Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Huntsville Utilities names two new vice presidents
William C. Pippin, President/CEO of Huntsville Utilities, is pleased to announce some changes to the executive management team of Huntsville Utilities. In an effort to improve our ability to provide a valuable resource to the community and increase our customer service focus, Tony Owens has been named Vice President of Operations and John Olshefski has been named Vice President of Customer Care. Both Mr. Olshefski and Mr. Owens will report to Jay Stowe, who will remain the Chief Operating Officer.
Mr. Owens has more than 37 years of service at Huntsville Utilities, having progressed through the management ranks from Chemist-Water Laboratory, to Chief Plant Operator, Construction Manager, Water Supply Superintendent, Water Department Manager and more recently Water Supply Manager.
Owens is looking forward to continuing working closely with the other department managers in the ongoing coordination of projects. Owens holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Auburn.
As a retired Army Colonel with over 30 years of practical operational, logistics and customer related experience, Mr. Olshefski has the skills needed to lead the Customer Care area of Huntsville Utilities. His last assignment in the U.S. Army was as Garrison Commander at Redstone Arsenal where he was responsible for over 2,000 employees providing support for all activities on the Arsenal. His background in logistics, planning, managing, and directing various organizations in the Army match well with the customer focused goals of Huntsville Utilities. He also is very familiar with the community due to his involvement with the 2005 Base Realignment and Closing (BRAC) effort and his role as an ambassador for our region. Olshefski has a Bachelor of Arts degree from The Citadel, a Master’s degree from Central Michigan, and a Master’s degree from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.
Huntsville Utilities is a publicly owned, not for profit utility serving 173,000 electric, 85,000 water and 46,000 natural gas customers in Madison County, Alabama.
CONTACT: HU Public Relations Office