PORT HURON, Mich., Dec. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SEMCO ENERGY, Inc.
today announced the election of Alaska State Sen. Ben A. Stevens to the
Company Board of Directors, effective immediately. He fills the Director
vacancy created by the October 2004 resignation of former Company Chairman
John R. Hinton. John M. "Jack" Albertine succeeded Mr. Hinton as Chairman.
"We are happy State Sen. Stevens is joining the SEMCO ENERGY Board and
welcome his contribution to the Company and to our continuing efforts to
enhance shareholder value," Mr. Albertine said.
State Sen. Stevens had served as a member of the ENSTAR Natural Gas
Company Advisory Board since 2001. ENSTAR, the Alaska division of SEMCO
ENERGY, Inc., provides natural gas service to approximately 117,000 customers
in the Anchorage area. He is resigning that position to move to the corporate
Board of Directors.
"We welcome State Sen. Stevens to the SEMCO ENERGY Board of Directors. He
will provide valuable insight with his experiences as a businessman as well as
his service as a member of the ENSTAR Advisory Board," said George A.
Schreiber, Jr., Company President and Chief Executive Officer.
State Sen. Stevens was appointed to the Alaska State Senate in 2001. He
was elected to a full term in November 2002. In addition to serving as state
Senate Majority Leader, he is a member of the Finance, Resources, Legislative
Budget and Audit, and Joint Armed Services committees. He also is a member of
the Select Committee on Legislative Ethics and the Legislative Council.
He served as President and CEO of the 2001 Special Olympics World Winter
Games, and was owner and Managing Director of Stevens & Associates, a
Washington, D.C.-based government relations consulting firm.
Earlier in his career, State Sen. Stevens had worked for 15 years in the
Alaska fishing industry, including nine years captaining various Bering Sea
crab vessels. He also holds a U.S. Merchant Marine Masters license and is
licensed to operate a commercial hovercraft.
State Sen. Stevens is a graduate of Arizona State University and has
completed studies for a Masters of Business Administration at George
SEMCO ENERGY, Inc. distributes natural gas to more than 394,000 customers
combined in Michigan, as SEMCO ENERGY GAS COMPANY, and in Alaska, as ENSTAR
Natural Gas Company. It also owns and operates businesses involved in propane
distribution, intrastate pipelines and natural gas storage in various regions
of the United States.
SOURCE SEMCO ENERGY, Inc.
/CONTACT: Analysts Contact: Thomas Connelly, Director of Investor
Relations, +1-248-458-6163, or Media Contact: Timothy Lubbers, Director of
Marketing & Corporate Communications, +1-810-966-4208, both of SEMCO ENERGY,
/Web site: http://www.semcoenergy.com /
CO: SEMCO ENERGY, Inc.
ST: Michigan, Alaska
IN: OIL UTI
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