President and CEO
Nancy Tower is the outgoing president and chief executive officer of Tampa Electric Co. She has served the company in this role for three years. She recently announced her retirement and will step down from the position in May. At that time, Archie Collins, president and chief operating officer, is set to be appointed president and CEO by the Emera Inc. board of directors.
In her previous role as chief corporate development officer for Emera, she focused on mergers and acquisitions and the advancement of strategic growth projects in the areas of electric and gas transmission and generation. Tower played a lead role in the deal that brought TECO Energy into the Emera group of companies.
Since Tower joined Emera in 1997, she has held senior positions in corporate finance and operations, including controller, vice president of Customer Operations for Nova Scotia Power and chief financial officer of Emera Inc.
Tower is a Fellow Chartered Accountant and a 2011 recipient of Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award. She is a graduate of Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Tower is a member of the Florida Council of 100, Enterprise Florida and the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp. She is chair of the 2019 Light the Night Walk for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Suncoast chapter. Previously, she served on the Dalhousie University Faculty of Management Advisory Board and as campaign co-chair of the United Way's Halifax Region.
President and Chief Operating Officer
Archie Collins is president and chief operating officer of Tampa Electric. He will become president and chief executive officer of Tampa Electric in May 2021.
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.
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 serves on the boards of Southeastern Electric Exchange, The Association of Edison Illuminating Companies, Florida Reliability Coordinating Council and Tampa Theatre.
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.
Vice President Electric Delivery
Gerry Chasse is vice president of Electric Delivery for Tampa Electric where he is responsible for delivering electricity and modernizing the grid to serve the company's nearly 730,000 customers in West Central Florida.
Most recently Vice Chair of the Emera Maine Board of Directors, Chasse has served in several leadership roles in his more than 25 years at Emera affiliated companies. He started with Bangor Hydro in 1990 and progressed through engineering and electrical operations until 2002 when he became manager of Engineering. In 2010, he was appointed president & COO and became president & COO of Maine Public Service the following year, ultimately merging the two companies into one in 2014.
Most recently, Chasse spent a year leading Emera's effort to modernize the Emera affiliate grids through the implementation of smart grid technologies and the advancement to electrification of transportation and heating. His role included the development of strategies to enable customer choice, integrate renewable generation, manage increased load on the grid through its efficient utilization, and drive value for customers and shareholders.
A licensed professional engineer, Chasse holds a Bachelor's of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maine. He currently serves on the advisory board for the College of Engineering at the University of Maine as well as the advisory board for the Foundation for Maine's Community Colleges. He has also served on the boards 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 Distributed Energy and Renewables
Thomas L. "Tom" Hernandez is senior vice president of Distributed Energy and Renewables for Tampa Electric. He has primary responsibility for developing and securing approval of the strategic growth plan for customer-focused, distributed energy resources, including generation and energy-storage technologies. He also will work to develop clean and sustainable renewable energy technologies that will be transformative and affordable for the company's 750,000 customers.
Previously, Hernandez was 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 Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas.
Mincey leads a team of technical professionals responsible for TECO Energy's corporate computing systems. She joined TECO in 1990 and worked in Commercial & Industrial Marketing as well as Distribution Engineering.
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 of directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Tampa Bay and on the advisory board for the University of South Florida Department of Electrical Engineering. She is a member of the IT Advisory Group for the Straz Center for the Performing Arts. She also serves 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 Energy Supply and ED/ES Asset Management
Dave Pickles is vice president of Energy Supply and of Asset Management for both Energy Delivery and Energy Supply.
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.
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 most recently 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 E. Schwartz serves as vice president of Governance, associate general counsel and corporate secretary of TECO Energy.
Schwartz leads a group responsible for corporate governance matters; legal advice on financing matters, SEC reporting and other public disclosures; and the corporate administration for the company and its subsidiaries.
Schwartz received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and his Juris Doctor from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining TECO Energy in 1992, he was an associate with the law firm of Baker & Botts in Houston.
Schwartz serves on the executive committee of the board of directors of the Tampa Theatre and the advisory committees of the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals Southeastern Chapter and the Florida Directors' Institute. Schwartz formerly 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.
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