IECA Directors: 

  1. Allied Director 2011 - 2013


Directors 2011 - 2012


Alan Babp

PPL Corporation

Alan has been an IECA member since 2001. He joined PPL Corporation’s Credit Risk group in 1999. Prior to joining PPL Corporation, he was an Account Executive and Portfolio manager for Finova Corporation/ AT&T Capital’s Distribution Finance Group managing an asset based loan portfolio. From 1987 to 1995, he was a Credit Administrator and member of the Chrysler First/Nation’s Credit credit risk team, supporting a $1.0Bn portfolio composed of five regional credit offices. He Co-Chair the CCRO Market Clearing working group in 2005-2007, which published a white paper on clearing in the Energy Industry. Alan has presented at numerous conferences including Energy Risk, EUCI and NAPCO. A 1979 graduate of Susquehanna University, Alan earned a B.S. in Business Administration/Finance and earned an MBA from Moravian College in 1998.


Laura Brown

Murphy Oil Corporation

Laura is the General Manager of Corporate Credit Risk for Murphy Oil Corporation. She is responsible for managing the company’s credit risk exposure for their domestic and international operations. She and her credit team are located in El Dorado Arkansas, and together monitor every aspect of credit mitigation for the company. She has been employed with Murphy since 1996 where she entered an intermediate accounting position in their Downstream Accounting Department, and was promoted within the Department several times. In October of 2000 she was promoted to Corporate Credit Manager for Murphy, and has managed the department since.Laura has been a member of the IECA since 2001 and was elected to the board in 2006. She now serves as the Chairman of the Communications Committee and has served on the Conference Management, CORPs, and Membership Committees.


John Lightbourn

World Fuel Services 

John D. Lightbourn joined World Fuel Services Corp in 2011 as the Vice-President of Credit & Risk based in Miami, FL where he is responsible for the global credit, performance and operational risk management for the PRISM group (Price Risk Management). Prior to joining World Fuel Services he was the Director of Structured Credit Risk with NextEra Energy, Inc. John’s work experience includes holding several financial positions with IBM, GE Capital, Citibank, PSEG and Luminant. Over the years John has gained work experience in technology, financial markets, planning, logistics, crude, natural gas and electricity trading environments. John is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin where he earned an Accounting degree.

John has been a member of the International Energy Credit Association (IECA) since 2001 and in 2007 was elected to and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the organization. He has chaired several committees including the GLE, By-Laws and Technology committees.


Directors 2011 - 2013


James Hawkins

Cenovous Energy, Inc

James has been a Credit and Financial Risk Management professional for the past 18 years. His first 8 years were with TD Bank, which included managing lending positions and divisional financial analyst managing 110 Alberta branch plans and their results. For the past 10 years James has been in the Energy Industry managing Corporate Credit Risk portfolios for Westcoast Energy Inc, Duke Energy Corp, Direct Energy Marketing Limited, EnCana Corporation and Cenovus Energy Inc. Most of these positions involved establishing credit, contracting, and ongoing credit mitigation. With Westcoast and Duke, credit mitigation was a large part of his responsibilities during the collapse of Enron and subsequent fallout of other large energy players. James was with EnCana Corporation for 6 years as the Manager, Corporate Credit Risk Management and while in this position focused on business growth but as 2008 approached this quickly turned to successful mitigation as the financial sector began to melt-down. In November of 2009 EnCana Corporation Split forming a new entity called Cenovus Energy Inc. where James moved to become the Director, Credit Risk Management. Cenovus Energy is a progressive and responsible Canadian oil company, see more at James graduated with distinction in 1991 from the University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Alberta with a Bachelor of Business Administration (double major in Finance and Marketing). Prior to this James graduated from NAIT, Edmonton, Alberta in 1988 with a Marketing Diploma.

James has been a member of the International Energy Credit Association (IECA) for the past 8 years, and has been the Vice-Chair and Chair of the Canadian Education Committee, and currently is on the Strategic Planning Committee, Canadian Education Committee (past-chair), and Membership Committee.


Ivan Melamud

Trafigura Beheer BV

Ivan is Head of Credit for Energy at Trafigura, the world’s third largest independent trading company. His team is reasonable for managing the counterparty credit risk associated with Trafigura’s energy trading portfolio around the world. Prior to joining Trafigura, Ivan spent five years as an Export Credit Underwriter for Euler Hermes, part of the Allianz insurance group. He holds a BSc (Hons) in Business Information Technology from Nottingham Trent University. Ivan has been a member of the IECA since 2004 and currently chairs the European Credit Education Group.


Jamie Swartz

NiSource, Inc

Jamie is a Credit Relationship Manager at NiSource Inc. She is responsible for counterparty credit risk management for NiSource Gas Transmission & Storage, a 15,700 mile pipeline system serving customers in more than 16 states. Jamie has 12 years of industry experience. She graduated from Marshall University with a degree in Accounting and Finance. Jamie has been a member of the IECA since 2002 and served on various committees including chairperson of the Commercial Credit Group and the Membership Committee. She currently serves on the Board as Assistant Treasurer. Jamie is married to Matt since 2003, and they have 2 boys, Chandler and Caden.


Melissa Schuetz

Occidental Energy Marketing

Melissa, a native of Green Bay, Wisconsin, joined the Trade Control group at Occidental Energy Marketing, Inc. “OEMI” in June 2008. Before joining OEMI, Melissa had dedicated more than six years as a Senior Credit Analyst at Integrys Energy Services, Inc. Prior to her career in the energy industry, Melissa worked as a Commercial Underwriter at U.S. Bank. In 1999, Melissa graduated cum laude from the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay with a B.B.A. in Finance. She continued her academic pursuits and earned her M.B.A. from Lakeland College in 2005. Melissa faithfully served in the U.S. Army Reserves Special Forces for 11 years as a Civil Affairs Specialist, during which she served a tour of duty in Kosovo helping to rebuild the war-torn region. Melissa has been a member of IECA since 2004, chaired the CORPS Committee, and is actively serving on its CORPS, Conference Management, and Technology Committees.


Directors 2011 - 2014


Teri Brown

Tenaska Power Services

Teri is Director of Contract Administration at Tenaska Power Services Co. and is responsible for the negotiation and execution of all power contracts for Tenaska. Teri graduated from Washburn University in the Spring of 1977 and is a certified Paralegal. She previously worked for Westar Energy and Flowserve Corporation prior to joining Tenaska in 1999. Teri has been a member of the IECA since 2005 and was instrumental in the growth and educational planning of the Contracts and Legal Educational Group (CLEG) since its inception in 2008. She has served on numerous committees during her tenure, including CLEG Chair, Conference Planning Committee, Membership Committee and Strategic Planning Committee.


Michael Dutka

Nexan, Inc

Michael has been involved in the credit industry for the past 15 years. Located in Calgary Alberta Canada, Michael graduated from the University of Alberta in 1986 with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree majoring in finance. He first began his credit career at the Royal Bank of Canada as lending and branch administration officer. In 1993 he migrated to Equifax Canada, a consumer and commercial credit reporting bureau, where he managed a portfolio of strategic accounts and became chairperson of the Energy Marketing Credit Group, an association of credit professionals who regularly network and exchange credit information. Michael joined EPCOR Utilities Inc. in 2001 as Senior Credit Analyst where he provided credit support for both the regulated & non-regulated gas & power trading portfolios. Michael joined the IECA during this tenor where he became involved with the Canadian Credit Education Committee. He transitioned to group chairperson in 2011 and with the help of the committee, hosted networking and education events including the Canadian Spring Conference in Banff, Alberta. For the past 5 years Michael has worked as Senior Credit Analyst with Canadian energy company Nexen Inc. where he supports the trading function for various commodity portfolios, both domestic and international in scope.


Philip Priolo

Exelon Generation Company, LLC

Philip A. Priolo works in the credit group at Exelon Generation Company, LLC where he has been since April 2005. Mr. Priolo currently manages the credit group as well as the accounts payable and accounts receivable departments. Prior to joining Exelon Mr. Priolo worked for PNC Financial Services Group, a regional bank with approximately $75 billion in assets at the time, for five years. At PNC he worked as a relationship manager with corporate clients as the primary contact for the customer providing debt financing, treasury management services and consultative advice on all other bank products. Mr. Priolo started his career in finance at the Federal Reserve Bank in Philadelphia where he worked aggregating data for Open Market Committee meetings. He is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science and holds an MBA in Finance from Temple University. Mr. Priolo is on the Supervisory Committee, the Asset Liability Committee and the Planning Committee of Citadel Federal Credit Union, a $1.5 billion credit union located in Exton, PA, where he has been a volunteer since 2008. He also sits on the board of directors of the International Energy Credit Association, a position that he was elected to in 2011. Mr. Priolo resides in Broomall, PA, a suburb of Philadelphia, with his wife, two daughters and son.


Oscar Soto

Genon Energy, Inc

Oscar has been with GenOn and its predecessors (Mirant and Southern Energy) for fifteen years. He has managed the Credit Department, the Contracts Compliance Department and the Confirmations Department in various positions with GenOn. Oscar has been an IECA member since 1999 and served on various IECA committees (Communications Committee and Gas, Liquids and Electric Committee - Chairperson). He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from the University of West Florida.



Allied Director 2011 - 2012


Kyri Evagora

Reed Smith LLP

Kyri qualified as a lawyer in 1994 and became a partner at Reed Smith in 2000. He specialises in advising companies that trade, finance and transport commodities. His experience covers the related disciplines of trading, sale of goods, trade finance, shipping and insurance.
Kyri’s recent experience includes handling complex, multi-jurisdictional litigation arising out of trade financing, international trading and commodity derivatives transactions. He regularly advises in relation to trade arbitrations and is on hand to support clients in the energy and natural resources industry in relation to their legal problems.


Allied Director 2011 - 2013


Dennis Hernandez

Triple Point Technology

As Managing Director of Sales & Business Development, Dennis Hernandez is responsible for building a direct and indirect sales organization that will position Triple Point as a vertical market leader in the Enterprise Credit Risk Management marketplace. In this capacity Mr. Hernandez is directly involved with the sale of enterprise credit and market risk applications to global energy customers. Mr. Hernandez brings to Triple Point over twenty one years of proven expertise in energy & software sales and sales management with numerous enterprise software leaders and energy companies.

Prior to joining Triple Point, Mr. Hernandez held roles of increasing responsibility at Texas Eastern, Panhandle Eastern, Duke Energy, Altra Energy Technologies, Sungard, and ROME Corporation. At Altra Energy, he founded and established Altra as the leading provider of Natural Gas Management and Transmission application systems in the United States. As Vice President, Mr. Hernandez drove sales and market share over 300% per year. He was directly responsible for the selling of enterprise energy risk and transaction systems to Fortune 500 companies.
At Texas Eastern, Mr. Hernandez helped design the first “real time” electronic Capacity Release system utilized with the Natural Gas Transportation Electronic Bulletin Board, LINK.
Mr. Hernandez graduated from Texas A&M University with Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Computer Science and he is a Certified Public Accountant