TMPA Board of Directors
P D (David) Bairrington
Mr. Bairrington is the managing partner of a family owned real estate development
company in Bryan, Texas. Prior to moving to Bryan in June 2011 he spent 33 years
in the energy industry with ConocoPhillips Company. During his career with ConocoPhillips
he held a series of executive positions, which included President and Managing Director
of Russia and the Caspian Region, Senior Vice President of ConocoPhillips Canada
and Senior Vice President of Marketing and Transportation for Phillips Petroleum
Company. He is a former Board member of Syncrude Canada Ltd, Polar Lights Company
and NaryanMarNefteGas Company. He also served as the company's executive liaison
with the Society of Independent Gas Marketers Association (SIGMA), Petroleum Marketers
Association of America (PMAA) and the National Association of Convenience Stores
Currently he serves on the Texas Municipal Power Agency Board,
Bryan Texas Utilities Board, American Public Power Association Policy Makers Council,
Texas A&M Engineering Advisory Council, Wells Fargo Community Board and the
Blinn College Brazos County Advisory Committee. During his time with ConocoPhillips
he had the privilege of living and working internationally in Norway, the United
Kingdom, the Ivory Coast, Russia and Canada, as well as domestically in Texas, Oklahoma,
He and his wife, Jean, have 2 children: son, Mark who is Regional Vice
President for the Ivy Funds in Moore, Oklahoma: and daughter, Danielle who is on
the faculty at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. David is a native of Texas. He
graduated from Texas A&M with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering
in 1978 and completed the Kellogg Advanced Executive Program in 1997. He is a licensed
professional engineer and a licensed real estate agent in Texas.
Kean graduated from Bryan High School
in 1980 and received his B.S. in Industrial
Distribution from Texas A&M University in 1986. From 1987 to 1993 Kean worked as
the Sr. Marketing Representative in the Bryan District for Lone Star Gas Company.
From 1993 to 1995 Kean moved to Arlington, Texas as the Director of Business Development
for Lone Star. In 1995 Kean was given the opportunity to move back to Bryan to head
up the districts operations group, and held that position through the merger with
TXU in 1997. In 1998 Kean accepted the position of Region Manager with TXU, responsible
for the overall gas business as well as electric services in TXU’s South Texas region.
In September of 2000, Kean accepted a position with BTU, where he held positions
responsible for Energy Services, Customer Service, IT, Fiscal Services, Regulatory
Affairs, Power Production and Power Marketing.
Kean also served as the Acting City Manager for the City of Bryan in 2006, and served in the same role from September 2010 to September 2012, when he was officially appointed to serve as City Manager on a permanent basis.
Kean is a Master Sergeant in the US Army Reserves and served in the Texas National
Guard’s Infantry, Airborne, Ranger, Long Range Reconnaissance and Long Range Surveillance
units. Kean also serves on the board of Directors of the Texas Municipal Power Agency
and the Texas Public Power Association.
Kean is married to Vita Register and they have 2 boys, Dustin Paul and Justin
Mr. Cheek became a member of the TMPA Board of Directors in 2010 representing Denton. As Vice President/General Manager and formerly
an owner of Jagoe-Public Company, he has extensive experience with energy and utility
management and purchasing. Mr. Cheek sold his share of Jagoe-Public Company in 2008,
stayed on as General Manager and continues to enjoy success in business, real estate
and other investments.
His career began attending the University of North Texas , majoring in the field
of finance. He has been a member of the Salvation Army Board, Denton Public School
Foundation, First State Bank Board of Advisors, and has served as a Special Commissioner
for the Denton County Probate Court. His interests include time with family, fishing,
boating and golf.
Mr. Watts joined the TMPA Board of Directors in September 2009 and served as Board President during 2012 and 2013. Mr. Watts was elected in May of 2014 as Mayor for the City of Denton and was a member of Denton's City Council from 2007 to 2013. Mr. Watts is a real estate attorney. He graduated from Denton high school before going on to the Univerity of North Texas and obtaining a bachelor's degree in computer science and a master's degree in education counseling and student services. In 1990 Mr. Watts switched his career path from computer programmer and analyst to real estate broker and investor. He later attended Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (now Texas A&M School of Law), received his Doctor of Jurisprudence in 2000, and pursued a career in real esate law. His combined interest in education and student services with real estate has hiven him the background to coach students for the American Bar Association
Student Division Negotiation Competition for the past several years.
Mr. Jefferies has served as a board member from 1987 to 1991 and again since 2006. He has been Secretary and acted as Vice President twice and President twice.
Tom also served as a Garland City Council member from 1985 until 1989.
He received his accounting degree from Kent State, and became a Certified Public
Accountant in 1969. He grew up in Brownsville, Tennessee, and is currently a residential
real estate investor.
James B. Ratliff
Mr. Ratliff has been active in city and state politics
since 1983. He served on
Garland City Council from 1983 to 1987 and again from 1989 to 1991. In 1994 he was
elected Mayor of Garland and served two terms until 1998. During this time, he was
instrumental in TMPA’s switch to Powder River Basin coal. Jamie started on the TMPA
board in 2004 and served as Secretary in 2007.
He also serves on the Texas Appraiser Licensing and Certification board and owns
an appraisal business. Jamie graduated from East Texas State and North Texas State.
Sue Ann Harting
Ms. Harting's history with TMPA began in 1995-1996 during TMPA's lignite to PRB
coal conversion. She returned in 1998 and served until 2002. Sue was appointed again
in July, 2004 and in 2011 was elected President of the TMPA Board. The former mayor
of Greenville, has had both a successful political career, as well as success as
a business executive. In the '80's, she was President and General Manager for the
Coca-Cola Bottling Company in Greenville. Ms. Harting began at the company as the
office manager, then served as Vice President and General Manager before working
her way to the presidency. She was the first president in company history to attain
the title by appointment.
In 1969 Ms. Harting received her Bachelor’s degree at Arizona State University in
the fields of Psychology and English. Her awards include TPPA’s 2008 Public Service
Award, Worthy Citizen of Greenville in 1986, a 2004 National Medallion from the
Boys and Girls Clubs of America, the 1999 Jack Miller Public Service Award from
the Texas Public Power Association, and the 1997 Non-Rotarian of the Year award
from the Greenville Rotary Club. In June 2009 Texas Public Power
Sue Ann Harting would receive the 2009 Jack Miller Public Service Award.
The Jack Miller Public Service Award which recognizes exceptional leadership and
public service by officials in the public power field will be presented to Sue Ann
Harting, Chairman, GEUS – Electric Utility Board and board member, TMPA Board of
Directors. June 2009 Texas Public Power Newsletter
David L Dreiling joined the TMPA Board in 2013. He has served on the Greenville
Electric Utility System (GEUS) Board of Trustees since May 2009, serving as Chairman
From 1963 to 1986, Mr. Dreiling served in the U.S. Navy, rising from the enlisted
ranks to Lieutenant Commander, serving 14 years as a Commissioned Officer. He earned
designation as a Naval Flight Officer, Electronic Warfare Mission Commander for
the EA-3B and EP-3E aircraft, as Reconnaissance Mission Commander for the P-3 aircraft,
and accumulated over 5,000 operational flight hours, including over 100 hours combat
mission in Viet Nam. During this timeframe he earned a BSEE From Purdue University,
a MS Electronic Warfare Systems Technology from Naval Postgraduate School, and a
MS Management from Salve Regina University.
From 1986-2006, Mr. Dreiling worked for the defense contractors E-System, Raytheon,
and L-3 Communications, working as a System Engineer, Marketing Manager, Program
Manager, and finally as Director of Business Operation.
Mr. Dreiling and his wife, Toni, have three grown children, four grandchildren,
and are active members of the Wesley United Methodist Church in Greenville.