About Us

Principals – Owners

Mark Dillon

Mark is a native Arizonan, and received his education from Arizona State University. After completing his BSE in Mechanical Engineering in 1995, he accepted a position with Arizona Public Service Company (APS) in Phoenix. During his time at APS, he served in many different areas of the IT Infrastructure team, eventually becoming the Infrastructure Engineering Group Manager, having responsibility for leading all technology areas of the IT Infrastructure. This included designing and implementing the physical security infrastructure needed to secure the company’s facilities. Much of this work involved providing enhanced security services for key elements of the Bulk Electric System (BES) in support of regulatory requirements demanded by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC). Under Mark’s leadership, APS established standards for securing it’s 230kV, 345kV and 500kV substations, as well as major communication facilities and operations centers. During this time, Mark built relationships with industry experts as well as key suppliers. In 2012, he decided that this was a market he wanted to serve, and opened the doors of Influential Engineering.

Mark is an active flight instructor and flies around the southwest for both business and pleasure. He and his wife Annalisa live in Peoria, AZ with their two children, Andrew (18) and Ariana (14).

Terry Dillon

Terry is an IT professional with proven success leading architecture, engineering and construction teams to meet aggressive real-time IT infrastructure needs. He has expertise in managing teams and budgets to meet strategic company goals. Terry has a solid background in developing architectures for supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) control and communication systems. By having an active participation with national and global groups, he was able to provide better overall advice and guidance for smart grid and electric utility transmission & delivery technology strategies to ensure business goals are achieved. Terry was a member of the national Smart Grid task force which was NERC funded to determine how technologies can impact the bulk electric system (BES).

Terry enjoys time with his family. He and his wife Michelle live in Glendale, AZ with their three children, Joseph (13), Katelyn (11), and Alexander (8). He also is an adjunct faculty for Estrella Mountain Community College and teaches foundational computer skill and project management courses.