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 Science in 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 and of Enterprise Florida. He also serves on the boards of Southeastern Electric Exchange, 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 Regulatory Affairs
Frank Busot is vice president of Regulatory Affairs for Tampa Electric.
Busot has worked for TECO for more than 25 years in a variety of capacities. He began his career in Transmission & Distribution, and then spent many years supporting merchant power. He led several organizations within Tampa Electric, including the Energy Control Center, Integrated Resource Planning and the Bayside Power Station. Most recently, he served as managing director of Wholesale Power and Fuels at Tampa Electric.
Busot received both his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and his Master of Business Administration from the University of South Florida.
Busot sits on the board of trustees for ZooTampa.
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.
Chief Operating Officer
Gerry Chasse is chief operating officer of Tampa Electric.
Chasse has served in multiple leadership roles during more than 30 years with Emera companies. Most recently, he was vice president of Electric Delivery for Tampa Electric.
He began his career in 1990 at Bangor Hydro, and held multiple leadership positions in engineering and electrical operations, including president and COO of Bangor Hydro in 2010. Chasse later became president and COO of the newly acquired Maine Public Service and oversaw its merger with Bangor Hydro in 2014, creating Emera Maine. Just prior to joining Tampa Electric in 2016, he led Emera's implementation of smart grid technologies, and expansion of renewable energy and electrification strategies.
A licensed professional engineer, Chasse holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maine. He has served on the engineering and operations committees of the Southeastern Electric Exchange and the Association of Edison Illuminating Companies.
He has previously served on the advisory board for the College of Engineering at the University of Maine, the advisory board for the Foundation for Maine's Community Colleges, and the board of the Energy Council of the Northeast and the Maine Business School.
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 External Affairs & Economic Development
Laura Crouch is vice president of external affairs & economic development for Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas.
Crouch joined TECO in 1993 and has more than two decades of experience working with governmental agencies in a broad range of departments, including Environmental, Regulatory, Resource Planning and Business Strategy. Most recently, she spent five years as director of Community Relations, Local Government and Economic Development for Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas.
Crouch received a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from the University of South Florida.
She serves on the Florida Chamber Foundation Board, the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee of the board, Tampa Downtown Partnership's Executive Committee of the board, Visit Tampa Bay Advisory Board, Westshore Alliance Executive Committee of the board, Leadership Tampa '15 Alumnae, Leadership Florida Cornerstone Class XXXVII and other economic development and community organizations.
Senior Vice President of Decarbonization
Thomas L. "Tom" Hernandez is senior vice president of Decarbonization for Tampa Electric, with a primary responsibility to execute the company's vision to reduce carbon emissions.
Previously, Hernandez was senior vice president of Distributed Energy and Renewables, vice president of Energy Supply, vice president of Energy Delivery and Customer Services and vice president of Regulatory Affairs. He joined Tampa Electric in August 1982 as an associate engineer in the Production Department. During his career with the company, he has held a variety of positions in operations, engineering, planning, marketing, fuels and environmental.
Hernandez received his Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Louisiana State University. He is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.
Hernandez serves on the board of The Florida Aquarium. He previously served eight years on the Children's Board of Hillsborough County, including as chair and treasurer. He is a past executive board member and chair of the Resource Working Group of the Florida Electric Power Coordination Group.
Vice President Information Technology & Telecommunications and CIO
Karen Mincey is vice president of Information Technology and Telecommunications and chief information officer for TECO Energy.
Mincey leads a team of technical professionals responsible for TECO Energy's corporate computing systems. She joined TECO in 1990 and worked in Marketing and Energy Delivery Operations before joining Information Technology.
She has been nationally recognized for her leadership in the Information Technology industry. Mincey has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Orleans and a Master of Business Administration from Loyola University New Orleans.
Mincey serves on the Board Development Committee for the corporate board of Boys and Girls Club of Tampa Bay. She also serves on the industry advisory board for the University of South Florida Department of Electrical Engineering. She is a member of the IT Advisory Committee for the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, the board of trustees for Ultimate Medical Academy, the EnergySec advisory board and Tampa Bay Buccaneer Devin White's Get Live 45 Foundation. She previously served on the board of Tallahassee-based Municode, the nation's leading codifier of local government ordinances that helps municipalities become more consumer-friendly in the digital age. She is past chair of the board of the Hillsborough Community College Foundation.
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 of Electric Delivery and Asset Management (ED/ES)
Dave Pickles is vice president of Electric Delivery and of Asset Management for both Electric Delivery and Energy Supply. He also is responsible for Capital Management for both major operating areas.
Pickles joined Tampa Electric in March 2018 as director of Big Bend Power Station and later also added Engineering and Project Management to his responsibilities. Most recently, he served as vice president of Energy Supply.
Pickles joined Emera in 2001 and has progressed through numerous engineering and leadership roles within both Nova Scotia Power, where he was senior director of Plant Operations, and Emera Energy, where he was vice president of Operations.
Pickles has a degree in chemical engineering from Dalhousie University. He serves as a member of the Generation Council for the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).
Vice President Governance, Associate General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
David Schwartz is responsible for corporate governance and administration at TECO Energy and all its subsidiaries, including Tampa Electric Co. He also serves as corporate secretary for several other Emera subsidiaries with independent board members, including New Mexico Gas, Grand Bahama Power, Barbados Light and Power and Emera Technologies.
Schwartz received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and his Juris Doctor from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining TECO, he was an associate with the law firm of Baker Botts in Houston.
Schwartz serves on the Impact Board of Synapse Florida and the advisory committees of the Society for Corporate Governance's Southeastern Chapter and the Florida Directors' Institute. He was a member of the board and executive committee for the Tampa Theatre and led its Leadership Development Committee for several years. He has also served as president of the Association of Corporate Counsel's West Central Florida Chapter and as chair of the Hillsborough County Bar Association's Corporate Counsel Section.
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 Safety and Security
Chip Whitworth serves as Tampa Electric's vice president of Safety and Security. Whitworth brings more than two decades of leadership and safety experience to this executive leadership 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.
He most recently served as the senior director of Bayside and Big Bend Station, where he implemented a Safety Management System and piloted a Safe Start program, which both have expanded companywide.
Whitworth received his Bachelor of Civil/Structural Engineering and his Master of Business Administration from the University of South Florida.
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