This program provides a broad understanding of how the gas utility industry works. Designed for new, seasoned, or emerging employees, participants will explore the critical issues affecting the gas industry and the interaction between utilities and their stakeholders. The class is delivered in a one-day format at the WEI office in Portland, Oregon, and covers an expansive view of the industry including topics such as the history of natural gas use, current trends, how utilities make money, and emerging issues. WEI member companies may also host a class at their location for their employees to provide a unique, individualized training experience. Contact WEI for more information.
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Dave Williams is currently retired from NW Natural after 38 years of service where he was Vice President of Utility Services. He was responsible for NW Natural’s customer acquisition, operations support services, employee relations, corporate communications and advertising and oversaw the departments that provide service to NW Natural’s 700,000 customers.
Mr. Williams joined NW Natural in 1978 in sales. He moved into operations in 1990 as a district manager responsible for construction and other field functions. He was then promoted to General Manager of Operations and District Operations. He became Vice President of Utility Operations in 2007. He also was co-chair for the company’s collaborative Labor Relations Team and continued as the Chief Negotiator and Labor Relations Executive.
Mr. Williams is an active participant in civic and community affairs. He is past chair of the Citizens Crime Commission in Portland Oregon and serves on the College of Business Dean’s Circle of Excellence for Oregon State University and is a past chair of Portland’s Downtown Clean and Safe District, Portland Metro Salvation Army and the Oregon Workforce Investment Board. He also serves on Multnomah’s Homeless Youth Oversight Committee. He was a Past President of the Leadership Portland Alumni Association.
He is a proud graduate of Oregon State University with a degree in Business.