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Through the company’s cornerstone of stewardship, INTREN looks at participation in industry associations in the same way it does charitable organizations.  INTREN has strategically placed itself as a leader by hiring and training experienced individuals in the gas distribution field and encouraging them to take on leadership roles.  Within the company’s gas division, three of its top, client-facing employees have gone above and beyond to help influence decisions that will impact the gas industry for years to come.

“Our participation in organizations like the Midwest Energy Association (MEA), Distribution Contractors Association (DCA), and the American Gas Association (AGA), are crucial to INTREN’s growth in the industry and in fulfilling our clients growing needs,” said Lloyd Gillespie, INTREN’s Business Development Manager. “Encouraging INTREN employees to join and contribute to these organizations not only helps INTREN make an impact on the organization in the industry, but serves as a way to get ahead of regulations and new technologies in the industry. Our goal is to continually provide new, innovative solutions for our customers.”

Gillespie, a 40-year veteran of the gas industry who specializes in the replacement and maintenance of aging gas distribution systems, is on the Gas Advisory Committee of the MEA. This allows Gillespie to participate in key decisions that the MEA Gas is making. Participation also provides guidance relative to the MEA Gas summit training sessions held annually.

Steve Canestrini, INTREN’s Operator Qualifications Manager, is on the MEA’s Gas committee, which oversees the Operator Qualifications (OQ) throughout the industry. 

Doug Anderson, INTREN’s Gas Account Manager, is on a scholarship committee for the DCA which helps provide funds, via a scholarship, to a student who is attending a vocational or technical college. Anderson also participated on the DCA’s Directional Drilling Committee in previous years.  Anderson’s leadership position in the DCA places INTREN in a position to help shape guidelines and standards in the gas distribution industry.

“I am very proud and excited to work with such experienced gas professionals who are committed to the integrity and advancement of the industry,” said Jeff Nauman, INTREN’s Vice President of Gas Operations.  “INTREN’s success has always been built on the leadership and strength of its valued employees.”

For more information on the MEA, visit midwestenergy.org, the DCA, visit DCAweb.org, or the AGA, visit AGA.org. For more information on INTREN's Gas Division, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Vice President of Gas Operations.


Call before you dig! Thursday, August 11th (8/11), marks National 811 Day, a day to remind us to always dial 811 before digging and as the first step in the damage prevention process. One-Call organizations across the country have teamed up to recognize today as National 811 Day in order to create awareness and better publicize the law with regard to excavating. As a leader in the utility construction industry and a member of JULIE’s Illinois One Call System’s board and the Underground Contractor’s Association (UCA) board, INTREN is a proud supporter and advocate of the 811 “Call Before You Dig” campaign across the Midwest as well as the country.

It is important for homeowners and contractors alike to call 811 before digging in order to prevent unintentional accidents caused by hitting underground utility lines. According to call811.com, “digging without knowing the approximate location of underground utilities can result in damage to gas, electric, communications, water and sewer lines, which can lead to service disruptions, serious injuries, and costly repairs.”  811 is a national call center, you can dial the number 811 from anywhere in the country prior to digging and your call will automatically be routed to your local call center.

Approximately 38.6 million people will dig this year without first calling 811 to have underground utility lines marked (call811.com). Consequently, the number one reason for damages to utility lines is due to not calling 811 before digging.

As a leader in the construction industry, INTREN wants everyone to remember the importance of always calling before you dig. Whether you are digging for utility work or just digging to plant some flowers, you always need to call 811 a few days ahead to ensure safe digging. 

In June, INTREN’s Matthew Turk, Executive Vice President of Operations & Business Development, and Dennis Bednarski, Midwest Regional Vice President of Operations, attended EEI’s Annual Convention in Chicago. 

Organized in 1933, the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) is an association that represents all U.S. investor-owned electric companies.  Members of EEI are responsible for providing electricity for 220 million Americans and directly employing nearly 500,000 workers.  This association seeks to provide public policy leadership, strategic business intelligence, and essential conferences and forums to help strengthen the members of this industry.

One of these conferences, the EEI Annual Convention, is the electric utility industry’s premier networking event that attracts roughly 1,000 registrants.  This three-day conference focuses on cutting-edge industry news and has featured famous headliners in the past, such as former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, as well as Warren Buffet and Condoleezza Rice.

As an associate member of EEI, INTREN jumped at the opportunity to attend this conference. Matthew Turk stated, “It was great to network with other EEI members and learn about the innovative technology and advances that have been made in the electric utility industry.”

On Tuesday, May 31st, INTREN attended the Women’s Energy Network (WEN) Chicago’s Signature STEM Luncheon at the Montgomery Club. This unique event seeks to celebrate young women in STEM and the importance of careers in energy. The luncheon brought together 40 young women from Chicago-area schools that are aspiring to work in STEM careers with experienced professionals across the energy industry, including our very own team of INTREN employees!

The afternoon consisted of empowerment and engagement between the bright minds of the future and the current professionals in the energy industry. Anne Pramaggiore, President of the WEN Chicago Board of Directors and CEO of ComEd, kicked off the event with the opening remarks and a warm welcome to the talented young students. Keynote speaker Robin Robinson, longtime Chicago news anchor, invigorated and inspired all those in attendance.

The event was hosted by the Women’s Energy Network, an international organization of professional women who work across the energy value chain. Their mission is to develop a variety of programs to provide networking opportunities for women who work in the energy industries. These networking opportunities are offered nationwide and they include events such as luncheons, conferences, community initiatives, socials, and mentoring programs.

Because of this inspiring opportunity, more young women in STEM can connect with organizations like WEN and INTREN to discover what’s possible across the energy industry.

INTREN announces the following structural and leadership changes designed to drive customer service, enhance its culture of safety and support sustainable growth. 

The reorganization comes from a position of strength and represents the logical next step in the company’s ongoing efforts to align company business operations with its core growth strategies while at the same time maximizing value for our customers.    

In an effort to continue its strategic growth of the company's services and accounts, the following positions have been announced:

  • Executive Vice President of Business Development, Matthew Turk, has been named Executive Vice President of Operations and Business Development, assuming operational responsibilities. Turk, a 25-year veteran of INTREN, has been instrumental in the expansion of the company's utility services within the Midwest and East Coast markets.

  • Mike McArthy, Senior Vice President of Support Services & Chief Financial Officer, has expanded his leadership responsibilities to oversee the company's Project Controls group, in addition to Finance and Administration, Human Resources, Contracts, Fleet, Supply Chain, and Information Technology. Most recently, McArthy was awarded the prestigious 2015 Chicago CFO of the Year® for Mid-Size Private Companies.

  • Jeff Nauman, former Director of Account Performance for INTREN, has become Vice President of Gas Operations. Nauman, an 11-year INTREN employee, was the Account Manager for the ComEd account prior to moving to Business Development in 2012. Prior to coming to INTREN, Nauman worked as an Alliance Manager for ComEd (5 Years), and has also worked in Project Controls for Raytheon Engineers & Constructors in the nuclear power industry (12 Years).

  • Brenda Gunnink was promoted to Account Manager of the Midwest Region North/West and will now oversee all major INTREN utility and municipal accounts in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa. Based out of INTREN's New Berlin, Wisconsin office, Gunnink will manage all overhead, underground residential distribution (URD) and engineering design work for INTREN's Midwest-based clients. Entering the industry on the utility side, Gunnink worked for 10 years in operations, finance and contract management for one of Wisconsin's largest utilities and started at INTREN in 2013 working her way up the ranks from Project Manager, to Senior Project Manager, and now to Account Manager.

  • James Althoff was promoted from Business Development Manager to Director of Business Development. Althoff's leadership and industry experience has demonstrated a deep commitment to meeting the needs of clients. He has been with the company for three years with previous experience in account management with Althoff Industries.

Additional organizational changes announced by the company include:  Tim Ayers, currently the Director of Safety and Quality, to assume responsibilities for the Company's Environmental Compliance and Sustainability Programs.  His Executive Assistant, Kiwanda Evans, was promoted to Environmental and Program Administrator to assist Ayers. 

“We are grateful to all our clients for contributing to our success,” Loretta Rosenmayer, Founder & CEO said.  “This reorganization is an important milestone as we continue to grow and build a bright future for INTREN.”