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Tennessee Valley Authority
The Tennessee Valley Authority, an agency of the U.S. government, is the nation’s largest public power provider and one of the country’s largest electric utilities. TVA was established by Congress in 1933 to address a wide range of environmental, economic and technological issues, including the need for low-cost electricity and navigation and flood control along the Tennessee River system.
Presenter - Gary H. Harris, Vice President, Industrial Marketing and Services
As Vice President, Industrial Marketing and Services, Gary is responsible for managing the business relationship with TVA’s 58 directly served industrial customers who generate approximately $1.1 billion dollars of revenue annually for TVA. Responsibilities include, contract negotiation, rate actions, issues resolution, new customer recruitment, plant expansions, economic development and customer service.
Prior to his assignment as Vice President, Industrial Marketing and Services, Gary served as TVA’s General Manager of Customer Service in West Tennessee.
Gary began his career with TVA in 1992 and has held management positions in TVA’s Green Power Switchâ Program, Telecommunications Department, Regional Accounts, Energy Services and Marketing, Public Power Institute, Corporate Education, Procurement and Strategic Planning organizations. Also, since 2010, he has held the position as Executive Sponsor of the Federally Employed Women (FEW) Employee Resource Group.
Prior to TVA, Gary was a Senior Petroleum Operations Manager with Chevron U.S.A. in California. Gary has over 31 years of combined experience in the electric utility, oil and natural gas industries. Also held position of Safety and Environmental Engineer.
Gary is a graduate of the University of Arizona, a graduate of the Syracuse University, Executive School of Sales Management and Marketing and a graduate of the University of California at Los Angles (UCLA), Executive Engineering and Management Program. He is also a Certified Energy Manager.
Gary played football at the University of Arizona and the Canadian Football League. He was named the Energy Professional of the year in 2009 by the American Association of Blacks in Energy, past Vice Treasure of the Memphis Rotary and a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.