Henry B. Cook, Jr. is our chairman of the board of directors and has served as a director since May 2007. He has served as the president of Triple Cities Acquisition, LLC, a heavy truck parts and vehicle dealer, and Roadwolf Transportation Products, LLC, an importer of heavy-duty truck parts, since 2001. Mr. Cook has exhibited his expertise in the development and management of the business of those two companies. This business experience, together with the expertise about our business and operations derived from his years of service on the board of the Company and leadership as chairman of the board, led the board of directors to conclude that Mr. Cook has the judgment and skills desired for continued service on the board. He is not related to Matthew J. Cook, our vice president - operations.
Michael I. German has served as our chief executive officer, president and director of the Company since it's organization in 2013 and has been the chief executive officer, president and a director of Corning Gas since December 2006. Mr. German also serves as president of our subsidiaries Corning Appliance and Pike County Light & Power Company ("Pike"), and our joint venture investments, Leatherstocking Gas Company, LLC ("Leatherstocking Gas") and Leatherstocking Pipeline Company, LLC ("Leatherstocking Pipeline") and serves on the boards of Leatherstocking Gas, Leatherstocking Pipeline and Pike. Prior to joining the Company, he was senior vice president, utility operations for Southern Union Company where he was responsible for gas utility operations in Missouri, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. From 1994 to 2005, Mr. German held several senior positions at Energy East Corporation, a publicly-held energy services and delivery company, including president of several utilities. From 1978 to 1994, Mr. German worked at the American Gas Association, finishing as senior vice president. From 1976 to 1978, Mr. German worked for US Energy Research and Development Administration. Mr. German is a board member of the Northeast Gas Association, Ampco Pittsburgh Corporation and several non-profit organizations. Mr. German's role as president and chief executive officer and responsibility for the day-to-day operations and significant strategic initiatives, as well as his extensive experience in utility and public company operations, led the board to conclude that Mr. German should continue to serve as a director.
Ted W. Gibson has been a director since November 2006. He has served as the chief executive officer of Classic City Mechanical, an underground utility business, since 1979. Mr. Gibson is also a corrosion specialist in the National Association of Corrosion Engineers and a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology - Mechanical Engineer. Mr. Gibson previously served as a United States Marine Corps Captain and is a Vietnam veteran. He is also an inspector for the Nevada State Boxing Commission. Mr. Gibson's professional background and extensive experience with pipelines and other underground utilities, his business and management expertise in his service as chief executive officer of Classic City Mechanical, his knowledge of our business, and contributions during his years of service on the board of directors, led the board of the Company to conclude that Mr. Gibson has the skills desired for continued service on the board.
Robert B. Johnston has been a director since July 2014. He has served as the executive vice president and chief strategy officer for The InterTech Group, Inc. ("InterTech") since 2008. In this capacity, he is responsible for merger and acquisition activities, investments and communications, as well as oversight of a number of InterTech operating companies. He currently serves on several public company boards including Supremex Inc. where he is the chairman of the board of directors, Colabor Inc., Produce Investments PLC, FIH Group PLC, and Circa Enterprises. Additionally, he serves on the board of directors of the South Carolina Community Loan Fund. Mr. Johnston previously served as the president, chief executive officer, and deputy governor of the Hudson's Bay Company, and on the boards of the Hudson's Bay Company, Gas Natural Inc., Pacific Northern Gas, Central Vermont Public Service Corporation, Produce Investments PLC, Fyffes PLC, Galvanic Applied Sciences, Span America Medical Products, Experiences Canada, Carolina Youth Development Center, and Canada's National History Society. He was also a member of the advisory board of the McGill University Executive Institute. Mr. Johnston completed the University of Oxford Advanced Management and Leadership Program and received an MBA from the John Molson School of Business, an MA in Public Policy & Public Administration, and a BA in Political Science from Concordia University. Additionally, he holds the ICD.D Designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors (Canada). Mr. Johnston's extensive financial and operational experience coupled with his corporate governance and regulated utility experience led the board to conclude that he should continue to serve as a director.
Joseph P. Mirabito has been a director since November 2010. He was president of Mirabito Fuel Group from 1986 to 1998. He has also served as president of Granite Capital Holdings, Inc. from 1998 to 2009. He is currently chairman and chief executive officer of Mirabito Holdings, Inc. and Mirabito Regulated Industries, LLC. He serves as a director on several professional and civic boards in the central New York region. Mr. Mirabito also serves as a director on the boards of Leatherstocking Gas and Leatherstocking Pipeline. He and William Mirabito are cousins. Mr. Mirabito's business and corporate management experience in the energy delivery businesses where he serves as the president and chief executive officer, his knowledge of the local communities in Central New York served by those businesses, and commitment to the growth of our business as a significant shareholder, as well as his prior experience in advising and serving on the board and committees of Wilber Bank led the board of directors to conclude that Mr. Mirabito has the skills, connections, and experience desired for continued service on the board.
William Mirabito has served as a director since November 2010. He was president of Mang Insurance Agency from 2008 to 2015 and has served as vice chairman and treasurer of Mirabito Holdings, Inc. and Mirabito Regulated Industries, LLC since 2014. He is also the chairperson of the audit committee for Mirabito Holdings. He previously served on the board and finance committee of Fox Hospital in Oneonta, New York. He is also a board member of Springbrook, New York, and serves on its executive committee. Mr. Mirabito also serves as a director on the boards of Leatherstocking Gas and Leatherstocking Pipeline. He and Joseph Mirabito are cousins. Mr. Mirabito's business and management experience as president of Mang Insurance Agency and vice chairman and treasurer of Mirabito Holdings and Mirabito Regulated Industries, his commitment to the growth of our business as a significant shareholder, as well as his experience in advising and serving on the board and committees of Fox Hospital and Springbrook led the board of directors to conclude that Mr. Mirabito has the skills and experience desired for continued service on the board.
George J. Welch has served as a director since May 2007. He is the senior partner in the Welch Law Firm in Corning, New York, concentrating on real estate and business transactions. He has served as a director of many regional organizations, including a regional economic development organization, and PaneLogic, Inc., a provider of control system integration services. Mr. Welch serves on the Alfred State College Council, an advisory group to the president of the College. Mr. Welch's extensive experience in legal matters and economic development, and as a community leader led the board to conclude that he should continue to serve as a director.
John B. Williamson III has served as a director since November 2010. Since 2004, Mr. Williamson has served as chairman of RGC Resources, Inc., a $230 million energy distribution and services holding company, and as director, president, and chief executive officer from 1999 to 2013. He currently serves as a director of Bank of Botetourt, Optical Cable Corporation, and Luna Innovations Corporation. Mr. Williamson received an MBA from the College of William and Mary, and a BS from Virginia Commonwealth University. Mr. Williamson's experience as the chairman, president, and chief executive officer of an energy distribution and services company, as well as his experience in advising and serving on the board and committees of other corporations, has resulted in his broad understanding of the operational, financial, and strategic issues that businesses and utilities face. This led the board to conclude that he should continue to serve as a director.