AGA Presents Natural Gas Industry Awards

Washington, D.C. – The American Gas Association this week presented a slate of awards, recognizing outstanding effort on behalf of our industry.

“The recipients of these awards have all contributed significantly to their companies and the industry, whether by taking the lead on translating our commitment to the environment into ambitious action, transforming the way their companies do business for the better, or pioneering the use of new and innovative technologies to drive our industry forward, said Karen Harbert, AGA president and CEO. “AGA is pleased to recognize these distinguished individuals for their inspiring achievements.”

Distinguished Service Award:

James P. Laurito, Operating Partner, Energy Impact Partners and Former EVP, Business Development and Chief Technology Officer, Fortis Inc. The Distinguished Service Award, AGA’s highest award, given to those who have made an outstanding and significant contribution to the natural gas distribution industry. 

The Lifetime Achievement Award:

Tom Kuhn, President and CEO, Edison Electric Institute. The Lifetime Achievement Award is given to individuals who have met the highest standards for outstanding leadership, participation in AGA events and continuous and dedicated organizational service and is the highest Award of Merit AGA offers.

The Blue Flame Award:

Gregg Kantor, former CEO, Northwest Natural Gas Co. and former Chair of the Board of Directors for the American Gas Association. The Blue Flame Award is presented to former CEOs and Presidents of a gas utility company for their service to their customers, their stakeholder community, and the natural gas industry as a whole.

Natural Gas Industry Leadership Award:

Jay Sutton, Executive Vice President COO, Southern Gas Company, and Tracy Townsend, Vice President, Construction, Compliance & Safety, Washington Gas Light. The Natural Gas Industry Leadership Award exists to highlight individuals who have made tremendous strides for their companies and taken these achievements forward by sharing their experiences to improve the industry.