Employed at Xcel Energy-Sherco Plant as a Lead Plant Equipment Operator
Joint Apprenticeship Committee member since 1982 for Sherco
Joint Apprenticeship Committee Chairman since 1985 for Sherco
JAC Central Committee member for Local 160 and current Chairman for 15 years
Chief Steward of Operations at Sherco Plant for over 10 years
Elected to the Local Union 160 Executive Board in 1992, 1995, 1998
Appointed as the Local Union 160 Vice President in 2000 and was elected as Vice President in 2002 and 2005
Elected as Local Union 160 President in 2008, 2011, 2014
A Note From Your President
Brothers and Sisters:
This is an introduction for some of you and background information for others.
I have been a IBEW Local Union 160 member since January 1978. I am employed at Xcel Energy at the Sherco Power Plant on Unit 3 as a Lead Plant Equipment Operator in the operations section.
Early in my career, I had some questions about the apprenticeship programs at NSP (Xcel Energy), and I wasn't too sure where I wanted to go in my career. At that time, the Recording Secretary, an executive board member and a chief steward (all from Sherco) encouraged me to get involved in the union. They told me the union belonged to all of the members and I should start attending union meetings and volunteer some time to help keep the union strong.
This request lead me to join the Joint Apprenticeship Committee (JAC) at Sherco in 1982. I became the chairman of the Sherco JAC in 1985 and remain the chairman today. Being involved with Sherco's JAC lead me to become involved with the Central Joint Apprenticeship Committee and I have been the Central JAC chairman for over 15 years.
I was encouraged to run for the executive board in 1992. I was a executive board member from 1992 to 2001. Being on the executive board really helped me understand how the union works.
This experience created interest in becoming an officer for Local 160. So I ran for Vice-President in 2001 and won, and I held this position till I successfully ran for President in 2008.
It is my honor to serve Local Union 160 and this membership. I encourage you as I was encouraged back in 1982 to "become active in your union."
In closing, as your President I welcome your ideas, your involvment and your energy to continue the strength of Local 160.