Chairman of the Board
Robert J. Carroll has over 30 years of senior executive management and board experience in public and private companies. Since 2010, Mr. Carroll has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of SouthWest Water Company, a California-based, privately-held water utility business, providing water services in four states. Since 1993, he has also been Principal of Roscommon Limited, a Dallas-based investment and consulting practice providing specialized support in operations management, turnarounds, acquisitions, and divestitures. Mr. Carroll attended University of Dallas Graduate School of Management and American University in Washington, D.C. Mr. Carroll has served as Chairman of the Board of Summit Utilities, Inc. since October 2015.
Mr. Peña spent his career (1971-2004) with American Electric Power (AEP), one of the largest electric utilities in the United States. He served as Senior Vice President – Financial Policy from 2003 until 2004 and was Treasurer of AEP and its subsidiary companies, including AEP Service Corp., from 1995 until 2003. Prior to being Treasurer, Mr. Peña had been promoted to Vice President – Finance in 1989, was elected assistant Vice President – Banking and Security Analyst Relations in 1982 and served as Assistant to the President in 1979. Mr. Peña joined the company in 1971 as a controllership staff analyst. Mr. Peña immigrated to the US with his family from Cuba in 1961. He received a BS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Miami in Florida in 1966 and an MS in Management from MIT in 1968. In addition, he completed the AEP Management Development Program at the University of Michigan.
Kathy Alexander is an Arkansas native and former advisor at the Roberts Law Firm in Little Rock, Arkansas, prior to retiring in July 2017.
Kathy brings a wealth of experience in Arkansas and in the field of natural gas to the board, having held positions as Attorney and Corporate Officer for Southwestern Energy Company, Senior Vice President and General Counsel to CenterPoint Energy Arkla, and having represented corporations before state regulatory commissions, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and in state and federal courts.
Kathy has also served on the Alternative Fuels Commission, the Entergy Arkansas Advisory Board, as a Special Member of the Alcohol Beverage Control Board and as a Special Justice on the Arkansas Supreme Court. In addition, she was appointed by the Arkansas Governor as the Utility Representative to the State Energy Advisory Board and is active in her local and state-wide community.
Colette Honorable currently practices law as part of Reed Smith, LLP’s Energy and Natural Resources Group.She previously served as Commissioner at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). She was nominated by President Barack Obama in August 2014, unanimously confirmed by the Senate, and served on the commission from January 2015 until June 2017. At FERC, Honorable focused on reliability oversight of the bulk power system, cyber and physical security, oversight of wholesale markets, transmission planning and cost allocation in regional transmission organizations, gas-electric coordination, renewables integration,energy storage integration and valuation, ratemaking, infrastructure development, and enforcement matters.
Honorable joined the FERC from the Arkansas Public Service Commission (PSC), where she began as a Commissioner in October 2007, and led as Chairman from January 2011-January 2015. Prior to joining the Arkansas PSC, she served as chief of staff to the Arkansas Attorney General and as a member of the governor’s cabinet as Executive Director of the Arkansas Workforce Investment Board. Honorable is a graduate of the University of Memphis and received a Juris Doctorate from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law.
Mr. Gilbert is a Managing Director and an Investment Principal for the Infrastructure Investments Group at J.P. Morgan Asset Management – Global Real Assets.
Mr. Gilbert joined J.P. Morgan from Centrica, PLC’s US subsidiary Direct Energy, where he headed the company’s power generation operations and corporate development. Under his leadership, Direct Energy significantly improved operations of the existing portfolio and developed strategies for upstream gas and power investment while investing over $1bn in North America.
Prior to Direct Energy, Mr. Gilbert spent five years at International Power, PLC as Vice President – Business Development focusing on expanding IP’s North American business through acquisitions and asset development. Mr. Gilbert also spent ten years at PSEG in corporate development within the company’s power generation business where he led the expansion of the company into New England, developed several new generation facilities and was a key member of the integration teams for the PSEG-Exelon transaction.
Mr. Gilbert began his career at General Electric after completing a BSME at the University of Massachusetts.
Kurt Adams has served as President and Chief Executive Officer for Summit Utilities, Inc. since October, 2015, a Director of Summit Utilities, Inc. from 2014 to present and as a Member of Board of Trustees of University of Maine System from 2010 to 2015.
Prior to joining Summit Utilities, Inc, Mr. Adams served as the Chief Development Officer at SunEdison and First Wind (which was purchased by SunEdison in Q1 2015). At First Wind and SunEdison, Mr. Adams led utility scale renewable energy development. Prior to joining First Wind, Mr. Adams was Chairman of the Maine Public Utilities Commission from 2005 to 2008, where he served as Maine’s primary energy regulator. As Chairman, he served as a member of the New England Conference of Public Utilities Commissions, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissions (NARUC), the NARUC Electricity Committee, and the NARUC Competitive Procurement Committee. He was also Maine’s representative on the New England State Committee on Electricity. Prior to his position with the Maine PUC, Mr. Adams was Governor John Baldacci’s chief legal counsel from 2003 to 2005. Before joining the Governor’s staff, Mr. Adams was a non-equity partner in the law firm of Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer & Nelson in Portland, Maine. At Bernstein Shur, Mr. Adams was the Vice Chairman of the firm’s energy practice. Mr. Adams represented independent power producers in all facets of project development. Mr. Adams also represented national and international private and public sector clients on energy projects, and lenders on energy project financings.
Kurt holds a B.A. in Government from Skidmore College, an MA in International Affairs from George Washington University and J.D. from the University of Maine Law School.
Henry Fayne has more than 30 years of experience with American Electric Power (AEP), one of the largest electric utilities in the United States. From 1974 to 2004, he held positions in finance and operations. Most recently, he served as Executive Vice President of Energy Services and was responsible for transmission, distribution and customer relations operations for the AEP system. He also served as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President — Financial Services and was responsible for financial planning and budgeting, risk management, internal audits, accounting and treasury functions. After retiring from AEP in 2004, Mr. Fayne has been providing advisory and consulting services to various energy-intensive industrial companies. Mr. Fayne is a director of Southwest Generation Operating Company, LLC, a privately-held gas-fired generating company; Murray Energy Corporation, a privately-held coal mining company; and MYR Group Inc., a publicly-traded company that provides construction services throughout the United States and Canada for transmission projects for the utility industry. Mr. Fayne holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Columbia College of Columbia University and a Masters of Business Administration degree from the Columbia Business School. Mr. Fayne has served as a director of Summit Utilities, Inc. since 2014.