Board of Directors Strategic Planning Committee

Committee Members

Thomas Casey

Spirae

Senior Sales Director
Member
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Tom Casey has over 35 years of experience in providing services and products to all levels of the utility industry. Tom has been on the forefront of utility applications ranging from AM/FM/GIS and AMI/AMR to customer information systems, outage management/workforce automation, and renewable energy markets. His varied background has also included business development in a broad range of markets including medical device manufacturing, semiconductors, high technology, consumer electronics and software applications. He has worked for companies like Intergraph, SPL/Oracle, Brooks Automation, KEMA and Texas Instruments. He graduated with a degree in Biological Sciences from California State University, Chico, and has completed Masters level programs at the Oregon Health Science University /Oregon Graduate Institute of Science and Technology. He has been an active member of Western Energy Institute for over 17 years, having served in every service company member capacity from Committee Chairman to Mentor, and most recently sitting on the WEI Board of Directors. Tom moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1978, and now resides in La Center, Washington with his wife Kim.

David Hutchens

UNS Energy Corp.

President and Chief Executive Officer
Chair
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Mr. Hutchens is President and Chief Executive Officer of UNS Energy, TEP and UES. Since joining UNS Energy in 1995, Mr. Hutchens has held various management positions, including Vice President of Energy Efficiency and Resource Planning, Vice President of Wholesale Energy and Vice President of UNS Gas.

Mr. Hutchens graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering and an MBA with an emphasis in finance.

Ronald Nichols

Southern California Edison

President
Member

Dennis Vermillion

Avista Corp.

President, Avista Utilities and Senior Vice President
Member