Tony Cannon, Greenville Utilities' General Manager/CEO, has been elected to the Board of Directors of ElectriCities of NC, an organization that represents cities, towns and universities that own their electric distribution systems. Greenville Utilities Commission (GUC) is a member of ElectriCities, along with more than 90 other members in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. Cannon was also elected to serve as Secretary to the Board.
Members of ElectriCities' 14-member Board of Directors are elected by the Boards of Commissioners for the NC Municipal Power Agency (NCMPA), NC Municipal Power Agency One (NCMPA1) and ElectriCities. The Board advises and directs the activities and policies for all three agencies.
Greenville Utilities has had representation on the ElectriCities Board of Directors nearly every year since the Board’s inception in 1978. Most recently, Dr. Virginia Hardy with East Carolina University, former Chair of GUC’s Board of Commissioners, served two, three-year terms on the ElectriCities Board.
Cannon has served as GUC’s General Manager/CEO since 2012 after having served as Assistant General Manager and Chief Operating Officer since 2006. He has 35 years of experience in public utilities, including management of electric, water, sewer and natural gas operations. Prior to joining GUC, he was Energy Manager at Greer Commission of Public Works in South Carolina.
In addition to service on the ElectriCities Board, Cannon serves on the American Public Power Association Board of Directors, a national organization that provides a range of services and representation for publicly-owned electric utilities. He is also past chair of the Carolina’s Public Gas Association. Cannon is involved with numerous other professional and civic organizations. In addition, he is past chair of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Pitt-Greenville Chamber of Commerce and served on the Board of Trustees for the Pitt County Committee of 100.
“I’m honored to have been elected to serve on the ElectriCities board and advocate for the interests of our customers and thousands of other people around the state served by not-for-profit electric systems,” said Cannon. “I hope to make a meaningful contribution to the Board and to be a strong advocate for public power systems.”