Curtis Ashton is the Director of Training for American Power Systems, a DC Services subsidiary of East Penn Manufacturing (a large battery manufacturer), Deka Services. Prior to working for East Penn, Curtis had a 27 year career as a Telecommunications Power and Grounding Maintenance Engineer for CenturyLink and its predecessors. Prior to that, he worked as an electrician’s helper and engineering technician for Salt River Project at a coal-fired electric generation plant. Curtis has been published and has presented numerous times, and is the present chair of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) PES (Power and Energy Society) Energy Storage & Stationary Battery (ESSB) committee. He is a working group chair for multiple working groups, and the primary author of several IEEE documents. He also served in various positions (including vice-president) of the Intelec Executive Committee (IEEE PELS TC7 – Power Electronics Society Technical Committee 7), which is an annual telecommunications energy conference; and served a term on the IEEE Standards Association Standards Review Committee (RevCom). Mr. Ashton is also a past vice-chair of ATIS/ANSI-STEP, and the primary author of several ANSI/ATIS standards published by that set of committees. Curtis is a fluent Spanish speaker, and in his spare time is involved in Scouts and high school soccer and basketball refereeing.