Awards & Accomplishments

Awards & Accomplishments

As individuals and together as a group, GUC employees are frequently recognized for their accomplishments. Here are our recent awards and accomplishments:

North Carolina Waterworks Operators Association
Water Treatment Plant Superintendent Julius Patrick was elected to serve as the North Carolina Waterworks Operators Association (NCWOA) President. He will serve a two-year term. The NCWOA has been training waterworks professionals since 1939 and has over 3,000 members. (9/15)

Environmental Advisory Commission
Gas Systems Engineer Durk Tyson was elected to serve on the Environmental Advisory Commission (EAC) for the City of Greenville. The primary responsibilities of the EAC are to recommend matters of environmental concern and serve as technical advisors to the City Council. (9/15)

Journeyman Linemen
Several Electric Department employees passed levels of ElectriCities Lineman Career Development program. Jeremy Page, Tree Trimmer II, and Nick Gibson, Overhead Lineworker I, passed the Journeyman LIneman Level III. Overhead Lineoworkers Matthew McLawhorn, Jason Smith, Richard Gould, and David Bunch; Tree Trimmers Justin McLawhorn and Bradley Hardee; and Underground Lineworkers Brandon Butler and Calvin Whitehead passed Journeyman Lineman Level 1 training. (8/15)

SOAR Recognition
The Gas Department was presented with the prestigious System Operational Achievement Recognition (SOAR) by the American Public Gas Association. Click here for all the details.(7/15)

Safety Award of Excellence
The Electric Department earned the American Public Power Association's Safety Award of Excellence for safe operating practices in 2014. Electric employees earned Honorable Mention in the category for utilities with 250,000 to 999,999 worker-hours of annual worker exposure. (6/15)

United Way of Pitt County
Greenville Utilities employees received the "Giving Excellence" award during the United Way of Pitt County's Annual Meeting on May 20th. GUC was recognized for the "Most Diverse Campaign: for offering several ways for employees to contribute to United Way. (5/15)

Financial Reporting Certificate of Achievement
GUC received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the Fiscal Year that ended June 2014. Of the approximately 90,000 governmental units in the United States, less than 5% achieve this award. (5/15)

APPA Lineworkers Rodeo
Electric Department employees represented GUC at the American Public Power Association (APPA) Lineworkers Rodeo in Sacramento, California on May 16th. Teams from around the country competed in a series of events demonstrating the safe work practices that lineworkers use in their jobs every day. David Guy competed on the NCAMES (North Carolina Association for Municipal Electric Systems) team because of his performance at the NCAMES Rodeo earlier in the year. He placed second overall in the Apprentice division. Brandon Butler came in first on the Apprentice written test and third overall. The Journeyman team (those with more than four years experience) came in eleventh overall among 160 teams. (5/15)

Leadership Institute
Amy Quinn, Executive Assistant to the General Manager/CEO, graduated from the Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Institute. (5/15)

Sustained Professional Purchasing Award
GUC's Finance Department received the Sustained Professional Purchasing Award from the Carolina Association of Governmental Purchasing. This is the fourth consecutive year we've received this award. (4/15)

GIS Professional Certification
Chris Cypers and Jonah Waterman, GIS Technicians, achieved their GIS Professional Certification (GISP). This certification signifies they have successfully completed a rigorous set of requirements based on standards for both ethical and professional practices in the GIS profession. (2/15)

Collections Operator Certification
Keith Sullivan, Water Resources Construction Inspector, earned his North Carolina Grade 2 Collections Operator Certification from the Water Pollution Control Systems Operators Certification Commission. (1/15)

B-Surface Exam
Water Treatment Plant Operators Ryan Gregory and Ken Woodson passed their B-Surface Exams from the NC Water Treatment Facility Operators Certification Board. (1/15)

IMPA-CP Credential
Natasha Ashton, Human Resource Manager, attained the IMPA-CP Credential from the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IMPA). (1/15)

 


2014

Pollution Control System Operators Certification
Keith Sullivan, Water Resources Construction Inspector I, earned his state Grade 2 Collections Operator certification from the NC Water Pollution Control System Operators Certification Commission. (12/14)

Liberty University
HR Specialist Angie Fuller recently graduated from Liberty University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and plans to pursue her Master's degree. (11/14)

American Water Works Association
Troy Perkins, Water Resources Systems Superintendent, was presented with the Raymond E. (Red) Ebert Award at the North Carolina American Water Works Association and Water Environment Association (NC AWWA-WEA) Annual Conference on November 18th, 2014.

This award was established by the NC AWWA-WEA Board in 1988 and is presented to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the practice of operating a water distribution or wastewater collection system, specifically for demonstrating organizational leadership, technical innovation, facility improvement, or promoting and/or participating in training, safety awareness and general knowledge that has led to the upgrading and advancement of the water distribution and/or wastewater collection systems.

APPA Customer Connections Conference
General Manager/CEO Tony Cannon chaired the American Public Power Association (APPA) 2014 Customer Connections Conference. During the conference, Electric Planning Engineer John Worrell gave a presentation on GUC's Key Accounts program. Interim Director of Customer Relations Scott Mullis gave two presentations during the conference. One was about credit and collections and the other was about GUC's experience with ElectriCities E-Tracker program. Click here for more information about E-Tracker. (10/14)

Energy Central
Chief Analytics Officer Todd Rouse gave the presentation "Analytics -- Taming Disruptive Challenges in the Utilities Industry" during Energy Central's Utility Analytics Week conference. (10/14)

Maintenance Technologist Certification
Water Treatment Plant Maintenance Mechanics Jeff Bland and Wade Corbitt received their Class 2 Maintenance Technologist Certification from the NC Chapter of the American Water Works Association-Water Environment Association. (10/14)

ECU Center for Sustainability
Jonathan Sergeant, Energy Services Officer, was recently asked to serve on the Advisory Council for East Carolina University's Center for Sustainability in the College of Engineering and Technology. (10/14)

Backhoe Rodeo
Three Water Resources employees competed in the Eastern Water and Wastewater Network Backhoe Rodeo on September 12th. This annual event gives equipment operators from Eastern North Carolina an opportunity to showcase their talents in operating a variety of excavation equipment. Michael Silverthorne won second place in the Pipe Walk competition. (9/14)

Operator of the Year
Dail Booth, Water Treatment Operations Coordinator, received the North Carolina Waterworks Operator Association A-Surface Operator of the Year Award.

NCWOA Lifetime Membership
Jesse Chadwick, Chemist at the Water Treatment Plant, became a lifetime member of the North Carolina Waterworks Operators Association by maintaining his membership for 25 consecutive years. (9/14)

Utility Management Certification
Julius Patrick, Water Treatment Plant Superintendent, earned the Utility Management Certification credential from The Water University and NC Rural Water Association. (8/14)   

NC GIS Conference
IT Systems Analyst Sean Hawley was appointed to the North Carolina Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Conference Program Committee, which directs the format and content of the annual NC GIS Conference. (6/14)

Water Resources Certifications
Several Water Resources employees recently completed certifications. Chad Flannagan, Water Treatment Plant Operator, passed his A-Surface Exam. Chad also passed the Process Control exam from the NC State Laboratory and NC Waterworks Operators Association. Kevin Lockamy, Water Distribution System Quality Technician, passed his C-Distribution Certification exam, and Will Hardison obtained his C-Surface Certification. Robert Veale, Water Resources Instrument Technician, received his Class 3 Maintenance Technologist Certification. (6/14)

APPA Board of Directors
General Manager/CEO Tony Cannon was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Public Power Association (APPA), a national organization that provides a range of services and representation for publicly-owned electric utilities. (6/14)

Lineworkers Complete Training
GUC Lineworkers Jeffery Williams, Randy Mills, Ervin Hardee, Daniel McLawhorn, Randall Adams, Connie McGowan and Earl Harris recently completed the ElectriCities' Journeyman Lineman Career Development program. (5/14)

GUC Photo on National Directory
The APPA (American Public Power Association) conducted a nation-wide search for a public utility photo to be used on the cover of its 2014-2015 Annual Directory. One of the photos GUC submitted was chosen for this honor. John Bullard, Communications Specialist, took the winning photograph. (5/14)

NCAMES Rodeo
A team of Electric Department employees participated in the 53rd Annual NCAMES (North Carolina Association of Municipal Electric Systems) Conference and Lineman's Rodeo. Teams from municipal electric systems around the state compete in events that test their ability to perform tasks safely and quickly. GUC came home with 15 top-five finishes. (5/14)

NC Department of Labor Safety Awards
Greenville Utilities was honored with a total of 16 safety awards from the NC Department of Labor (NCDOL). For several GUC departments, this was the seventh consecutive year they have earned these awards. GUC also received the Million-Hour Award for achieving 1,000,000 hours with no lost time accidents from June 2012 - October 2013. (5/14)

Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Institute
Water Resources Engineer Scott Farmer and Public Information Specialist Emily Barnes graduated from the Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Institute on May 1st. (5/14)

American Public Power Association Lineworkers Rodeo
Employees from the Greenville Utilities’ Electric Department participated in the American Public Power Association (APPA) Lineworkers Rodeo in Oklahoma City, OK. Teams from around the country competed in a series of events demonstrating the safe work practices that lineworkers use in their jobs every day.  Click here for more details.(4/14)

Water Resources Certification
Bill Edwards, Engineering Assistant in the Water Resources Department, passed the exam for his Grade 3 Collections Operator Certification. This was received through the State of NC Water Pollution Control System Operators Certification Commission. (3/14)

Sustained Professional Purchasing Award
For the third year in a row, the Purchasing Section of GUC’s Finance Department received the Sustained Professional Purchasing Award, presented by the Carolinas Association of Governmental Purchasing (CAGP). GUC is one of 11 member agencies throughout North and South Carolina to receive the award. The accolade reflects that GUC conducts business in a professional and ethical manner. Click for more details. (3/14)

United Way of Pitt County
Public Information Specialist Emily Barnes was recognized for her involvement on the United Way of Pitt County Board during their annual meeting. Emily serves as the chair of the organization's Marketing Committee. (2/14)

NC 811 Board of Directors
Roger Jones, Director of Electric Systems, was re-elected to another three-year term on the NC 811 Board of Directors. He has served on the Board since 2002. Find out more about NC 811 here. (1/14)

NC League of Municipalities' Regulatory Action Committee
David Springer, Water Resources Plants Engineer, was appointed to a two-year term on the NC League of Municipalities' Regulatory Action Committee. The committee reviews and takes action on various regulatory proposals, like water nutrient management, storm water permits and water supply. (1/14)

Customer Service Training Recognition
Carol Bazemore, Training Officer, and LouJean Manning, Trainer, received recognition for Excellence in Customer Service Training from the Eastern North Carolina Chapter of the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD). (1/14)

Greenville-Pitt Chamber of Commerce Chairman's Award
Amy Quinn, Executive Assistant to the General Manager/CEO, received the 2013 Chairman's Award from the Greenville-Pitt Chamber of Commerce. Amy was chosen for her hard work in helping with the Chamber President search in 2013. (1/14)

 


2013

Arborist Certification
Tree Trimmer Crew Leader Robert Mooring recently became certified as an Arborist through the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). (12/13)

Backhoe Rodeo
Water Resources Department employees competed in the Eastern Water and Wastewater Network Backhoe Rodeo. This annual event gives equipment operators from Eastern NC the opportunity to showcase their talents in operating a variety of excavating equipment. Brian Murray took first place in the Ball and Cone competition and the Pipe Walk event. He got second place in the Pick and Ross event. David McKeel earned first place in the Slam Dump and second in the Pipe Walk. (12/13)

APPA Customer Connections Conference
Tony Cannon, General Manager/CEO, was selected to serve as Chair of the 2014 American Public Power Association's (APPA) Customer Connections Conference. This is the annual meeting for utilities professionals in the areas of customer service, energy services, economic development, key accounts and public communications. (11/13)

Water Treatment Certifications
Brian Shannon, Water Treatment Plant Operator, passed his A Surface Exam. Water Treatment Plant Operators Ken Woodson and Joseph Clark passed their C Surface Exams. These certifications are obtained through the NC Water Treatment Facility Operators Certification Board. (11/13)

Awards of Excellence
Greenville Utilities recently received Awards of Excellence in the following categories from ElectriCities of North Carolina: Competitive Business Environment, Energy Efficiency, Financial Stability, Legislative Involvement, and Service Excellence. ElectriCities is an organization that represents cities, towns and universities that own their electric distribution systems. Greenville Utilities is a member of ElectriCities, along with more than 90 other members in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. (11/13)

Golden Manhole Award
Troy Perkins, Water Resources Systems Superintendent, received the 2013 Golden Manhole Award from the North Carolina American Water Works Association and Water Environment Association (NC AWWA-WEA). This annual award recognizes professionals who contribute significantly to the advancement of the systems design, education, training, certification, construction, operations, maintenance, and management of water distribution systems or wastewater collections systems. (11/13)

Milestone Safety Accomplishments
GUC recently reached two significant safety milestones. First, the Electric Department reached one million hours without a lost workday injury. Following that, the entire GUC workforce reached one million hours without a lost workday injury. (11/13)

ElectriCities Board of Directors
Dr. Virginia Hardy, Chair of Greenville Utilities Board of Commissioners, was recently elected to the ElectriCities Board of Directors.  The 14-member Board of Directors advises and directs the activities and policies for North Carolina Municipal Power Agency Number 1 (NCMPA1), North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency (NCEMPA), and ElectriCities, an organization that represents cities, towns and universities that own their electric distribution systems. (11/13)

NC AWWA-WEA Exams
Water Treatment Plant Maintenance Mechanics Don Sullivan and Brian Greer passed their NC AWWA-WEA (North Carolina American Water Works Association and the North Carolina Water Environment Association) Class 3 Maintenance Technologist exams. (10/13)

Cisco Certification
Chris Ray, IT Network Analyst II, completed the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Routing and Switching program. (9/13)

Water Treatment Certification
Dail Booth, Water Treatment Operations Coordinator, passed his Grade I Physical/Chemical Water Pollution Control Operator Certification exam. This certification is a requirement of GUC's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit, which allows Dail to serve as backup Operator in Responsible Charge for the Water Treatment Plant. (9/13)

Wastewater Treatment Plant Lab Certification
The laboratory at the Wastewater Treatment Plant met all the testing requirements for its North Carolina Wastewater/Groundwater Laboratory Certification from NCDENR (North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources). (9/13)

Wastewater Treatment Certifications
Scott Getsinger, Wastewater Treatment Plant Maintenance Mechanic II, recently passed his Grade 3 Collection Systems Operator exam given by the North Carolina Water Pollution Control System Operators Certification Commission. (7/13)

SAG Award
GUC recently received the Special Achievements in GIS (SAG) Award. The SAG Award acknowledges vision, leadership, hard work and innovative use of GIS technology. Click here for more details. (7/23)

Water Treatment Certifications
Water Treatment Plant Operators Zack Hamilton, Chad Flannagan and Gary Shelton recently passed state certification exams. Zack received his A-Surface certification. Chad received his B-Well Certification. Gary received his C-Distribution certification. (6/13)

Gold Apple Award
The Joint Greenville Utilities/City of Greenville Wellness Program was presented with the Gold Apple Award as part of the WorkHealthy North Carolina Initiative. The award recognizes organizations who have established a culture of wellness for their employees. Click here for more details. (6/13)

ElectriCities' Lineman Career Development
Lineworkers Tracy Elks, Ryan Hardee, Timmy Pollard, Keith Gaskins, Gavin Smith, Casey Jones, Steve Turner, Billy Owens, Jason Gaskins, Brian Baker, Kevin Willoughby, Paul Hollingsworth, Keith Stancil, Mike Ashley, Mike McGowan and James Forrest passed the highest level (Journeyman Lineman Level 4) of ElectriCities' Lineman Career Development program (4/13)

NC Department of Labor Safety Awards
Greenville Utilities was honored with 12 safety awards from the NC Department of Labor (NCDOL). This is the sixth consecutive year GUC has received these NCDOL awards. (4/13)

LIVE UNITED Award
The United Way of Pitt County honored Greenville Utilities with the LIVE UNITED award. This award recognizes companies that have shown exemplary commitment to the United Way of Pitt County and the community. (3/13)

Herbert Stout Award
Greenville Utilities received the Herbert Stout Award, which honors exemplary use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) by a local government. The award was presented to GUC staff by the North Carolina Geographic Information Coordinating Council during the annual NC GIS Conference. (2/13)

LNG Inspection
GUC’s Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Plant was recently inspected by the NC Utilities Commission Pipeline Safety Section and no violations were found. The LNG facility has undergone a yearly inspection since 2006 and has never received a violation. (1/13)

Chamber Volunteer of the Year
Lou Norris, Secretary to the General Manager, received a Volunteer of the Year award from the Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce. (1/13)

Degree Earned
Kenneth Clawson, Garage Master Mechanic, recently received his Bachelors of Arts in Political Science with a concentration in Public Policy from NC State University. (1/13)

Public Power Awards of Excellence
GUC recently received Public Power Awards of Excellence from ElectriCities of North Carolina in five categories: Competitive Business Environment, Energy Efficiency, Financial Stability, Legislative Involvement, and Service Excellence. (12/12)

Operator of the Year
Zack Hamilton, Water Treatment Plant Operator I, received the 2012 B-Surface Certified Operator of the Year Award from the North Carolina Waterworks Operators Association. (9/12)

Professional Licensure Earned
John Powell, PE, Electric Engineering Substation Coordinator, recently completed all the requirements for professional licensure in North Carolina. (6/12)

Masters Degree Earned
Todd Cannon, Systems Analyst IV in the IT Department recently earned a Masters of Computer Science from NC State University. (6/12)

Operator Exams Passed
Water Treatment Plant Operators Brian Shannon and Zack Hamilton recently passed the B-Surface NC Water Treatment Facility Operator exam. Robert Veale, Water Treatment Plant Instrument Technician, recently passed the Apprentice C-Surface exam. (6/12)

Degree Earned
Chris Candler, Systems Dispatcher II, recently earned his Associate in Applied Science Electronic Engineering Technology with an emphasis in Systems Engineering from Pitt Community College. (6/12)

Drinking Water Taste Competition Winner
Greenville Utilities surpassed nine other utilities to take home first place in the Drinking Water Taste Competition at the 35th Annual North Carolina Rural Water Association (NCRWA) conference on May 16. (5/12)

Safety Awards
Greenville Utilities recently received 16 Safety Awards from the NC Department of Labor and the Pitt-Greenville Chamber of Commerce. For the third year in a row, every department and location at GUC was recognized for a low rate of injuries. Some departments/areas have been receiving this recognition for as many as five consecutive years. GUC also received an award in recognition of working 2,000,000 consecutive man hours without a lost workday injury. (4/12)


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