Summit Utilities, Inc. is a privately-held holding company that owns and operates several natural gas distribution and transmission subsidiaries: Arkansas Oklahoma Gas Corporation; Colorado Natural Gas, Inc.; Summit Natural Gas of Missouri, Inc.; Summit Natural Gas of Maine, Inc.; and related companies: Summit Utilities Management Services, LLC; and Wolf Creek Energy LLC. Our natural gas subsidiaries construct and install natural gas distribution systems with the goal of providing clean-burning, safe and reliable natural gas to residential and commercial customers through exceptional customer service and commitment to community.
Summit Utilities was founded in 1997 by two entrepreneurial-minded executives that recognized a need to deliver a more cost-effective fuel option to residences and businesses in areas other utility companies could not or would not serve with natural gas. Summit and its subsidiaries recognize the numerous benefits of natural gas as an energy source—safety, affordability, sustainability—and has a diverse and successful track record of identifying, constructing and operating new natural gas distribution systems in the areas it serves.
Summit Utilities subsidiaries serve approximately 100,000 customers and operate more than 5,400 miles of pipeline in Arkansas, Colorado, Maine, Missouri and Oklahoma.
Kurt W. Adams
President & CEOVIEW FULL BIO
Kurt Adams has served as President and Chief Executive Officer for Summit Utilities, Inc. since October, 2015, a Director of Summit Utilities, Inc. from 2014 to present and as a Member of Board of Trustees of University of Maine System from 2010 to 2015.
Prior to joining Summit Utilities, Inc, Mr. Adams served as the Chief Development Officer at SunEdison and First Wind (which was purchased by SunEdison in Q1 2015). At First Wind and SunEdison, Mr. Adams led utility scale renewable energy development. Prior to joining First Wind, Mr. Adams 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. Prior to his position with the Maine PUC, Mr. Adams was Governor John Baldacci’s chief legal counsel from 2003 to 2005. Before joining the Governor’s staff, Mr. Adams was a non-equity partner in the law firm of Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer & Nelson in Portland, Maine. At Bernstein Shur, Mr. Adams was the Vice Chairman of the firm’s energy practice. Mr. Adams represented independent power producers in all facets of project development. Mr. Adams also represented national and international private and public sector clients on energy projects, and lenders on energy project financings.
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 E. Birchfield
Executive Vice President & Chief Financial OfficerVIEW FULL BIO
Steve Birchfield, Summit’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, leads Summit’s financial services functions, including accounting, treasury, billing, and financial planning. In addition, Steve leads the information systems, procurement, customer service and safety functions for all Summit subsidiaries in Colorado, Missouri and Maine.
Prior to joining Summit in 2014, Mr. Birchfield 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. Steve currently resides in Castle Pines, Colorado.
Kim R. Linam
Chief Administrative OfficerVIEW FULL BIO
Kim Riley Linam is a Certified Public Accountant registered in Arkansas. Kim has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Business, with an emphasis in Accounting, from Hendrix College. Kim has worked in the areas of Finance and Accounting for more than 30 years, including experience in public accounting and the regulated industries of banking, public utilities and health care. Kim began as head of the finance area for AOG in April 2004, was named to AOG’s Board of Directors in 2008, and was named President of AOG in July 2014. Kim is also a founding member of Arkansas Women in Power, an advisory board member of BancorpSouth, and the current treasurer of the Fort Smith Chamber of Commerce.
Chief Operations OfficerVIEW FULL BIO
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. Jason 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.
Bryan L. Sutter
Vice President, Chief Legal Officer & SecretaryVIEW FULL BIO
Mr. Sutter, Summit’s Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary is responsible for providing comprehensive legal counsel for the company’s business activities and leads the company’s legal, and regulatory and external affairs functions.
Mr. Sutter has more than 20 years of legal experience counseling diverse global businesses. He most recently served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Peabody Energy Corporation, the world’s largest private-sector coal company, where he advised the leadership team and board on strategic legal and business initiatives. He also has experience in corporate and securities law from Thompson Coburn LLP.
Mr. Sutter earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree in Finance from Southern Methodist University and a Juris Doctor degree from Vanderbilt Law School. Mr. Sutter resides in Denver, Colorado.
Angus King III
Chief Development OfficerVIEW FULL BIO
Angus King, Summit’s Vice President and Chief Development Officer, manages all growth efforts for the company, overseeing sales, marketing, 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, Mr. King 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, Mr. King 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 the Harvard Business School in 2001, and cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1993.