Community Engagement

Association recognizes individuals, utilities for service

Fifteen individuals and nine utilities were recognized for service to the American Public Power Association and the public power industry during an awards ceremony at the Association’s National Conference in Austin, Texas.

The individuals and utilities recognized at the ceremony on June 11 were:

Alex Radin Distinguished Service Award: This award is the highest award granted by the American Public Power Association. The award recognizes exceptional leadership and dedication to public power.

  • Andrew “Andy” Boatright, General Manager, Zeeland Board of Public Works, Zeeland, Michigan

James D. Donovan Individual Achievement Award: This award recognizes people who have made substantial contributions to the electric utility industry, with a special commitment to public power.

  • Paula Gold-Williams, President & Chief Executive Officer, CPS Energy, San Antonio, Texas
  • Joel Ivy, General Manager, Lakeland Electric, Lakeland, Florida
  • Nilaksh Kothari, CEO & General Manager, Manitowoc Public Utilities, Manitowoc, Wisconsin

Alan H. Richardson Statesmanship Award: This award recognizes public power leaders who work to achieve consensus on national issues important to public power utilities.

  • Kevin G. Wailes, Chief Executive Officer, Lincoln Electric System, Lincoln, Nebraska

Larry Hobart Seven Hats Award: This award recognizes managers of small utilities serving fewer than 2,500 meters. These managers have a very small staff and must assume multiple roles.

  • Ronald Fritz, Utility Supervisor, Flora Utilities, Bringhurst, Indiana
  • Larry Paine, City Administrator, City of Hillsboro, Kansas
  • Jody Young, City Manager & Finance Director, City of Bushnell, Florida

Harold Kramer-John Preston Personal Service Award: This award recognizes individuals for their service to the American Public Power Association.

  • Allen Johnson, Light & Power Director, Bountiful City Light & Power, Bountiful, Utah
  • James C. Welsh, President & General Manager, Chief Executive Officer, Kissimmee Utility Authority, Kissimmee, Florida

Spence Vanderlinden Public Official Award: This award recognizes elected or appointed local officials who have contributed to the goals of the American Public Power Association.

  • Homer Nicholson, Mayor, Ponca City, Oklahoma
  • Ted Olson, Utilities Board Chair, Ephraim City Corporation, Ephraim, Utah

Robert E. Roundtree Rising Star Award: This award is a scholarship presented to future leaders in public power. The recipient receives a stipend to travel to an Association conference or training program to advance their education and development in public power.

  • Devon Tremont, Energy Analyst, Taunton Municipal Lighting Plant, Taunton, Massachusetts

Mark Crisson Leadership and Managerial Excellence Award: This award recognizes managers at a utility, joint action agency, or state or regional association who steer their organizations to new levels of excellence, lead by example, and inspire staff to do better.

  • Raj Rao, President & CEO, Indiana Municipal Power Agency, Carmel, Indiana
  • Kimberly Schlichting, Chief Operating Officer/SVP, Delaware Municipal Electric Corporation, Smyrna, Delaware

E.F. Scattergood System Achievement Award: This award honors American Public Power Association member systems with outstanding accomplishments.

  • City of Danville Utilities, Danville, Virginia
  • Fayetteville Public Works Commission, Fayetteville, North Carolina
  • SMUD, Sacramento, California

Community Service Award: This award recognizes utilities for their "good neighbor" activities that demonstrate commitment to the local community.

  • Anaheim Public Utilities, Anaheim, California
  • Grant County PUD, Ephrata, Washington
  • Paducah Power System, Paducah, Kentucky

Energy Innovator Award: The Association’s research program, Demonstration of Energy & Efficiency Developments (DEED), nurtures innovation in public power. Each year, the program recognizes innovative utility projects with this award.

  • Fayetteville Public Works Commission, Fayetteville, North Carolina
  • Nebraska Public Power District, Columbus, Nebraska
  • City of Palo Alto Utilities, Palo Alto, California