Edison Power’s management team is made up of experienced individuals that have collectively done work in the electric utility industry for more than 75 years. Safety, quality and service are the centerpiece of our mantra “We Take Pride in What We Build”.
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Russell Smith, President
Mr. Smith serves as President of Edison Power Constructors. Prior to joining EPC, Mr. Smith served as the Sr. Vice President of Project Delivery at PLH Group, Inc., Edison’s corporate parent. He brings 25 years of diverse experience in energy and utilities, including work in engineering, construction, energy management and consulting, and customer relationship management.
Mr. Smith was Director of the Project Management Office for Henkels & McCoy, one of the largest privately held engineering and construction firms serving the communications and utility industries. He joined Henkels & McCoy after seven years in the energy management and consulting field. Mr. Smith worked for 12 years at TXU and its predecessor companies in distribution engineering, distribution operations, and key account management.
Mr. Smith holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington and is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Texas.
Eric Sapp, Director of Safety
Mr. Eric C. Sapp, CIH, CSP serves as Director of Safety at Edison Power Constructors. Prior to joining EPC he worked as a Regional Safety Manager for Tennessee Valley Authority, the largest public power utility company in the United States. He has a wide range of experience in the utility industry, ranging from electric power generation, transmission, distribution and substation construction and maintenance.
Mr. Sapp holds both a Bachelor and Master of Science in Occupational Safety & Health from Murray State University, a Master of Science Degree in Safety Management from West Virginia University, and a Master of Science Degree in Industrial Hygiene from Montana Tech of the University of Montana. He also holds the professional designations as a Certified Industrial Hygienist and Certified Safety Professional.
Toby Mickalson, Vice President – Business Operations
Mr. Mickalson joined Edison Power Constructors in early 2013. Prior to becoming Vice President, he served as the Senior Director of Civil Operations. Mr. Mickalson brings 27 years of diverse civil and electrical construction experience.
Prior to joining Edison Power Constructors in 2013, Mr. Mickalson was the owner of Mickalson National Drilling Company which preceded an extensive career in specialized access drilling operations for both Energy and Heavy Highway industries with Jensen Drilling Company. He conducted operations that span 37 different states utilizing multiple complex drilling applications which included helicopter access and crane mounted platforms often under very diverse and challenging conditions. Utilized by Energy Solutions in 2006, Mr. Mickalson assisted with the restart of the largest nuclear facility project in U.S. history.
He attended Arizona State University and holds General Engineering licenses in California, Utah and Arizona.
Nephi Ginnett, SHRM-SCP – Human Resource Manager
Mr. Ginnett joined Edison Power in December 2013 as the Human Resource Generalist, moving soon thereafter into the Human Resource Manager position. His 17 years of Human Resource Management experience includes employee recruitment and retention, staff development, collective bargaining, conflict resolution, benefits and compensation, HR records management, HR policies development and legal compliance. He has a range of experience working in large production facilities with over 2,000 employees down to small privately held companies with only a handful of employees.
Prior to joining Edison Power, Mr. Ginnett worked for GRUMA, a 5,000+ employee food manufacturer with union and non-union facilities. He obtained his Master’s degree in Human Resources and Industrial Relations from the University of Minnesota in 2001 and was awarded the prestigious Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) certification of Senior Certified Professional in 2015.
Mr. Ginnett’s well rounded experience with previous employers made him the perfect fit for Edison Power’s growing staff requirements. Having served as both the HR and Safety Manager for 7 years, he has attended multiple OSHA trainings. Safety is First at Edison Power and the Human Resource Department has the additional experience and training to support Edison’s mission.
Mr. Ginnett has also lived and worked internationally in Taiwan and Argentina. He speaks fluent Spanish and a little bit of Mandarin.