Dave Herlong is the Director of Smart Grid & Innovation at Florida Power & Light Company (FPL). He is responsible for creating value from our Smart Grid investments, data and devices in our Power Delivery organization. Mr. Herlong has held this position since April 2015. Previously, Mr. Herlong served as Smart Grid Operations Manager and Area Manager of Distribution Operations where he was responsible for the overall engineering, maintenance, restoration, and safe operation of the distribution network. Since joining the company in 1996, Mr. Herlong has held many leadership positions, including technology program manager, construction workload manager, streetlight services manager, vegetation program manager and United Way Loaned Executive. Mr. Herlong earned his Bachelor of Science in Industrial & Systems Engineering from the University of Florida in 1995. He is a graduate of the United States Marine Corps Officer Candidate School, in Quantico, Virginia, and is a certified Six Sigma quality black belt. Florida Power & Light Company is the largest rate-regulated electric utility in Florida and serves the third-largest number of customers of any electric utility in the United States. FPL is a subsidiary of Juno Beach, Fla.-based NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE).