Board of Directors
SANDRA E. PIERCE
Senior Executive Vice President and Chair of Michigan at The Huntington National Bank
Ms. Pierce has more than 45 years of experience in financial services and has been with Huntington since 2016. She is a member of Huntington’s executive leadership team, is chair of its Michigan operations, and has led several revenue segments across its eleven-state footprint.
Ms. Pierce received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration/Marketing and her MBA in Business Administration/Finance from Wayne State University. She is a board member of Penske Automotive Group, American Axle & Manufacturing, ITC, and Barton Malow Enterprises. She serves as vice chair of Business Leaders for Michigan, chair of the Detroit Economic Club and chair of the Henry Ford Health Foundation. She also sits on the Michigan State University Board of Trustees.
President and CEO, ITC Holdings Corp.
Mrs. Apsey is responsible for the strategic vision and overall business operation of ITC and its subsidiaries. Previously, Mrs. Apsey served as Executive Vice President and Chief Business Unit Officer, leading all aspects of the financial and operational performance of the company. Mrs. Apsey also has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Business Officer, and President of ITC Michigan where she was responsible for the company’s regulatory, marketing and communications, federal, state and local government affairs, and human resource functions.
Former CFO of Synergy Renewables LLC
Ms. Bell is a retired financial and power infrastructure expert with a portfolio of board work spanning the infrastructure space in both the U.S. and Europe. She has overseen the investment of more than $6 billion in global power infrastructure projects and companies. Before committing full time to non-executive board roles, Ms. Bell was CFO of Synergy Renewables LLC, Managing Director of Tiger Infrastructure Partners (formerly Lehman Brothers Global Infrastructure Partners) and Managing Director of GE Energy Financial Services. She is currently appointed to the boards of Onward Energy Services, Ventient Energy Services Limited and Nassau Financial Group. Ms. Bell received her AB in economics from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.
ROBERT A. (BOB) ELLIOTT
President and Owner, The Elliott Accounting Group
Mr. Elliott formed The Elliott Accounting Group in Tucson, Arizona in 1983 and serves as its president and owner. Before beginning his financial services career, Mr. Elliott played professional basketball, including three seasons with the New Jersey Nets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He finished his playing career with the Detroit Spirits of the Continental Basketball Association in 1983. While running his accounting firm, Mr. Elliott spent 29 years as a broadcaster for the National College Athletic Association and the NBA. He was a three-time academic and athletic All-American at the University of Arizona, where he earned a bachelor of science in accounting and an MBA.
Founder, DF Strategies
Ms. Frodl is founder of DF Strategies, a strategic consultancy firm in Minneapolis. She previously served a 28-year career at General Electric (GE), where she most recently was Global Executive Director, Ecomagination. Ms. Frodl has an extensive background in renewable and clean energy solutions ranging from serving as GE’s Chief Strategy Officer and Global Alternative Fuels Leader to Global Executive Director where she led Ecomagination, GE’s global business strategy to accelerate technology innovation to drive cleaner energy solutions.
LT. GEN. RONNIE HAWKINS JR., USAF, RETIRED
President and CEO, The Hawkins Group
Lt. Gen. Hawkins is President and CEO of the Hawkins Group, a consultancy focusing on digital, information technology and cybersecurity challenges for Fortune 500 clients and the U.S. Government. He founded the Hawkins Group in 2015 after serving more than a 37-year decorated career in the United States Air Force, which included leadership roles in critical infrastructure and key information systems used by the Department of Defense and its coalition partners.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Fortis, Inc.
Mr. Hutchens is President and Chief Executive Officer of Fortis Inc., a leader in the North American regulated electric and gas utility industry and parent company of ITC. He was appointed to this position beginning January 1, 2021. Mr. Hutchens previously served as Chief Operating Officer of Fortis and President and CEO of Fortis subsidiary UNS Energy. He has a unique combination of operational and regulatory expertise in both the electric and gas sectors of the energy industry.
JAMES P. LAURITO
Former Executive Vice President, Business Development, Fortis, Inc.
Mr. Laurito retired from Fortis Inc., a leader in the regulated gas and electric utility industry in North America and parent company of ITC, in December 2021, where he served as Executive Vice President, Business Development. He previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation, the first U.S. subsidiary of Fortis. Mr. Laurito also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of both New York State Electric and Gas Corporation and Rochester Gas and Electric Corporation, subsidiaries of Iberdrola/ Energy East Corporation.
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Fortis, Inc.
Ms. Perry currently serves as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer of Fortis Inc., a leader in the regulated gas and electric utility industry in North America and parent company of ITC. She previously spent 13 years at Newfoundland Power, primary distributer of electricity on the island portion of Newfoundland and Labrador, in a variety of capacities, including CFO, COO, and President and CEO. Prior to that, she served as the Director of Finance at Fortis and served in other financial capacities throughout the private sector. She is a fellow chartered professional accountant and received her chartered accountant designation.
KEVIN L. PRUST
Former Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President, The Weitz Company, LLC
Mr. Prust has more than 30 years of financial and accounting experience serving a variety of public and private organizations, most recently with The Weitz Company, a large national and international construction firm. Prior to joining the Weitz Company, Mr. Prust was a managing partner with a national accounting firm, McGladrey & Pullen LLP, which he joined in 1978. He has expertise with strategic leadership, mergers and acquisitions, financing and governance.
A. DOUGLAS ROTHWELL
Executive-in-Residence, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Mr. Rothwell is an Executive-in-Residence at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill responsible for economic development. He previously served as President and CEO of Business Leaders for Michigan – the state’s business roundtable. In the public sector he served as Delaware’s Chief of Staff, President of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and chair of Governor Rick Snyder’s transition team. In the business world, Mr. Rothwell managed General Motors’ 400 million square foot global real estate portfolio and was the Chief Administrative Officer at Bank of America’s credit card subsidiary.