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 (North Dakota) College, M.S. Accounting and Tax, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks; Certified Public Accountant; Chartered Global Management 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, North Dakota; 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 - Bio

Chief operating officer and senior vice president, Dakota Gasification Company

Employed with Basin Electric since 1989; served as plant manager of Great Plains Synfuels Plant; B.S., Mechanical Engineering, North Dakota State University, Fargo. 

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; manages all generation assets, transmission system operations, and mining operations for Basin Electric; experience in construction management; served as plant manager at Antelope Valley Station; B.S. Civil Engineering, North Dakota State University, Fargo. 

Diane Paul

Diane Paul

Senior vice president of Human Resources

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, North Dakota.

Dave Raatz

Dave Raatz

Senior vice president of Asset Management, Resource Planning, and Rates

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.

Chris Baumgartner

Chris Baumgartner

Senior vice president of Member Services and Administration

Employed with Basin Electric and electric cooperatives since 1992; served as co-general manager/CEO of Innovative Energy Alliance, 2012-2017; M.B.A., Masters of Management, and B.S. University of Mary, Bismarck, North Dakota.

Tom Christensen

Tom Christensen

Senior vice president of Transmission, Engineering, and Construction

Employed with Basin Electric since 1983; M.B.A., University of North Dakota, Grand Forks; B.S. Electrical Engineering, North Dakota State University, Fargo; senior member and past chairman of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers; Registered Professional Engineer.

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.

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.

Mark Thompson

Mark Thompson

Vice president and chief information officer

Employed with Basin Electric since 1992; Masters in Business, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks; B.S. Mechanical Engineering with Business minor, North Dakota State University, Fargo; Utility Executive Course, University of Idaho, Moscow; Center for Creative Leadership, Colorado Springs, CO; diesel mechanic degree, Minnesota State University - Moorhead.

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.

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.

Dale Niezwaag

Dale Niezwaag

Vice president of government relations

Employed with Basin Electric since 1988; B.S. Business Administration, University of Mary, Bismarck, ND; journeyman-lineman; National Rural Electric Cooperative Association management internship program; appointed to the North Dakota Governor's EmPower Commission 2007-present.

Pius Fischer

Pius Fischer

Vice president of transmission

Employed with Basin Electric since 1989; project engineer, project manager, and manager in engineering and construction in the electric utility industry; B.S. Electrical and Electronics Engineering, North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota; registered Professional Engineer; Member Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers; North Dakota and Missouri Army National Guard, 10 years.

Gavin McCollam

Gavin McCollam

Vice president of engineering and construction

Employed with Basin Electric since 1989; Masters in Systems Management, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California; B.S. Mechanical Engineering, North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota; registered Professional Engineer.