Jim RichardsonPresident, The North American Energy Markets Association (NAEMA)
Jim has 33 years of experience in the power industry. As the Director of Energy Marketing, Jim is responsible for creating long-term value from the energy markets for both Avant Energy and the Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (MMPA). Previously, Jim was instrumental in the start-up of The Energy Authority and for 20 years held a number of positions in energy trading, power marketing, and business development. He has experience working in MAPP, MISO, PJM, SPP, SERC and FRCC regions. His prior work experience includes 10 years of service at the South Carolina Public Service Authority and 6 years’ experience as senior test engineer for both Pratt & Whitney and Westinghouse Electric Corporation Nuclear Technology Division. Jim has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of South Carolina. Jim has served on NAEMA’s Board of Directors for several years, including three years as Vice President. He has served as NAEMA President since 2018.