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Tampa Electric employee receives national technology award

TAMPA, October 5, 1999

Career Communications Group, Inc., the nation's largest minority-owned media services company recently honored Karen Mincey, director of Information Technology, Desktop Services and Infrastructure at Tampa Electric Company, as one of the country’s top IT experts.

Mincey, alongside other winners of the 1999 Women of Color Technology Award, appears on the October cover of Career Communication Group's U.S. Black Engineer Information Technology magazine.

Mincey, winner of the first-ever Chairman’s Award, competed against 200 other nominees from companies across the nation, including IBM, Bell Atlantic and NASA. She was the only award winner from an electric utility.

An award ceremony was held in Atlanta on Oct. 2.

Mincey has more than 16 years of experience in the industry, including nine with Tampa Electric Company. Her responsibilities at Tampa Electric include directing the functions of desktop computer support for all of TECO Energy’s diversified companies (over 3,000 PCs), 24-hour Help Desk support, Network Technologies, Mainframe Systems support and Computer Operations.

Mincey makes it her business to share her experiences and knowledge with others. She actively supports Tampa Electric’s Cooperative Education program, a semester-long internship providing students with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in their field of study, and INROADS, a program for minority high school and college students. She has also worked with "at risk" children in a program called "About Face" and she will serve as chairperson for TECO Energy’s 2000 United Way Employee Campaign.

Tampa Electric is the principal subsidiary of TECO Energy, Inc. TECO Energy is a diversified, energy-related utility holding company also based in Tampa. In addition to Tampa Electric, its principal businesses include Peoples Gas, TECO Coal, TECO Transport, TECO Coalbed Methane, TECO Power Services, and Bosek, Gibson and Associates.

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