Joel Ivy is Lakeland Electric’s General Manager. Lakeland Electric is Florida’s third largest municipal electric utility and the 25th largest in the U.S.A. Lakeland Electric serves 120,000 customers through its transmission and distribution facilities from 1100 MWs of generation capacity fueled by coal and natural gas.
Ivy has an extensive professional career in the power industry that began more than 30 years ago when he started as a lineman in 1983. He has had a steady career path that ranges from climbing utility poles to managing multi-hundred million dollar operations with start-ups, investor owned and publicly owned utilities.
Prior to his appointment as Lakeland Electric’s General Manager, Ivy managed the Energy Department for Imperial Irrigation District (IID), which serves 145,000 customers in southern California. Here, Ivy oversaw utility operations and 500 employees. He also assisted in planning, directing and controlling the Energy Department’s administration, regulatory policy, operations and energy infrastructure, resource planning, system and trading operations and generation. He directed the development of the integrated resource plan and transmission master plan. In addition, he worked to identify and contract for renewable energy projects to meet the IID’s renewable energy portfolio requirements. He also planned, developed and executed opportunities for native geothermal projects.
Additional past experience also includes his tenure as Chief Operating Officer at Visible Light Solar Technologies and Vice President of New Mexico Operations for Public Service Company of New Mexico, an investor owned utility with almost 500,000 customers.
Ivy has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Michael (Mike) Beckham is the Assistant General Manager of Production. He is responsible for the operation and maintenance of Lakeland Electric’s power generating facilities.
Prior to working for Lakeland Electric, Beckham worked at First Energy in Ohio where he served as Plant Manager. He also held the position of Director of Consolidated Coal Plants for First Energy where he was responsible for the business aspects of over 2000 Megawatts of coal generation.
Beckham holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and is a Registered Professional Engineer.
David Kus is the Assistant General Manager over Customer Service. He is responsible for Customer Contact, Phone Center, Field Services, Products Management, and Revenue Management. Kus came to us from Chelsea, MI and has over 30 years of experience leading Customer Service Operations in both investor owned and municipal utilities. He started as a meter reader and worked his way up through leadership positions in meter reading, field services, credit and collections, call centers, billing remittance, payment offices, and project management.
Kus holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and attended the University of Detroit Law School.
Gina Jacobi is the Assistant General Manager of Fiscal Operations. She has more than 30 years of professional experience in finance, 20 of which were in the utility and energy sectors. Prior to joining Lakeland Electric, she spent eight years at PNM Resources, an investor-owned utility with 745,000 customers, where she last served as Director of Investor Relations. Her past experience also includes her tenure as Director of Finance for TNP Enterprises, a utility holding company in Texas. She was also a Director of Financial Planning and Analysis for Union Pacific Corporation, a Fortune 500 company.
Jacobi holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Northwestern University and a Bachelor’s degree in Management from Rice University.
Joey Curry is the Assistant General Manager responsible for Energy Delivery. He has worked at Lakeland Electric in Energy Delivery for his entire 30-year career. He began in the Line Department and has worked his way through several areas within the Delivery division, including Lineman, Troubleman, System Operator, and Supervisor. His role previous to his appointment as Assistant General Manager, was that of Manager of System Control. This role taught him about the demands of real time operations. He also gained invaluable insight into the challenges that front-line employees face daily.
Joey has maintained industry certifications, including Electric System Operator, North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Certified Trainer, and Continuing Education Review Panel (CERP) CEH Auditor. He holds a degree in Electric Transmission System Technology from Bismark State College and is presently working on an advanced degree in Energy Management.