President, CEO & Founder
Chris Hickman is the President, CEO and Founder of Innovari. After decades of serving in numerous utility and non-utility roles within the electric industry, Chris brings expertise and perspective to Innovari and its mission to serve the electric needs of society. He provides the company with its strategic direction, technology requirements and regulatory approach to enable Innovari in delivering a technology platform that meets the needs of the utility today and tomorrow, and fits easily into their business model.
Chris has almost three decades of utility industry experience ranging from power generation to regulation to end-use customer services and technologies.
As the Executive Vice President of Utility Solutions for Ice Energy, he created and brought to market the first utility-scale storage model for distributed assets, commercializing an innovative energy storage solution for peak load shifting.
As the President for SureGrid, Chris delivered the first fully automated demand response products to market.
As the Senior Vice President for Strategy & Regulatory Affairs at Cellnet Technology, Chris led the alignment of corporate strategy with regulatory involvement at the state and federal level. He was instrumental in driving policy to enable smart grid technologies throughout the industry.
At PNM Resources Chris served in numerous roles over 13 years including engineering, federal and state policy development, infrastructure planning and budgeting, IT and billing systems and environmental management systems for coal and natural gas generation plants and T&D assets. During his tenure at PNM, Chris and his colleagues received three patents for new technology and systems developed to help optimize utility grid performance.
Chris has been a frequent contributor at utility industry events and leadership conferences. He has also spoken before the U.S. Congress, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and other influential policy groups and provided support for EPACT 2005 and EISA 2007,. He has served on the boards of the IEEE Power Engineering Society, the GridWise Alliance, and Avistar (an unregulated subsidiary of PNM), along with several non-profit organizations. He has also been a member of the DOE regulatory assistance project team, helping provide a utility industry perspective to state and federal regulators regarding current policy issues.
Chris is a graduate of New Mexico State University where he earned a BSEE and an MSEE and completed the Electric Utility Management Program. Chris also earned an MBA in Policy & Planning from the University of New Mexico.