Dave Blank is Vertical Data’s Vice President of Regulatory Solutions. Dave formerly had a four-decade career in the electric utility industry with FirstEnergy Corp., a leading US utility and generation provider. Dave most recently served as Vice President in the Rates & Regulatory Affairs Group, where he was responsible for developing and implementing regulatory strategy for FirstEnergy as well as for its utility operations, and its participation in the deregulated market for generation service. Dave frequently represented FirstEnergy as an expert witness before regulatory agencies as well as legislative panels regarding utility regulatory matters. He has served on a wide variety of industry committees focusing on regulatory affairs and strategic planning and has frequently spoken at industry conferences regarding current trends in the electricity business.