Mark Schwirtz joined Golden Spread in December 2008 as the President and CEO and has 33 years of electric utility experience. Mr. Schwirtz currently serves on the ACES Board of Directors and the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives, Inc. Board of Directors. Before Golden Spread, Mr. Schwirtz was the CEO, General Manager of Trico Electric Cooperative, Inc. of Marana, Arizona, and a Member of the Board of Directors of Southwest Transmission Electric Cooperative, Inc. in Benson, Arizona.
Previously, Mr. Schwirtz served as Senior Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of Arizona Electric Power Cooperative, Inc., Benson, Arizona, and as President of Consumers United for Rail Equity, the Western Coal Traffic League, and Western Energy Supply and Transmission Associates.
Mr. Schwirtz has also testified numerous times on fuel and other utility issues before Federal and State regulatory bodies as well as Congress. He has extensive experience in power supply planning, environmental permitting and electric utility operations and management and is the author of several environmental publications.
Mr. Schwirtz holds a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology from Texas A&M University and was a Commissioned Officer in the United States Naval Reserve.