David Wade is EPB's President & CEO. His career with EPB began in 1983 as a line helper, and he quickly developed his hands-on construction and leadership skills to become a Senior Manager and later Vice President of the Electric Power system. Wade holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
Wade still considers talking to customers one of the most important, and favorite parts of his job. Wade led the company’s effort to design and build the country’s most automated electric power distribution system. Using a 100% fiber optic network as the backbone for the Smart Grid, Wade was instrumental in launching a new business, EPB Fiber Optics, which delivers Gigabit speed Internet, television and telephone services.
Chief Executive Officer
Greg Eaves serves as EPB's Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. He is responsible for the Finance and Legal Divisions, along with Commercial Fiber Optics sales. During his career he also provided leadership of the Information Technology Division. Eaves' prior experience includes leadership and accounting roles in the manufacturing, healthcare, and financial services industries.
A Chattanooga native, Eaves holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where he serves on the Alumni Board and Accounting Advisory Board. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Chattanooga, Financial Executives International and the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Executive Vice President,
Chief Financial Officer
With more than 40 years of serving the community at EPB, Kathy Burns has served as Vice President of Customer Relations since 2005. Burns supervises and manages all areas including the Customer Service Call Center, Credit & Collections, Billing Services, Remittance Processing, Customer Service Branch Offices and Cashiering.
Sr. Vice President
Sandra Tilley joined EPB in 2018 and serves as Senior Vice President of Brand Strategies. Her responsibilities include the long-term management and development of the EPB brand as it affects all aspects of our business, including marketing, the customer experience and new products.
Sandra has over 30 years’ experience in marketing and advertising with an expertise at structuring and managing large, multi-location accounts for success at both the brand and customer activation levels. During this time, she has touched many industry categories like: fast food, convenience store, wireless, cable, healthcare, public power, energy, alternative fuels, tourism, transportation - to name a few.
Sandra was a Partner and Director of Account Service for The Johnson Group, an award-winning regional advertising agency located in Chattanooga for over 20 years. Throughout her career, Sandra has staffed and led the management of literally thousands of client-owned and franchisee locations coast to coast for wildly diverse brands while simultaneously managing agency satellite offices and staff.
Sr. Vice President
Kade Abed is the Vice President of Field Operations at EPB. He is a native of Chattanooga and attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Kade spent 18 years in management with UPS and FedEx.
Kade has worked in the areas of sales and operations for EPB since 2002. He began working telecom sales for six months before moving into operations. This has included the transition from the legacy fiber to the GPON network we have in place today. Kade helped EPB to construct a next-generation electric system using a 100% fiber-optic network as its backbone. This “Smart Grid” reduces the impact of power outages, improves response time and allows customers greater control of their electric power usage. That same fiber optic network is also delivering advanced services including 10 gigabit-per-second Internet to customers throughout the company’s 600 square mile territory. In addition to Kade’s work with Fiber, he leads EPB’s Electric System operations in the areas of Construction, Preventative Maintenance, and Vegetation.
Kade and his wife, Melissa, have two children.
Katie Espeseth joined EPB in 2004 and serves as Vice President of New Products. Her responsibilities include the continued development of the fiber optics system, long term business planning and the development of new products and services.
Espeseth holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. She has more than 30 years of marketing and telecommunications experience including Mid-Atlantic Regional Controller with AT&T and marketing with the now former Bell South.
Jim Ingraham serves the community as EPB’s Vice President of Strategic Research. After joining EPB in 2005, Ingraham led the development of a business plan to build a fiber-to-the-home network and modernize smart grid retail electric distribution system designed to reduce electric system operating cost, improve reliability, and offer High speed Internet at symmetrical speeds, Internet Protocol TV (IPTV) and telephone service to all 170,000 EPB customers.
In 2009 Ingraham led the EPB team that developed a grant application and was awarded $111 million as the American Recovery Act Smart Grid Investment Grant Program sponsored by the Department of Energy. This program accelerated the deployment of the fiber optic network and smart grid from five to three years.
Ingraham is responsible for strategic business development projects, energy & communications market research, electric rate analysis and design, federal public policy research, and grant development.
Ryan Keel is the Vice President of Technical Operations at EPB. Ryan is a native of Chattanooga and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Tennessee Tech University and an MBA from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
Ryan has worked in the areas of engineering and operations for EPB since 1997. This has included helping EPB to construct a next-generation electric system using a 100% fiber-optic network as its backbone. This “Smart Grid” reduces the impact of power outages, improves response time and allows customers greater control of their electric power usage. That same fiber optic network is also delivering advanced services including 1 gigabit-per-second Internet to customers throughout the company’s 600 square mile territory.
Ryan and his wife, Keri, have three children.
Hodgen Mainda joined EPB in 2017 to lead Community Development. Prior to joining EPB, Hodgen was vice president for Noon Development and River Branch Strategies. He serves as a board member for several non-profit organizations including Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, Memorial Hospital Foundation, United Way of Greater Chattanooga, and UTC College of Business advisory board. He is a graduate of Leadership Chattanooga (2010), Harvard University's Young American Leaders Program (2018), and Leadership Tennessee (2019). In 2014, Mainda was a co-recipient of YPAC’s Young Professional of the Year Award. Chatter magazine has recognized him as one of the 20 Under 40 individuals who are making a mark in our community. He is also an active member of the downtown Chattanooga Rotary Club.
A native of Nairobi, Kenya, he moved to Tennessee in 1997 to pursue his higher education and then moved to Chattanooga when he landed a job here.
J.Ed. Marston joined EPB in 2014 as Vice President of Marketing. Prior to working for EPB, he served as Vice President of Marketing and Communications at the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce for twelve years and held positions in marketing, operations management and newspaper reporting in the greater Atlanta area.
Marston earned his Bachelor of Arts in English and Writing from Spring Hill College in Mobile. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Chamber’s Institute of Organizational Management. Marston has served on the boards of the Chattanooga History Center, Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise, the Center for Non-Profits, and the Friends of Moccasin Bend. He is also a member of the Rotary Club.
Serving as EPB’s Vice President of Human Resources, Marie Webb is responsible for leading Human Resources initiatives in the areas of corporate culture, HR administration, compensation and employee training & development. Webb came to EPB in 2009, bringing 15 years of human resources experience at Staples Corporation, the Social Security Administration and Premier Manufacturing in Ohio.
Originally from Ohio, Marie received her Bachelor’s degree from Denison University in Granville, Ohio. She received her Master’s Degree in Human Resource Development from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.