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PowerPlan Announces Inaugural Comet Awards

Company Recognizes Long-standing Partnerships with Company and Individual Awards

Atlanta, GA (November 12, 2014) PowerPlan Inc., which for the past 20 years has been the leading provider of a fully integrated suite of asset-centric accounting, tax, budgeting and analytics software solutions for asset-intensive businesses, is proud to announce the 11 winners of its Comet Awards and four additional winners of its Saturn Awards. The awards recognize companies and individuals who have leveraged PowerPlan’s technology to create significant value for their organization in the form of improved operational efficiencies, optimized financial performance or reduced audit risk.

“Throughout PowerPlan’s existence, we’ve been fortunate to work with companies and individuals across a variety of industries across North America,” said Elizabeth Cowart, Vice President of Customer Success.

The Comet Awards, presented at our PLANET 2014 Client Conference, is a way for us to recognize the value our customers are creating at their own organizations and reward our customers for their success. In addition, the Saturn Awards allow our customers to recognize PowerPlan employees’ contributions to their achievements.”

PowerPlan is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Comet Awards categories:

Company Awards

Best Use of Asset Accounting – nominees must demonstrate how they receive maximum value from PowerPlan’s Asset Accounting suite, utilizing it to increase cost efficiencies, improve automation and reduce errors

WINNER: ENMAX Corporation (Alberta, Canada)

Best Use of Income Tax – nominees showed how they use PowerPlan’s Tax Optimization system to manage their income tax obligations in an efficient, accurate and auditable manner

WINNER: Black Hills Corporation (Rapid City, San Diego)

 Best Use of Property Tax – nominees showed how they use PowerPlan’s Property Tax functionality to improve processing times, reduce manual processes and increase data integrity

 WINNER: ONEOK (Tulsa, Oklahoma)

 Best Use of Project Management & Budgeting – nominees demonstrated how they use PowerPlan’s Project Management & Budgeting solution to drive value by managing project costs from conception to completion

 WINNER: Southern Company Services (Atlanta, Georgia)

 Best Use of PowerPlan – nominees described how they leverage one or more PowerPlan solutions to achieve value across their organization

 WINNER Energy Transfer Equity (Dallas, Texas)

 Individual Awards

 Halley’s Comet for Asset Accounting – nominees must demonstrate a dedication to increasing their organization’s cash flow, retirement accuracy, automation and data integrity, while strengthening compliance, integration and analysis

 WINNER: David Githae, CENG Exelon Corporation (Chicago, Illinois)

 Halley’s Comet for Tax – nominees who show a dedication to increasing their organization’s tax savings through limited risk exposure, automated processes and accurate forecasting

 WINNER: April Oedekoven, Black Hills Corporation (Rapid City, South Dakota) and Rahn Randolph, MidAmerican Energy (Des Moines, Iowa)

 Halley’s Comet for Project Management and Budgeting – nominees must show a commitment to increasing their organization’s project lifecycle management, including capital budgeting, maintenance, forecasting, approvals and downstream accounting

 WINNER: Bill Simon, El Paso Electric (El Paso, Texas)

 Halley’s Comet for IT – nominees must demonstrate a commitment to supporting the implementation and operation of PowerPlan within their organization, while remaining focused on lowering the total cost of ownership

 WINNER: Steve Dover, EPB Chattanooga (Chattanooga, Tennessee) and Sheldon Smith, Duke Energy (Charlotte, North Carolina)

 PowerPlan Saturn Awards

 These awards recognize individuals from PowerPlan for their commitment to helping customers meet key deadlines, improve performance and achieve strategic goals. The winners are:

  • Nate Gburek, senior consultant; nominated by Memphis Gas, Light and Water
  • Colin Thomson, senior consultant; nominated by CENG Exelon
  • Chris Mardis, director of development; nominated by Southern Company Services
  • James Kim, senior consultant; nominated by Cobb EMC

 The winners were formally announced at the PLANET 2014 Client Conference on November 11, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas.

About PowerPlan: PowerPlan software provides financial insight into how complex rules and regulations impact your organization – empowering you to make credible decisions that improve overall corporate performance. The integrated solution provides complete visibility starting with forecasting and monitoring to scenario planning and analytics while maintaining financial compliance. For more information, email or visit

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