CEO, Grid Assurance
Mike has more than 30 years of experience in the energy and telecommunications industries and has held positions ranging from operations and marketing to regulatory and governmental affairs. He joined Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L) in 2002 and, in addition to his current responsibilities; he has had a wide range of responsibilities in the energy industry.
Prior to his role at Grid Assurance, he served as senior vice president-Corporate Service, responsible for major generation and transmission construction projects, transmission partnerships, security and business continuity, safety and other corporate services. Prior to that role, Mike was SVP Delivery, where he led KCP&L's distribution and transmission operations, engineering, customer services, and transmission policy & compliance divisions, with specific responsibility for regulatory compliance with FERC and NERC rules and regulations.
At UtiliCorp (which became Aquila Networks), he served as vice president of Market Services. He led the sales and marketing efforts for regulated and nonregulated products and services, including competitive retail and appliance services in UtiliCorp’s regulated service area.
In 2000, he was appointed senior vice president of Everest Connections, a voice, video, data communications over-builder targeting the Midwest, where he headed sales, marketing, regulatory and communication functions.
Mike holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Iowa State University, and he has completed graduate work at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and University of Iowa. He is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University.
An active member of the community, Mike serves on numerous boards including the Kansas City Sports Commission and the Missouri Partnership. Industry engagements include serving on Members Committee of the Southwest Power Pool and Energy Delivery Public Policy EAC for the Edison Electric Institute. In the past, he has served on the board of the Midwest Energy Association and Research Advisory Committee of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). Mike also serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council for Iowa State University College of Business.