Ethan Poppe, project coordinator in the Town of Clayton Electric Department, has been named the 2023 ElectriCities Rising Star Award winner.
The Rising Star Award recognizes up-and-coming leaders who have less than 10 years of experience and who, in that relatively short time, have made significant and sustained contributions to the electric utility industry and to public power.
Poppe joined the electric department in 2020, even though he had no prior experience in the electric industry. However, his initiative and ability to learn new skills immediately made him a valuable member of the team.
“Ethan’s professional growth, willingness to take on additional duties, and process improvements make him an asset to the department and the community,” said Engineering Director Joshua Baird. “His tremendous contributions have helped the Town to be able to continue to provide exceptional electric service.”
According to the Town of Clayton Electric Director Allen Turnage, the moment Poppe walked in the door, he stepped up and took on responsibilities above and beyond his role. He began collaborating with multiple departments to increase his knowledge of electrical and project management principles including engineering, operations, and contracts & procurement staff, as well as outside consultants.
“We see a long future for Ethan at the Town of Clayton, and we appreciate his dedication to our community,” said Turnage.
Poppe was presented the award on Aug. 16, during the 2023 ElectriCities Annual Conference held in Mrytle Beach, S.C.