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Nicor Gas Leadership

Wendell Dallas

President and CEO, Nicor Gas

Wendell Dallas serves as president and CEO of Nicor Gas, one of America’s leading natural gas distributors and the largest distribution company of Southern Company Gas with 2.2 million customers in over 650 Illinois communities. Prior to leading Nicor Gas, Wendell served as vice president of sales and marketing for Georgia Power Company where he was responsible for their topline revenue growth strategy, new product development, product distribution, e-commerce, electric transportation, sales management and energy efficiency.

Wendell brings with him deep institutional knowledge gained from more than 30 years of leadership, operations and engineering experience in the natural gas industry. Prior to joining Georgia Power, he served as vice president of operations for two Southern Company Gas subsidiaries, Atlanta Gas Light and Chattanooga Gas. In these multistate leadership roles, he was responsible for ensuring the company’s operational excellence in delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable natural gas to more than 700,000 customers in five Georgia and Tennessee regions. He also served as the vice president of economic and community development for the Southern Company Gas multistate footprint.

A native of Opelika, Alabama, Dallas holds a degree in mechanical engineering from Auburn University and is a graduate of Leadership Georgia, Leadership Atlanta and Leadership Savannah. He and his wife have three grown children.

Meena Beyers

Vice President, Business and Community Development

Beyers was named vice president of Business and Community Development at Nicor Gas in July 2020. In this role, she will lead strategies to strengthen our customer engagement and drive our community and economic impact. She will oversee Community Affairs, Customer Development and Energy Efficiency, including strategic leadership of corporate giving, community engagement, workforce development, large customer services and market transformation.

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Pat Whiteside

Senior Vice President, Operations

Whiteside was named senior vice president of Operations for Nicor Gas in July 2020. In this role, he will provide strategic leadership and direction for Nicor Gas’ core operations, including field service, distribution and automated metering infrastructure, leveraging the investments made in our people to improve the safety, quality and efficiency of our team and operations.

Dan Fox

Dan Fox

Vice President, System Operations

Fox was named vice president of System Operations in August 2019. He is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the company’s transmission and pressure operations across all local distribution companies and at Nicor Gas he is responsible for operations and maintenance of commercial and industrial customer’s meter facilities.

He has held roles of increasing responsibility in Construction, System Operations, Supply and Engineering. In his most recent role as director of Engineering, he managed a team responsible for designing distribution and transmission projects at Nicor Gas.

Rich Asiyanbi

Rich Asiyanbi

Vice President, Operations

Asiyanbi was named vice president of Operations for Nicor Gas in August 2020. He is responsible for strategic leadership and direction for Nicor Gas’ core operations, including field service, distribution and meter reading.

Most recently, he served as director of Regional Operations where he was responsible for the safe and reliable delivery of natural gas service to more than 250,000 customers in the Fox Valley region.


Tim Hermann

Vice President, Operations

Tim Hermann was named vice president of Operations for Nicor Gas in April 2021. In this role he is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the utility, including field service, distribution and meter reading. Previously, Hermann was president of storage and fuels for Southern Company Gas where he oversaw the company’s midstream operations including natural gas storage facilities in California, Louisiana and Texas, and liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuels and facilities in Alabama and Florida. He brings extensive experience in commercial, strategic and technical functions for both regulated and non-utility enterprises, having served as vice president of storage and peaking operations, project management and midstream operations for Nicor Enerchange. 


Tremese C. Davis

Vice President, Operations

Davis was named vice president of Operations for Nicor Gas in October 2021. In this role she is responsible for leading the safety, compliance, emergency response, workforce management as well as other operational aspects for Nicor Gas.

In her most recent role as director of Supplier Sustainability & Inclusive Growth for Southern Company, Tremese led systemwide efforts to increase our impact on minority owned businesses while reducing supply chain risk and expanding our local supplier base. Since joining the company in 1999, Tremese has held positions of increasing responsibility at Southern Company and Southern Company Gas.