Executive GroupWith responsibility for day-to-day decisions of the business, the Wabash Valley Power Executive Group meets at least bi-weekly. Made up of the CEO, CFO, and each of the five Vice Presidents, the Executive Group oversees the implementation of annual goals and long-range plans.
Rick D. CoonsPresident and Chief Executive Officer
Rick Coons joined the company in 1979. He received a bachelor of science degree in accounting from Ball State University in 1976 and a master of business administration from Indiana University in 1984. He has been a certified public accountant in the state of Indiana since 1980 and was previously employed by Arthur Andersen and Company. Rick was named senior vice president in 1999 and chief operating officer in 2003. In August of 2005, Rick became the cooperative's CEO.
Jeffrey A. ConradChief Financial Officer
Jeff Conrad came to Wabash Valley in 1999 and served for 4 years as the Corporate Controller. In 2003, he was named Chief Financial Officer. As CFO, he is responsible for the overall financial management of the organization, including the controller’s office, financing and capital market strategies, credit/counterparty risk management and regulatory interaction with state and federal commissions.
Jeff interfaces with the Board Audit Committee, ensuring that Wabash Valley’s financial disclosures and regulatory compliance remain transparent and timely. Additionally, he oversees both wholesale rate strategy development and power supply load forecasting and modeling. He serves in the role of Assistant Secretary-Treasurer for the Wabash Valley Board of Directors.
Jeff is the Secretary-Treasurer for the organization’s two wholly-owned subsidiaries, SG Solutions and Wabash Valley Energy Marketing. He is a member of the Wabash Valley Enterprise Internal Risk Management Committee and Tracker Committee and serves as the executive staff liaison to the Wholesale Rate Committee. Nationally, Jeff serves on the Generation & Transmission Finance Committee.
Jeff came to Wabash Valley from Cinergy’s Energy Commodity Business Unit, where he started their credit risk management practice, performed mark-to-market accounting and served as the financial liaison for the organization’s commodity trading businesses in Houston, TX and Greenwich, CT. Within the Accounting Department, he managed fuel, emission allowance, purchased power, and joint ownership accounting.
Jeff earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting in 1990 and a Master of Business Administration in 1995, both from the University of Indianapolis.
Katherine A. JoyceVice President, Administration
Responsible for the oversight of marketing, human resources, facilities and records, as well as the Bylaw/Policy Committee, Kathy Joyce joined Wabash Valley in 1995, was named marketing vice president in 1998, and to her present position in 2005. She received a bachelor's degree in communications from Purdue University in 1985 and a master of science in management from Indiana Wesleyan University in 1998. She began her marketing career with the Paul Harris Stores as advertising and promotions coordinator for the store's 400 retail outlets and has also been manager of marketing for ATEC Environmental Consulting.
Curtis E. TaylorVice President, Technical Services
As the newest member of the Wabash Valley executive team, Curtis Taylor brings a strong background that combines technical expertise, leadership development and customer focus to the position of Vice President, Technical Services. Curtis has worked for the Gene B. Glick Company and Emmis Communications, overseeing their technical operations.
His education includes undergraduate degrees from Southern Illinois University and graduate degrees from Butler University, Webster University and the University of Phoenix. He was also a member of the inaugural class of the Hoosier Fellows Program at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business (Tobias Center).
M. Keith ThompsonVice President, Power Production
Keith Thompson joined Wabash Valley in 2000 after working as a principal consultant for R.W. Beck, and as a substation engineer for American Electric Power. He has served as Vice President, Power Production since 2004, and is responsible for overseeing fuel procurement, environmental compliance and operations & maintenance of the Association's 1040 MW of generation assets, along with its coal gasification plant. Keith received his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Tri-State University.
Greg WagonerVice President, Business Development
Greg Wagoner is a graduate of Indiana University's Kelly School of Business, where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management. Greg began his electric utility career with PSI Energy in 1981 at Gibson Station, holding various positions in the power production, generation dispatch, and wholesale marketing areas. After the PSI Energy merger with Cincinnati Gas & Electric in 1992, Greg helped form Cinergy Marketing & Trading, holding various positions in the regulated and non-regulated business groups.
In 1998, he moved to Constellation Power Source, Inc. as Vice President of Origination. During this time, Greg secured funding from Baltimore Gas & Electric to develop 3800 MW of gas-fired combined-cycle & peaking generation that went commercial in seven states. He also gained first-hand experience in financial trading, risk management and hedging while working with the joint venture between Goldman Sachs and Constellation.
In April 2004, Greg joined the cooperative world as Wabash Valley Power's Director of Business Development. He was promoted to Manager of Power Supply in April 2006, and in December 2007 was named Vice President of Business Development. Over the past decade, he has had responsibility for the G&T's growth opportunities, demand-side management, green power initiatives, power supply portfolio management, federal and state legislative and policy programs, and wholesale supplier negotiations. He recently accepted responsibility for delivery services, an area that includes meeting the physical transmission and reliability needs of Wabash Valley's cooperative members.
Greg is a Director of Wabash Valley Energy Marketing, Inc., an affiliate of Wabash Valley Power, and he also serves as Alternate Director on the National Renewables Cooperative Organization (NRCO) while serving on its Strategic Advisory Committee. As a member of the senior leadership team, Greg represents Wabash Valley on several board committees, and in 2013 led the Strategic Planning process with the G&T's board of directors. In 2012, Greg represented Wabash Valley on the 25 x '25 project team that visited Germany to learn more about the aggressive growth of renewable energy resources amongst Germany's electric utilities.
Lee R. WilmesVice President, Power Supply
Lee Wilmes came to Wabash Valley in 2000 and was named Vice President of Power Supply in 2003. He is responsible for the strategic direction of Wabash Valley’s power supply portfolio including asset acquisition, purchased power and sales, long-term supply planning and demand response initiatives. Lee has primary oversight of the organization’s enterprise-wide risk management activities and is responsible for wholesale market interaction activities with both the Mid-Continent ISO and PJM including transmission congestion and financial fuel hedging. Lee also has responsibility for the individualized portfolio management of the organization’s market-based wholesale accounts and monitoring and sales of the organization’s renewable and environment credits/allowances.
Lee is the staff liaison to the External Risk Oversight Committee, a member of the Wabash Valley Energy Marketing board and primary liaison to ACES Power Marketing. Lee began his utility career in 1982 at Soyland Power, a generation and transmission company located in Decatur, IL. While at Soyland, he was responsible for system-wide engineering and supply planning and was promoted to Vice President of Power Supply Planning and Rates. The graduate of Rose Hulman Institute of Technology holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering.