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UTC Board Nominates Lambert, Day, Mayson for Leadership Positions; Membership Vote Scheduled for Annual Meeting

 

Arlington, VA—June 22, 2021 –Energy and water utility representatives across the U.S. yesterday nominated a new slate of officers to lead the Utilities Technology Council (UTC), effective through June 2022.

The new officers have assumed their roles on an acting basis; their nominations are subject to confirmation during the Aug. 22-27 UTC Annual Telecom & Technology Meeting.

During UTC’s June 21 Board of Directors meeting, UTC board members nominated Paul Lambert of East River Electric Cooperative as its new Chairman, Dewey Day of Pacific Gas & Electric as Vice Chair, and Kirt Mayson of NorthWestern Energy as Secretary/Treasurer. If confirmed by UTC’s membership in August, each will serve in these capacities until UTC’s June 2022 Telecom & Technology Annual Conference.

UTC is the global association at the nexus of the energy, utility and telecommunications industries. Representing energy and water providers of all sizes and ownership structures, UTC advocates for the information and communications technology (ICT) needed for the safe and reliable delivery of these vital services.

“First of all I would like to thank our outgoing Chairman Greg Angst for his steadfast leadership of UTC over these last few years,” Acting Chairman Lambert said. “Greg signed up for a year-long term, like the rest of us, but due to the pandemic and our inability to meet last year, he ended up serving two-plus years. Thank you, Greg, for your unwavering commitment to UTC and our industry.

“My thanks also to the UTC Board for this honor. These last few years have thrown an unprecedented number of challenges our way, from historically damaging storms, frequently evolving attacks on our infrastructure, and now the coronavirus pandemic. Yet at every turn our industry has responded with resilience. Throughout the next year, I look forward to working with my fellow colleagues and the UTC team to collaborate and build upon our successes. Our industry is truly essential to the economic livelihood of our nation, and I am proud to be a part of it. My congratulations to Acting Vice Chairman Day and Acting Secretary/Treasurer Kirt Mayson.”

“When I look back on the last two years, it staggers me to think of how much has changed,” said Immediate Past Chair Angst. “No one knew the pandemic would upend our industry and so many of our lives. But I am proud of how our industry and association responded. Proud, but not surprised. Ours in an industry that plans for the unknown, so we were ready when the pandemic hit. We’ve managed to move the needle on utility broadband and have successfully raised awareness in Washington about our industry’s critical need for spectrum. I would like to thank the UTC Board and our membership, but also the UTC staff, especially President and CEO Sheryl Osiene-Riggs. Sheryl led the team through the worst of the pandemic, and I look forward to seeing what they can achieve now that we are recovering. UTC is an outstanding organization and I am humbled to have been your Chairman.”

Chairman Lambert is a supervisor in the Telecommunications Department at East River Electric Power Cooperative in Madison, S.D., where his direct responsibilities are mobile trunked radio, SCADA, Load Management, multiple wireless systems and their associated antenna systems, and standby generator backups. He has worked in the utility telecommunications field for more than four decades. He is a graduate of Lake Area Technical College in Watertown, S.D., with a degree in Electronics/Communications. He holds a First Class Federal Communications Commission Operators License and is a certified tower climber. Chairman Lambert previously served on the Advisory Board for the electronics program at LATI and served on the Lake County 911 Communications committee.

Chairman Lambert has been an active participant in UTC’s Region 5 for many years and is a past officer and Chairman. He currently serves on the International Board of Directors for the Knights of Columbus and he and his wife Julie are the parents of four adult children and have five grandchildren.

“Congratulations to Acting Chair Lambert, Acting Vice Chair Day, and Acting Secretary/Treasurer Mayson,” said UTC President and CEO Sheryl Osiene-Riggs. “Once again, the UTC Board of Directors has nominated a slate of leaders who will continue to push us forward. Acting Chair Lambert has been involved with UTC for decades and I am excited about the next year and beyond. I would be remiss if I didn’t thank and salute Immediate Past Chair Angst. What a run we’ve had! I am so thankful for his leadership and support. We all owe Greg a huge debt.”

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The Utilities Technology Council (UTC) is a global trade association dedicated to serving critical infrastructure providers. Through advocacy, education and collaboration, UTC creates a favorable business, regulatory and technology environment for our members who own or operate Information and Communication Technology (ICT) systems in support of their core business. For more information: UTC.org

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