MY FIRST JOB AND WHAT IT TAUGHT ME
My first job entailed bagging groceries and performing other duties at a grocery store in my hometown. The job taught me the value of treating customers right and, perhaps more importantly, increased my desire to pursue a college education!
WHAT KEEPS ME COMING BACK TO MY JOB EVERY DAY
Our amazing people and rewarding work! I love working with our passionately engaged employees and stakeholders to responsibly and economically keep the lights on, leading our industry to a brighter future while delivering the best energy value.
BIGGEST CHALLENGES IN MY CAREER
Winter storm Uri of 2021 presented several days of unprecedented power grid reliability challenges for SPP. Those were the most stressful moments of my career! I’m proud of our organization’s collaborative strength displayed during and after those defining moments.
ONE PRACTICE I USE TO MAINTAIN MY MENTAL HEALTH
I generally avoid letting things "keep me up at night" and don't allow myself to worry about the things I can't control.
ONE THING I WISH PEOPLE KNEW ABOUT MY COMPANY
Southwest Power Pool employees tirelessly work with our utility partners to provide reliable and affordable electricity across a 17-state region in the central part of the U.S. Our work is exciting, rewarding and crucial to our nation's well-being and prosperity.
WHAT KEEPS ME MOTIVATED
I'm motivated by the challenging and rewarding work I get to do, knowing I'm making a positive difference for our employees, our industry and the millions of electricity consumers that depend on us to do our jobs well.
IN THE DETAILS
Last Local Purchase: Shiplap at Lowe’s
Natural Talent: Presenting to a broad range of audiences
How I prepare on Sunday for the week ahead: Relaxing and enjoying time with family
Favorite Local Dish: The turkey and egg sandwich at Taziki’s
Hobbies: Spending time outdoors and at the lake
201 Worthen Drive
Linkedin: Lanny Nickell