PowerSouth’s 40-member board of trustees is composed of two voting delegates from each of the 20 distribution members. Together, they govern and set the policies by which we operate.
Daily management of our five operating divisions — Power Delivery, Power Supply, Financial Services, External Affairs, Business Development, and Legal and Corporate Affairs — is carried out by our President and CEO and the Executive Staff.
Gary Smith was appointed PowerSouth's President and Chief Executive Officer in 2000. He joined PowerSouth as Staff Attorney in 1989. Smith was appointed Director of Legal Affairs in 1991 and Vice President of Legal and Corporate Affairs in 1996. A graduate of the University of North Alabama, he received a bachelor’s degree in accounting and economics. He earned a juris doctor degree from the Cumberland School of Law.
Horace H. Horn, Jr. serves as PowerSouth’s Vice President of External Affairs. Horn oversees the daily operations of governmental and public affairs in Alabama, Florida and Washington. He also oversees PowerSouth’s internal and external communications, which include print and electronic media, audio/visual, public relations, advertising and social media outlets.
Seth Hammett serves as PowerSouth’s Vice President of Business Development. He oversees the operations of PowerSouth’s member services department, which includes rate development, key accounts management and member education on issues including energy use efficiency, power quality and demand-side management. Hammett also leads PowerSouth’s economic development team, targeting business sectors and industry clusters to recruit businesses to our service territory both nationally and internationally, while working with key personnel to retain existing industry.
Damon Morgan serves as PowerSouth’s Chief Operating Officer. His areas of oversight encompass PowerSouth’s generation and transmission assets; power and energy purchases; fuels acquisition and transportation; generation, substation and transmission system planning, construction, operation and maintenance; system communications; information systems; and customer response center.
Rick Kyle is PowerSouth’s Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. He oversees the daily operations of the financial services division, which include annual budgeting, accounting, payroll, accounts payable, and cash management. He is responsible for external financial reporting, public credit ratings, long-term debt management and the cooperative’s business insurance programs. Walton also oversees procurement services for the cooperative, as well as building facilities maintenance and warehouse supervision for the headquarter facilities.
David Powell serves as Director of Power Production. He oversees plant operations and maintenance at all PowerSouth's generation facilities, including our coal-fired Charles R. Lowman Plant, natural gas-fired James A. Vann Jr. Plant and McIntosh Power Plant, hydroelectric plants at Gantt and Point A and our Compressed Air Energy Storage plant in McIntosh, Ala.
Beth Woodard serves as Vice President of PowerSouth’s Legal and Corporate Affairs division. Her oversight encompasses PowerSouth’s legal affairs, as well as application for and handling of economic development funding. She leads the human resources division and safety team. Woodard also manages the environmental services department, which includes environmental compliance and sciences for all PowerSouth’s generation and operations facilities.
Ron Graham serves as Director of Power Supply. His oversight encompasses purchase power, dispatch of PowerSouth’s energy resources, non-member sales and Energy Control functions while ensuring compliance with NERC guidelines and directives. He is also responsible for negotiating and administering power supply and transmission contracts as well as planning for the future Power Supply of PowerSouth’s member systems.
Our mission is to provide reliable, affordable and environmentally sound energy to our members. We use a diverse fuel mix to make that happen -- and coal is an integral part of our plan today and tomorrow. Check out the November issue of Powerlines for an article (page 6) about our country's need for an
All-of-the-Above Energy Strategy.