Scott Prochazka is both the CEO and the President of CenterPoint Energy. Due to the positions that he has held over the course of his career, he possesses plenty of expertise and experience suitable for his current role at the head of the electric and natural gas utility. Here are 10 things that you may or may not have known about Scott Prochazka:
1. Went to University of Texas at Austin
Prochazka went to the University of Texas at Austin, which can claim the honor of being the flagship school for the entire University of Texas System. However, it is important to note that said school is more than capable of living up to its status, as shown by the fact that it is counted as one of the so-called “Public Ivies.”
2. Studied Chemical Engineering
When he was at school, Prochazka studied chemical engineering, which came into existence in the 1880s. In those times, classes on chemical engineering weren’t particularly popular because employers preferred either chemists or mechanical engineers. However, it wasn’t too long before chemical engineers managed to prove their value with the result that said individuals are now indispensable for a wide range of businesses operating in a wide range of sectors.
3. Has Completed a Couple of Executive Development Programs
Besides his study of chemical engineering, Prochazka has completed a couple of executive development programs as well. Like their name states, executive development programs are meant to help executives hone existing skills as well as learn new skills that can prove useful for their positions at the head of major companies.
4. Used to Be at Dow Chemical
Before heading to CenterPoint Energy, Prochazka was at Dow Chemical from 1989 to 2001. There, he held a number of positions with the result that he was involved with a wide range of processes that included but were not limited to sales, purchases, product management, and business development.
5. Has Overseen Customer Services and Support Operations
Of course, Prochazka has held a number of positions at CenterPoint Energy as well. However, one of the most interesting examples was his position as the Vice President for Customer Services and Support Operations. In said role, Prochazka was responsible for overseeing the provision of various services that are not connected to the corporation’s core revenue-earning operations but would nonetheless cause the corporation to come to a screeching halt in their absence.
6. Sees Grid Modernization As an Opportunity
Grid modernization has become a hot topic in certain parts of the country. Since utilities are so reliant on the existing infrastructure, it stands to reason that some of them see this as a threat to their stability. However, it is interesting to note that Prochazka sees it as an opportunity, which makes sense because big shakeups tend to produce both big risks and big opportunities.
7. Was Surprised By Hurricane Harvey
People on the Gulf Coast tend to have a keen awareness of the kind of damage that a hurricane can inflict within a very short period of time. Prochazka and the rest of CenterPoint Energy’s top leadership were no exception, but they were nonetheless surprised by the sheer amount of rain dumped upon the region by Hurricane Harvey.
8. Is Making Changes Based on Hurricane Harvey
Naturally, CenterPoint Energy has been taking steps to further reinforce its system in preparation for future incidents based on what it learned from Hurricane Harvey. This includes putting some of their substations on higher elevations, continuing to modernize their grid, and continuing to incorporate drones into their storm recovery processes.
9. Sees Potential in Blockchain
Prochazka is one of the people who sees potential in incorporating blockchain into his corporation’s existing systems. In significant part, this is because CenterPoint Energy collects such a huge volume of information on a constant basis, meaning that blockchain could prove useful for keeping track of said data.
10. Plans to Mix Renewables with Their Traditional Counterparts
Speaking of which, Prochazka sees potential in renewables as well, though his stated position is to mix renewables with their traditional counterparts to ensure both reliability and eco-friendliness.