Current Position: Senior Vice President and Division President, Electric Operations. In this role he has financial and operational responsibility for electric transmission and distribution for 2.2 million customers in the greater Houston area.
Previous positions: Bridge has been with the company since 1986, when he was hired as a regulatory attorney for CenterPoint Energy’s gas operations in Minnesota; then serving 12 years as director of regulatory services and seven years as director of government and public relations. In 2007, he was named division vice president, Minnesota gas operations. In 2008, he was named division senior vice president, support operations, responsible for providing shared services to regulated gas and electric operations. In 2010, he was given responsibility for business transformation and regulated operations technology. In 2010 he was promoted to division president for gas operations in six states from Minnesota to Texas including: customer service, marketing and sales, and rates and regulatory. Bridge’s utility experience began in 1976 as a utility laborer during his college summers in Lamoni, Iowa.
Affiliations: Bridge is the president of the Graceland University Yellowjacket Club, and a member of the American Gas Association (AGA) and Edison Electric Institute (EEI) Customer Service Committees. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Business Partnership; the Greater Metropolitan Housing Corporation; the Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery; and the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce. Bridge is a past chair of the AGA Rates and Strategic Issues Committee, where he was awarded AGA’s Outstanding Service Award.
Education: Bridge earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Graceland College in 1980, and a Juris Doctorate from Drake University Law School in 1983. He has also completed advanced business and utility courses at the University of Michigan (1997), the University of Idaho (2006) and the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University (2007).
Personal: He is married to Chris Helene Bridge, an author and artist, and they have two sons, Tyler and Andrew.