UTC Members Elect Southern Company’s Bryant as New Board Chair

 

Palm Springs, Calif., May 10, 2018 Energy and water utility representatives across the U.S. approved a new slate of officers to lead the Utilities Technology Council (UTC), effective immediately through June 2019.

At UTC’s Annual Telecom & Technology Meeting today in Palm Springs, Calif., UTC’s core members elected Roger Bryant, IT Project Manager, Telecom Services at Southern Company Services, as its new Chairman of the Board. Mr. Bryant succeeds Immediate Past Chair Kathy Nelson of Great River Energy.

UTC members also elected Greg Angst, Engineer in the Telecom Design Group at CenterPoint Energy, as its Vice Chair, and Kevin Huff, Telecommunications Operations Manager at Salt River Project, as its Secretary/Treasurer.

Each officer will serve a one-year term.

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.

“This has been an incredible and productive year,” said UTC Immediate Past Chair Nelson. “We successfully raised the profile of the challenges utilities face in maintaining and sustaining their ICT networks that are absolutely essential for day-to-day reliability, grid modernization, safety, and security. My thanks to the UTC staff, particularly President and CEO Joy Ditto, for their support. I know Chairman Bryant and his slate of capable officers will have a tremendous year.”

“I am honored and humbled to become the new UTC Chairman of the Board,” said Chairman Bryant. “This is such an opportune time to be focused on energy and water providers’ ICT needs. Our members provide essential, lifesaving services. Our needs for strong, resilient, and reliable communications will only grow. I look forward to this opportunity. I also want to thank Immediate Past Chairwoman Nelson for her steadfast leadership. We are all better because of her service.”

Chairman Bryant joined Southern Company’s subsidiary Georgia Power as a telecom engineer after graduating with a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from Georgia Institute of Technology. He also received a Master of Science in Management of Technology from Georgia Tech in 1996. Chairman Bryant has spent his entire career at Southern Company in IT roles that include Telecom Manager, Architect, Business Analyst, Budget and Accounting Manager and Infrastructure Planning and Engineering Manager. He is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Georgia.

Chairman Bryant just concluded his term as vice chairman of the UTC Board of Directors. He has been a member of the board since 2011 and has served as Audit Chair, Public Policy Division Chair and Secretary/Treasurer.

“Congratulations to Chairman Bryant, Vice Chairman Angst, and Secretary/Treasurer Huff,” said UTC President and CEO Joy Ditto. “I also want to salute Immediate Past Chairwoman Nelson for her hard work and leadership this past year. We have made great strides under Chairwoman Nelson’s tenure. She is a true trailblazer. I look forward to working with Chairman Bryant and our new slate of officers. Our future is bright!”

About UTC

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