Lori Cote Miller
Chief Executive Officer
Lori considers herself lucky to be part of the team she gets to work with every day at Yellowstone Electric. For her, executing the company’s vision on a daily basis as CEO and Shareholder has been immensely rewarding. Besides overseeing the company’s management team and accounting department, Lori also had many more responsibilities since 1994. Early on in her time with Yellowstone Electric, Lori envisioned a company using technology to operate more efficiently, so she supervised numerous widespread computer and software upgrades, initiatives that resulted in savings and efficiencies for clients and more competitive billing. She continually strives to better use new technology to improve processes and efficiency in every division.
Bruce Hill, RCDD, President
As the person in charge of the company’s commercial construction division, Bruce gets plenty of practice helping clients and team members solve issues that come up on a daily basis. No wonder more customers appreciate his willingness to be a problem solver, than just a problem identifier. It’s just one of the skills he has honed during a 20 plus year career in the electrical design field. Known for his ability to work with people, Bruce focuses on making sure things are done right, a skill that doesn’t happen without doing his homework on a regular basis. For Bruce and others at Yellowstone Electric, the philosophy of “what’s right for the client” drives daily decision-making. Yes, he’s grateful for the wisdom and knowledge gained from a distinguished career. But ultimately, focusing on people and their well-being continues to matter to Bruce more than anything else.
Vice-President of Operations and Corporate Secretary
Kevin is the current master of record at Yellowstone Electric for both Montana and North Dakota, and continues his commitment as a Shareholder in 2016. In his position as the Vice-President of Operations, he oversees project managers bringing their projects in safely, on time, within budget and with a satisfied customer, in addition to estimating and project managing his own projects. Kevin joined the Yellowstone team in 2008 as their service manager. His experience in the commercial and industrial electrical industry since 1984 qualifies him to lead his team managing multiple complex projects at the same time. For Kevin, the ability to multitask is a must for his many responsibilities at Yellowstone.
Vice-President of Hydro-Division and Corporate Officer
Ken has been a member of the Yellowstone Electric team since 2011 and has over 30 plus years’ experience in the electrical construction field, including assisting in the design and supervision of the electrical/mechanical installation of 7 water purification and packaging plants in Iraq for the US DoD. Ken currently serves Yellowstone as an on-site Project Manager/ Superintendent assisting with estimating, project execution, and site supervision, and has completed projects at Stillwater Mine, Stockton Dam, Gavin’s Point Dam and Flaming Gorge Dam. Ken also assists in estimating industrial project proposals.Ken holds Journeyman licenses in Montana and North Dakota, and has numerous certifications essential to the execution of government work including USACE CQ/CM, OSHA 30, etc.
Director of Business Development Hydro-Division
Even as George Haddenhorst spent nearly two decades with Conoco Phillips, he never forgot his ties to Billings and Yellowstone Electric – where he had worked early in his career from 1977 until 1985. So when given an opportunity to rejoin Yellowstone Electric as a co-owner and vice president in 2003, it seemed like a natural career move for George. But George envisioned something greater, a chance to take a strong and stable company into a new era, and a chance to leave a legacy. Back at Yellowstone Electric in a leadership position, he helped enhance the company’s capabilities in the industrial side of the business and spurred a push to innovate in new technologies. George became president of Yellowstone Electric in 2006, emphasizing the company’s commitment to operate completely from a foundation of honesty and integrity. It’s a commitment that has resulted in more repeat business from existing clients. As president, George remains focused on moving the company forward while providing its clients with leadership going into the future. “We’re not afraid to embrace change,” George said.
General Manager – Montana-Wyoming Systems
With 20 plus years’ of experience in the industry, Panzer has led Montana-Wyoming Systems with an emphasis on customer service. A part of Montana-Wyoming Systems since 2005, Panzer works from our Bozeman office, focusing mostly on operations in the western half of Montana and beyond. Part of his responsibilities include staying on the forefront of technology changes, making sure deadlines are met and refining installation processes. Panzer has been involved with some of the most complex system installations in Montana, experience that contractors and distributors have come to appreciate. As president of Montana-Wyoming Systems, Panzer is quick to deflect attention from himself. Instead, choosing to focus on the quality and consistency of your experience, the team you will work with and the systems we install.
Zachary B. Rieker
Senior Electrical Engineer/Project Manager
Zachary comes to us with extensive experience as an electrical engineer, including significant contributions during his time with the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers in North Dakota and the Bureau of Reclamation in Mills City, Wyo. Zachary has earned numerous certifications, is proficient with several computer software programs and is responsible for several initiatives to improve efficiencies.
Tom Newell brings more than 30 years of professional and electrical experience to Yellowstone Electric, most recently, when he supervised the construction and production start-up of six bottled water plants in Iraq for Morrell International. A project manager for Yellowstone Electric since 2009, Tom has supervised numerous improvements for various hospitals and airports.
Kayla began her safety career in the field of mining where she became a certified MSHA instructor, a Montana Mine Foreman and a radiation safety officer. Kayla took what she learned in mining and applied that to her career move to the oil refinery where she was a safety supervisor. This position allowed Kayla to become versed in OSHA 1910 and 1926 as well as knowledgeable in process safety management. As the safety director at Yellowstone Electric Co., Kayla ensures that compliance is met in regard to all applicable safety standards as well as company policy. Kayla is a certified trainer for the NFPA 70E standard and currently trains Yellowstone Electric Co.’s electricians to improve work safety practices. Kayla utilizes her experience to further propagate the outstanding safety culture that Yellowstone Electric Co. has implemented.
Vince monitors the constant flow of materials moving in and out of the warehouse, provides maintenance for company property and tools and is responsible for equipment delivery.
Service Manager / Shop Foreman
Paul responds to client requests for repairs and upgrades by managing our service department. Paul began his career with Yellowstone Electric Co. as an apprentice in 1991. His electrical experience starting in 1990 varies in project type such as residential, commercial, industrial, medical facilities, traffic control, airports and mining. He has knowledge of basic electrical, generators, VFD’s, PLC’s, high voltage, fiber optics, fire alarm, instrumentation and control work. Having such a wide range of experience in addition have owned his own business, Paul understands the importance of responsiveness to our clients and is great at problem solving.
Special Systems Design / Assistant Project Manager
Holly has been employed with Yellowstone Electric since 2011. With an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science Drafting and Design Technology (AAS). Holly’s responsibilities include designing electrical, fire alarm and special systems drawings using AutoCAD, Revit and BIM. Aside from Electrical drawings she provides project management and estimating assistance. Holly works with all AHJ’s involved with the low voltage department to ensure all designs are up to code and approved before construction start dates.
Michelle has over 22 years of experience in accounts payable and receivable, office management and payroll with an Associates of Applied Science degree in Business with an emphasis on accounting. Michelle’s position requires advanced knowledge for processing weekly payroll along with required reporting and accurate billing to customers. Michelle’s career started with Yellowstone Electric Co. in 2015. She has excelled in her position in the accounting department.
Ginger joined the Yellowstone Electric Co. team in 2014. Since 1988, Ginger has been working in the accounting field with various positions requiring knowledge in accounts payable and accounts receivable. Her experience along with her degree in Associates of Applied Science in Business with an emphasis in Accounting has made her a perfect fit for her position. Ginger’s main responsibilities include Accounts Payable and Front Office Management.
Assistant Project Manager
Amy joined the Yellowstone Electric Co. team in 2015 as an assistant project manager. She has over ten years experience in the construction industry including electrical and masonry construction. As an assistant project manager, she provides support to the commercial, industrial, low voltage and service departments by assembling request for proposals, organizing estimates, assembling contract information, material procurement, and project closeout documentation. Amy also assists the service department with scheduling and billing.
Project Manager/Estimator/License Holder
Tim has been a member with Yellowstone Electric Co. since 2013. He started his apprenticeship in 1994 with Yellowstone Electric Co. at Conoco Refinery. Tim has been in the trade for Twenty Two years and was a co-owner of an electrical company for seven years prior to returning to Yellowstone Electric. Tim currently holds a Master Electrical License in the following states: Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Minnesota, Utah and Washington Administration Electrical License. Tim currently estimates commercial, Industrial and MDOT projects, along with project managing them as well.