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President & CEO Kelly Tomblin Returns to Utility Sector

Sherina Maye Edwards and Kelly Tomblin

INTREN, a national WBE utility contractor, announced today that President and CEO Kelly Tomblin has accepted a position as CEO at El Paso Electric, as part of its acquisition by JPMorgan’s Infrastructure Investments Fund. INTREN Board Member Sherina Maye Edwards, who is an attorney and partner at Quarles & Brady in Chicago, has been named CEO.

“Sherina is a three-year board member with extensive experience and deep connections throughout the energy industry. I can’t imagine leaving INTREN in better hands,” said Kelly. “Sherina is also a long-time champion for diversity and inclusion and will continue our efforts throughout every level of the organization.”

“The team we have developed at INTREN is one of the strongest, most innovative, and committed groups that I have worked with in 30 years in the energy industry. Throughout the pandemic and other challenges we have had this year, they have embraced our motto of #INTRENSTRONG and risen to the occasion time and time again. I have no doubt they will continue to serve our customers and communities in even more creative ways in the future.”

A former utility regulator and a woman frequently recognized for her leadership, Sherina has served in a myriad of high profile roles including a five-year term on the Illinois Commerce Commission, her 2016 appointment by President Barack Obama and U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Anthony Foxx as Co-Chair of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Voluntary Information-Sharing System Working Group, and as a 2017 Eisenhower Fellow where she served with and advised energy leaders in South Africa and Australia.

Having founded both the Women’s Energy Summit and the Women’s Energy Network of Chicago, as well as having strong influence over the creation of the Illinois Utilities Business Diversity Council, Sherina is nationally recognized for being a champion for diversity and inclusion within the utility and energy space.

“In the more than three years that Kelly has been at the helm, she has created an effective leadership team, dispersed decision-making throughout the organization, and has seen record growth and strong financial results,” said Sherina. “I am proud to follow in her footsteps and wish her the best as she brings her expertise to El Paso Electric.”

“Although we are reluctant to see Kelly go, she has left INTREN poised for continued success,” said Founder and Board Chairwoman Loretta Rosenmayer. “With Sherina at the helm, we are confident that we will continue to be the measure of excellence from coast-to-coast.”

2020 NECA AwardINTREN is honored to receive the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) Recognition of Achievement for Safety Excellence award. We are especially proud of our crew members from coast-to-coast that continually put safety first despite the challenges they have faced this year.

“Being recognized for achievement in safety excellence by NECA is a tremendous honor,” said Director of Safety and Quality Tyler Herdendorf. “It confirms how dedicated and committed the organization is to the safety and health of all its employees. Creating a safety culture is a never-ending challenge but it’s worth it when we all strive for the same goal of everyone going home safely. By focusing on leading indicators, hazard recognition, and employee development through training, we will obtain our ultimate goal of error-free performance.”

NECA represents the $130 billion/year electrical contracting industry.

INTREN has been in the Chicago civil market for more than 20 years. Since then we have taken the work from California to Maryland and everywhere in between. With the expertise to take on large, complex projects, our goal has always been to deliver safe, quality work that is on time, and on budget. Watch our video on complex civil projects to see how we continually strive to be the measure of excellence.

Diversity Equality InclusionRecently, INTREN formed a Diversity Action Council in order to create a structured and ongoing approach to our diversity goals.

The council’s strategic initiatives include enhancing diverse recruitment, fostering ERGs, retaining and developing diverse talent, utilizing external diversity advisors, and recommitting to diversity education. As a WBE and a tier 2 diversity supplier, INTREN has long been dedicated to diversity, equity, and inclusion. As the first utility contractor to pledge our support to CEO Action in 2019, we joined 900 global CEOs to take collective action on DEI in the workplace.

Our focus has long been on supporting diversity-focused third-party efforts and mentoring/supporting diverse subcontractors. Internally, we have conducted unconscious bias training, along with having a Culture Team focused on diversity initiatives.

However, this is only the beginning. We look forward to working closely with our customers and fostering continued positive change throughout our organizations.

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Congratulations to our Philadelphia Overhead and Underground crews for achieving one-year incident-free! It is your dedication to uncompromised safety and your continuous efforts to improve that has led to this significant milestone. Great job! #OutPerformingEveryday

Carmine Mariano

Hats off to Journeyman Operator Carmine Mariano of the Bore Division, who has dedicated 25 years of his life to INTREN!

"I don't even know where to begin when it comes to describing Carmine and his work ethic because there is so much to say, said Blanket Boring Project Manager Cheryl Kiesel. "From his attention to detail, his always positive attitude, to the level of ownership and pride he takes in his work, Carmine is ALWAYS delivering (and always with a smile)! Carmine is definitely part of the backbone in this department and we appreciate him and all he does for his crew, our department, and INTREN as a whole."

Executive Vice President Matthew Turk added, "Carmine has been a key field leader for us for many years and brings to us his passion for excellence. He also always wanted to grow and learn, and he continually attended the Union training to increase his skills." Congratulations and a huge thank you to Carmine for his 25 years of outstanding service!

Jessie Harms receives his white hard hat

St. Louis inspection apprentice Jessie Harms (middle) received his white hardhat today from Foreman Dave Politte (left) and General Foreman Dean Davis (right).

The Green Hard Hat program is just one of the initiatives implemented by our Occupational Health & Safety Department at INTREN to ensure the safety of all our crew members. This program identifies new workers by using green hard hats to communicate to our other experienced employees and our subcontractors of their status. This also denotes that INTREN's experienced and dedicated employees will need to mentor them during their first few months working for our company.

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A Message from President & CEO Kelly Tomblin

The Year 2020 has challenged us in ways we never could have imagined. From a global pandemic to national political unrest, to a rare derecho weather event, INTREN has had to navigate with a new awareness and improved agility. We have been forced to accelerate and deepen the conversations we were having about diversity, equity, and inclusion and we have learned to pivot instantly when regulations and guidance changed related to keeping our teams safe. Through it all, we have emerged stronger, more connected, and more committed.

Given that INTREN’s normal work includes emergency disaster response, it shouldn’t be surprising that INTREN started its COVID-19 preparation even before the virus had a name. We started briefing our nearly 2,000 employees on social distancing and other steps outlined by the CDC to prevent virus transmission in February. We did what we needed to do to keep our field crews working from coast to coast, supporting the critical electric and gas infrastructure work needed by our utility customers during this pandemic.

INTREN’s efforts were led by an experienced team for pandemic preparedness, including members who worked on a utility’s pandemic preparedness team, managed utility operations during an infectious disease outbreak, led a state-wide respiratory health organization and directed response teams for disaster responses. We have now had a limited number of positive cases (all well), and we have kept all our essential workers working.

When many of the cities we do business in experienced the effect of protests, from Baltimore to St. Louis to Philly to San Francisco, our teams listened with compassion and continued to maintain electric and gas infrastructure. When asked about our position during the midst of unrest, we simply stated “We Stand for Love.” While that might not be a typical corporate term, we thought it captured what we saw from coast to coast—workers who didn’t look alike working side by side, employees stopping to help neighbors in new and creative ways, courageous support for our customers and each other. I just finished a three-month company-wide tour, and I was proud to witness the INTREN spirit in action in each and every office I visited.

Today, we all proudly wear our declaration of #INTRENSTRONG in honor of what we have done and will do together to serve our customers and our communities. While the world may continue to present unprecedented situations, we know that our planning, our execution, and our spirit will provide the foundation for meeting each new demand with optimism, resolve, resilience and respect.

Chris PayneFor the past 30 years, Chris has worked with construction companies in the utility industry in California and Arizona. Most recently, he was Director of Operations for Power Contracting LLC, where he oversaw transmission, distribution and substation projects on the West Coast.
 
Prior, he was Associate Vice President for Black & Veatch, where he ran all construction and joint venture projects for the Power Delivery and Telecom Business Units across the United States.
 
We are excited to have Chris as part of the INTREN team, not only for his extensive experience in utility construction but his exceptional track record of staff development.
A power line crosses the Great Miami River in OhioThe Amanda A Project in Trenton, Ohio is converting a system from 4 kV to 12.47 kV and is requiring work on the shores of the Great Miami River. Two overhead crews and one cable pulling crew set up on both sides to pull in 1000’ of new conductor across the river using heavy-duty cable pulling equipment The challenge? Limited space for a normal set-up. The crews got the job done by using a transmission bucket on the east side of the river to get to the top of the pole. Thank you to Project Manager Anita Gindling and our amazing crews for being #INTRENStrong! #OutPerformingEveryday

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