Total of 13 Employees Honored with James B. Duke Awards

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A total of 13 Duke Energy employees were honored today with the company's James B. Duke Award – the company's highest employee award for service to the company and community. The awards honor accomplishments performed in the previous year.

The 13 employees represent four individual winners and one team of nine employees.

Honored were:

  • Jessica Bishop, director, Electric Vehicle Development, Charlotte
  • Russell Wilkenloh, manager, Resource Recovery, Charlotte
  • Andre Guimaraes, Institutional Affairs, Chavantes, Brazil
  • David Masters, manager, Technology Development, Charlotte
  • Nine team members who worked on the company’s response to the mercury and other hazardous air pollution regulation (MACT/HAPS)

The James B. Duke Award continues the company's long tradition of recognizing leadership and service in the community and the workplace.

Winners are nominated and selected by their peers.

Here is a brief summary of the employees' accomplishments:

The MACT/HAPS team – Brandon Delis, Cincinnati; Mike Geers, Cincinnati; Jon Hays, Plainfield, Ind.; Dave Mitchell, Charlotte; Keith Pike, Plainfield Ind.; Stephen Potter, Charlotte; Tammie Smith, Charlotte; Dan Sympson, Gallagher Station, Ind.; and Dave Waugh, Charlotte – was honored for its work and compliance strategy concerning the MACT/HAPS regulation proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Bishop was honored for her work on innovative programs as Duke Energy'’s first-ever plug-in electric vehicle program director.

Wilkenloh was honored for exceeding the company'’s four-year recycling goal a year early. The company worked to increase its total recycling rate to 62 percent.

Guimaraes was honored for his innovative and widespread community outreach programs in Brazil, which touched more than 100,000 residents last year.

Masters was honored for his work on the company’'s smart grid developments. He helped utilize common platforms and technology to better increase communications between the company and its customers.

Duke Energy is the largest electric power holding company in the United States with more than $100 billion in total assets. Its regulated utility operations serve approximately 7.1 million electric customers located in six states in the Southeast and Midwest. Its commercial power and international business segments own and operate diverse power generation assets in North America and Latin America, including a growing portfolio of renewable energy assets in the United States. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 250 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available at: