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AMP Wall of Fame

Each year, AMP names one or more individuals to the Wall of Fame, recognizing them for their significant contributions to AMP and public power. 

2023 Inductees

Marty Kanner, founder and president of Kanner & Associates — who serves as federal legislative advocate to American Municipal Power (AMP) and the Ohio Municipal Electric Association (OMEA) — and Gregg Ottinger, Duncan & Allen — who served as counsel to many AMP members through the organization’s years of growth and development — have been named to the AMP Wall of Fame.

Marty Kanner, founder and president of Kanner & Associates, has served as federal legislative advocate to AMP and OMEA for more than 25 years until his retirement at the close of 2023. Recognized nationally for his public power advocacy and by The Hill newspaper as one of the top “Hired Guns” in Washington, he has been involved in national energy policy issues for more than 35 years. During this time, he advocated on behalf of AMP and OMEA at the Congressional level, providing both political and policy guidance as the organizations navigated many significant changes in the industry. Marty was engaged in myriad legislative and regulatory efforts, including the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the creation of Regional Transmission Organizations and countless debates over energy, climate, tax and transmission policy. Marty championed the importance of grassroots engagement by the organization and members to ensure that public power’s interests were represented during policy deliberations. Many of the legislative successes AMP and OMEA have enjoyed over the years are due to Marty’s strategic guidance, advocacy and expertise. The value of his work in Washington on behalf of AMP, OMEA and municipal electric community members cannot be overstated.

Gregg Ottinger dedicated his career to representing municipalities and consumer-owned electric utilities in their power supply planning, contracting, project development, interconnection and transmission services, compliance, planning, critical infrastructure and cybersecurity, and regulatory proceedings. Gregg served as counsel to many AMP members through AMP’s years of growth and project development. He represented AMP member systems taking wholesale power from Ohio Power and American Electric Power for decades, including in the 1990 landmark U.S. Supreme Court case, Arcadia v. Ohio Power Co. Throughout his years of service to public power, he successfully supported the City of Clyde’s municipalization and assisted with the establishment of other municipal electric systems, supported OMEGA JV4 in the development of the 69-kV transmission line project interconnecting Bryan and Holiday City, and negotiated a battery storage and solar agreement on behalf of the Village of Minster. Gregg joined Duncan & Allen upon graduation from law school in 1980, and spent his entire career with the firm until his retirement in 2022. AMP and its members were fortunate to have Gregg on the team and leading during a time of significant advancement and growth.

About the Wall of Fame

AMP established the Wall of Fame in 2010 to honor those individuals who, through their dedication, have made significant contributions to AMP and public power. Plaques outlining the inductees’ contributions hang on the Wall of Fame in the AMP Board of Trustees room at AMP's headquarters in Columbus. The AMP Wall of Fame includes the names of the 27 individuals or groups who have been honored and who have left an indelible mark on the organization. A similar plaque will hang in honor of public power lineworkers.

Past Wall of Fame Recipients

To view all of the past Wall of Fame recipients, check out the list of honorees here.