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Stanley J. Bright

Stanley J. BrightStanley J. Bright is the former chairman and CEO of MidAmerican Energy Company based in Des Moines. After his graduation from George Washington University in 1963, he accepted a position with Price Waterhouse, where he remained until 1973. In that year, he became treasurer of Potomac Electric Power Co. In 1978 he became vice president and comptroller, and in 1983 he was made senior vice president of finance. Two years later, in 1985, he was named president of the company's subsidairy, Potomac Capital Investment Corporation.

In 1986, Bright came to Iowa as vice president of finance and chief financial officer of Iowa-Illinois Gas and Electric Company. He became a director in 1987, president and COO in 1990, and chairman and CEO in 1991. In July 1995, Iowa-Illinois Gas and Electric Company merged with Midwest Resources Inc. to form MidAmerican Energy Company.

Bright served on many corporate and university boards and councils. In November 1998, he was named chairman of an economic development group, the "Choose Des Moines Communities" initiative to improve the results achieved through economic development initiatives to benefit the City of Des Moines and surrounding communities. He received the Oscar C. Schmidt Iowa Business Leadership Award in 1998.

Although his professional life has been spent in an industry that has historically been highly regulated, he has developed and maintained an entrepreneurial spirit. Accessible and innovative, he has made many valuable contributions to his industry, his community, and his state.

He and his wife, Pam, are the parents of three children.

Read Stanley J. Bright's acceptance speech.