Company: Sharyland Utilities L.P.
Location: Midland, TX, United States
Since February 2012, Lars Abinante has been serving as the director of one of the largest electric and gas utility companies in the United States. Mr. Abinante’s 30 years of experience in the electric utility industry and background in transmission electric and distribution make him an invaluable asset to Sharyland Utilities L.P. As director, Mr. Abinante is tasked with handling emergency responses to electric outages, serving as IC in OEC operations, overseeing logistics, resources and assessment groups, conducting field observations in regard to quality, work and safety, and delegating work to employees from various departments, both on a routine basis and during emergency operations.
Mr. Abinante started his career as a foreman in general construction at North Hydro, which is part of the Pacific Gas and Electric Company. He spent 28 years working for the company where he was responsible for managing multimillion-dollar contracts, supervising distribution crews and electric contractors, writing electric maintenance contracts and inspecting contractors’ work. Over the years, Mr. Abinante served as the company’s lineman inspector, journeyman lineman, electric distribution estimator, quality assurance G.O. 95, 128 and 165 specialist, construction distribution supervisor, and electric distribution supervisor. He was recognized for placing emphasis on safety and maintained a record of zero injuries and incidents during his tenure at the Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Mr. Abinante also repeatedly exceeded yearly targets while staying within his company’s budget. While highly accomplished, he feels the most gratifying aspect of his profession is serving the customers and providing them with safe, reliable utilities.
Mr. Abinante’s abilities to build cohesive teams, communicate with people at all levels of the organization, and manage conflict effectively, have made him a well-respected industry leader who is often sought after for advice and guidance. His deep industry knowledge and strong skill set enable him to drive the success of Sharyland Utilities L.P. and assist the company in achieving its business goals. He attributes his success to having a drive to always produce safe, quality work.
He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in environmental, health and safety at Columbia Southern University. Mr. Abinante earned an associate degree in business management at Yuba College, and is a certified associate safety professional (ASP) and certified safety utility professional (CUSP).