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Our Team

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David Banks

David Banks

David is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree. He has also completed the Goizueta Managerial Leadership Program of Emory University. His current role is the Manager of Construction and Sales of Georgia Power – Power Services. He brings 25 years of utility/energy experience with Georgia Power and Southern Company. He has worked in the areas of Nuclear Generation, Distribution, Region Operations, Region Management, Project Development (both Energy Services and Power Services), Contract Administration and Management, and Construction Management (Emergency Generation, Substations, and Distribution).

He has been involved with electrical substation, distribution and generation projects for over 20 years. During that 20+ years David has personally developed & managed substation, distribution, generation & energy related projects totaling more than $75 million. His experience is from the generator to the switch.

David has a proven track record of successful projects as seen from the list below. He currently manages: project development /sales and construction of all projects for Power Services. Through his leadership and ability to coordinate company resources, the group has grown and developed a reputation of satisfying their customers.

Cliff Buckalew

Cliff Buckalew

Transmission & Distribution / Emergency Generation, Northwest, Northeast, Metro

Cliff Buckalew is a graduate of Georgia State University with a BBA in Business/Marketing and Chattahoochee Tech with an EET- Electronics Engineering. He is a Project Manager providing customer relationship, project development and direct sales support for the Power Services business unit at Georgia Power Company. Cliff is an accomplished electric utility/alternative energy professional with more than 30 years of experience in sales, design, engineering, and installation of utility/private sector energy projects. Through his leadership and his history of building strong customer relationships, delivers a proven track record of creating and managing progressively larger projects and businesses across the electric utility, alternative energy, and electrical manufacturing markets.

Yancey Houston

Yancey Houston

Transmission & Distribution / Emergency Generation, East, West, South, Central, Coastal

Yancey has over 15 years of utility experience with Southern Company. He has served most of his career as an account executive for industrial, commercial, and residential customers. In addition, he has worked in our customer choice, customer service, distribution, and energy services areas. At this time, Yancey is in his third year as a Project Manager in Power Services where he oversees sales and construction of distribution and generator projects in Central, West, and South Georgia.

Mike Joyner

Mike Joyner

Project Manager for East & Coastal Regions

Mike is a graduate of Mercer University with a Masters in Business Administration and the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. He is a military veteran with 8 years of service in The United States Coast Guard.

He has 8 years of utility experience with Georgia Power and Savannah Electric Companies. He has worked in the areas of Distribution Engineering, Reliability Engineering, Substation Support, and has held multiple leadership positions.

Mike has been involved in Transmission, Substation and Distribution projects totaling over $20 million dollars. Mike has a diverse background and proven track record managing successful projects. He oversees sales and construction of substation, distribution and generator projects in Coastal and East Georgia.

Mac Kirby

Mac Kirby

Mac is a graduate of Auburn University with a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering. He currently serves as the Manager of Engineering of Georgia Power – Power Services. Mac has more than 20 years of utility/ energy experience with Georgia Power and Southern Company. He is a licensed Professional Engineer. Mac has worked in the areas of Distribution Engineer, Commercial Account Manager, Corporate Engineering Services Senior Engineer at Alabama Power, and Engineering Supervisor in Georgia Power’s Northwest and Metro South Regions. He has participated in several internal and external leadership development programs including Georgia Power’s Leadership and Mentoring and First Line Supervisor Development Programs, Alabama Power’s Leadership Development Program, and Leadership Academies for the Fayette and Carroll County Chamber of Commerce. Mac is also responsible for the Transmission, Substation, and Distribution emergency response, repair, and maintenance business segment of Power Services. He is also the Joint Trench program manager for Georgia Power Company.

Joe Lawrence

Joe Lawrence

Joe Lawrence is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree. He has also completed the Goizueta Executive Leadership Program of Emory University. He currently serves as the Business Unit Manager of Power Services. He has 29 years of utility experience with Georgia Power Company. He has worked in the areas of System Protection, Region Distribution & Construction (overhead, underground & metering), Region Management, System Control and Service response and Restoration. Joe has managed numerous multi-million dollar projects/budgets both regionally and statewide. Joe is a proven leader with diverse management experience and over 17 years in leadership positions. Joe will be responsible for overall success of the project.

Ron Lewis

Ron Lewis

Ron has 28 years of utility experience with Georgia Power Company. His experience includes power generation, transmission and both overhead and underground distribution construction and engineering experience. He has extensive design, engineering, estimating, and construction experience in residential, commercial, large industrial and campus type customers. This includes both Regulated and Unregulated projects. Ron also orders all material and equipment for our department. In the past 3 years while working in the Power Services Department, he has engineered over $10 million of “customer owned” projects. Ron has engineered several distribution projects at existing DOC facilities. Ron will be responsible for some engineering, ordering material and coordinating material delivery.

Greg Morgan

Greg Morgan

Greg Morgan is a graduate of University of West Georgia with a BBA in Accounting. He has over 25 years of utility experience with Georgia Power / Southern Company and 15 years of experience in utility accounting and corporate cost accounting. Greg began his career in Generation Operations and has worked in the areas of Generation Accounting, Accounting Applications Support, and Southern Company Services Accounting, Finance, & Treasury organizations. Greg has worked on several key accounting and reporting projects for Southern Company including the Committed Cost Tracking System (CCS) and Enterprise Solutions Support (ESS) in testing and upgrading the key accounting applications. Greg has also worked outside of Southern Company system in unregulated utilities accounting and manufacturing accounting positions. Greg is currently the Business Analyst for the Power Services organization.

Richard Sawley

Richard Sawley

Richard Sawley has 26 years of utility experience with Georgia Power Company. This experience includes power generation, transmission and both overhead and underground distribution construction experience. He has extensive experience doing work for large industrial, commercial and campus type customers. In the past 5 years he has managed over $50 million of “customer owned” projects. Richard consistently and effectively manages multiple projects on multiple sites. Richard has managed several distribution construction projects at existing DOC facilities.

Stephen Scarborough

Stephen Scarborough

Vegetation Management, South

Stephen Scarborough is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a Bachelors of Science in Forestry Resources. He has 15 years experience with Georgia Power Company in overseeing the vegetation management for 3,000 miles of distribution lines and serves customers in 23 counties in South Georgia. Stephen is an ISA Certified Arborist, Registered Forester (GA), and a Certified Pesticide Applicator (GA). He is the former Chairman of the Trees of Macon Committee. Stephen consistently and effectively manages several different projects for the DNR, MEAG and several different municipalities.

Brittney Simmons

Brittney Simmons

Brittney is a graduate of the University of Alabama with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing. Her current role is sales support specialist for Power Services. She brings marketing industry experience to Georgia Power and has worked in the areas of customer service, marketing and sales for Georgia Power and other companies with in the Technology sector. Brittney started her career with Georgia Power in 2012 and has contributed to the overall growth of the marketing and sales initiatives for Power Services while continuously providing industry leading customer service to internal and external partners.

Clay Szoke

Clay Szoke

Vegetation Management, North

Clay Szoke is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a Bachelors of Science in Forestry Resources. He has 15 years experience with Georgia Power Company in overseeing the vegetation management for distribution and transmission lines in the state of Georgia. Clay is an ISA Certified Arborist, ISA Utility Specialist, Registered Forester (GA), and a Certified Pesticide Applicator (GA). Clay effectively manages several different projects for the DNR, MEAG, Dalton Utilities and several different municipalities.

David Thomas

David Thomas

David holds a Bachelors degree in Forest Resources and a Masters degree in Business from the University of Georgia. He is a certified arborist, licensed pesticide applicator and registered Forester in the state of Georgia. He has worked for Georgia Power since 1985 and has held numerous field and supervisory positions in the Forestry and R/W Department. In 2002 he founded the Vegetation Management Business Unit within Power Services and has managed this business since its inception.

Ronnie Turner

Ronnie Turner

Ronnie Turner has 38 years of operating experience with Georgia Power Company. This experience includes overhead, underground and transmission. Ronnie was one of four chosen statewide to help write some of the operating procedures for our Klondike Training Facility when it was built. Ronnie has managed several multi-million dollar projects in the metro area. This includes the customer owned distribution construction of several large Data Centers in the metro area. Ronnie works on the customer owned distribution system of several of our Colleges in the state.

Karen Van Horn

Karen Van Horn

Karen started her career at Southern Company in 2010 in Atlanta as an Executive Administrative Assistant for the Enterprise Solutions Support Team. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Georgia State University in Public and Urban Affairs. Karen moved to the Georgia Power - Power Services team in 2013 and is responsible for CSS billing for Forestry, Joint Trench, and Work Authorization Requests as well as administrative duties.

jason-venditto

Jason Venditto

Construction Coordinator

Jason Venditto has nine years of utility experience with Georgia Power Company and Southern Company. His experience includes power generation, transmission, and substation construction & maintenance work. Prior to his current Construction Coordinator role, Jason served as Plant Service Technician for Southern Company Services where he tested & maintained battery systems for generation plants across the Southeastern United States. Prior to joining Georgia Power, Jason was a Service Coordinator for an industrial and commercial electrical contractor and served four years as Gunner's Mate in the U.S. Navy. Jason has a technical diploma from Central Georgia Technical College in Electrical Construction and Maintenance.

Bryan Zentkovich

Bryan Zentkovich

Bryan graduated from Colorado State University with a BS in Industrial Technology. He has over 11 years of utility experience with Georgia Power / Southern Company. Bryan worked in Substation Design Control for five years for Transmission, Distribution and Customer Substations. He also worked as a Senior Test Engineer in Athens TMC for five years. Bryan also worked as the Southern Company Technical Training Coordinator and was responsible for functionalizing technical training in Alabama, Georgia, Gulf, and Mississippi operating companies.

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