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Wärtsilä Operator Experience Forum

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Wärtsilä Operator Experience Forum

Join us

Wärtsilä Operator Experience Forum

Join us

Wärtsilä Operator Experience Forum

Wärtsilä OX Forum

The Wärtsilä Operator & Owner Experience Forum is the first event arranged by Wärtsilä North America, Inc. by the new Energy Services Team under our Energy Business Organization. The forum theme is focused on the experience of Owners and Operators utilizing Wärtsilä reciprocating engines. Whether you own a Gas, Dual Fuel or pure Liquid Fuel engine plant, this is the place for you to meet and collaborate with others in your industry.

We are excited to bring our customers together to share their operations and maintenance experience, to collaborate with OEM experts, and discuss best practices to create a safe working environment at the power plant sites. Topics and presentations include updates from Wärtsilä on new digital tools for the OX group, and a technical expert panel discussion on operating profiles. Our team is comprised of creative, forward thinking experts that bring years of diverse experience and truly strive to be a part of the Wärtsilä customer success stories. Please join us for this event in Emeryville, California.

Wärtsilä Energy Business

Wärtsilä Energy Business is leading the transition towards a 100% renewable energy future. As an Energy System Integrator, we understand, design, build and serve optimal power systems for future generations. Wärtsilä’s solutions provide the needed flexibility to integrate renewables and secure power system reliability. Our offering comprises engine-based flexible power plants – including liquid gas systems – hybrid solar power plants, and energy storage and integration solutions. We support our customers over the lifecycle or their installations with services that enable increased efficiency and guaranteed performance. Wärtsilä has 70 GW of installed power plant capacity in 177 countries around the world.


Pierre Forsman

Manager Gas Engines Technical Services
Energy Business, Americas
Wärtsilä Energy Business
Pierre Forsman has been involved in the development of medium and large bore Gas Engines in Finland for more than a decade, with considerable experience in field testing, troubleshooting and root cause analysis for both Marine and Energy installations globally.

Currently Pierre is leading the Gas Engine’s team technical services division for the Americas.
Pierre received a B.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Novia University in Vasa Finland.
He is based out of the WNA office in Fort Lauderdale Florida.

Alicia Lockhart

Agreement Sales Manager, AMER
Wärtsilä Energy Business

Alicia received her B.S. in Finance from California State University and brings her advanced analytical and inventive mindset to her current role as Agreement Sales Manager at Wärtsilä. Her twelve years of experience in finance and business development have provided an in-depth knowledge and unique perspective of the multi-facets within the customer’s business.

Her dynamic and energetic vision is behind the value-based, lifecycle solutions she has developed with Wärtsilä’s customers through long term partnerships in both the marine and energy business.

Sanna Silander-Falk

Director, Business Support


Lukas Spierings

General Manager Field Services & Technical Services, Americas
Wärtsilä Energy Business

Lukas Spierings has ample experience in the technical operations and execution side of the energy business. He has held several leadership positions in Europe since 2011 in the Americas.

Currently, Lukas is responsible for the Field Services & Technical Services business in the Americas. Field Service involves the preventative maintenance, troubleshooting and repair of Wärtsilä and other products by dedicated engineers on site. Technical Service supports the business by providing high level technical knowledge during the lifecycle of products and solutions delivered or serviced by Wärtsilä. Lukas holds a M.Sc. (Eng.) degree in Mechanical Engineering and lives in Panama City, Panama.

Anders Ståhlgård

Technical Manager Gas Engines, North America
Wärtsilä Energy Business

Anders Ståhlgård has more than two decades of experience with Wärtsilä, specializing in Gas engines.

Prior to his role of Technical Manager with Wärtsilä North America, Anders has been involved in installations, commissioning, problem solving and testing in Europe, Americas and Asia.

Anders has earlier experience as commissioning Manager, Site Manager, Service Manager and Field Service Manager in different countries.

Anders has education of Technical engineer in Mechanical and Metal engineering in Vasa, Finland.

Sam Straka

GM Energy Services, SUNAM
Wärtsilä Energy Business

Sam Straka is the General Manager of Wärtsilä Energy Business Services Team in Service Unit North America that includes Canada and USA. Sam began his career with Wärtsilä Finland in early 2000 doing his thesis work for Wärtsilä Power Plant Technology group and part time work at Wärtsilä Power Plants Projects and in 2005 moved to the US to join Wärtsilä North America as Field Service Engineer. With over 15 years of experience in Wärtsilä projects, electrical engineering, installation, commissioning, technical support, sales support and technical sales Sam continues to grow and use his knowledge to develop solutions for Wartsila customers.

Sam holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Technology from NOVIA, University of Applied Sciences in Vaasa, Finland. Sam resides in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with his wife and son and enjoys spending time on the beach and traveling with his family.

Hyatt House Emeryville

Our hotel of choice for Wärtsilä OX Forum is Hyatt House Emeryville. The room rate is $259/night +tax. Book your reservations by either calling the reservatiions line at 1-866-974-9288 and provide the group code G-WART or click on link below to make your reservations online.

Under the special rates tab, choose the corporate/code and enter G-WART for reservations.

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Gilman Brewing Company

Just a comfortable room, normal people, and some award winning brew.

Scott’s Seafood Jack London Square

The Scott’s story began in 1976, with the opening of a simple gracious seafood dinner house in the Marina District of San Francisco. Its phenomenal success led to the opening of two new establishments one overlooking the colorful Oakland Harbor at Jack London Waterfront and the other in the heart of beautiful downtown Walnut Creek. From the moment it opened, Scott’s captured the best of a growing tradition presenting the finest seafood classically prepared in light, crisp, friendly surroundings.

Sommelier-Guided Whiskey Tasting

Join us for an interactive whiskey tasting experience paired with dinner at Scott’s Seafood.


June 10, 2019

6:00 – 8:00 pm
Gilman Brewing Co.


Meet us at Gilman Brewing Co. for lite bites and to kick off the OX Forum.

912 Gilman St | Berkeley, CA

OX Forum

June 11, 2019

8:30 am – 8:45 Am


8:45 am – 9:30 am


  • Wärtsilä Energy Business
  • New User Portal & CBM Integration
  • Push Data Solutions and Remote Solutions
9:30 am – 10:30 am
Owner & Operator Power Plant Lifecycle Experience


10:30 am – 10:45 am
Networking Break


10:45 am – 11:30 am
Customized Lifecycle Solutions


11:30 am – 12:00 pm
Wärtsilä Spare Parts Inventory Program


12:00 pm – 12:45 pm


12:45 pm – 2:30 pm
Technical Experts Operational Profile Panel


  • High running hour plants
  • Frequent start/stop and peaking plant
  • Low hour and standby profile
  • Observations from the field
2:30 pm – 2:45 pm
Networking Break


2:45 pm – 4:30 pm
Safety Workshop – Top priority is safety & people


  • Collaboration on best safety practices through interaction
  • Plan for change and implementation
4:30 pm – 4:45 pm
Wrap up & feedback


5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Scott’s Seafood


Join us for dinner and an interactive whiskey tasting experience at Scott’s this evening.

Round trip transportation provided from Hyatt House Emeryville


Michelle Romero
Marketing Manager, Americas


Wärtsilä is a global leader in smart technologies and complete lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. By emphasising sustainable innovation, total efficiency and data analytics, Wärtsilä maximises the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers.