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Spokane, Wash.: SPOKANE, Wash. Nov. 12, 2007: Avista has named Patricia J. Shea regional business manager for the Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, area of its service territory effective Nov. 5, 2007. Paul H. Anderson, long-time area manager in Coeur d’Alene, officially will retire on Dec. 31, 2007.
“Avista’s commitment to the communities and customers we serve is enhanced by the value that the regional business managers bring to the table,” said Avista president and chief operating officer Scott Morris. “We are fortunate to have someone like Patty with her breadth and depth of experience and talents that will enhance our service and relationships with our customers and communities in North Idaho.”
Shea joined Washington Water Power/Avista in 1979 and has held positions throughout the customer service and utility operations areas of the company. Her experience includes management of gas operations, electric and gas construction design, and energy emergency services. Most recently, Shea served as a regional business manager for the greater Spokane region, actively directing and supporting company external relations strategies, and fostering economic development activities.
Shea holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Business Administration degrees from Eastern Washington University. She is an adjunct instructor at Whitworth University, in addition to her active participation on numerous community and civic boards and committees. Shea was named to the Board of Trustees of the Community Colleges of Spokane in 2005 by Gov. Christine Gregoire.
Long-time Coeur d’Alene area manager Paul Anderson retires
December 2007 will see the end of an era in the greater Coeur d’Alene area with the retirement of Paul H. Anderson, a 40-year Avista veteran. Anderson started his career at then-Washington Water Power immediately following graduation from the University of Montana with a degree in economics. He spent 12 years in the Spokane and Colville, Wash., communities, followed by stints in St. Maries, Idaho, and the Idaho mining district, and finally arrived in Coeur d’Alene in 1984.
Anderson has a long and distinguished legacy of community service, including serving as president of the Coeur d’Alene Rotary, the St. Maries Kiwanis and the Kettle Falls, Wash., Lions clubs; chairman of the Governor’s Idaho Economic Advisory Council, Jobs Plus, Kootenai Medical Center Foundation, Idaho Panhandle Boy Scout Council, the EXCEL Foundation and is currently vice chair of the Kootenai Medical Center board of trustees.
“Paul has been a shining example of servant leadership through the work he has done over the past 40 years. He has worked tirelessly and with dedication to enhance the communities where he has lived and so proudly represented our company,” said Avista’s Morris. “Paul’s commitment to excellence is evident throughout Coeur d’Alene and North Idaho, and we value the contributions he has made to enhance the quality of life for this region and for our company.”
Avista Corp. is an energy company involved in the production, transmission and distribution of energy as well as other energy-related businesses. Avista Utilities is our operating division that provides service to 348,000 electric and 305,000 natural gas customers in three Western states. Avista’s primary, non-regulated subsidiary is Advantage IQ. Our stock is traded under the ticker symbol “AVA.” For more information about Avista, please visit www.avistacorp.com.
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