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NPPD’s Kent to lead national industry organization

September 20, 2017

Columbus, Neb. – Tom Kent, Vice President & Chief Operating Officer for Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD), became the RMEL’s  2017-2018 President during the organizations 114th Fall Executive Leadership and Management Convention in Tucson, Ariz.

Jon Hansen, Omaha Public Power District, completed his term as the 2016-2017 President and handed the gavel to Kent in a presentation in front of RMEL members from across the country. RMEL is a not-for-profit energy trade association that has served the electric utility industry with a variety of education and networking services since 1903. Dedicated to fostering a thriving community of electric energy professionals, RMEL’s 300 corporate members share ideas, techniques and programs to better serve the industry and its customers.

Kent, appointed Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for NPPD in 2011, joined the RMEL Board of Directors that year and has served as a member of the executive committee and held the positions of vice-president, finance, and president-elect. He has been instrumental in building an investment strategy for the association on behalf of the membership.

“NPPD is a prominent and very active member of RMEL, and I speak on behalf of the entire Board when I say how much we appreciate Tom’s dedication and anticipate a great 2018 with him as our leader,” said Richard Putnicki, Executive Director, RMEL.”

A 1985 graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, he earned a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Nebraska in 2005. He has also completed the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) reactor technology course for utility executives at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

He joined the District in May 1990 as environmental qualification coordinator at Cooper Nuclear Station. He also has held the positions of retail district manager, retail regional manager, retail customer care manager, chief information officer, corporate planning and risk manager, and transmission and distribution manager.

In addition to serving on the RMEL Board of Directors, Kent also sits on the Southwest Power Pool Members Committee and Human Resources Committee. He is a member of the Midwest Reliability Organization Board of Directors, as well as a Board member for the Mid-America Council of the Boy Scouts. He spent four years on active duty as a commissioned officer in the United States Navy.