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Hank currently serves a Senior Manager, Government Relations & Community for Piedmont Natural Gas where he oversees legislative, policy and grassroots activities relating to Piedmont’s operations in South Carolina and Western North Carolina. He is also responsible for local government interaction within Piedmont’s Upstate and Western North Carolina service areas and for coordination of the Company’s community, philanthropic, and economic development efforts.
Hank currently serves on the boards of Ten at the Top (2016-2017 Chair), the Upstate SC Alliance, the Greenville Metropolitan Arts Council, the South Carolina Technology Aviation Center and the Spartanburg Economic Futures Group. He was also appointed to serve on the Public Utilities Review Committee (PURC) Energy Advisory Council in 2013 and is a member of the SC Natural Gas Study Committee. He also serves on the Advisory Council for the South Carolina Clean Energy Business Alliance.
Hank spend a dozen years in the Piedmont’s sales and marketing organization where he received the companies’ highest sales distinction in 1996. Hank began his career as a Technical Services Engineer performing numerous energy audits and feasibility studies for major commercial and industrial clients in the Upstate.
Prior to joining Piedmont Natural Gas, Hank served as Sales and Engineering Manager for Kenlin Corporation, a production machining operation, and as Territory Manager at Blue Tarp, a company providing financial services for building material suppliers.
Hank holds a bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from Clemson University (1984). He is a graduate of Leadership Greenville Class 33, Leadership South Carolina and has completed the Diversity Leadership Program at Furman University. He previously served on the board of the Greenville Chapter of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), holding the role of Chapter President in 1997. He is a registered professional engineer.
Hank is an avid competitive cyclist, runner, triathlete and outdoor adventurer. He served on the board of the Greenville Spinners Bicycle Club and as its President in 1996. As a 1980 graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), he gained an early appreciation of the outdoors and human’s often delicate relationship with nature. Hank has been a long-time advocate for responsible energy use, smart growth, sustainable construction and community planning that emphasizes connectivity via walking, biking and transit with the goal of creating healthier communities and reducing our reliance on cars.
Hank and his wife, Merietta, live in Taylors South Carolina. Hank has three grown children: Casey, Portland, Oregon, a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Megan, Charleston South Carolina, a graduate of Clemson University and currently an adventure guide, and Andrew, who lives and works in Durango, Colorado.