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Wabash Valley Power


Executive Group

Jay C. Bartlett
President & Chief Executive Officer
Rick Coons
Advisor to the President & CEO
Jeffrey A. Conrad
Chief Financial Officer
Katherine A. Joyce
Vice President, Member and Corporate Relations
Curtis E. Taylor
Vice President, Technical Services
M. Keith Thompson
Vice President, Power Production
Greg Wagoner
Vice President, Transmission Operations and 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.

Jay C. Bartlett, P.E.

President and Chief Executive Officer Jay C. Bartlett, P.E. was appointed by the Board of Directors as the President & CEO and began his career at Wabash Valley Power October 1, 2015. Bartett keeps the board informed of major developments related to operations, legislation, regulations, future planning and other activities, and provides recommendations to the board on policy matters. He also directs the cooperatives activities through his staff. Bartlett was previously named the President & CEO of Prairie Power, Inc in June 2009. Bartlett began his engineering career in 1984 at City, Water, Light and Power (CWLP) in Springfield, Illinois, holding various positions in all aspects of water and electric power. He served as CWLP’s Assistant General Manager & Chief Utilities Engineer prior to his 2009 move to Prairie Power. Bartlett serves as a Director and as the Secretary/Treasurer for the National Renewables Cooperative Organization. He also serves as a Director at ACES Power Marketing and as a committee member of their Risk & Oversight Committee. Mr. Bartlett is active on multiple boards and committees at the Prairie State Generating Company, LLC; National Rural Electric Association G&T Managers Association; CoBank; National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation; and the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives Manager's Association. He serves as one of two Cooperative Representatives on the Member Representatives Committee for the North American Electric Reliability Corporation. He is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Illinois. Mr. Bartlett holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and an MBA from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.

Rick Coons

Advisor to the President & 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. Rick is currently serving as the Advisor to new CEO, Jay Bartlett, until his retirement in January 2016.

Jeffrey A. Conrad

Chief 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. Joyce

Vice President, Member and Corporate Relations Responsible for the oversight of marketing, human resources 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 Curtis E. Taylor serves as the Vice President of Technical Services and is responsible for all strategic planning and operational support for the organization’s computing and technology resources as well as assisting the Association’s member electric cooperatives. In his role, Curtis is in charge for creating and implementing a technology roadmap and leads the company in software development, system architecture, data management, infrastructure and information and cyber security. 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, Transmission Operations and 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. As such, his title was updated to reflect these new responsibilities:  Vice President, Transmission Operations and Development. 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. Wilmes

Vice 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.
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