The Distinguished Leadership Award is RMEL’s highest honor. This award recognizes an individual that has demonstrated significant contributions to the electric energy industry, their respective organization, and an advocate for the RMEL Mission.

Industry – candidate has been recognized by electric energy peers for significant dedication, service, and leadership to the electric utility industry. Recipients typically have/had a long-running career in the industry, serving in Senior Leadership roles, and as active participant in various industry associations and work groups. 

Organization – candidate has demonstrated sustained leadership performance serving their company in a senior leadership role.  The individual has exhibited exemplary dedication, service, and leadership within their organization.

RMEL – candidate has demonstrated a strong advocacy for RMEL within the industry.   Individual promotes the RMEL mission within their organization and professional network, consistently supporting RMEL educational programing. 

The 2022 Awards Nomination Deadline will be July 29, 2022. Submit Your Nomination. 

Past Recipients




 2021  Tom Kent Nebraska Public Power District
 2020  Kelly Harrison Westar Energy
 2019  Scott Heidtbrink Kansas City Power & Light
 2018  Anthony Montoya Western Area Power Administration 
 2017  Jacqueline Sargent Austin Energy
 2016  Micheal S. McInnes Tri-State Generation & Transmission Association
 2015  Steve Bridges Zachry Group
 2014  Jill Tietjen Technically Speaking, Inc.
 2013  Len Rodman Black & Veatch
 2012  Lanie Prouse Mycoff, Fry & Prouse LLC
 2011      Tom Olmacher Empire District Electric Co.
 2010      Al Lujan CPS Energy
 2009  Kim I. Mastalio Black & Veatch Corp.
 2008  Dave Areghini SRP 
 2006  Doug Henry Westar Energy 
 2005  Carl Mycoff Mycoff, Fry & Prouse, LLC
 2004  Dennis Grennan HDR Inc. 
 2003  Jack Davis Arizona Public Service, Pinnacle West Capital Corporation
 2000  Wayne Brunetti Xcel Energy 


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