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Palk featured at UPike business lecture series

Rachel Dove-BaldwinWilliamson Daily News

March 19, 2013

PIKEVILLE – Roy M. Palk, Esq., president and CEO of New Horizons Consulting, will be the featured speaker for the University of Pikeville’s “Speakers and Leadership Series” hosted by the Division of Business and Economics. Palk will speak on the topic “What’s Up With Ethics?” The event is set for Wednesday, March 27, at 10 a.m. in Booth Auditorium, Record Memorial Building.


With offices in Lexington and Bradenton, Fla., Palk represents and advises various energy and energy-related clients on matters regarding new and expanded business development, energy production technologies, project development, strategic planning, corporate governance and staff development, fuel issues, environmental issues, legislation and public policy topics and financing resources. His clients include utility lenders, electric utilities and related businesses, trade associations, utility construction companies, an architect and engineering firm, a private-owned renewable energy developer, government agencies, fuel companies and a national law firm.


Palk served as president and CEO of East Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC) in 1994 and retired in 2007. Among many other projects during his tenure, he led a $2.5 billion generation and transmission program to meet its future power supply requirements, including coal-fired baseload, natural gas and oil-fired peakers, renewable power resources (landfill gas to electricity and residential geothermal installations) and the associated fuels and transmission facilities. Prior to joining EKPC, Palk served as the director of internal operations for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), the national trade association of electric cooperatives, in Washington, D.C., and subsequently, became its assistant general manager in 1991. Palk, an attorney, also served as NRECA’s corporate counsel.


A frequent writer and speaker, Palk has held top executive-level positions throughout the United States. International assignments include Europe, Asia, Central America and South America.


He is member of the University of Kentucky College Of Mining Engineering (former board chair); the University of Pikeville Board of Trustees; the Energy and Mineral Law Foundation; the Winchester, Ky., Advisory Board for Branch Banking and Trust (BB&T), and a board member and advisor to The Bowlin Group, LLC. He is also a visiting research professor at Tennessee Technological University. Palk received his B.S. from Tennessee Technological University and his J.D. from the Nashville School of Law.


The campus and the community are cordially invited to attend the March 27 event. For more information, contact Brenda Maynard, associate professor of business, at brendamaynard@upike.edu.