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Archie Collins

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.

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Carlos Aldazabal

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.

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Greg Blunden

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.

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Marian Cacciatore

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.

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Jeff Chronister

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.

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Laura Crouch

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.

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Thomas L. Hernandez

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.

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Karen Mincey

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.

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David Nicholson

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.

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Karen Sparkman

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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Chip Whitworth

Vice President of Electric Delivery and interim Vice President of Safety and Security

Chip Whitworth serves as Tampa Electric’s vice president of Electric Delivery and as interim vice president of Safety and Security. 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.