McInnes appointed Tri-State executive vice president and general manager

Mike-McInnesTri-State’s board of directors has unanimously chosen Michael McInnes as the association’s executive vice president and general manager. McInnes had served in that role on an interim basis since March 2014.

“Mike demonstrates daily the leadership and character that motivates our employees and strengthens our relationships with our members,” said Rick Gordon, chairman and president of Tri-State. “This combined with his deep industry knowledge and passion for the cooperative business model makes Mike uniquely qualified to lead Tri-State into the future.”

“I’m honored by the board’s support and grateful for the opportunity to lead this outstanding association’s talented and dedicated employees,” said McInnes. “I’m humbled by the responsibility Tri-State has to deliver to our members the affordable and reliable electricity that is essential to the rural way of life, and I’m confident we can move forward to meet the challenges facing our association and industry.”

McInnes previously served as senior vice president of production at Tri-State and was a key member of the G&T’s executive management team with responsibility for the day-to-day oversight and operation of Tri-State’s power production resources, including approximately 2,800 megawatts of coal and natural gas generation, owned and operated coal mines, and land and water resources throughout a five-state area.

McInnes has a broad background in the electric cooperative industry and has served in various capacities at Tri-State. From 2000 to 2008, he had responsibility for budget, environmental, risk management, safety, security, human resources, supply chain and procurement functions.

Immediately prior to joining Tri-State in 2000, McInnes was executive vice president and general manager of Plains Electric Generation and Transmission Cooperative in Albuquerque, N.M. He has extensive experience in the generation and operations areas of the electric utility industry, in which he has held various management positions – including plant manager, director of generation and executive manager of generation operations.

McInnes has served as a board member of the Western Systems Electricity Council, Western Fuels Association, Inc., Western Power Producers, Rocky Mountain Electrical League (RMEL), RMEL Foundation, Four Corners Regional Welfare Council and as an alternate board member of the Colorado River Energy Distributors Association.

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