Brian Tamplen

Senior Vice President, Operations and Risk Management

I’ve seen the entire spectrum of the energy cost category value proposition, from reducing risk profiles to improving operational performance, serving as key cornerstones to my success in the energy operations, supply and trading space.

2018 My role at Acclaim Energy allows me to draw upon three decades of experience in all aspects of energy services as I provide overall leadership of operations, pricing and risk management. I joined Acclaim after seven years at Champion Energy Services, serving most recently as Senior Vice President and Chief Supply Officer. There, I led a supply team that helped increase annual revenues in Champion Energy’s U.S. deregulated markets by 600%, reduced the company’s risk profile by 50% and added more than $10 million in monthly incremental revenues.

2010 One of the most rewarding aspects of my career has been serving motivating and leading profitable supply teams. As Vice President and Head of Trading at GDF Suez, I spearheaded a team that managed more than $12 billion in natural gas and $7 billion in electricity swaps, futures and derivatives, and also led a proprietary trading group that had a daily Value-at-Risk allocation of $5 million.

2000 The new millennium brought with it Phase I of Senate Bill 7 to deregulate electricity in Texas. At Dynegy, which was then focused on energy trading and generation asset optimization, I was Vice President/Managing Director of Trading and Commercial Operations for six years, where I developed a technical trading system that significantly enhanced internal operations and profitability, created risk management tools that decreased corporate risk and secured key contracts, including two consequential contracts that generated revenues of more than $2 billion over 20 years and $180 million over three years, respectively. After Dynegy exited energy trading and natural gas supply to focus on electrical generation, I became Vice President, Trading and Asset Management, Finance & Treasury to establish strategies, programs and performance metrics to optimize assets and ensure power plant safety. Combining my technical competence, employee-centric focus, and an unwavering eye on the bottom line, a power risk management system was initiated, as well as a goal and reward system with bonus targets that led the company to achieve its gross margin numbers that led to the slashing of more than $100 million in letters of credit.

1989 After graduating from The University of Texas at Tyler with a Bachelor of Science in mathematics and earning my Master of Business Administration in accounting and finance from The University of Massachusetts, the early years of my career were spent at Pacific Gas & Electric, Detroit Edison, Atmos Energy and Phoenix Commodities where I learned many aspects of the energy industry and oversaw trading operations.