Executives


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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.

Paul Sukut

Chief executive officer and general manager
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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.

Steve Johnson

Senior vice president and chief financial officer
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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.

Mark Foss

Senior vice president and general counsel
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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.

Diane Paul

Senior vice president of Human Resources
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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.

Dave Raatz

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

Chris Baumgartner

Senior vice president of Member Services and Administration
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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.

Tom Christensen

Senior vice president of Transmission, Engineering, and Construction
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Employed with Basin Electric since 2009; served at Dry Fork Station as operations supervisor and operations superintendent; served at Laramie River Station as plant manager; A.A.S. power and process plant technology, Bismarck (North Dakota) State College.

Troy Tweeten

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

Shawn Deisz

Vice president and controller
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Employed with Basin Electric since 2008; B.S. Accounting and Business Administration, University of Mary; Certified Public Accountant; Chartered Global Management accountant; member American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Susan Sorensen

Vice president and treasurer
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Employed with Basin Electric and Dakota Gas since 1985; serves as plant manager of Great Plains Synfuels Plant; B.S., Chemical Engineering, Montana State University - Bozeman.

Dale Johnson

Vice president and plant manager, Dakota Gasification Company
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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.

Jon Klein

Vice president of procurement
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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.

Dale Niezwaag

Vice president of government relations
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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.

Pius Fischer

Vice president of transmission
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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.

Gavin McCollam

Vice president of engineering and construction
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Employed with Basin Electric since 2007; Masters in IT Management, Information Systems, University of Mary, Bismarck, North Dakota; B.A. English and B.A. Art, Dickinson (North Dakota) State University; Project Management certifications.

Brian Matthews

Vice president and chief information officer