Hall of Fame

Honoring service to the industry


Members inducted into MEA’s Hall of Fame are those that exemplify the spirit of great leaders. These outstanding individuals have contributed their time and expertise to the energy industry through service to MEA by serving on committees and volunteering at our meetings and events.

Questions? Contact John Gann at (651) 289-9600 x105.

Don Szambelan


Don Szambelan

MEA (retired)
Inducted 2017

  • Driving force behind MEA’s EnergyU along with product and course development during his 15 years with MEA
  • Project lead for various committees.
  • Presented and attended many MEA conferences and events.

Claude Eagler


Claude Eagler

Vectren
Inducted 2015

  • Instrumental in the startup of the Measurement Excellence Committee
  • Chair of the Measurement Excellence Committe twice, served over 15 years
  • Set-up the Measurement Excellence Class, presented and attended over multiple years
  • Presented many measurement classes at the Gas Operations Technical & Leadership Summit
  • Presented and attended at MEA’s Spring Roundtable for over 15 years

Andrew Brennan


Colorado Springs Utilities
Inducted 2014

  • Chair of the National GAS Rodeo Committee
  • Leadership in moving the Rodeo from Fairview Heights, IL to Colorado Springs, CO
  • Participated in more than 10 events
  • Session speaker

John Burke


John Burke

Vectren
Inducted 2014

  • Chair and 8 years of service on the Gas Distribution Committee
  • Participated in more than 25 MEA learning events
  • Presented or moderated many learning sessions

Brad Heck


Brad Heck

Miller Pipeline
Inducted 2014

  • Pioneer in advancing the development of MEA’s Qualified For One, Qualified For All materials
  • 15+ year service on the Operator Qualification Committee
  • Past Chair of the Technical Training Committee

J. Scott Kleppe


J. Scott Kleppe

SENSIT Technologies
Inducted 2014

  • Served on the MEA Board of Directors for 2 terms (6 years)
  • Helped define MEA’s strategic direction
  • Participated in more than 50 MEA events
  • Strong sponsorship and advocacy of MEA’s programs
  • Provided subject matter experts for classroom sessions

Larry Milner


Larry Milner

Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company, Inc.
Inducted 2014

  • More than a decade of service on the Environmental Management Committee
  • Leadership in organizing and delivering various networking events at the Environmental Conference
  • Leadership in identifying and securing industry-expert content for the Environmental Conference
  • Leadership on promoting Environmental Management Committee cohesiveness and effectiveness

Dennis Mueller


Dennis Mueller

MRM Technical Group, Exelon Infrastructure Services, InfraSource, Q3 Contracting
Inducted 2014

  • Treasurer of the MEA Board of Directors
  • Participated on the OQ Committee
  • Instrumental in the formation of the MEA investment policy
  • Participated in 46 MEA events

Michelle Trapp


Michelle Trapp

Michels Corporation
Inducted 2014

  • Chairperson of both the Gas and the Electric Associate Advisory Council
  • Participation on the MEA Board of Directors
  • Participation in more than 55 MEA learning events
  • Willingness to assist in a variety of programs

Jerry Woodruff


Normandy Machine Company, Inc.
Inducted 2014

  • Chair of the Electric Substation Team
  • Participant in the Electric Substation Team since 2001
  • Participated in 29 MEA events

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Ed Bradley


Ed Bradley

Ameren Missouri
Inducted 2013

  • 2-time Chair of the Electric Underground Committee
  • Committee member service and active contributor since 2002
  • Participated in 25 MEA events

Tom Phalen


Tom Phalen

We Energies
Inducted 2013

  • 2-time Chair of the Gas Operations Steering Committee
  • Chair of the Gas Measurement Committee
  • Participated in more than 50 MEA events
  • Key leadership role in upgrading the Gas Operations Conference including the move to Rochester

Jim Kuchler


Jim Kuchler

Nicor Gas
Inducted 2012

  • Chair of the Gas Distribution Committee
  • Gas Operations Steering Committee
  • Committee Member Service and active contributor since 1997
  • Participated in more than 20 MEA events
  • Visionary behind the Energetic Women concept and name

Marv Morey


Ameren
Inducted 2012

  • Chair of the Overhead Distribution Committee
  • Committee member since founding of electric section in 2001
  • Member of the ElectricU Steering Committee
  • Strong contributor to the ElectricU course development
  • Participated in more than 20 MEA events

Mike Broshous


Mike Broshous

Consolidated Utility Services
Inducted 2011

  • Chair of the Electric Associate Advisory Council, multiple years
  • Member of the Electric Operations Conference Site Survey Task Force
  • Member of the Electric Operations Steering Committee
  • Exhibited at 16 MEA conferences
  • Sponsored and assisted at numerous conference activities

Rosanne Rogers


Alliant Energy
Inducted 2011

  • Chair of the Gas Operations Steering Committee
  • Chair of the Gas Codes & Standards Committee
  • Taught several classes at the Annual Gas Operations Conference, Spring Gas Distribution
  • Summit & Fall Gas Distribution Summit
  • Attended more than 55 events since 1995

Alan Kettle


Alan Kettle

ONEOK
Inducted 2010

  • Member of the Environmental Management Committee 1988-2010
  • Chair of the Environmental Management Committee, 1991, 1992, & 2005
  • Attended 40 Environmental conferences and planning meetings
  • Led numerous Environmental Conference roundtable discussion sessions

Bob Bennett


Elster American
Inducted 2010

  • Instructor for Gas Operations Conference for 15 years
  • Instructor for Measurement Excellence Course since 2006
  • Gas Operations Conference Exhibitor since 1991
  • Participated in more than 20 events

Cecil Head


Michels Corporation
Inducted 2010

  • OQ Subject Matter Expert for MEA’s EnergyU (formerly ETN)
  • Member of the WUA for MEA OQ Standards
  • Taught MEA’s ‘train the trainer” course
  • Participated in more than 20 MEA events

Jeff Veteto


City Utilities of Springfield
Inducted 2010

  • Chaired the Gas Operations Steering Committee
  • Chaired the Gas Codes & Standards Committee
  • Chaired the Gas Distribution Committee
  • Participated in more than 55 MEA events

Bill Burnett


Bill Burnett

Ameren UE
Inducted 2009

  • Member of Gas Operations Committee
  • Chaired the Gas Operations Committee
  • Chaired the Distribution Committee
  • Participated in more than 40 events

Joe Groebner


Joe Groebner

Groebner & Associates
Inducted 2009

  • MEA Treasurer for over seven (7) years
  • Chaired the Gas Operations Committee
  • Chaired the Distribution Committee
  • Gas Operations Conference exhibitor for 19 years

Bill Herdegen III


Bill Herdegen III

Kansas City Power & Light
Inducted 2009

  • First electric-only utility to join MEA
  • Strong advocate for KCP&L participation in MEA information-sharing activities
  • Chair, MEA Board of Directors, 2006
  • Returned as member of Board of Directors, 2009

Mark Shill


Consultant
Inducted 2009

  • Chaired the Gas Operations Exhibit Committee
  • Member of the O.Q. Committee
  • Member of the Gas Operations Committee
  • Participated in more than 30 events

Dick Devine


Dick Devine

Aquila, Inc.
Inducted 2008

  • Chaired the Gas Safety & Training Committee
  • Gas Safety & Training Committee member for 12 years
  • Served on the Gas Utilization Committee
  • Course trainer for over 10 courses
  • Participated in 26 MEA events

Warren Satterlee


Warren Satterlee

Greater Minnesota Gas, Inc., OQ Services, Inc., Northeast Technical College, Midwest Natural Gas, Great Plains Energy, Montana-Dakota Utilities
Inducted 2008

  • Chaired the Gas Operations Steering Committee
  • Served on MEA’s Marketing Committee
  • Served on MEA’s Board of Directors
  • Participated in numerous MEA events including 14 Annual Operations Conferences

Jim Gould


Jim Gould

Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company
Inducted 2008

  • Service on the Environmental Management Committee 14+ years
  • Participation in 14+ Environmental Management Conferences
  • MGP roundtable discussion leader
  • Leadership role in securing participation and sponsorship for Environmental Management events

Ric Hinkie


Ric Hinkie

Midwest ENERGY Association (retired)
Inducted 2007

Ric Hinkie served the membership of MEA as the President for 17 years. During his tenure, Ric worked directly with the members to create an exciting and growing MEA. Ric educated, entertained, and mentored any member interested in the energy industry. His vision, passion, and ideas drove MEA to maximize member value.

A brief list of some of Ric’s MEA accomplishments include:

  • Developed MEA’s initial Operator Qualification system
  • Worked with the Board to change the name from MGA to MEA and launch the Electric section
  • Assembled the Gas & Electric Museum “A Walk Thru Time”
  • Oversaw the development of 20 new committees
  • Expanded the Board of Directors
  • Helped develop the Workforce Development Council
  • Helped develop and deliver more than 10 new products and services
  • Increased revenue by 200%
  • Delivered new Pharmacy Benefit Program with AGA and EEI
  • Founded the MEA Foundation

Glen Armstrong


Glen Armstrong

EN Engineering
Inducted 2006

  • Service on Codes & Standards Committee 1997-2002; Chair in 2001
  • Service on Gas Operating Steering Committee 2001-2006; Chair in 2005
  • Participation in 40 MEA events

Dennis Block


MidAmerican Energy
Inducted 2006

  • Service on Gas Safety & Training Committee 1999-2006; Chair in 2003
  • Participation in 38 MEA events
  • Supporter of the MEA Fun Run

Pierre Lebrasseur


Michels Corporation
Inducted 2006

  • Service on the MEA Board of Directors 2002-2006
  • Participation in 44 MEA events
  • Strong sponsorship support of MEA initiatives

Ron Estabrook


Ron Estabrook

Alliant Energy
Inducted 2005

Ron’s MEA involvement dates back over 30 years. Ron was asked to join the Measurement Control Committee in 1982 and then again in the 90’s. “I’ve enjoyed as much as anything committee work,” said Estabrook. “It’s part friends and partially the sense of accomplishment you get, like from putting a program together for Ames.”

  • Service on the Measurement & Controls Committee since 1984; Chair in 1987 and 1995;
  • Served as 1st Vice Chair
  • Participation in 42 MEA events
  • Chair of Measurement Excellence subcommittee

Gerry Lee


City Utilities of Springfield
Inducted 2005

From his first year of involvement with MEA in 1977, Gerry was hooked. “From day one,” said Lee. “I envisioned being on the Board of Directors and staying active my whole career.” And for the next 28 years, Lee continued to serve MEA on various committees, finally reaching the Board of Directors in 1999 and Chair in 2003.

  • Participation in 31 MEA events
  • Strong leadership and advocacy for MEA initiatives

Bob Roach


NIPSCO
Inducted 2005

  • Service on Electric Substation Committee since 2001; Chair in 2002 & 2003
  • Participation in 11 MEA events
  • Strong leadership and contribution in developing committee strength during formative years

Mary Schroader


Mary Schroader

Alliant Energy
Inducted 2005

Since 1985, Mary Schroader has worked for MEA’s Ames Exhibit Committee under her boss, but wasn’t able to officially participate in MEA for several years. In 1990 Schroader finally attended her first Ames and joined the exhibit committee.”Everybody was just so friendly and fun when I got there,” said Schroader.

  • Service on Ames Exhibit Committee since 1991; Chair in 1996
  • Participation in 15 Annual Gas Operations Conferences
  • Frequent and tireless contributor at Gas Operations Conferences

Jerome Themig


Jerome Themig

Ameren
Inducted 2005

Jerome Themig first got involved with MEA in 1989 to become a better gas engineer. Themig began working on the National Gas Rodeo Committee in 2000, and in 2003 he became Chair. Being inducted into the Hall of Fame isn’t going to stop Themig who plans to continue helping the Gas Rodeo.”I feel old now,” Themig joked. “I’m just doing my part and was quite surprised to be nominated.”

  • Participation in 42 MEA events
  • Instrumental in securing more than $25,000 in sponsorship for the National Gas Rodeo

Jerry Hoffman


Jerry Hoffman

Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company
Inducted 2005

  • Service on Environmental Management Committee since 1995
  • Participation in 12 MEA events
  • Speaker at Environmental Conference on 12 occasions
  • Consistent, reliable committee service

Gene Argo


Gene Argo

Midwest Energy, Inc.
Inducted 2004

  • Chair, MEA Board of Directors, 1999
  • Frequent attendee since 1990 at numerous MEA operations, corporate services and senior executive conferences and roundtables
  • Leader in:
    • Transitioning association from Midwest Gas Association (MGA) to Midwest ENERGY Assocation (MEA)
    • Strengthening MEA and promoting value of association membership

Art Borsa


Art Borsa

DMD Dresser Manufacturing
Inducted 2004

  • Associate member leadership and creativity in outdoor exhibits and hospitality suites
  • Attendance at MEA Conferences and Roundtables since 1974
  • Instructor for several Measurement Courses
  • Service on:
    • Measurement & Controls Committee three times
    • Ames Exhibit Committee twice

Mike Burkhart


Mike Burkhart

Nicor Gas
Inducted 2004

  • 9 years of service and current Chair of the Operator Qualification Steering Committee
  • Qualified for One, Qualified for All Subject Matter Expert
  • Instrumental in development and creation of MakeSafe 2000 Leak Simulation Program
  • Attendance at MEA/ETN Conferences and Roundtables for over 11 years

Terry Carlisle


Terry Carlisle

Northern Border/Viking Gas Transmission
Inducted 2004

  • Participant in the OQ Steering Committee since 2000
  • Frequent attendee at the Gas Operations Conference
  • Leader in:
    • Development of MEA’s Operator Qualification (1998)
    • Qualified for One, Qualified for All program
    • Development of the Pipeline Job & Task Analysis

Jack Bates


Jack Bates

Bates & Associates
Inducted 2003

  • Taught the Valve Maintenance class at the Gas Operations Conference for 16 years
  • Attended and exhibited at the Gas Operations Conference for 20 years
  • Served on Associate Advisory Council in 1996
  • Recognized industry expert on valve maintenance

Buddy Edwards


Southern Cross Corp.
Inducted 2003

  • Exhibited at the Gas Operations conference for 20+ years
  • Served on the Ames Exhibit Committee for 6 years; Committee Chair
  • Served on MEA Board of Directors
  • Participant in numerous executive conferences, planning meetings and other MEA events

Gerard Fox


Gerard Fox

Peoples Energy
Inducted 2003

  • Served on Legal/Regulatory Affairs Committee for 20 years
  • Chair of Legal/Regulatory Affairs Committee for past 3 years
  • Attended 25+ conferences and planning sessions
  • Strong committee leadership and advocacy

Bob Schacht


Bob Schacht

Northern Indiana Public Service
Inducted 2003

  • Served four years on the Gas Operations Steering Committee; committee Chair during MEA’s 75th Anniversary
  • Served three years on the MEA Board of Directors
  • Strong MEA advocate with Northern Indiana Public Service

Ron Six


Ron Six

AEGIS Insurance Service
Inducted 2003

  • Taught the MEA Leak Detection Class for eight years
  • Active supporter of the National Gas Rodeo for past four years; sponsor of the “Aegis Trophy” given to winner of Rodeo
  • Exhibitor at the Annual Gas Operations Conference since 1985
  • “Industry-expert” presenter in approximately 12 classroom sessions

Noel Coon


NPL Construction Co. (retired)
Inducted 2002

  • MEA Board of Directors, 1983-1999; Treasurer 1985-1999
  • Annual Gas Operations Conference Attendee, 1968-1999
  • Senior Executive Roundtable and Executive Management Conference Attendee, 1983-1999

Gary Ewert


Gary Ewert

Consumers Energy
Inducted 2002

  • OQ Steering Committee, 10 yrs; 1999 & 2000 Chair
  • Q41 Committee, 3 yrs
  • Served on numerous OQ-related task forces and subject committees
  • Participated in virtually all the DOT rule writing sessions over 2 ½ years in Washington as a key advisor to Ric Hinkie (MEA President and one of the 14 rule negotiators)
  • REACT Steering Committee, 1993-1996; Pipeline JTA Steering Committee, 1998; TUI Committee, 1998 & 1999

James Fallon


ONEOK
Inducted 2002

  • Codes & Standards Committee, 3 yrs; 1994 Chair
  • Operating Section Steering Committee, 4 yrs; 2001 Chair
  • Annual Gas Operations Conference Attendee since 1981
  • Operating Section Planning Meeting, Annual Planning Meeting, Annual Management Conference, and Operations Roundtable attendee

Chuck Groebner


Chuck Groebner

Groebner & Associates
Inducted 2002

  • Annual Gas Operations Conference Exhibitor more than 35 times
  • Attended Operating Section Planning Meetings, Operations Roundtables, Senior Gas Executive Conferences, & OQ Training Seminars
  • MEA Board of Directors, 1991-1994
  • Operating Section Steering Committee, 4 yrs
  • Liaison from Operating Section Steering Committee to Purchasing & Materials Management Committee, 3 yrs
  • National Gas Rodeo Sponsor

Ernie Heuer


Nicor (retired)
Inducted 2002

  • Distribution Committee, 10 yrs
  • 1987 Distribution Committee Chair
  • Inspiration for the Annual Gas Operations Conference’s “Ernie Bucks”

Warren LaMar


Warren LaMar

Mercury Instruments
Inducted 2002

  • Measurement & Controls Committee, 9 yrs
  • Charter Member of Associate Advisory Committee; 4 yrs; 1996 Chair
  • Operating Committee, 1 yr
  • Attended 28 Annual Gas Operations Conferences since 1972, and numerous Roundtables,
  • Operating Section Planning Meetings, and Annual Planning Meetings

Harold Mueller


Harold Mueller

Mueller Pipeliner, Inc. (retired)
Inducted 2002

  • Founder of four MEA member companies
  • Sponsored multiple Hospitality Rooms; sent management of many companies to Ames
  • Responsible for increase in Associate Members through his efforts to recruit new member companies
  • Original member of the Operator Qualification Committee
  • Attended many Annual Operations Conference since 1965

John Schmidt


Tapecoat Co. Inc. (retired)
Inducted 2002

  • Ames Exhibitor Committee, 3 yrs; 1996 Chair
  • 1996 Associate Advisory Council
  • Exhibitor at Annual Gas Operations Conference for 35 yrs
  • Attended 18 Spring Operations Conferences

Ed Scott


Ed Scott

Illinois Power
Inducted 2002

  • Safety, Training, & Field Services Committee, 5 yrs; 1999 Chair
  • OQ training course subject matter expert
  • Attended past five Annual Gas
  • Operations Conferences; several OQ Training Sessions, Accident Prevention Seminars, &
  • Operating Section Planning Meetings
  • OQ Steering Committee, 7 yrs; 2000 & 2001 Chair

Harry White


Harry White

NIPSCO
Inducted 2002

  • OQ Committee, 8 yrs; REACT Steering Committee, 5 yrs; Electric Operations Steering Committee, 2 yrs
  • 2002 Electric Operations Steering Committee Vice Chair
    1995-1997 & 2001 OQ Committee Chair
  • Participated in virtually all the DOT rule writing sessions over 2 ½ years in Washington as a key advisor to Ric Hinkie (MEA President and one of the 14 rule negotiators)
  • Since 1994, attended numerous Roundtables, Annual Management Conferences, Annual Gas Operations Conferences, and Annual Planning Meetings