Leadership team

 Leadership team

Aram BenyaminAram Benyamin, P.E.
Chief Executive Officer

Aram Benyamin joined Colorado Springs Utilities in 2015 as the general manager of energy supply and was named CEO in October of 2018. Prior to joining Colorado Springs Utilities, Benyamin was the Senior Assistant General Manager, head of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s (LADWP) power system, the nation’s largest municipal utility. At LADWP, Benyamin was responsible for 4,000 employees with an annual budget of $3.9 billion, serving more than four million residents of Los Angeles.

Benyamin is a Professional Engineer with a bachelor’s of science degree in engineering from California State University, Los Angeles. He also has a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) from the University of La Verne and a master’s degree in public of administration (MPA) from California State University, Northridge.

He has also earned the following certificates:

  • Senior Executives in State and Local Government, Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government
  • Executive Business Management Program, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), Anderson School of Management
  • Engineering and Technical Management, UCLA
  • Business Management Program, UCLA
  • Leadership for the 21st Century, UCLA
  • Total Quality Management, UCLA
  • Construction Management, UCLA.

Benyamin’s current and past board member and trustee affiliations include YMCA Downtown Colorado Springs Board Member, Armenian General Benevolent Union, Worldwide District Committee Board Member, Boys and Girls Scouts commissioner, troop committee member and volunteer, Trustee of Joint Safety and Training Institutes, Southern California Public Power Association board member, Large Public Power Council board member and California Municipal Utilities Association board member.

The CEO's leadership team includes:

Melissa Kellione
Chief Customer & Corporate Services Officer

Tamela Monroe
Chief Planning & Finance Officer

Cindy Newsome
Manager of Economic Development

Dan Noble
Acting General Manager of Regulatory & Compliance

Dave Padgett
Chief Environmental Services Officer

John Romero
General Manager of Acquisition, Engineering & Planning

Eric Tharp
Chief Energy Services Officer

Phil Tunnah
General Manager of Program Management

Earl Wilkinson
Chief Water Services Officer