David Swain became President on February 1, 2017. Prior to this position, he was President of Liberty Utilities - New Hampshire where he led Energy North and Granite State Electric. He Previously served as President for Liberty Utilities operations in Missouri, Illinois and Iowa. He began his career in Vandalia, Illinois working for United Cities Gas Company. In 1997, he became the Division Operations Manager for Atmos Energy Corporation, one of the largest natural gas utilities in the United States.
Mr. Swain, a native of southern Illinois, has been very involved in the communities he has lived througout his career. He has served in various capacities with Chambers of Commerce and Regional Economic Development Boards. He was recognized as Small Business Advocate of the Year while working with the Economic Development Board in Southern Illinois.
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Brent Baker was elected to his current position in 2015. He began his career at Empire District in 2002. Positions he has held include Structural Engineer, Senior Structural Engineer, Manager of Construction Design and Director of Customer Service.
Mr. Baker, a native of Republic, Missouri, earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Missouri. He is a registered professional engineer.
Mr. Baker serves on the board for Children’s Haven of SW MO. He is treasurer of Joplin Regional Partnership and member of the Republic, Missouri Business & Industrial Development Association. He is the past President and State Director for the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers Southwest Chapter and past president of Downtown Joplin Alliance. Mr. Baker is co-chair of the Young Professionals Network of the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the Joplin Daybreak Rotary Club.
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Mike Beatty was elected to his current position in January 2017. Mr. Beatty joined Liberty Utilities in July 2012 as Director of Engineering and Compliance, and then was promoted to President Liberty Utilities Mid-States in October of 2015. Prior to joining Liberty Utilities, Mr. Beatty worked for Atmos Energy in the states of Colorado and Tennessee, and for South Carolina Electric %32 Gas in South Carolina. He has worked on Natural Gas systems across the US from the Atlantic Ocean to the Colorado Rocky Mountains.
A native of Thayer, Missouri, Mr. Beatty is a graduate from the Missouri University of Science and Technology, with a Mechanical Engineering degree and is a registered professional engineer in Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Colorado, Kansas, South Carolina, and Virginia.
Mr. Beatty is actively engaged in industry organizations such as the American Gas Association (AGA) and the Southern Gas Association (SGA). He has served on the AGA Distribution Infrastructure Government - Industy Team (DIGIT), which developed the Phase One document for Distribution Integrity Management. Beatty also chaired the SGA Distribution Integrity Management Framework Document, a joint effort between Southern Gas Association and the Northeast Gas Association.
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