The Williamsonian Winter 2016 - Page 10

10 Chris Moyer ’00 Founded SME With Professionalism And Drive Chris Moyer’s attitude towards work has always been to be a professional and build upon the relationships you make as you go through your career. These attitudes have helped Moyer 0W0, throughout his career, but paid off in a large, and interesting way, five years ago. Moyer said, “When I was working at PECO and completing my business program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, I realized data analysis and process improvement was in its infancy and an untapped opportunity. I knew I wanted to take an innovative approach to data analytics in the industry, so I figured why not exercise my holistic expertise towards other utility and energy companies. I had always dreamed of starting my own company, and now I knew the niche I wanted to pursue. “But with a full-time job and family responsibilities, timing turned out to be everything. My wife, Kathleen, who is a registered nurse and university teacher, was offered a job in Tampa, Fla. We both really liked it there and it felt like the right time to move and execute my ambition to start my own company.” Moyer contacted a lawyer and incorporated SME Solutions Group, Inc. that very day. Always the professional, he gave PECO three months notice to ensure he could support his team in hiring his replacement and to ensure the projects he was managing were set for continued success. It turned out that the professionalism and respect Moyer showed PECO is what led to his and SME’s later successes — PECO, an Exelon Co., became SME’s first client. In April 2011, Moyer founded SME, a company that drives business performance by bridging the gap between strategy, execution, and sustainability for energy, utility, and industrial companies with a core focus on data analytics, business intelligence, and process improvement. Moyer said, “SME has been leading the charge in this industry to ensure utility and generation companies understand the data they have and how to properly take action and make the right decisions with this data. The fact that I know and understand the operational and business objectives and the pain points of the industry has helped us deliver value and certainty to our clients.” With 19 employees working on projects across the country, the company continues to grow and supports some of the largest energy and investor-owned utilities in the country, including Exelon, FirstEnergy, NextEra Energy, and Orlando Utility Commission. SME has already received recognition within the industry, receiving the 2015 North America Partner of the Year Culture Award from QLIK, a business intel- ligence and analytics software company based in Radnor, Pa., for their vertical focus on the utility and generation industry. In October, SME was an exhibitor host for the first time at the annual Utility Analytics Week Conference in New Orleans, which brings in utility and energy companies from the United States and other countries. “Running the company is an emotional challenge with long, grueling hours and much travel and I never settle for the middle ground; I always try to do better. But, because my wife and I have three children, CJ, 10, Allison, 8, and Matthew, 2, I maintain a balance between work and family.” He adds, “My job is rewarding, fun, and always fascinating. It is also far from where I started. I started at the bottom, turning wrenches in power plants and working in multiple departments in this industry.” Moyer attributes some of his success to mentors he had along the way, many who were Williamson graduates, as well as his Williamson education and his continuing education. “I have seen and learned so much in this industry and having that holistic knowledge has paid off. I have always worked very hard and took my work and my team’s work very seriously.” Moyer grew up in Ridley Park and attended Ridley High School, where he played football and wrestled. He learned of Will X[\