David Walters is president of Walters Power International. WPI supplies, develops, services and manages electrical generation power plants around the world. Formed in 1995, WPI and its affiliated companies have combined the expertise of independent power professionals with the resources of individual and institutional investment funds to develop and supply more than $200 million in power projects in more than 20 countries.
Walters, who served as the Governor of Oklahoma (1990-94), is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School. He entered politics after a successful business career and brought his private sector expertise to the governor’s office. Walters cut the number of state employees, aggressively promoted economic development and achieved a 15-year record in job growth. He passed the state’s first bond issue in 25 years, which invested more than $350 million in the state’s infrastructure, and advanced the first workers’ compensation insurance reform in 15 years.
Walters led trade delegations to eight nations during his term and completely reorganized international trade for the state, resulting in Oklahoma's international trade growing at twice the national average.
Daniel R. Williams, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
Dan Williams is the CFO for Walters Power International, LLC and is responsible for financial management and reporting, corporate investments, credit relationships and financing, and takes a significant role in acquisitions and deal structuring. Prior to being at WPI, Mr. Williams served in various financial management roles in the financial services industry, commercial banking, insurance and employee benefits, corporate and institutional investments, professional employment (“PEOs”), sports franchises, mergers & acquisitions and foreign joint ventures. During this 25 year period, he was the CFO for several subsidiary operations, part of the senior leadership team, and served on the Board of Directors for a number of companies including a regional bank. Mr. Williams has extensive international experience in developing and managing foreign investments and joint ventures, with particular expertise in Asia and Southeast Asia. Mr. Williams is a certified public accountant and member of the Oklahoma Society of CPA’s and the American Institute of CPA’s since 1984. He currently serves on several local and national charity Boards of Directors, and currently serves as Chairman of the Finance Committee of the Board of Directors for The Navigators in Colorado Springs, CO.
Deena Smith is a Project Manager for Walters Power International where she coordinates and oversees all aspects of domestic and international projects. Smith has extensive experience in the energy industry as well as Greenfield power plant development. Smith is the US lead project manager for the various projects currently under development in Pakistan ranging from 50 MW to 230 MW. Smith has been with WPI since its inception in 1996 and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Safety and Health.
Director of Marketing/IT/Project Manager
Karen Schaub is the Director of Marketing for Walters Power International and provides IT support to the company and its affiliates. Schaub has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Business Management with a professional background in government and private business spanning over 27 years of experience with significant management and budget responsibilities in the areas of utilities and energy. Schaub works on the sales and acquisitions of power generation equipment, development of renewable power projects and turnkey power plant projects. She serves as the primary equipment technical analyst, prepares financial proforma's, and creates written proposals for investors. Schaub has been with the company since 2005 and has completed approximately $18 million in sales transactions.
Director of Accounting
Sanders arrives at WPI after serving as corporate accounting coordinator for Chesapeake Energy, where she coordinated the company's accounting staff and was responsible for hedge accounting for natural gas and oil and other accounting-related management, audits and analysis. She was the finance accounting manager for Advanced Financial Solutions from 2005-07. Prior to that, Sanders was the accounting manager for Loves Travel Stops and Country Stores from 1977 to 2005. She is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma.