Business News

April 2018

UGI elects Harris to Board of Directors

UGI Corp. announced that Alan N. Harris was elected a director of UGI Corp. Harris retired from Spectra Energy Corp. on January 31, 2015, where he served in various capacities including senior advisor to the chairman, president and chief executive officer on project execution efforts, chief development and operations officer, and chief development officer. Spectra Energy Corp. is an operator in the transmission and storage, distribution, gathering, and processing of natural gas.

Prior to Spectra Energy’s spin-off from Duke Energy Gas Transmission, Harris also held various positions of increasing responsibility at Duke Energy, including group vice president, chief financial officer (2004 to 2006), executive vice president (2003 to 2004), senior vice president, Strategic Development and Planning (2002 to 2003), vice president, controller, treasurer, Strategic Planning (2000 to 2002), and vice president, controller, Strategic Planning (1999 to 2000). Harris currently serves as a director of Enable Midstream Partners LP.

New Jersey Resources appoints Cradic VP of Government Affairs and Policy

New Jersey Resources (NJR) announced Amy Cradic has joined the company as vice president of Government Affairs and Policy effective immediately. In this role, she is responsible for leading NJR’s government relations operations and customer and community relations, as well as integrating social, economic, environmental and regulatory policy within the company’s strategic goals and business objectives.

Before joining NJR, Cradic served as chief of staff in the Christie administration. In that role, she was the chief operating officer for the State of New Jersey and responsible for managing the governor’s agenda, providing strategic direction for key priorities, including budgetary matters, policy and planning, communications and legislative and constituent relations, as well as working with the state legislature and members of Congress on government affairs. Prior to being named chief of staff, she served in the governor’s office as deputy chief of staff and senior policy advisor.

A veteran of state government for nearly 25 years, Cradic has worked in both Republican and Democratic administrations. Before her time in the governor’s office, she served as an assistant commissioner in the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), an adjunct professor at The College of New Jersey and worked in the communications departments at the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education and the NJDEP.

Ditch Witch awards dealerships and individuals for superior customer service, support and dedication

Recognized for outstanding customer service, support and dedication, Ditch Witch, a Charles Machine Works Co., announced recipients of its annual Harold Chesnutt Award, Service and Support Leadership Award, and Service and Support Excellence Award. These awards honor individuals and dealerships that have exemplified the highest level of product support and service worldwide throughout 2017.

Jon Ahlman of Ditch Witch of Arizona was presented the 2017 Harold Chesnutt Award. The annual award recognizes the parts manager in the worldwide Ditch Witch dealer network who best exemplifies the enthusiasm and dedication Harold Chesnutt brought to his profession for more than 30 years. Ahlman has been a loyal member of the Ditch Witch family since 1981. His stringent attention to detail and commitment to quality customer service makes Ahlman a successful parts manager and an essential part of the Ditch Witch of Arizona team.

Kyle Liebman of Ditch Witch Northwest was recognized as the 2017 Service Manager of the Year. Presented annually, this award honors the Ditch Witch dealership service manager who best promotes the highest level of product support to customers and superior leadership to coworkers. With a passion for mechanics, Liebman joined the Ditch Witch organization in 1998 and served as a “jack-of-all-trades.” In his current management and leadership role, he is well known for his intelligence, experience and customer service skills.

The organization also recognized its top dealership service departments that pursue the highest level of customer support in the industry and help the Ditch Witch organization maintain its status as a leader in customer care. The No. 1 dealership for service and support in 2017 was Ditch Witch of South Louisiana. The other top dealerships included:

  • Ditch Witch of Arizona
  • Ditch Witch Mid-States
  • Ditch Witch Sales of Michigan
  • Ditch Witch of North Dakota
  • Ditch Witch Northwest
  • Ditch Witch UnderCon
  • Ditch Witch of Virginia
  • Jesco Inc.

TC PipeLines announces officer appointments 

TC PipeLines LP announced the appointment of Nathan Brown as president and director of TC PipeLines GP Inc., the general partner of the partnership, and William Morris as vice president, principal financial officer and treasurer of the general partner, both effective May 1st.

Brown will succeed Brandon Anderson, who will be resigning his positions as president and director effective May 1st to focus on his other responsibilities with TransCanada Corp., the ultimate parent company of the general partner.

Brown currently serves as principal financial officer and controller of the general partner, a position he has held since May 2014. His main occupation is vice president, US gas pipelines financial services of TransCanada where he is responsible for the accounting of TransCanada’s US natural gas pipelines. Brown also served as manager of accounting for TransCanada’s US pipelines west from November 2009 to May 2014 and as director of financial services for TransCanada’s US pipelines from May 2014 to February 2018.

Morris currently serves as vice president and treasurer of the general partner, a position he has held since November 2017, and served as treasurer of the general partner from December 2012 to November 2017. He will succeed Brown as principal financial officer of the general partner. His principal occupation is director, finance and assistant treasurer of TransCanada, a position he has held since November 2015. Previous to that, he was director of corporate finance from November 2012. From September 2001 to November 2012, Morris was director of risk management for TransCanada and manager, risk management for the previous five years. Prior to joining TransCanada, Morris spent 12 years working in both the public accounting and banking industries.

Obit: Ed Darby

Edward Lee Darby, 72, CEO of Darby Equipment Co., passed away on February 10, 2018 in Tulsa, OK. Born on November 3, 1945 in Tulsa, OK to Darby Equipment co-founders, Lee and Lucile Darby, Ed was a graduate of Rockhurst University and a Vietnam War veteran. He began working with his father, Lee Darby in the mid-80s helping create Darby Equipment Co. Preceded in death by parents, Lee and Lucile, and brother Michael, Ed is survived by his siblings, Pat, Jim, Dan, Bob, and Mary Beth, and the love of his life, Brenda Falsone of Ft. Lauderdale, FL. He is also survived by his godson, Major Michael Casey Sere, loving nieces, nephews and many dear friends.

Ed had an enormous, fun-loving personality and was highly influential to friends and family. He loved travel, scuba diving, good wine, and music, especially The Grateful Dead.  Sometimes we live no particular way but our own. This was certainly true for Ed. He was an extremely generous individual with a passion for the education of underprivileged children as evidenced by the Ed Darby Foundation, created by Ed to provide scholarships, school supplies, teaching aids and additional assistance to children in the Tulsa public school system. Ed also supported Global Gardens, an organization designed to empower students in low-income communities to be agents of change in their own lives and communities through hands-on science and peace education.