Annual award recognizes outstanding employee
COLUMBUS, OH: Scott Barta has been recognized as the American Municipal Power, Inc. (AMP) 2023 DNA Award recipient. Barta is assistant vice president of hydroelectric operations and has been with the organization since 1990.
The annual award — sponsored by AMP’s President and CEO — was initiated in 2008 to recognize an employee who advances AMP’s vision and mission — “to be public power's trusted leader in providing members and their customers the highest-quality, forward-looking services and solutions,” and “to serve members through public power joint action, innovative solutions, robust advocacy and cost-effective management of power supply and energy services,” respectfully.
“Scott personifies what the AMP DNA Award represents — integrity, member focus, stewardship, partnership, innovation, accountability and employee engagement,” stated Jolene Thompson, AMP President and CEO. “He truly exemplifies AMP’s core values, and we are proud to have him as a member of the AMP team.”
Nominations for the award are submitted by staff in recognition of their fellow employees and include not just the name of their peer but the reasons why their nominee should receive the award.
During the awards presentation, Thompson noted that the nominations from Barta’s colleagues show that he exemplifies all of the organization’s core values on a daily basis. His peers emphasized he is extremely dedicated to the organization, always adheres to the highest standards of excellence and safety on every job and project, serves as a mentor and teacher to others, and regularly demonstrates innovative thinking when solving issues or problems for the betterment of operations.
Barta oversees the operations and management of AMP’s hydropower operations, including four of AMP’s run-of-the-river hydropower plants on the Ohio River. Barta joined AMP in 1990 as an engineer at the Richard H. Gorsuch Generation Station near Marietta. He was promoted to his current position of assistant vice president of generation operations in 2019. Prior to AMP, he spent five years with American Electric Power’s Mitchell Station. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Akron and a third-class power engineer’s license from NIUPLE.
To accomplish its vision and mission, AMP employees must believe in, and demonstrate, the core values of the organization: integrity, member focus, partnership, employee engagement, stewardship, innovation and accountability. These values serve as the organization’s “DNA” and are a critical foundation to its ability to succeed and serve member communities. The AMP DNA Award recognizes employees who best demonstrate the values/DNA of AMP as a way to highlight to both its staff and members the importance of the key organizational criteria it strives to meet.