March 10 2016 was a red letter day for Black Hills Energy’s Nebraska based State Compliance Specialist, Nathan Stewart: it was the day he won PelicanCorp’s prize draw at the Common Ground Alliance’s annual 811 Excavation Safety Conference & Expo, held this year in Las Vegas.
PelicanCorp has been an exhibitor at the event every year since 2012 and each year has staged a prize draw with the prize being a trip for two to Australia, currently valued at $US5000.
Nathan has been a visitor at most of the previous CGA conferences and each time has had a crack at winning the trip to Australia. This time, he got lucky. “My first thought was that my wife is going to LOVE hearing this news!” he said. “I have never been to Australia before and I’m quite excited to have the opportunity to go!”
Nathan has worked in the utilities industry for the past 16 years. His employer, Black Hills Energy, operates natural gas and electric utilities serving 1.2 million customers across eight states: Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming.
In his role as State Compliance Specialist Nathan is responsible for ensuring compliance with Nebraska’s Department of Transport regulations. He also spends a significant portion of his time on damage prevention and public awareness, and is a member of the Nebraska 811 board.
He says the main benefit he gains from the CGA conferences is hearing about the best practices for damage prevention being developed around the country. “This will help me in shaping Black Hills’ damage prevention strategy, and the networking opportunities the conference provides are also invaluable in establishing a nationwide network of people you can call when you run into challenges,” Nathan said.
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