Sue Kelly is the president and chief executive officer of the American Public Power Association.
Thomas Linquist is founder of The Leadership Lyceum and Managing Partner of Lyceum Leadership Consulting. He focuses on senior-level search assignments, including CEO and board of director roles within the power, utility and infrastructure sectors. See the complete body of leadership podcasts, interviews, and articles at www.LeadershipLyceum.com.
I joined Sue Kelly, president and chief executive officer of the American Public Power Association, or APPA, in her office in Washington D.C.
I have presented CEOs across a wide spectrum of company settings. Here I present a CEO in a unique type of organization — the industry trade association.
Trade associations play many complex roles for their membership, including as advocate for an industry's position on political, legislative and regulatory issues, as information source on current and emerging issues from an informed frontline position, as promoter of the industry, its people and their accomplishments, and as educator for the professionalism of its membership.
The American Public Power Association serves its membership, which is comprised of about fourteen hundred public power utilities spread across forty-nine states. While it has no members in Hawaii, its membership also includes public power utilities in American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Sue Kelly has served as APPA's CEO since 2014.