 61558, CE assistance, and Certifications to IEC publications for transformers.

Join us at TTA's Spring Meeting in Rosemont IL

This year's event will feature presentations to enhance your business, improve marketing opportunities, and gain technical insights on solid state transformer technology, recent advances in soft magnetic materials, and more. 

Register by March 23!


Program Highlights


Steve Goreham

Fact and Fiction About Energy, Alternative Vehicles, and Sustainability. Covering today's hot energy topics, including hydrocarbons and renewables, climate change, batteries, and alternative vehicles, with implications for the transformer industry.

David Cain, Essex

Magnet Wire and How It Has Changed. Magnet wire is a critical component of any transformer; and while its use is a necessity, the performance benefits that a manufacturer can gain by working with the magnet wire manufacturer is truly up to the transformer manufacturer. The design, production, and performance of magnet wire has significantly improved over the years. This presentation will discuss how the performance of magnet wire has improved over time, and what different products are available, with special emphasis on application specific advantages and limitations for each type of magnet wire product.

Tracy, Lustyan, AlliantGroup

Tax Breaks for Manufacturers. Join AlliantGroup for an informative session on the latest updates to powerful tax credits and incentives for manufacturing companies and solution providers. Hear from AlliantGroup's technical director as she walks you through the Research and Development (R&D) Tax Credit and why  it applies to you, the latest changes to the tax code from the IRS and how you can qualify for these exciting credits and incentives. To date, Aliant Group has helped companies in the manufacturing industry uncover more than $2 Billion in credits and cash refunds.

Brian Zahnstecher, PowerRox

5G is Changing the Network in More Ways Than One May Realize


Lisa Blaski, Underwriters Laboratories

How Do You Go About Obtaining Certification –                                What does UL require:

What is the application and what standard applies

Construction – Insulation systems, components, spacings

Samples – single units vs family considerations,

Testing requirements – Witness testing vs UL lab


                   Subhashish Bhattacharya, Ph.D,                  North Carolina University

Technical Forum Presentation


 Please contact the TTA office if you have any questions. We are excited to see you at this year's spring meeting.


"These relationships I’ve built through TTA are among the most rewarding in my professional life."


12:00pm  -   4:30pm  Board of Directors Meeting

  6:30pm  -   7:30pm  Optional Networking Dinner at Hotel



  7:30am  -   8:30am  Networking Exhibits & Breakfast

  8:30am  - 11:45am  General Session - Fact and Fiction about Energy,        Alternative Vehicles, and Sustainability | Steve Goreham

    Magnet Wire and How it has Changed | David Cain, Essex Wire

 11:45am -   1:00pm  Member Luncheon

  1:00pm  -   2:00pm  Obtaining Certification - What does UL Require? | Lisa Blaski, UL

  2:30pm  -   4:30pm  Business Management Forum - Tax Breaks for Manufacturers |Tracy Lustyan, AlliantGroup           

  2:30pm  -   4:30pm  Technical/Engineering Forum - Subhashish Bhattacharya, Ph.D

  6:00pm  -   9:00pm  Reception & Dinner at Hotel



  7:30am  -   8:30am  Networking Exhibits & Breakfast

  8:30am  - 11:00am  General Session - 5G is Changing the Network in More Ways Than One May Realize | Brian Zahnstecher, PowerRox


*Schedule subject to change.