President and Chief Executive Officer
Archie Collins is president and chief executive officer of Tampa Electric.
Collins has more than 30 years of experience in the energy industry. He began his career at Nova Scotia Power in 1990, and he has held increasingly senior roles since then. Prior to joining Tampa Electric, Collins served in leadership roles at Nova Scotia Power and Emera Energy, as president and chief executive officer of Grand Bahama Power Co., and as president and chief operating officer of Emera Caribbean. Most recently, he served as chief operating officer of Tampa Electric.
Collins is a professional chemical engineer, and he holds a Bachelor of Engineering from St. Francis Xavier University and a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from Dalhousie University.
He sits on the boards of the Florida Council of 100, Florida Chamber of Commerce, Tampa Bay Economic Development Council and Enterprise Florida. He also serves on the boards of The Association of Edison Illuminating Companies, Florida Reliability Coordinating Council and Tampa Theatre.
Vice President Energy Supply
Carlos Aldazabal is vice president of Energy Supply for Tampa Electric.
Since joining Tampa Electric in 1999, he has held multiple leadership positions in areas ranging from Accounting, Regulatory Affairs for Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas, Investor Relations, and Transmission Engineering & Operations. Most recently, he served as the director of the Storm Protection Program and Support Services.
Aldazabal received both his Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Master of Accountancy from the University of South Florida. He is a Certified Public Accountant.
Senior Vice President Finance and Accounting and Chief Financial Officer
Greg Blunden is senior vice president of Finance and Accounting and chief financial officer (CFO) of TECO Energy and CFO of Emera Inc.
Blunden joined Emera in 2000 and has held financial leadership roles at Emera Inc., Emera Maine and Nova Scotia Power. He has gained valuable experience and industry insight into all aspects of Emera's business, including corporate finance, business development, utility operations, customer service, renewable energy and regulatory policy.
Most recently, he was Emera's vice president of Corporate Strategy & Planning and before that held the position of executive vice president of Customer, Business & Financial Services at Nova Scotia Power.
Blunden is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a graduate of Mount Allison University.
Vice President of Human Resources
Marian Cacciatore is vice president of Human Resources for Tampa Electric.
Cacciatore joined TECO after a lengthy career in human resources. Before joining TECO in 2020, she served as vice president of Human Resources for a satellite communications company. Her background also includes HR leadership roles in manufacturing, financial services and high-tech organizations.
She has a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of South Florida, and a master's degree in Human Resource Management from Rollins College.
Cacciatore serves as a mentor with the University of South Florida's Corporate Mentoring program.
Vice President Finance
Jeff Chronister is vice president of Finance, where he leads a team of professionals responsible for accounting, financial reporting and business planning for Tampa Electric and TECO Energy.
Chronister has served in several leadership roles in his more than 30 years at TECO, including as Tampa Electric's controller.
A Certified Public Accountant since 1983, Chronister has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Stetson University. He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the Florida Institute of CPAs.
Chronister has served many community organizations, including the Shriners Hospital for Children and local Little League organizations. He is also an alumnus of both Tampa Connection and Leadership Tampa.
Vice President Information Technology & Telecommunications and CIO
Ramon Millan-Pineda is vice president of Information Technology and Telecommunications and chief information officer for TECO Energy. Millan-Pineda leads a team of technical professionals responsible for TECO's corporate computing systems, including Tampa Electric, Peoples Gas and News Mexico Gas Co.
He has more than 20 years of experience leading information technology operations, innovation and digital transformation, in multiple industries, including hospitality, transportation, pharmaceuticals and higher education.
Millan-Pineda has a Doctor of Philosophy in Digital Transformation from New York University; two master’s degrees from Columbia University, in Organizational Behavior and Technology Management; a Master of Business Administration from Yale University; and a bachelor’s degree in Chemical and Systems Engineering from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education.
Millan-Pineda serves as mentor at Columbia University, Center of Technology Management. He is also a member of the advisory board at Harvard University.
Vice President Legal, General Counsel and Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer
David M. Nicholson is vice president of Legal, general counsel and chief ethics and compliance officer. He is responsible for legal affairs, federal governmental affairs, real estate and ethics and compliance.
Prior to joining TECO in 1999, Nicholson was a shareholder at the Tampa law firm of Macfarlane Ferguson & McMullen. While at the firm, he represented Peoples Gas before it was acquired by TECO in 1997.
Nicholson received his Bachelor of Science and graduated with honors from the University of Florida College of Law. Upon graduation, he was inducted into the Order of the Coif. While in law school he also attended the University of Glasgow, Scotland, for a year on a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship.
Nicholson serves on the board of the Hillsborough County Bar Foundation, where he is past president. He also serves on the boards of the Tampa Bay History Center and the University Club of Tampa.
Vice President Federal Affairs
Mike Sewell is vice president of Federal Affairs for Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas, New Mexico Gas Co. and Emera. He represents the companies’ interests in Washington, D.C., with the U.S. Congress, administration and federal agencies.
Sewell is a seasoned professional in the utility industry with more than 20 years of experience and an extensive knowledge of federal affairs. He joined TECO in 2020 after working at another utility. Prior to that, he worked on Capitol Hill with the Florida congressional delegation.
He has a bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Virginia.
Sewell is a board member of the National Energy Resources Organization. He serves as a volunteer youth golf coach with the First Tee of Washington, D.C., and basketball coach with the Catholic Youth Organization.
Vice President State and Regional Affairs
Stephanie Smith is vice president of State and Regional Affairs for Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas.
Smith is a seasoned professional with more than 20 years of experience in public affairs and governmental relations, including developing strategies to advance legislation and navigate regulatory issues on behalf of Fortune 500 companies. She joined TECO in 2022. Previously, she worked for two Florida gubernatorial administrations.
She has a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Florida State University.
Smith serves as the chair of CareerSource Florida. She also is a board member of Enterprise Florida and the Florida Alliance Against Human Trafficking.
Vice President Customer Experience
Karen Sparkman is vice president of Customer Experience for both Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas.
She joined the company in June 2017 as director of Customer Experience Operations at Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas and has played a key role in the transformation of the broader Customer Experience organization across Contact Centers, Customer Billing, Credit & Collections and Payment Operations partnering with IT, Electric Delivery and Regulatory senior leadership teams to optimize business process integration on priorities such as Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) solutions and Customer Relationship & Billing (CRB) system utilization and improvements.
Before joining TECO, Sparkman was a Customer Experience leader at Snohomish County Public Utility District (PUD) in Everett, Wash., and prior to worked at Colorado Springs Utilities. She has a bachelor's degree in business management from the University of Phoenix and a master's degree in business administration from Colorado Technical University.
Vice President of Electric Delivery
Chip Whitworth serves as Tampa Electric’s vice president of Electric Delivery. Whitworth brings more than two decades of leadership experience to this role.
Whitworth began his career at Tampa Electric as a tree trimming contractor and later as a cooperative student. He began his full-time career with the company in 2000 in Electric Delivery, where he worked in several departments before transitioning to management. He later worked in Energy Supply, where he served as director of Big Bend Power Station and as senior director of Bayside and Big Bend Station. He most recently served as the vice president of Safety and Security.
Whitworth received his Bachelor of Civil/Structural Engineering and his Master of Business Administration from the University of South Florida.