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November 20, 2012
South Jersey Energy Solutions Announces Executive Promotions
FOLSOM, NJ - Edward J. Graham, chairman, president and CEO of South Jersey
Industries (NYSE:SJI) and Michael J. Renna, president of South Jersey Energy
Solutions, announced, on behalf of the board of directors, several
organizational changes effective January 1, 2013 at South Jersey Energy
Solutions. SJI's non-regulated businesses under SJES, promote efficiency, clean
technology and renewable energy. The following appointments are part of a
structured succession plan that the board is implementing over the long-term to
ensure SJI's continued success well into the future.
Graham announced the appointment of Michael J. Renna to the executive committee
the SJES board of directors. Renna joined SJI in 1998. He holds a master's in
business administration from Cornell University. He resides in Mount Laurel, NJ
with his family.
Renna, in announcing the remainder of the changes noted, "Each of these
employees has clearly demonstrated strong leadership skills and expertise in
their fields. Through their combined abilities, SJES has grown both financially
and in operating performance over the years. We look forward to their
collaborative efforts to extend that performance well into the future."
David Robbins, Jr. was appointed senior vice president and chief operating
officer, retail. In his new position, Robbins will direct the financial and
operational performance of South Jersey Energy and South Jersey Energy Service
Plus. Robbins joined SJI in 1997. He holds a bachelor's degree in accounting
from Old Dominion University and is a certified public accountant. He resides in
Millville, NJ with his family.
Stephen Poniatowicz was appointed senior vice president and chief operating
officer, Marina Energy, an SJES subsidiary specializing in onsite energy
production. In this position, Poniatowicz will direct and manage all of Marina's
operating and product development activities. Poniatowicz joined SJI in 2000. He
holds a master's in business administration from Villanova University. He lives
in Berlin, NJ with his family.
Gregory M. Nuzzo was appointed senior vice president, South Jersey Resources
Group, an SJES subsidiary specializing in wholesale commodity marketing and
asset management services. In this position, Nuzzo will direct and manage
natural gas trading activity and analyze and evaluate energy transactions
ensuring they are consistent with company guidelines for risk management. Nuzzo
joined SJI in 2003. He holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from Rutgers
University. He resides in Sewell, NJ with his family.
Kenneth A. Lynch was appointed chief accounting officer and treasurer. In this
position, Lynch will oversee all aspects of the company's accounting and
financial reporting functions as well as serve as primary advisor to management
on US GAAP, financial disclosure and internal control matters. Lynch joined SJI
in 2003. He holds a master's degree from Villanova University and is a certified
public accountant. He resides in Springfield, PA with his family.
In addition to the executive promotions, several other employees were promoted
within the company's non-regulated businesses.
Joseph M. Scheufele was promoted to executive vice president and managing
director, Energenic business development. Energenic is a partnership between
Marina Energy and DCO Energy. In his new position, Scheufele will oversee
business development efforts at Energenic in addition to consultation to SJES
senior executives. Scheufele joined SJI in 1979. He holds a bachelor's degree in
business administration from Rowan University. He resides in Ocean View, NJ.
William Deter was promoted to vice president, Pennsylvania Division. In this
position, Deter will oversee all of the natural gas and electric marketing in
Pennsylvania. Deter joined SJI in 2006 when the company purchased Open Flow
Energy's natural gas marketing, supply, transportation and storage contracts. He
holds an associate's degree in business administration from The Pennsylvania
State University. He resides in Sykesville, PA with his family.
Donna Schempp was promoted to assistant vice president, South Jersey Resources
Group. In her new positions, Schempp will support all functions related to SJRG
marketing activities in addition to supporting evaluations and project risk
management activities. Schempp joined SJI in 1992. She holds a bachelor's degree
in accounting from Rowan University. She resides in Ocean City, NJ.
Paul M. Straub was promoted to director, accounting. In his new position, Straub
will direct the activities, scheduling and work assignments of the general
ledger and financial reporting functions of SJES. In addition, Straub was named
treasurer of SJES subsidiaries including Marina Energy, South Jersey Energy,
South Jersey Energy Service Plus and South Jersey Resources Group. Straub joined
SJG in 1984. He holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from the Richard
Stockton College of New Jersey. He resides in Mays Landing, NJ.
Stacey M. Barnes was promoted to general manager, marketing and business
expansion. In this position, Barnes will oversee all administrative aspects of
retail marketing, business development and geographical expansion as well as
strategic planning, marketing, sales coordination and customer enrollments.
Barnes joined SJG in 2008. She holds a juris doctor from the University of
Pittsburgh School of Law. She resides in Merion Station, PA.
Richard Gallagher was promoted to general manager sales and business
development. In this position, Gallagher will manage the sales and business
development efforts for the retail group within SJES covering the industrial,
food processing, health care, gaming (commercial and tribal), federal, state and
tribal government markets. Gallagher joined SJI in 2006. He holds a juris
doctor from Syracuse University. He resides in Doylestown, PA.
SJI's non-regulated businesses, under South Jersey Energy Solutions, promote
efficiency, clean technology and renewable energy by developing and operating
on-site energy production facilities; acquiring and marketing natural gas and
electricity for retail customers; providing wholesale commodity marketing and
risk management services; and offering HVAC and other energy-efficiency related
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