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Leadership

A team approach to leading the way

David Wade

President | CEO

David Wade's career with EPB began in 1983 as a line helper. He quickly developed hands-on construction and leadership skills, moving from Senior Manager to Vice President and then to President and CEO in 2016. 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 EPB Fiber Optics, which delivers Gigabit speed Internet, television and telephone services. He considers talking to customers one of the most important, and favorite parts of his job. Wade holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

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Greg Eaves

Executive Vice President | CFO

Greg Eaves is responsible for the Finance and Legal Divisions, along with Commercial Fiber Optics sales. During his career at EPB, Eaves 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.

Kathy Burns

Senior Vice President | Customer Relations

With more than 40 years of serving at EPB, Kathy Burns has a passion for delivering exceptional customer service. As Senior Vice President of Customer Relations since 2005, Burns continually sets an example for EPB’s culture of helping improve the quality of life for our customers.

Burns supervises and manages all areas including the Customer Service Call Center, Credit & Collections, Billing Services, Remittance Processing, Customer Service Branch Offices and Cashiering.

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Sandra Tilley

Senior Vice President | Brand Strategies

Sandra Tilley’s 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. Tilley 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 led marketing and advertising strategy for wildly diverse brands in the fast food, convenience store, wireless, cable, healthcare, public power, energy, alternative fuels, tourism and transportation industries, to name a few.

Prior to joining EPB in 2018, Tilley enjoyed a 20-year career as a Partner and Director of Account Service for The Johnson Group, an award-winning regional advertising agency located in Chattanooga.  

Marie Webb

Senior Vice President and Chief Talent & Inclusion Officer | Human Resources

Marie Webb leads Human Resources, including corporate culture, HR administration, compensation, diversity and inclusion, and employee training & development. Webb joined 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 holds a Bachelor’s degree from Denison University in Granville, Ohio. She also received a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Development from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Kade Abed

Vice President | Field Operations

Kade Abed leads EPB’s Electric System operations in the areas of Construction, Preventative Maintenance, and Vegetation. Abed began working at EPB in telecom sales starting in 2002 before moving into operations to work on the transition from the legacy fiber to the GPON network we have in place today. Abed also helped EPB construct a next-generation electric system using a 100% fiber optic network as its backbone.

He is a native of Chattanooga and attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Prior to EPB, Abed spent 18 years in management with UPS and FedEx.

Katie Espeseth

Vice President | New Products

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. She was instrumental in the rollout of our fiber optics division and now leads our efforts in developing wholesale Broadband Services.

She serves as a Board Member of National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC). 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. 

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Jim Ingraham

Vice President | Strategic Research

Jim Ingraham is responsible for strategic business development projects, energy & communications market research, electric rate analysis and design, federal public policy research, and grant development.

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 to reduce electric system operating cost, improve reliability, and offer high-speed Internet. 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.

Ryan Keel

Vice President | Technical Operations

Ryan Keel has worked in the areas of engineering and operations for EPB since 1997. This included helping EPB 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.

Keel 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.

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J.Ed. Marston

Vice President | Marketing

J.Ed. Marston joined EPB in 2014 as Vice President of Marketing. Prior to joining EPB, he served as Vice President of Marketing and Communications at the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce for twelve years. He has also held positions in marketing, operations management and newspaper reporting in the greater Atlanta area.

Marston holds a 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 serves on the Board of the Southern Lit Alliance and is also a member of the Rotary Club of Chattanooga.

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