Expert Analysis of E/CTRM Technology Market Issues and Trends
Commodity Technology Advisory is the leading analyst organization covering the ETRM, CTRM and Commodity Management software markets. We provide the invaluable insights into the issues and trends affecting the users and providers of the technologies that are crucial for success in the constantly evolving global commodities markets.
Our team is headed by Patrick Reames and Gary M. Vasey, a team whose combined 60-plus years in the energy and commodities markets provides depth of understanding of the market and its issues that is unmatched and unrivaled by any analyst group.
Patrick Reames, Founder and Managing Director
Mr. Reames possess a deep understanding of the energy and commodities markets, developed through hands-on experience and managerial oversight of energy and commodity operations, including exploration, production, gathering, plant and pipeline operations. Additionally, he has 5 years of energy commodity trading, transportation, and risk management experience with Hess Corp. (formally known as Amerada Hess), a Fortune 100 integrated energy marketing company.
Over the last fifteen years, he has been focused primarily on information technology serving energy and commodity trading, marketing, and risk management. Prior to founding Commodity Technology Advisory, he led the CommodityPoint division of UtiliPoint International, providing expert CTRM market analysis and advisory services to dozens of clients in North America, Europe and the Asia/Pacific region.
Prior to joining UtiliPoint International in 2005, he held senior executive positions with several technology companies (including TransEnergy Management, Altra Energy, and TradeWell Systems) servicing the energy and commodity markets.
An acknowledged expert in market analysis and advisory, he is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and events, has published numerous articles in industry publications and is an often quoted expert in news stories. He is the co-author (with Dr Gary Vasey) of the books “Selecting and Implementing Energy Trading, Transaction and Risk Management Software – A Primer” and “Trends in Energy Trading, Transaction and Risk Management Software – Second Edition”.
Mr. Reames holds a B.S. in Business Administration – Finance from Oklahoma State University.
Dr. Gary M. Vasey – Partner and Managing Director
Dr. Vasey is an industry expert noted for his analysis, consulting, marketing, and branding skills. With over 36-years’ experience in the energy and commodities trading industry, Gary has experienced the industry’s volatility as an executive of a trading firm, geologist, consultant, software developer, analyst, and marketing practitioner, providing him with unique insights, not just into the entire value chain, but also into how to position, brand, and deliver products and services to the industry.
He is a noted expert on the commodity trading, transaction and risk management software industry and an accomplished industry analyst and thought leader.
Gary has published more than 200 articles on energy and commodities industry trends in a variety of publications, is a regular speaker at industry conferences, and is the co-author of the books Trends in Energy Trading, Transaction and Risk Management Software – A Primer and Selecting and Implementing ETRM Software – A Primer (with Patrick Reames). He also contributed two chapters to The Professional Risk Managers‘ Guide to Energy and Environmental Markets published by PRMIA and two chapters, co-written with Peter C. Fusaro, to Weather, Energy and Environmental Hedging – An Introduction (ICFAI University Press, 2007) edited by Amando F C Da Silva.
Gary is also the co-author of Energy & Environmental Hedge Funds – The New Investment Paradigm (Wiley, 2006) with Peter C. Fusaro, and of many trade press articles on hedge funds in the energy, commodities and environmental industry.
Gary holds a B.Sc. (Hons.) degree in Geological Sciences from the University of Aston in Birmingham, England and a Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Strathclyde, Scotland.
Irina Reitgruber – Affiliate Analyst
Dr. Irina Reitgruber is a distinguished industry expert in the field of software tools for energy markets. With her strong mathematical background, Irina embarked on her journey in the energy sector in the early 1990s, where she started her path as a developer of optimization tools for power plant dispatch and unit commitment.
Throughout her further career, Irina’s passion for innovation led her to play a key role in design and implementation of cutting-edge software solutions tailored to the complex needs of energy trading, risk management, scheduling, and nominations. Her expertise spans from creating new trading and risk solutions for IRM (Integrated Resource Management in Austria) in the early days of energy markets to managing cross-continental teams and complex solution within large software companies and collaborating with leading energy industry giants.
Irina assumed key responsibilities in such renowned organizations as OpenLink since 2007 and at Sungard (later FIS) since 2014 steering product strategies and ensuring their implementation within energy companies. She was a speaker at multiple business conferences and events representing her companies and their strategies.
With her strong commitment to Energy and Innovations, Irina possesses a deep understanding of the dynamic and continually evolving energy market requirements. Now she decided to dedicate her industry experience to market analysis for software tools supporting energy transition and decarbonization by providing marketing support for most innovative companies in the field. Together with ComTech Advisory team Irina will help to support the industry’s pioneer software solutions, enabling energy companies to thrive in this rapidly changing environment.