Ken Anderson to succeed retiring executive vice president and general manager J.M. Shafer, who is expected to step down officially on July 1, 2008. Anderson, who currently serves as the association’s senior vice president of generation and power management, will become Tri- State’s seventh CEO since its inception in 1952.
“Ken’s record speaks for itself,” said board chairman Harold “Hub” Thompson. “He
has the education, experience and industry knowledge that will serve Tri-State and our
member co-ops well as we move forward.”
Anderson, 48, received a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas Tech University
before earning his master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Colorado. He began his professional career as a senior controls engineer for Southwestern Public Service Company in Amarillo, Texas, before working as a principal process consultant for Honeywell in Phoenix, Ariz., for 10 years.
Anderson served for eight years (1996-2004) at Western Farmers Electric Cooperative
in Anadarko, Okla., as chief operating officer, including five years with Shafer when he
served as general manager of the generation and transmission cooperative. Anderson then
spent a brief amount of time working as a principal security consultant at the Idaho National Laboratory before joining Tri-State in February 2005.
He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, the Instrument
Society of America, the Western Electricity Coordinating Council’s Reliability Policy
Committee and the Colorado Governor’s Reliability Task Force.
“I’m looking forward to this next chapter in my career and I appreciate the confidence
that Tri-State’s board has placed in me,” Anderson said. “We’re facing a number of
challenges as we continue to try to develop the necessary facilities that will provide our
member co-ops with a long-term, reliable and affordable source of wholesale electricity.
Working together toward mutual goals, I’m certain we can be successful.”
Shafer has served as Tri-State’s executive vice president and general manager since
2003. He is scheduled to retire this summer after having enjoyed a 42-year career in the
electric utility industry.
Based in the Denver suburb of Westminster, Tri-State provides wholesale power to 44
electric cooperatives (including San Miguel Power Association) and public power districts over a 250,000 square-mile service territory throughout Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming and Nebraska. The member distribution systems, in turn, provide electricity to more than 588,000 meters, translating to a consumer base of approximately 1.4 million people.