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Job One Profiles: Razen Thomas

Proud to be Powering Texas


Razen Thomas is proud to be Powering Texas and proud of the hard work and innovation that she sees from her colleagues every day at Oak Grove Power Plant. As support manager, Razen makes sure everyone has the tools, equipment and processes to do their jobs safely and effectively. Watch this month’s Job One Profile to learn more about how Razen is making Oak Grove a safer and happier place to work.

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Job One Profiles: Jorge Bustamante

Showing Customers Some Love


Jorge Bustamante has 20 years of experience in the customer service industry. Over that time, he’s found success by solving issues for customers and determining the root cause of an issue to prevent future incidents. Now, as a payment issues supervisor, Jorge coaches his team to show their customers some love and build loyalty through empathy and positive communication. Watch this month’s Job One Profile to learn more about how Jorge and his team work together to make an impact with customers.

 

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After Hours with Terry Perry

Lake Hubbard Power Plant Superintendent


Chasing the thrill of the rodeo life, Terry Perry is most at home in the saddle. He’s been taking life by the horns and honing his skills as a team roper for the past 40 years. Between competitions, he’s lassoing interest in the sport by mentoring others through church rodeos, riding clubs and 4-H events. “No one is too old or too young to learn how to rope and ride,” Terry says. “All it takes is a little bit of grit, guts and gumption.”TPerryAfterHours_POV

TXU Energy Program Equips New Employees for Success

Newest class in Analyst Momentum Program starts its 30-month run


Members of the 2016 Analyst Momentum Program get training in their first weeks on the job.

Members of the 2016 Analyst Momentum Program get training in their first weeks on the job.

TXU Energy operates in the country’s most competitive retail electricity market and the race to hire and keep great people is no less competitive. That’s why the company continues to invest in its Analyst Momentum Program, which immerses participants in a 30-month introduction to the market and the company.

The program is just one of the ways TXU Energy finds, develops and keeps great people – and it doesn’t operate in a vacuum. Participants fill real jobs across the company and department leaders expect them to bring new ideas and enthusiasm to their various assignments.

“Over the next two-and-a-half years, each class member will rotate through several positions in different areas of the company,” said Laura Campos, a manager in TXU Energy’s customer contact group and the program manager. “That’s in addition to classroom-style trainings, tours of related facilities and projects that stretch their analytical and presentation skills.”

Successful participants have the opportunity to continue as regular TXU Energy employees when they finish their rotational assignments.

“While it’s a significant challenge to move around and jump into new areas, the program gives the participants exceptional insights and points of contact across the business,” Laura said. “Those things are invaluable when it comes to the work that they take on after completing the program.”

TXU Energy revamped and broadened the program in 2013.

“At the end of the program, we’ll have well-prepared, well-rounded individuals who will have a greater understanding of the Texas electric market and what TXU Energy is all about,” Laura said.

The 2016 class includes an Illinois native with a STEM MBA from Texas Tech; four Texans with bachelor’s degrees from Texas universities; and two master’s candidates from Texas.

Silence the Growl of Summer Hunger

A healthy summer is a happy summer for Dallas area children


SilenceTheGrowl - 05.31.16What could have been a difficult summer for so many Dallas area children turned out to be a summer full of fun, festivities and filled bellies. Through our involvement with the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and the Silence the Growl campaign, we volunteered more than 375 hours and contributed more than $43,000 to support summer meal programs across the Dallas area and raise awareness of summer hunger. Through our company’s contributions, along with support from other corporate sponsors and the United Way, Silence the Growl is helping serve 100,000 additional meals at participating summer meal sites.

Summer Kickoff with UWD - 06.08.16When the school year ends, the summer break can mean summer hunger for thousands of children who qualify for free or reduced-priced meals. To help ensure that underserved children get the nutrition they need all summer long, employees at EFH, Luminant and TXU Energy took part in a variety of activities to create a positive and memorable summer.

Orange BallAt events like the Summer Meals Kickoff event, the Silence the Growl Summer Meals Block Party and Saldivar Elementary School’s Field Day, we engaged Dallas-area children in a variety of outdoor activities and games (water balloon tosses, hula hoop, basketball and arts & crafts) and provided a nutritious lunch to fuel their bodies and minds. We also hosted a Kid’s Kit Drive to collect items like puzzles, coloring books and jump ropes to encourage fun and educational games to keep their minds active and learning throughout the summer.

Ready to help - editedChris Samson, TXU Energy Marketing Associate, says, “By far the best part of volunteering with the Silence the Growl campaign was seeing the bright smiles on the children’s AND volunteers’ faces! I’m so proud that we were able to make such a positive impact on the children’s lives.”

The Silence the Growl campaign is designed to raise awareness and support summer meal programs to ensure that children who rely on subsidized meal programs throughout the year continue to get nutritious meals during the summer. Click here to learn more about how you can get involved to Silence the Growl, because a healthy summer is a happy summer!

Job One Profiles: Annette Underwood

Cool-headed and Composed


Annette Underwood is cool under pressure. She discovered early in her career that she could be calm in high-stress situations. As the director of employee relations, being calm means she can focus on finding solutions in difficult and emotional situations.

Watch this month’s Job One Profile to learn more about Annette and how her team is working to make EFH, Luminant and TXU Energy a great place to work.

 

 

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Back to School with the Community Partners of Dallas

Getting brand-new school supplies ready for Dallas area students


Volunteers at CPoD BackPack AssemblyThis fall, students under the care of Dallas County Child Protective Services will be ready for the start of a new school year with brand-new school supplies, thanks to Community Partners of Dallas and volunteering organizations.

BackpacksEmployees from Energy Future Holdings and Luminant put our Energy in Action this week to fill new backpacks with new supplies (composition books, crayons, binders, markers, index cards, etc.) for Dallas area students so that they can make the most of the school year.

School Supplies - Edited“We will be passing out approximately 3,000 backpacks on July 27,” said Sarah Rowland, volunteer manager with Community Partners of Dallas. “All of the school supplies that we will hand out are brand new so that each student can start the school year with the materials they need to learn and shine.”

LDJ at CPoD Backpack Stuffing Event - 07.19.16As our volunteers worked side by side to assemble the backpacks, they shared the reasons why this event was important to them. Ashlie Alaman, legal counsel at Luminant, said, “I am here today because I really believe in what Community Partners does. I think it’s awesome that there’s an organization that supports social workers and children who are in the child protective services system. I love that the company has partnered to help such a worthy cause.”

Stefanie Miksch, lead analyst with Luminant, said, “Volunteering at today’s event is a great way to give back to the community and help kids get ready for a new school year. Everyone should have brand-new school supplies to help start the year out right.”

CPoD LogoCommunity Partners of Dallas’ mission is to ensure safety, restore dignity and inspire hope for the abused and neglected children served by Dallas County Child Protective Services. Learn how you can make an impact by visiting http://www.cpdtx.org.

Energy Interns: Back-to-Back Summers with Luminant

Learning what it means to power Texas


Midway through the fall semester, aspiring college students begin looking ahead to the summer – not for a long vacation, but for internship opportunities to further their education. How do students find a company that is the best fit and aligns with their career goals? Just ask these three Energy Interns who have returned for back-to-back summer internships with Luminant.

 

Troy RakestrawTroy Rakestraw, mechanical engineering major at Texas A&M University, four-time Luminant intern

  • Why did you choose Luminant for your internship? Returning to Luminant for multiple internships has exposed me to larger portion of the business. I have been able to work at a gas plant, a coal plant and a central engineering support office.
  • The different challenges and projects at each of these workplaces has allowed me to grow as an engineer (and helped me academically). My experience working for Luminant has provided me insight to the variety of work available to an engineer. Above all else, I have enjoyed the people I have been fortunate enough to work with throughout my internships.
  • Why did you pick engineering as your major? I was drawn to engineering because of my curiosity to understand how things work. Power plants contain some of the largest and most powerful equipment across many industries. I am particularly interested in combustion turbines and combined cycle plants.

 

HineshRathodHinesh Rathod, electrical engineering major at Texas A&M University, two-time Luminant intern

  • Why did you choose Luminant for your internship? I came back to Luminant because of the company culture. Everyone is open to answering questions and there’s value to the work I do because the site needs the projects that I work on.
  • Going into my first internship last summer at Sandow, I didn’t know what to expect. This summer I am at Oak Grove, and the best part about being on site is that I can put my eyes and hands on the equipment that I am working on. This helps me put things into perspective to learn about what that piece of equipment is actually doing. The hands-on experience I have gained is the best part of this company’s internship program.
  • Why did you pick engineering as your major? Growing up, I always took apart radios, TVs and computers to fix them, so by the time I applied for college, I knew what I wanted to do.


Aaron Weittenhiller2Aaron Weittenhiller
, electrical engineering major at the University of Texas at Dallas, two-time Luminant intern

  • Why did you choose Luminant for your internship? After working at the Energy Resource Center last summer, I was offered another internship at the Martin Lake Power Plant. Knowing that working at a power plant would provide me with a new experience, one that allows me to witness large electrical systems and gain a first-hand understanding of how they work, I was eager to get out there and see it for myself.
  • It is an honorable thing to be responsible for powering Texas. Additionally, from an electrical standpoint, it is amazing to watch how principles like Faraday’s law of electromagnetic induction can be mastered on such a large scale. The power plant is truly an engineer’s playground.
  • Why did you pick engineering as your major? I’ve always thought in terms of ones and zeros, so circuit boards just seem to speak my language. This industry provides the foundation for so many other industries to be successful.

 

Instagram_App_Large_May2016Visit EFH on Instagram to find out what our interns have been up to this summer by searching for “#EnergyInterns.”