Grennan receives RMEL award

COLUMBUS -- Dennis Grennan of Columbus, the power client development leader in HDR’s Omaha office, received an honorary life member award from the Rocky Mountain Electrical League (RMEL) during its 2017 Fall Executive Leadership and Management Conference in Tucson, Arizona.

Grennan has 46 years of progressive experience in the electric utility industry, and covered an eight-state region as HDR’s power sector expanded. Prior to joining HDR, he spent 32 years with Nebraska Public Power District. Grennan served on the RMEL Board of Directors from 1997-2003, and was president of RMEL in 2001. He received the group's Distinguished Leadership Award in 2004.

Grennan has particularly enjoyed his work with the RMEL Foundation, which awards scholarships to students pursuing a career in the electric utility industry. During his presidency in 2001, the RMEL Foundation awarded the first scholarship awards.

Northwestern Mutual recognized

The Northwestern Mutual Nebraska office was recently named a Most Exceptional 2017 Childhood Cancer Impact Award winner, receiving a $100,000 grant.

Managing partner Michael Tews and Nebraska office members spent more than 2,500 hours volunteering and raised more than $250,000 for childhood cancer programs since 2016. The annual Childhood Cancer Impact Award is given to the office that is recognized most for its commitment to local nonprofits focused on childhood cancer research and family support. Northwestern Mutual-Nebraska supports many organizations in the fight to end childhood cancer, including Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and Sammy’s Superheroes.

Borchers attends workshop

COLUMBUS -- Mark Borchers, Platte County weed control superintendent, recently attended the Northeast Nebraska Association of County Officials Fall workshop held at Ramada-Columbus.

A roundtable discussion was held with the weed superintendents in attendance. Topics of discussion included biological, mechanical and chemical control for many plants that are currently a concern and some that are on the watch list. Dave Boschult, ag inspector for the Nebraska Department of Agriculture, gave attendees a copy of the current soils map.

Kent to lead power group

COLUMBUS -- Tom Kent, vice president and chief operating officer for Nebraska Public Power District, became the Rocky Mountain Electrical League's 2017-18 president during the organization's Fall Executive Leadership and Management Convention in Tucson, Arizona.

Kent, appointed vice president and chief operating officer for NPPD in 2011, joined the RMEL Board of Directors that year and has served as a member of the executive committee and held the positions of vice president, finance and president-elect. A 1985 graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, he earned a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Nebraska in 2005. He has also completed the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) reactor technology course for utility executives at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

He joined NPPD in May 1990 as environmental qualification coordinator at Cooper Nuclear Station. He also has held the positions of retail district manager, retail regional manager, retail customer care manager, chief information officer, corporate planning and risk manager and transmission and distribution manager. In addition to serving on the RMEL Board of Directors, Kent also sits on the Southwest Power Pool Members Committee and Human Resources Committee. He is a member of the Midwest Reliability Organization Board of Directors, as well as a board member for the Mid-America Council of the Boy Scouts. He spent four years on active duty as a commissioned officer in the United States Navy.

Novotny attends workshop

COLUMBUS -- Dr. Nila Novotny, an otolaryngologist with Columbus Otolaryngology Clinic, attended the advanced flap and aesthetic facial reconstruction workshop held Aug. 18 in St. Louis.

The three-day seminar discussed several varieties of flap reconstruction of facial defects after skin cancer excisions. While at the seminar, Novotny performed flap reconstructions of the face as well as the ears, nose, eyelids and lips. Novotny is a Fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (FAAOHNS) and Fellow of the American Academy of Facial, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (FAAFPRS) and has a special interest in skin cancer removal.

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