A. Wade Smith is president and chief operating officer for AEP Texas. As president he oversees distribution operations serving more than 900,000 AEP customers in central and north Texas as well as the operating unit’s safety, customer services, marketing, communications, community affairs, governmental affairs, and regulatory functions.
Previously, he was vice president - Transmission Engineering & Project Services, AEP Transmission, responsible for directing the capital service function in Transmission, with responsibility for Transmission Asset Management, Transmission Projects Engineering and the Project and Construction Management groups.
He also ensured positioning of the Transmission Engineering & Project Services organization to implement the organization's growing capital plans developed in alignment with the company's long-term Transmission strategy, and aiding in developing vendor alliances in support of those capital plans.
Prior to joining AEP Transmission in February 2008 as managing director - Transmission, Smith was director, Gas Turbine & Joint Venture - Generation, where he was responsible for AEP's combustion turbine-based generation in the east, the company's wind generation facilities and the jointly-owned coal plants that are not operated by AEP. Before assuming that role, he was executive director - IPP & Wind and had responsibility for 12 independent power projects from 2000 to 2004. Smith worked as director of Florida Operations for CSW Energy from 1995-2000 and managed the partnerships that owned two cogeneration facilities in central Florida.
Smith began his career with the former Central and South West Corporation in 1989 as an engineer at Fort Phantom Power Station in Abilene, Texas. He worked for several years at Oklaunion Station and was plant manager at Oak Creek.
Smith earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, a master of business administration degree from Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas, and is a graduate of The Executive Program-Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.
He is past chairperson for the American Heart Association's Corpus Christi Heart Walk; he serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the United Way of the Coastal Bend, Board of Trustees for the Del Mar College Foundation, he serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for Corpus Christi Medical Center and also on the Executive Committee of the Texas Taxpayers and Research Association.