In honor of Father’s Day, POV takes a look at three dads and their sons sharing the family business at a Luminant power plant or mine. Each pair is currently pictured in one of a series of Luminant newspaper ads and billboards featuring employees and their commitment to Powering Texas in our local communities. And at TXU Energy, we check in with a father and son who share a knack for cracking the case on complex problems.
Equipment Specialist Operator Jimmy Franklin remembers the first time he worked overnight with his son, Robert, a material specialist, at the Monticello Plant. “We left the plant site and he was so tired that he fell asleep in the truck on the way home that morning,” he says.
Robert appreciates the ride and more time spent with his dad. “Maybe it’s like school-time flashbacks as a child being dropped off by my parent, but hey, saving money is saving money and most importantly we are lowering our emission with one less vehicle running down the highway,” he says.
The two share a nickname (Jug and Jug Jr.) and pride in producing electricity.
“When you wake up in the morning and flip on that light switch, it only comes on because somebody is doing their job – somebody like me, my father and all the other men and women in our company,” Robert says. “I am very proud to be a part of the legacy of power plant workers in my community. We are a strong unit, and there is a sense of pride in all of us.”
Analytical minds think alike
Lucky for TXU Energy, solving problems runs in the Scott family blood. Craig Scott, a senior manager on the Pricing and Analytics team, has been known as “The Professor” for a while now, given his love of the “light bulb moment” when a solution to a business challenge solidifies. But since son Aaron joined the company three years ago, “a new nickname of ‘Papa’ is starting to gain in popularity,” Craig says. “I like it!”
Aaron, a Marketing analyst, appreciates the mentor relationship between the two and is proud to share his dad with his colleagues at the company that has provided so much for his family. “A month or two after I started, my dad received an award from Marketing and it was impressive to hear the nice things people said about him,” he says.
For Father’s Day, the two will put their analytical approach to work on the golf course.
Just like dad, and Pawpaw
“What son growing up didn’t want to work where his dad did? I never thought there would be an opportunity, though,” says Kenneth Reeves, shop foreman at the Tatum Mine. Dad Larry Reeves, superintendent of heavy maintenance support, didn’t encourage his son to follow in his footsteps but enjoys joining his son for an occasional lunch.
Maybe some day a third-generation Reeves will join them. “My son [10-year-old Trevor] even talks about working here with his daddy and Pawpaw,” Kenneth says.
Larry would be pleased to see his grandson join Luminant sometime down the line. “I would like for him to get a good education first,” he says. For now, the three will enjoy some quiet time with family this Father’s Day.
Larry Nelson grew up in Dallas but moved to rural East Texas to pursue his love of small-town life and working outdoors. His first job running conveyors that move coal at Luminant’s Thermo Mine made an impression on son Jake.
“I always wanted to work at the mine as soon as I was old enough to know about the equipment,” Jake, now a Thermo Mine dozer operator, says. “The best thing about working with my dad is that I can learn from him and watch what he does to make me better and safer.”
Now an operations and maintenance supervisor, Larry appreciates sharing his passion for Powering Texas with his son. The two plan to spend Father’s Day together.
Happy Father’s Day to all EFH family dads!