Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op, a not-for-profit, electric and natural gas distribution utility providing service to over 40,000 member/owners in 9 counties in Northeast Michigan and headquartered in Onaway, Michigan, is looking for enthusiastic, service-oriented individual for the following position(s):
President and Chief Executive Officer
Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op, Inc. (PIE&G) seeks a strong and experienced leader to replace its current President and CEO who retires in May of 2017 after a long and successful career.
Onaway is the “Sturgeon Capital of the Michigan” and located in the northeast section of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. With a population of approximately 1,000, it is located about 250 miles north of Detroit, MI. Onaway offers a wide range of recreational activities which include camping, fishing, golf, boating, snowmobiling, and hunting. Northeast Michigan is a great place to live, work and raise a family.
PIE&G is an electric and natural gas distribution cooperative providing retail service to more than 43,000 accounts. The mission of PIE&G is to provide energy and other services to sustain and improve the quality of life for its members through the use of a cooperative business structure. PIE&G is an industry leader and seeks a President and CEO to continue to build on that tradition.
PIE&G’s annual revenues are about $35M for electricity and $10M for natural gas; utility plant investment is $100M for electric and $30M gas. It has an all requirements power contract with Wolverine Power Cooperative of Cadillac, MI and owns and operates over 5,000 miles of distribution electric lines and more than 500 miles of natural gas pipeline. PIE&G service lines include about 36,000 for electric power and nearly 10,000 for natural gas in portions of 9 counties, including Bois Blanc Island in Lake Huron. The service area is primarily rural, residential, and agricultural. In 2015 total energy sales were about 250,000,000 kWh and 8,000,000 ccf.
PIE&G is governed by a 9 member board of directors. The board meets monthly and sets strategy and policy for the organization.
The President and CEO appointed by the board serves as the top executive and reports to the board. The incumbent keeps the board informed of major developments related to operations, legislation and regulations, future planning and other activities, and provides recommendations to the board on policy matters. The board relies on the President and CEO as an authoritative power industry professional and for strategic industry perspectives.
This position maintains constant liaison with members, the statewide cooperative electric association, legislators and political parties, and labor and agriculture groups to assist and strengthen cooperative efforts and to maintain and strengthen PIE&G. The incumbent is responsible for directing the distribution of electricity, financial planning, and the development of administrative procedures and representing PIE&G on a local, state and national level.
The ideal candidate will have experience dealing with energy and regulatory issues on a state or national level; competitive market pricing; and will actively participate in national, state, and local related organizations representing PIE&G.
This position requires skill and leadership in managing diverse functions and developing an operation with enhanced awareness of cost efficiency and safety. Through subordinate staff, the incumbent directs the activities of approximately 70 full time employees and is responsible for selecting and developing the senior management team and providing for orderly management succession.
Candidates must project a professional and positive attitude and image, be a team builder, have a strong work ethic, be honest in all dealings, have a collaborative consensus building management style and work well with the employees, members, local communities, and the board. They must have the ability to develop positive long term relationships with members, community organizations, state and federal legislators, associated regional and national organizations, and the board.The desirable candidate will hold a bachelor’s degree in a related field and 10 years of senior management experience in the electric utility industry. Experience managing in a bargaining unit setting and with a generation and transmission cooperative is preferred. A graduate degree in business, finance, or a related field, is a plus.
PIE&G offers a comprehensive NRECA benefits package and competitive pay. Application packages including a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements must be submitted no later than March 24, 2017.