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Keith Garvey Former JPS VP to Lead East Coast Business Development


Keith GarveyNational utility and specialty contractor, INTREN, today announced the appointment of Keith Garvey as the company's Regional Vice President of Business Development, East Coast, effective immediately. He will be reporting to Executive Vice President of Customer Solutions, Matthew Turk.

 

Garvey comes to INTREN with a wealth of knowledge within the energy sector, having over 26 years of operational and customer service experience.  In his previous position as Vice President Customer Service and Communications for Jamaica Public Service Company, Garvey led 1700 employees through a customer service turnaround and expanded the company's retail operations island wide.  He was also responsible for several of the company’s unique customers’ solutions, including the company’s prepaid services program.   

 

"Keith brings more than 20 years of leadership and industry experience coupled with a commitment to the type of culture that has defined INTREN over the years.  I am confident Keith will add to the operating expertise and customer commitment that will always serve as our foundation as we continue to grow and evolve,” states company CEO, Kelly Tomblin. 

Garvey will play an instrumental role in forwarding INTREN’s vision and providing innovative solutions to meet the evolving needs of both electric and gas customers on the East Coast. Keith’s region includes Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware, Washington D.C. and New York.

 

Matthew Turk, Executive Vice President echoed Tomblin's response to welcoming Garvey. “INTREN is committed to serving East Coast utilities and Keith brings to our INTREN team the experience, passion and values that will make our efforts successful.  Keith knows our industry, the centrality of safety and quality in the workforce and his energy will further develop INTREN’s performance.  We are very excited that Keith chose our INTREN team.”

Garvey holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University, along with a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering from the College of Arts, Science and Technology in Jamaica.

Environmental Sustainability Administrator Kiwanda Evans was the only contractor invited to speak at the Electric Utility Industry Sustainable Supply Chain Alliance's annual conference held recently in Scottsdale, Arizona. Her presentation was focused on "A Contractor's Perspective" and looked at INTREN's environmental initiatives and efforts, which began in 2011.
 
Initiatives she discussed included reduction in fuel usage, electricity, waste generation, natural gas, and water consumption. She also offered advice on how companies can get started on an environmental sustainability program.
 
EUSISCA's focus is on improving environmental performance and advancing sustainable business practices across supply chain operations, supplier performance, and procured products and services.

The Indian American Business Council (IAB) has announced Loretta Rosenmayer, Founder and Chairwoman of the Board at INTREN to receive Women Entrepreneur Excellence Award. She will be presented with the award on Wednesday, September 6th during the Associations event honoring award receptions.

The award recognizes women who, through their career achievements, have demonstrated noteworthy support for women and have helped the in their careers through mentorship.

Also announced at the event was the launch of the Associations "Mentor on Road" Program. The program, sponsored by the IAB, will feature an extensive 9,600+ mile roadshow around the U.S. to over 30 locations, in 24 states meeting small businesses, women businesses, startups, and Indian diaspora. The goal is to provide a platform for the women entrepreneurs in the US to connect with Indian women businesses to mentor and expand their businesses.

As one of their pillars of success, INTREN continues its mission to support women in business. We salute our Chairwoman for her leadership and guidance.

Company's Midwest East Division continues to set milestones within construction industry

Union, Illinois (Aug. 31, 2017) – Nationwide utility contractor INTREN continues to exceed industry standards in construction safety by breaking a two-year incident-free record by its Midwest East Division (MWE), which serves utilities in Ohio and the surrounding states.

The company refuses to cut corners on safety and remains focused on its well thought-out, proactive approach to training and reporting. "It starts at the top", states Brian Carlin, Midwest East Division Account Manager. "INTREN has a strong, committed leadership who continue to encourage an engaged and empowered team."

The responsibility for improvements is both organizational and personal, infused with a strong flavor of servant leadership in being a brother's keeper. Dennis Bednarski, INTREN's Regional Vice President-Midwest echoes Carlin's statement: "Our safety efforts are aligned with our strategic plan. Because we have an established foundation for safety, we continue to improve and encourage active engagement of teams across all departments and offices throughout the company."

Due to the complex and demanding environment, systems have been designed to protect against human error through daily onsite briefings. These briefings review customer deliverables and expectations and always include a thorough review of safety protocol. The results have enabled INTREN to successfully meet the demands of the industry with an exceptional level of service and performance that aids in decreasing interruptions and lowering overall costs for their customers.

The MWE Division Civil Department employees delivered over 75,500 man-hours to achieve this remarkable accomplishment seldom seen in the utility construction industry.

Moving into 2018, the company continues to partner with its customers keeping pace with advancing challenges and industry technologies as they follow their motto to "OutPerform. Everyday."

 

INTREN encourages people to make a free call at least 2 business days before digging to know what’s below

Union, Illinois (Aug. 11, 2017) – With Aug. 11 almost here, INTREN hopes this date on the calendar, 8/11, will serve as a natural reminder for residents to call 811 prior to any digging project to have underground utility lines marked. Every six minutes an underground utility line is damaged because someone decided to dig without first calling 811.

When calling 811, homeowners and contractors are connected to their local one call center, which notifies the appropriate utility companies of their intent to dig. Professional locators are then sent to the requested digging site to mark the approximate locations of underground lines with flags, spray paint or both.

Striking a single line can cause injury, repair costs, fines and inconvenient outages. Every digging project, no matter how large or small, warrants a call to 811. Installing a mailbox, building a deck, planting a tree and laying a patio are all examples of digging projects that need a call to 811 before starting.

“On Aug. 11 and throughout the year, we remind homeowners and professional contractors alike to call 811 before digging to eliminate the risk of striking an underground utility line,” said Matthew Turk Executive Vice President of Business Development and Operations for INTREN, “It really is the only way to know which utilities are buried in your area.”

The depth of utility lines can vary for a number of reasons, such as erosion, previous digging projects and uneven surfaces. Utility lines need to be properly marked because even when digging only a few inches, the risk of striking an underground utility line still exists.

Visit www.call811.com or http://www.illinois1call.com/ for more information about 811 and safe digging practices.

Union, Illinois -based Specialty Utility Contractor Accelerates Growth with New Investment Partner

UNION, IL (July 19, 2017) – Specialty utility contractor, INTREN, has announced that One Equity Partners (OEP) has become a minority investor in the company.  OEP is a middle market private equity firm focused on specialty contracting, industrial, healthcare, and technology markets worldwide.  

“It is because of our customers, who have asked us to continue that growth in order to meet their needs, that we are very pleased to welcome OEP as investors,” said INTREN President Lance Rosenmayer. “This partnership will allow us to begin the next step of our nationwide growth plan. Securing this investment demonstrates confidence in INTREN and its ability to develop innovative solutions.”

INTREN has reshaped the power and utility landscape, growing beyond the traditional business model.  As a leader in utility construction, the company has received numerous awards, outpacing the industry with advancements in safety, customer service, and strategic decision making.  Commenting on the investment, Chief Executive Officer Kelly Tomblin said: “This investment will accelerate our company’s commercial growth, expand its expertise and ensure we continue to offer the safest and most effective solutions to our customers”.

Loretta Rosenmayer, founder and majority owner of INTREN, will continue as Chairwoman of the Board.  Recently appointed CEO Kelly Tomblin joins the team to support the development, growth and expansion of the company.  

“INTREN is a premier utility specialty contractor in the U.S. with nearly three decades of experience working with the nation’s largest utility providers,” said Andrew Oliver, Managing Director of One Equity Partners.  “As the need for new transmission and distribution infrastructure continues to grow, INTREN’s strong design, construction and management capabilities will help utilities meet their infrastructure needs.” 

As a nationally certified Woman Business Enterprise (WBE), INTREN has maintained its unwavering commitment to women and minorities acting as a strong voice for stewardship throughout the industry. 

Stifel served as the exclusive financial advisor to INTREN in the transaction and Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP served as INTREN’s legal advisor and BDO USA, LLP as tax advisors. Lincoln International and Dechert LLP served as OEP’s finance and legal advisors.


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Torrential rainfall and high winds during the night of Tuesday, July 12th caused havoc to more than 11,000 homeowners who woke up without power on Wednesday. INTREN was more than willing and ready to respond to the call to assist the Midwest’s major utility companies in helping to restore power to their customers. In the Northwest Chicago area, INTREN dispatched over 38 crews who worked diligently and safely to replace electric poles ripped down by the storm in several rural locations and townships.

An Intren worker oversees a convoy of Intren trucksTwo Intren workers fix an electric wire on a liftAn Intren worker oversees a power line being lifted into position

Last night, INTREN was honored to win Exelon’s Safety Performance in Excellence Award in the Utility Services and Materials Category at their annual Supplier Summit in downtown Chicago. We would like to thank Exelon. Your demand for safety sets you apart, but more importantly, you work with your contractors on how that can be achieved. You are true partners with your commitment.  You value your workers and you value your contractors and that makes all the difference in the world. Also, thank you to the entire INTREN team for living our safety culture and striving for injury-free employment every day.  #SupplierSummit2017

INTREN CEO Joins Three Decades of Groundbreaking Entrepreneurs

EY has announced that Loretta Rosenmayer, CEO of INTREN received the Entrepreneur of the Year® 2017 Award in the Midwest program for the Real Estate, Construction and Utilities category. The award recognizes entrepreneurs who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Loretta was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a black tie gala on June 21 in Chicago. 

“EY has been recognizing leading entrepreneurs for over three decades,” said Rye Butman, Entrepreneur of the Year Program Director for the Midwest program. “The class of winners in 2017 represent new ways of thinking, disruptive business models and overall dynamism that make this country a great place to do business.”

Since 1986, EY has honored entrepreneurs whose ingenuity, spirit of innovation and discipline have driven their companies’ success, transformed their industries and made a positive impact on their communities. Now in its 31st year, the program has honored the inspirational leadership of such entrepreneurs as: 

• Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company

• Pierre Omidyar of eBay, Inc.

• Mindy Grossman of HSN

• Robert Unanue of Goya Foods

• Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn

• Andreas Bechtolsheim and Jayshree Ullal of Arista Networks

• Hamdi Ulukaya of Chobani

• James Park of Fitbit

As a Midwest award winner, Loretta is now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur of the Year National program, where award winners will be announced at the Entrepreneur of the Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California on November 18, 2017. The awards are the culminating event of the EY Strategic Growth Forum™, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies. The Entrepreneur of the Year Overall Award winner then moves on to compete for the World Entrepreneur of the Year Award in Monaco in June 2018.

EY Entrepreneur of the Year Trophy

 

INTREN was proud to again sponsor the 2017 Exelon African American Resource Alliance (EAARA) Diane Lewis Scholarship Golf Outing on Saturday, June 3rd. The money raised at the
event funded 30 scholarships for African American students pursuing post high school education. The INTREN foursome of Business Development Manager Lloyd Gillespie, Foreman Pete Becker, Tim Ahern, and ComEd representative Jacob Leonard took home first place. During the event, the President and CEO of ComEd Anne Pramaggiore took pictures with many of the golfers, including INTREN’s teams.
Team Intren stands together for a group photo