Executives

Paul Sukut

Paul Sukut

Chief executive officer and general manager

Employed with Basin Electric since 1983; experience in the energy industry since 1979; B.A. business administration and political science, Jamestown (ND) College, M.S. accounting and tax, University of North Dakota; Certified Public Accountant.

Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson

Senior vice president and chief financial officer

Employed with Basin Electric since 1982; Masters in Management, University of Mary, Bismarck, ND; B.S. Accounting and Business Administration, University of Mary; Certified Public Accountant; Chartered Global Management Accountant.

Mark Foss

Mark Foss

Senior vice president and general counsel

Employed with Basin Electric since 1978; B.A. English, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks; J.D. University of North Dakota School of Law; admitted to practice before state and federal courts of North Dakota, 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court

Dave Sauer

Dave Sauer

Chief operating officer and senior vice president, Dakota Gasification Company

Employed with Basin Electric since 1989; former manager of Great Plains Synfuels Plant; B.S., Mechanical Engineering, North Dakota State University, Fargo. A for-profit subsidiary of Basin Electric, Dakota Gasification Company owns and operates the Great Plains Synfuels Plant near Beulah, ND. The Synfuels Plant gasifies lignite coal to produce pipeline quality synthetic gas. Dakota Gas has one for-profit subsidiary, Souris Valley Pipeline LTD, which delivers a daily average of more than 152 MMSCF of CO2 to Canadian oil fields for enhanced oil recovery and sequestration. 

John Jacobs

John Jacobs

Senior vice president of Operations; Chief operating officer, Dakota Coal Company and Montana Limestone Company

Employed with Basin Electric since 1979; in charge of all generation assets and safety program for Basin Electric; worked in construction management six years before moving into operations; served as plant manager at Antelope Valley Station 1999-2014; B.S. Civil Engineering, North Dakota State University, Fargo. Dakota Coal Company controls rights to lignite reserves in North Dakota and provides financing for the Freedom Mine north of Beulah, ND. Dakota Coal is also responsible for marketing Freedom Mine lignite production. The Freedom Mine is owned and operated by The Coteau Properties Company, a subsidiary of the North American Coal Corporation, Dallas, TX. Montana Limestone Company, a subsidiary of Dakota Coal Company, operates a limestone quarry 70 miles south of Billings, MT. The limestone reserves are owned by the Bighorn Limestone Company.

Mike Risan

Mike Risan

Senior vice president of Transmission

Employed with Basin Electic and the utility industry since 1978; B.S. electrical and electronics engineering, North Dakota State University; M.B.A. Business Administration, University of North Dakota; senior member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers; Registered Professional Engineer.

Mike Eggl

Mike Eggl

Senior vice president of Communications and Administration

Employed with Basin Electric since 2002; 12 years in government relations and public administration; M.P.A. Public Administration, B.A. History, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks.

Matt Greek

Matt Greek

Senior vice president of Engineering and Construction

Employed with Basin Electric since 2013; extensive managerial background, along with engineering and operations experience involving coal, gas, combined cycle, simple cycle, reciprocating engine, oil and solar technologies; bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Bradley University in Peoria, IL; Professional Engineer.

Diane Paul

Diane Paul

Senior vice president of Human Resources and Development

Employed with Basin Electric since 1979; experience in Human Resources includes equal employment opportunity and affirmative action, salary administration, employee recognition, performance management, talent acquisition and strategic workforce planning, and employment law; B.S. Business Administration, University of Mary, Bismarck, ND.

Ken Rutter

Ken Rutter

Senior vice president of Marketing and Asset Management

Employed with Basin Electric since 2012; 13 years experience in energy trading and risk management at Ameren Corporation with a specific focus on energy and fuel wholesale markets; five years experience with The Boeing Company analyzing supplier costs and contracts prior to joining Ameren; M.B.A., Washington University, St. Louis, MO; B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.

Dave Raatz

Dave Raatz

Senior vice president of Cooperative Planning

Employed with Basin Electric since 1980; experience in innovative problem solving, power supply planning, load forecasting, power marketing, power scheduling, and electric rate design; B.S. Electrical Engineering, North Dakota State University, Fargo.

Shawn Deisz

Shawn Deisz

Vice president and controller

Employed with Basin Electric since 1987; 34 years of experience in the utility industry; M.B.A. Accounting, B.S. Accounting, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks; Certified Public Accountant; chartered Global Management Accountant; member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; member of the North Dakota Society of CPAs.

Mark Kinzler

Mark Kinzler

Chief information officer and vice president

Employed with Basin Electric since 1991; M.B.A., Management, University of Mary, Bismarck, ND; B.S., electrical and electronics engineering, North Dakota State University, Fargo; Professional Engineer.

Bryan Keller

Bryan Keller

Vice president of Transmission System Maintenance

Employed with Basin Electric since 1982; oversees the transmission line, substation, telecommunications, engineering, fleet maintenance, safety, warehouse and clerical staff within Transmission System Maintenance, located at 11 outposts in four states; B.S. Electrical-Electronics Engineering, North Dakota State University; associates degree in electrical technology, North Dakota State College of Science.

Susan Sorensen

Susan Sorensen

Vice president and treasurer

Employed with Basin Electric since 2008; Certified Public Accountant; Chartered Global Management accountant; member American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Steve Liebelt

Steve Liebelt

Vice president of marketing and sales, Dakota Gas

Jon Klein

Jon Klein

Vice president of Procurement

Employed with Basin Electric since 2007; M.B.A., North Dakota State University, Fargo; B.S. Business Management, University of Mary, Bismarck, ND; ND Army National Guard, 1987-1995; Army Achievement Medal for Meritorious Service, 1992.

Mary Miller

Mary Miller

Vice president of communications and creative services

Employed with Basin Electric since 1999; B.S. Mass Communications, Minnesota State University Moorhead; president, National G&T Communications Association (present).

Ted Cash

Ted Cash

Vice president of administration and business services

Employed with Basin Electric since 1999; M.B.A, University of Mary, Bismarck, ND; B.S. Communications, University of Mary.

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