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Deal named Chief Energy Services Officer   

by  Colorado Springs Utilities  on  4/22/2020

Travas DealColorado Springs Utilities CEO Aram Benyamin recently named Travas Deal as Chief Energy Services Officer.

Deal joined Colorado Springs Utilities in 2017 as Field Services Manager and was quickly recognized for his management expertise and knowledge of the energy industry. In 2018, he transitioned to the Energy Services Division, serving in a district manager role then two general manager positions, leading significant process improvements for the community-owned utility.

“Travas offers a proven record as a leader, and I am excited to have him serve in this new role. His experience in the utilities, manufacturing and railroad industries is greatly beneficial and will certainly add value for our customers and employees,” Benyamin said.

Deal served as a U.S. Marine, including the role of Presidential Support Specialist, for a decade before a successful early career in transportation – first in rail-based freight transportation and later at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana.

He joined Duke Energy in 2008, working at Gibson Generating Station, the largest coal generating plant in the United States at 3,250 megawatts. During his tenure at Duke, he held various management roles in operations and maintenance, including operations excellence manager.

“My passion is to serve a greater need. This sense of service began in the military and continues today, providing essential services for people in the most efficient way. And like in the military, we’re a team of public servants at Springs Utilities. Everyone on the team has an important role, and I’m honored to have the opportunity to be part of that – continuing to drive cost savings and achieve results safely,” Deal said.

Deal will support the implementation of the Energy Vision, approved by Utilities Board last year, to “provide resilient, reliable and cost-effective energy that is environmentally sustainable, reduces our carbon footprint and uses proven state-of-the-art technologies to enhance our quality of life for generations to come.”

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management from Oakland City University. He enjoys recreating outdoors with family and friends.

He replaces Eric Tharp, who is retiring this month, as Chief Energy Services Officer.

 
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The first Energy Services Officer I met was Tom Black in 1991 when he was a staff Engineer. In 2010 he was forecasting a new coal plant but he took an early retirement. Next came Bruce McCormick who presided over he Neumann Scrubber debacle. The came Eric Tharpe who installed about 140 MW of solar energy. Let's see if you have the temerity to install a microgrid for the Airport and Peterson Air Force Base.

Friday, April 24, 2020  7:13 AM  Sam Masias