Rob Bennett serves as chief operating officer (COO) of TECO Energy where he continues to lead Emera's integration with TECO Energy, which Emera acquired in July 2016 as well as oversee the company's growth strategy.
He also serves as president and CEO of Emera U.S. Inc. Prior to TECO, Bennett served as executive vice president and chief operating officer (COO) of Emera Inc. In this role, he had overall executive responsibility for Emera's businesses, including the Maritime Link.
Bennett began his career in Electrical Engineering in 1988 when he first joined Nova Scotia Power. Over the course of his nearly 30-year career, he has held senior management and leadership positions across the Emera group, including serving as president and COO of Bangor Hydro Electric Company (now part of Emera Maine) and president and CEO of Nova Scotia Power.
Bennett offers his time to many causes throughout his community, particularly those in the fields of healthcare, education and ethics. He is a graduate of St. Francis Xavier University and holds an Engineering degree from Dalhousie University (DalTech).
Sarah MacDonald is president of TECO Services Inc. where she is responsible for the company's Legal, Finance, Human Resources and Information Technology departments as well as corporate communications, security, safety, procurement, facility services, process excellence, and emergency management functions.
MacDonald most recently served as president of Emera (Caribbean) Inc., president and CEO of ICD Utilities Limited, and president and CEO of Grand Bahama Power Company.
She joined Emera in 2001 and has served as CEO at Emera Utility Services, executive vice president of Human Resources for Emera and general manager of Human Resources for Nova Scotia Power.
MacDonald earned her law degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax and received her MBA from Saint Mary's University in Halifax.
Senior Vice President
Finance and Accounting
and Chief Financial Officer
Greg Blunden is senior vice president of Finance and Accounting and chief financial officer (CFO) of TECO Energy and CFO of Emera Inc.
Blunden joined Emera in 2000 and has held financial leadership roles at Emera Inc., Emera Maine and Nova Scotia Power. He has gained valuable experience and industry insight into all aspects of Emera's business, including corporate finance, business development, utility operations, customer service, renewable energy and regulatory policy.
Most recently, he was Emera's vice president of Corporate Strategy & Planning and before that held the position of executive vice president of Customer, Business & Financial Services at Nova Scotia Power.
Blunden is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a graduate of Mount Allison University.
Legal and General Counsel
Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer
David M. Nicholson is vice president of Legal, general counsel and chief ethics and compliance officer. He is responsible for legal affairs, federal governmental affairs, real estate and ethics and compliance.
Prior to joining TECO in 1999, Nicholson was a shareholder at the Tampa law firm of Macfarlane Ferguson & McMullen. While at the firm, he represented Peoples Gas before it was acquired by TECO in 1997.
Nicholson received his Bachelor of Science and graduated with honors from the University of Florida College of Law. Upon graduation, he was inducted into the Order of the Coif. While in law school he also attended the University of Glasgow, Scotland, for a year on a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship.
Nicholson serves as president-elect of the Hillsborough County Bar Foundation and has chaired the foundation's largest fundraising effort, the Law & Liberty dinner.
Information Technology & Telecommunications and CIO
Karen Mincey is vice president of Information Technology and Telecommunications and chief information officer for TECO Energy.
Mincey leads a team of technical professionals responsible for TECO Energy's corporate computing systems. She joined TECO in 1990 and worked in Commercial & Industrial Marketing as well as Distribution Engineering.
She has been nationally recognized for her leadership in the Information Technology industry. Mincey has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Orleans and a Master of Business Administration from Loyola University New Orleans.
Mincey serves on the boards of directors of Tallahassee-based Municode, the nation's leading codifier of local government ordinances, the Boys and Girls Club of Tampa Bay, and is past chair of the board of the Hillsborough Community College Foundation.
Governance, Associate General Counsel
and Corporate Secretary
David E. Schwartz serves as vice president of Governance, associate general counsel and corporate secretary of TECO Energy.
Schwartz leads a group responsible for corporate governance matters; legal advice on financing matters, SEC reporting and other public disclosures; and the corporate administration for the company and its subsidiaries.
Schwartz received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and his Juris Doctor from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining TECO Energy in 1992, he was an associate with the law firm of Baker & Botts in Houston.
Schwartz serves on the executive committee of the board of directors of the Tampa Theatre and the advisory committees of the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals Southeastern Chapter and the Florida Directors' Institute. Schwartz formerly served as president of the Association of Corporate Counsel's West Central Florida Chapter and as chair of the Hillsborough County Bar Association's Corporate Counsel Section.
President and CEO
Tampa Electric and President
Gordon L. Gillette is president of Tampa Electric and Florida Operations, which includes TECO Peoples Gas System. He is responsible for the operations of both utilities, including Business Strategy and Renewables, Energy Supply, Electric and Natural Gas Delivery, Customer Care, Fuels Management, State and Community Relations, and Regulatory Affairs.
Gillette previously was president of Tampa Electric & Peoples Gas and prior to that executive vice president and chief financial officer for TECO Energy. Since joining Tampa Electric in 1981, Gillette has held other leadership positions in Regulatory Affairs, Finance, Generation Planning, and TECO Guatemala (then a subsidiary of TECO Energy).
Gillette received both his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and his Master of Science in Engineering Management from the University of South Florida (USF) and in 2016 was recognized by USF with a Distinguished Alumnus Award. A licensed Professional Engineer, Gillette is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Florida Engineering Society. A graduate of The Tampa Connection Leadership Program and the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program, he has also completed doctoral level coursework in Industrial Engineering at USF.
Gillette serves on the board of the American Gas Association, chairing its Audit Committee and is chair of the American Gas Foundation. He serves on the boards of Enterprise Florida and is past chair of the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation, is chair of the Florida Coordinating Group, and is past chair of the Florida Reliability Coordinating Council.
Gillette serves on the boards of the Tampa General Hospital Foundation and Positive Coaching Affiliation. Past chair of the USF Foundation, he currently serves as co-chairman of the USF Foundation's Unstoppable Campaign. Gillette has also served as president of the board for the Children's Museum of Tampa, chair of the Hillsborough County Education Foundation, and chair of the Leadership Council for the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations.
T.J. Szelistowski is president of Peoples Gas System where he leads a team responsible for the operation and maintenance of the company's approximately 12,500 miles of distribution mains and 160 miles of transmission lines that provide natural gas service to more than 370,000 customers in most of the metropolitan areas of Florida.
A Professional Engineer, Szelistowski has a bachelor's degree in engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a MBA from the University of Tampa. He has more than 32 years of electric and gas utility experience at Tampa Electric working in a number of engineering and management positions, including vice president of Gas Delivery, director of T&D Operations, director of Energy Control Center, director of Engineering and Operations Services, and managing director of Regulatory Affairs.
Gerry Chasse is vice president of Electric Delivery for Tampa Electric where he is responsible for delivering electricity and modernizing the grid to serve the company's nearly 730,000 customers in West Central Florida.
Most recently Vice Chair of the Emera Maine Board of Directors, Chasse has served in several leadership roles in his more than 25 years at Emera affiliated companies. He started with Bangor Hydro in 1990 and progressed through engineering and electrical operations until 2002 when he became manager of Engineering. In 2010, he was appointed president & COO and became president & COO of Maine Public Service the following year, ultimately merging the two companies into one in 2014.
Most recently, Chasse spent a year leading Emera's effort to modernize the Emera affiliate grids through the implementation of smart grid technologies and the advancement to electrification of transportation and heating. His role included the development of strategies to enable customer choice, integrate renewable generation, manage increased load on the grid through its efficient utilization, and drive value for customers and shareholders.
A licensed professional engineer, Chasse holds a Bachelor's of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maine. He currently serves on the advisory board for the College of Engineering at the University of Maine as well as the advisory board for the Foundation for Maine's Community Colleges. He has also served on the boards of the Energy Council of the Northeast and the Maine Business School.
Senior Vice President
Business Strategy and Renewables
Thomas L. "Tom" Hernandez is senior vice president of Business Strategy and Renewables for Tampa Electric. He has primary responsibility for developing and securing approval of the strategic growth plan for Florida Operations and developing clean and sustainable renewable energy technologies that will be transformative and affordable for the company's nearly 730,000 customers.
Previously, Hernandez was vice president of Energy Supply, vice president of Energy Delivery and Customer Services and vice president of Regulatory Affairs. He joined Tampa Electric in August 1982 as an associate engineer in the Production Department. During his career with the company, he has held a variety of positions in operations, engineering, planning, marketing, fuels and environmental.
Hernandez received his Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Louisiana State University. He is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.
Hernandez serves on the board of The Florida Aquarium. He previously served eight years on the Children's Board of Hillsborough County, including as chair and treasurer. He is a past executive board member and chair of the Resource Working Group of the Florida Electric Power Coordination Group.
State and Community Relations
Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas System
Charles O. "Chuck" Hinson is vice president of State and Community Relations at Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas System. He manages state governmental affairs, local community and governmental affairs, and franchise renewals for TECO Energy's electric and natural gas utilities.
Hinson joined TECO Energy in 1994 as director of State Governmental Affairs. Previously, Hinson worked in State Governmental Affairs at Centel/Sprint Corp. and the Florida Dental Association. Prior to that, he served as an aide to then-Gov. Bob Graham and worked as a communications specialist/policy analyst with the Florida Energy Office.
Hinson earned his bachelor's degree in history from the University of West Florida.
Hinson currently serves on the board, the executive committee and chairs the political committee of the Associated Industries of Florida. He previously served on the boards of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, the Tampa Bay Political Leadership Institute, Tax Watch, Keep Florida Beautiful, and the Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists.
Bill Whale is senior vice president of Energy Supply for Tampa Electric where he is responsible for the safe and reliable operation and maintenance of nearly 5,000 megawatts of natural gas and coal-fueled generating capacity at four power plant sites. He is also responsible for generation planning, operations planning, engineering, construction, environmental planning and compliance, warehousing, combustion byproducts management and marketing.
Whale has served in several leadership roles in his more than 30 years at TECO Energy, including vice president of Operations at TECO Transport, vice president of Energy Supply, vice president of Energy
Delivery Operations & Engineering, and vice president, senior vice president of Electric & Gas Delivery and senior vice president of Electric Delivery at Tampa Electric.
A retired U.S. Navy captain, Whale has a bachelor's degree in Marine Engineering from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, a Master of Business Administration from the Florida Institute of Technology, and a Master of Science in Finance from the University of Tampa. Whale is a professional engineer and a U.S. Coast Guard third assistant engineer.
Whale serves on the board of the American Red Cross Central Florida Region.
Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas System
Monica Whiting is vice president of Customer Experience for Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas. She is responsible for leading Tampa Electric's and Peoples Gas' customer service operations, including the contact center, customer billing, payment and collections, account management, new customer construction project management, and the customer relationship management billing system.
Whiting joined TECO in January 2017 after spending nearly four years as the chief customer officer for JEA. She has more than two decades of utility experience in customer service, communications and product development at utilities, including Colorado Springs Utilities and Anaheim Public Utilities.
She has a bachelor's degree in Public Relations/Journalism from the University of Southern California.
Whiting has served on various boards, including Leadership Jacksonville and the North Florida Region Red Cross. She also served on the United Way Campaign Cabinet for Northeast Florida in 2014 and 2015. Previously, the Colorado governor appointed her to serve two terms on the Low Income Energy Assistance Commission in that state.
Ryan Shell is the president of New Mexico Gas Co., the largest natural gas utility in New Mexico. He leads all strategic and day-to-day aspects of the company, including gas supply, gas delivery, operations, engineering, regulatory affairs and customer service.
Shell joined the company in 2009. He previously served as vice president of Finance, treasurer and controller. Prior to joining NMGC, Ryan worked in various financial roles at SEMCO Energy, a natural gas utility with operations in Michigan and Alaska. Earlier, he worked as a Certified Public Accountant at BDO Seidman, a national accounting and consulting firm.
Shell received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Oakland University and received a Master of Business Administration from the University of New Mexico. He also is a Certified Public Accountant.
He currently serves on the boards of Albuquerque Economic Development, the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, the University of New Mexico's Anderson School of Management Foundation, the Western Energy Institute and the Midwest Energy Association.
Ed Kacer is the vice president of Operations and Engineering for New Mexico Gas Co. Kacer oversees Gas Delivery, Engineering, Gas Control, Gas Procurement, Operations Compliance, Inventory Management and Corporate Safety.
Prior to joining the company in 2012, Kacer served as the general manager at Energy West Montana in Great Falls, Mont., where his duties included operations, engineering, compliance, safety, customer service and credit. Previously, he worked in management and engineering roles at Nicor Gas and Cedar Falls Utilities.
Kacer received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Iowa State University and also is a licensed Professional Engineer.
Tom Domme is the vice president of External Affairs and general counsel for New Mexico Gas Co. He oversees all legal activities and filings for NMGC. Domme is responsible for Legal, Regulatory Affairs, Government and Tribal Relations, Community Affairs and Real Estate.
Domme is a native of Albuquerque. He graduated with his juris doctorate from Georgetown University. He graduated from the University of New Mexico with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance. Before attending college, Domme served in the U.S. Navy.
Before joining the New Mexico Gas Co. in June 2009, Domme was a partner with Keleher & McLeod P.A. Prior to that, Domme worked at Miller Stratvert P.A., where he represented utilities.
Domme serves on the board of the New Mexico Cancer Center Foundation, the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce and NAIOP, a commercial real estate development group. He previously served on the board of directors for the Albuquerque Bar Association and on the Board of Legal Specialization for the state of New Mexico, and as its chairman until 2009.
Tommy Sanders is the vice president of Customer and Support Services for New Mexico Gas Co. Sanders is responsible for the Contact Center, Business Development and Marketing, Corporate Communications, Billing and Credit, Human Resources, Supply Chain, and Information Technology and Telecommunications.
He joined the company in 1982 and has worked in regional gas operations, gas acquisitions, transportation, marketing, gas control and transmission and compressor operations. He has served as an expert witness with the Public Regulation Commission and as a company representative in pipeline cases before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Sanders graduated with honors from New Mexico State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting. He is a New Mexico Certified Public Accountant. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New Mexico State Society of Certified Public Accountants.
He is a member of the Western Energy Institute, the Southern Gas Association and the American Gas Association. Sanders previously served as a board member for the Sandoval Chamber of Commerce, has held several leadership positions with the Boy Scouts of America and is a graduate of the Leadership Albuquerque program.