TVA recognizes employees performance, leadership
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CHATTANOOGA — Four local Tennessee Valley Authority employees have been recognized with Salute to Excellence Awards, TVA’s highest internal honor recognizing outstanding employee performance and innovative leadership.

The annual awards are presented in several categories, including safety, power performance and reliability, implementation of cost-savings measures and inspiration to peers.

Murray Gunter, a specialist in Air Permits and Compliance, received the Environmental Excellence Award for innovative changes to coal unit scrubbers that increased the units’ ability to run for extended periods without compromising emissions control performance.

Mick Mastilovic, manager, Nuclear Fuel Supply, led TVA’s involvement in a complex, multi-party agreement to convert leftover depleted uranium, also known as “tails,” from a U.S. Department of Energy uranium enrichment facility into enriched uranium fuel for use in TVA’s nuclear reactors.

Louise Butts, who works at TVA’s Ocoee Hydro generation plant, received the Values Champion Award for coordinating the plant’s Partners in Education efforts and Combined Federal Campaign participation, as well as donating her annual leave to others facing unforeseen family circumstances.

Clay Deloach received the Diversity Champion Award. As senior manager of Energy Delivery’s Operations Applications group, Deloach has assembled one of the most diverse, cohesive and successful teams at TVA, consisting of more than 50 people from seven countries.

This is the eighth year for the awards. Employees are nominated by their peers or managers, and this year more than 1,000 entries were received.

“As we begin our ninth decade of service to the people, each of our winners has demonstrated a passion for the mission Congress gave us,” TVA President and CEO Bill Johnson said. “They take tremendous pride in what TVA stands for and are committed to excellence in everything they do as well as raising the bar of excellence just a little higher, each and every day.”

TVA is a corporate agency of the United States that provides electricity for business customers and local power distributors serving 9 million people in parts of seven Southeastern states.

It receives no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues from sales of electricity. In addition to operating and investing its revenues in its electric system, TVA provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists local power companies and state and local governments with economic development and job creation.