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Wabash Valley Power


Executive Group

Rick Coons
President & CEO
Jeffrey A. Conrad
Chief Financial Officer
Katherine A. Joyce
Vice President, Administration
Curtis E. Taylor
Vice President, Technical Services
M. Keith Thompson
Vice President, Power Production
Greg Wagoner
Vice President, Business Development
Lee Wilmes
Vice President, Power Supply

Executive Group

With 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. Coons

President 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. Conrad

Chief Financial Officer Jeff Conrad began serving Wabash Valley in the role of chief financial officer in 2003. His responsibilities include directing and developing both the financial and accounting functions within the organization. Jeff came to Wabash Valley Power as the controller in October 1999, with responsibilities for accounting and reporting of all the company's financial transactions, and for administration of the corporate accounting system and risk management program. He earned a bachelor of science degree in accounting in 1990 and a master of business administration in 1995, both from the University of Indianapolis. He had been previously employed by Cinergy Corp. in various accounting positions.

Katherine A. Joyce

Vice 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. Taylor

Vice 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 Thompson

Vice 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 Wagoner

Vice 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, holding various positions in the power production, generation dispatch, and wholesale marketing areas.  In 1998, he moved to Constellation Power Source, Inc. as the Vice President of Origination.  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.  In this role, he has responsibility for G&T growth opportunities, demand-side management, green power initiatives, power supply portfolio management, federal and state legislative and policy programs and wholesale supplier negotiations.

Lee R. Wilmes

Vice President, Power Supply Lee Wilmes is a graduate of Rose Hulman Institute of Technology, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering.  Lee began his utility career in 1982, working for Soyland Power in Decatur, Illinois.  His positions there included Planning Engineer, Senior Planning Engineer and Vice President of Planning and Rates.  In 2000, Lee joined Wabash Valley Power as Director, Business Development; shortly thereafter he was named Manager, Power Supply.  In that role he was responsible for power supply acquisition, risk management, transmission, and planning and forecasting.  He was promoted to Vice President, Power Supply in 2003, and continues to be very involved in the areas of power supply portfolio acquisition and management, risk management and transmission services.
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