The Bristol Tennessee Essential Services (BTES) is currently seeking a visionary leader due to the impending retirement of the current CEO. BTES is a municipally owned entity, providing electricity and fiber optic services, including cable, Internet, and telephone within a 280 square mile service area in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. BTES employs 70 full time employees and serves approximately 34,000 electric customers and approximately 19,000 fiber optic customers.
The firm of SESCO Management Consultants has been engaged to assist in the recruitment process. For consideration, forward a cover letter, resume and salary history to:
Qualified candidates must have a Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Engineering, Finance, or related field. Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) or other related field, CPA, or Licensed Engineer is preferred. They must possess 12 years of progressively responsible experience, including 10 years in the electric utility industry with fiber optic experience, and 10 years of management experience. This is an exceptional opportunity to lead a nationally recognized organization in the beautiful, southern Appalachian region.
Bristol Tennessee Essential Services (BTES) is a municipally-owned electric utility that also provides high-speed Internet, telephone, and cable television services over a fiber-optic network. BTES is in the business of providing safe, reliable, and cost-effective services to more than 34,000 electric customers and more than 19,000 fiber customers in a 280-square-mile service area in the City of Bristol and Sullivan County, Tennessee. Sixty years after our inception as an electric company, BTES began providing Internet and cable television services in 2005. One year later, the BTES' telephone services were fully operational. BTES now provides some of the fastest Internet speeds available in the United States with speeds of ten Gigabits per second available to every business and home in our service area!
Our electricity is provided by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), a key partner with BTES since 1945. In 1998, an ice storm left all of our customers without electricity. Restoring their service became very difficult because the local telephone company was unable to restore communications between our 19 substations. Because of BTES’ commitment to reliability, we felt it necess...ary to build a fiber optic communication system to link these substations and to ensure that we could control our own facilities on a daily basis and in difficult times.
The fiber optic system has allowed BTES to do many things with electric services that were unheard of just a few short years ago. Those customers with fiber services to their homes have automatic power outage detection, meaning that they do not need to make a telephone call if their power goes out. In addition, the system provides automatic meter reading and theft detection.
BTES also offers additional products and services through a Water Heater Program, a Heat Pump Program and an Energy Savings Loan Program.