Pacific Power announced on Monday that Adam Kohler has taken over as the company’s regional business manager in the Willamette Valley area. Based in Albany, Kohler will have responsibility for Polk and Benton counties, and parts of Linn County — a territory that includes Philomath.
In the role, Kohler will foster the company’s relationships with the communities in his area as well as manage the accounts of Pacific Power’s large commercial and industrial customers.
“I am a firm believer in not only working to succeed in my professional life, but also striving to make a difference in the communities where I work and live,” Kohler said through a press release. “I’m very fortunate to work for Pacific Power, a company that shares those values and is dedicated to empowering the communities we serve.”
Kohler worked with CenturyLink and its corporate predecessors since 2000, first in Portland, then in Boise and finally Salem. Since moving back to the Willamette Valley in 2012, Kohler has served on nonprofit boards, city boards and commissions, as well as school district committees and task forces.
Kohler has served on the United Way executive board, the Salem-Keizer School District Budget Committee and two city of Salem boards — the Cultural Tourism and Promotion Advisory Board, and the Community Services and Housing Commission.
Kohler, who has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Idaho as well as a master’s degree in business administration from Northwest Nazarene University, has spent his entire career working for public utilities in operations and customer account management roles. He joined Pacific Power as an area distribution manager in 2020.
Pacific Power serves over 75,000 customers in the mid-Willamette Valley. Kohler will be the main contact for all government, community and business organizations.
“Our customers and the partnerships we create to build local community prosperity are the reason we are in business,” said Alan Meyer, director of commercial accounts and community relations. “Delivering exceptional service is a team effort across our company and depends on effective communication, a close working relationship with our operations professionals, and always being in tune with our customers’ needs.”
Kohler lives in the Salem area with his family.
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