COLUMBUS, OH: Marc S. Gerken, PE, retired long-time President/CEO of American Municipal Power, Inc. (AMP), was named the 2021 AMP Wall of Fame inductee during the 2020 AMP Annual Conference, held virtually, Sept. 22–23.
“AMP has evolved so much over the past 20 years as a result of Marc’s vision and energy,” said AMP President/CEO Jolene Thompson. “His leadership has benefitted not only AMP and our members, but public power and hydropower nationally. We’re grateful to Marc for his many contributions. He embodies what the AMP Wall of Fame is all about.”
Gerken served as President/CEO of AMP from 2000 to 2020. He joined AMP in 1998 as vice president of business and operations. Under his direction and vision as president and CEO, AMP experienced tremendous growth, expanding from 83 members in three states to 135 members in nine states. Prior to joining AMP, Gerken served as the city engineer in the AMP member community of Napoleon, and in 1995, was named the community’s city manager. In that capacity, he served on the AMP Board of Trustees.
Gerken has held several national leadership and policy development positions, including president of the National Hydropower Association (NHA) Board of Directors (2013-2015) and past chair of the American Public Power Association (APPA) Board of Directors (2009-2010), and he is past chair of The Energy Authority (TEA) Board.
Gerken announced his retirement in April 2019, officially retiring from AMP as President/CEO on March 31, 2020.
The Wall of Fame program was launched by Gerken in 2010 to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to AMP and to public power in member communities. Gerken joins 24 other Wall of Fame inductees.
Gerken will be inducted to the AMP Wall of Fame during a celebration at a later date.