Tri-State G&T is proud to announce its own Mary Ann Zehr as the winner of the Rocky Mountain Electric League’s (RMEL) Emerging Leader Award.
The Emerging Leader Award recognizes and honors RMEL members who are up and coming in their company and have had 5-10 years of experience in the industry, established significant contributions within their organization and demonstrated the potential for leadership and continuing service in the electric utility industry. The award was presented to Zehr and seven other members at the RMEL Spring Management, Engineering and Operations Conference in May.
“Tri-State has been a longtime member and supporter of RMEL that is dedicated to sharing ideas, techniques and programs to better serve the industry and its customers. We are very excited and proud of Mary Ann receiving this very prestigious award and for her numerous accomplishments in the industry,” said Joel Bladow, Senior Vice President of Transmission.
Zehr has worked for Tri-State for the past nine years in a variety of progressively more responsible positions. With each assignment, she has demonstrated the ability to learn the objectives, synthesize the key elements and responsibilities, and excel at performance. Her initiative has resulted in her ability to not only excel in each assignment, but to also refine the methods for accomplishing each assignment’s objectives.
In addition to her full-time responsibilities as a system operator she regularly volunteers for additional assignments with the goal of improving safety and reliability. One example is Tri-State’s adoption of an automated system to track when maintenance personnel were in substations. On her own initiative Zehr developed a proposal for an automated system and then assumed project management responsibilities to see that system through implementation.
Another example of Zehr’s commitment is the role she played in a recent NERC audit as she represented transmission system operators. As part of this assignment Zehr reviewed numerous operating policies and procedures. In collaboration with other system operators she identified weaknesses in procedures that could affect reliability and she identified ways to clarify procedures to minimize the potential for mistakes.