WASHINGTON, Oct. 9, 2001 – Thomas L. Fisher – chairman, president and chief executive officer of Nicor Inc. and of Nicor’s principal subsidiary, Nicor Gas – was recognized today for his significant contributions to the natural gas utility industry through receipt of the American Gas Association’s Distinguished Service Award, the association’s highest honor.
The AGA Distinguished Service Award was presented to Fisher during the association’s Executive Conference in Las Vegas. The award is given annually to an individual who has made an outstanding and significant contribution to the natural gas industry.
“Tom Fisher has made a lasting mark on natural gas utilities by a restructuring of the American Gas Association, which resulted in AGA representing their interests more effectively before Congress and federal regulators,” said Frank Heintz, chairman of the AGA Distinguished Service Award Committee and president and CEO of Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. “Tom persuaded all of us that effective advocacy results from involvement of AGA and natural gas utilities not just in lobbying, but in outreach to codes and standards bodies, the financial community, the news media and many other allies and customers.”
While chairman of the AGA Board of Directors in 1997, Fisher oversaw the effort to re-focus AGA’s mission and structure on programs and services that provide the highest value for the association’s members. His chairman’s theme was “Clean, reliable natural gas: the energy of choice for changing times.”
“Tom’s current chairmanship of the Gas Technology Institute is another testament to his vigorous support for research and development into innovative natural gas technologies such as on-site power generation. During the next 20 years, natural gas use is expected to grow by 50 percent. The customers, utilities, pipelines and marketers who benefit from such increased use will owe a debt of gratitude to the modest, hard-working executive we honor today,” Heintz said.
Fisher began his career with Nicor in 1967 and has held various positions including chief financial officer and vice president of operations.
Fisher is a 1966 graduate of Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in industrial management. He received a master’s in business administration from the University of Chicago in 1983.
Fisher is also chairman of the United Way in Chicago, where he oversees the largest United Way campaign in the nation. He is also an active member of several Chicago-based civic organizations.
Other natural gas utility executives who served with Heintz on the AGA Distinguished Service Award Committee were Niel Ellerbrook, chairman and CEO of Vectren Corp., and William Glynn, president of Intermountain Gas.
Nicor Gas serves nearly two million customers in a service territory that encompasses most of the northern third of Illinois, excluding the city of Chicago. The company has provided reliable natural gas services for more than 45 years. Nicor (NYSE: GAS – news) is a holding company. Its principal businesses are Nicor Gas, one of the nation’s largest gas distribution companies, and Tropical Shipping, a containerized shipping business that operates between Florida and the Caribbean. Nicor also owns several energy-related subsidiaries and is a partner in Nicor Energy, a provider of unregulated energy products and services. For more information, visit the Nicor web site at www.nicor.com .
The American Gas Association represents 185 local natural gas utilities. Additionally, AGA provides services to member natural gas pipelines, marketers, gatherers, international gas companies and a variety of industry associates. Natural gas is used by nearly 62 million homes and businesses in all 50 states. For more information, consult the AGA web site at www.aga.org .