Summit Leadership Team

Kurt Adams

President & CEO


Kurt Adams has served as President and Chief Executive Officer for Summit Utilities, Inc. since October 2015, and a Director of Summit Utilities, Inc. from 2014 to present.

Prior to joining Summit Utilities, Inc, Kurt served as the Chief Development Officer at SunEdison and First Wind (which was purchased by SunEdison in Q1 2015). At First Wind and SunEdison, Kurt led utility scale renewable energy development. Prior to joining First Wind, He was Chairman of the Maine Public Utilities Commission from 2005 to 2008, where he served as Maine’s primary energy regulator. As Chairman, he served as a member of the New England Conference of Public Utilities Commissions, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissions (NARUC), the NARUC Electricity Committee, and the NARUC Competitive Procurement Committee. He was also Maine’s representative on the New England State Committee on Electricity and was a representative on the team of regulators charged with establishing the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. Prior to his position with the Maine PUC, Kurt was Governor John Baldacci’s chief legal counsel from 2003 to 2005. Before joining the Governor’s staff, He was a non-equity partner in the law firm of Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer & Nelson in Portland, Maine. At Bernstein Shur, He was the Vice Chairman of the firm’s energy practice. Kurt represented renewable power producers in all facets of project development. He also represented national and international private and public sector clients on energy projects, and lenders on energy project financings. He was a consultant with Price Waterhouse’s Office of Government Services from 1989 to 1992.

Kurt holds a B.A. in Government from Skidmore College, an MA in International Affairs from George Washington University and J.D. from the University of Maine Law School.

Steven Birchfield

Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer


Steve Birchfield, Summit’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, leads Summit’s financial services functions, including accounting, treasury, and financial planning.

Prior to joining Summit in 2014, Steve was Chief Financial Officer at Essential Power, a wholesale power generator located in Princeton, New Jersey. There, he was responsible for risk management, investor relations, treasury, accounting, supply chain, and financial planning. Prior to that, he was Chief Risk Officer at Tennessee Valley Authority, the largest public power provider in the country. In addition, he also held key finance and strategy roles at Progress Energy, a diversified energy company headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Steve earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Florida. He currently resides in Castle Pines, Colorado.

Fred Kirkwood

Chief Customer Officer


Fred Kirkwood, Summit’s Chief Customer Officer, is responsible for customer-centric strategies by influencing programs for all the Summit operating companies to enhance the customer experience. Additionally, Fred leads Summit’s billing, collections, and energy efficiency efforts. He also manages marketing and growth activities for Arkansas Oklahoma Gas Corporation (AOG), a Summit Company.

Previous to his current role, Fred served as the Senior Vice President of Customer Development for Summit since March 2017. He has more than 30 years of experience in the natural gas industry. Fred began his career as a Customer Development Representative working with residential and commercial customers at (AOG) in 1986. He served in many roles throughout the company including leading the development of AOG’s award-winning energy efficiency programs and playing a critical role in the company’s development of a compressed natural gas (CNG) effort to reduce vehicle fuel emissions primarily in commercial fleets. He was instrumental in the addition of several CNG gas stations throughout the AOG service territory in Arkansas and Oklahoma. He is an active contributor to the Arkansas River Valley building industry serving on the Board of the Greater Forth Smith Association of Homebuilders for the past 20 years.

Fred earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with emphasis in Marketing Management from the University of Central Oklahoma.

Jason Weekley

Chief Operations Officer


Jason Weekley has 20+ years experience leading highly successful operations, engineering, and project management teams. Most recently, Jason served as the Vice President of Operations for SAFEbuilt, a municipal services company operating in 10 states. Prior to SAFEbuilt, Jason served as the Vice President of Operations for SourceGas, a natural gas utility serving 425,000 customers in Arkansas, Colorado, Nebraska, and Wyoming. Jason also spent 12 years as an officer in the Army National Guard, including a tour of duty in Iraq. He received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Louisiana State University and is a NACE Certified Cathodic Protection Specialist. Jason and his wife reside in Arvada, Colorado with their two daughters.

Hallie Gilman

EVP & Chief Legal Officer


Hallie Flint Gilman joined Summit Utilities as Chief Legal Officer in August 2019. Hallie is responsible for providing comprehensive legal counsel for the company’s business activities and leads the company’s legal and regulatory functions. Hallie brings more than fifteen years of experience as a legal expert in the energy sector to her role at Summit. Most recently, Hallie served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Greenbacker Group, where she led the company’s regulatory, legal, corporate governance and talent functions. She has also previously served as an attorney in private practice (at Pierce Atwood and Bernstein Shur) and in various legal and executive roles at First Wind and SunEdison.

Hallie holds a A.B, cum laude, from Harvard University and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. Hallie currently resides in Portland, Maine.

Angus King III

EVP & CSO, President of Peaks Renewables


Angus King, Summit’s Vice President and Chief Development Officer, manages all growth efforts for the company and M&A activity.

Prior to joining Summit Utilities as CDO, Angus held a number of positions in utility scale renewable energy development at SunEdison and First Wind (First Wind was purchased by SunEdison in 2015), starting as VP of M&A at First Wind prior to the acquisition, and as head of development for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) at SunEdison, among other roles.

Prior to First Wind, Angus was a partner with Evergreen Partners, a developer of affordable housing across the U.S. Prior to working at Evergreen and its affiliate, The Wishcamper Group, Angus worked as a consultant with Bain & Company, and served as the Assistant to the Chief of Staff in the Clinton White House.

Angus graduated with distinction from Harvard Business School in 2001, and cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1993.