TEP recognizes and encourages leadership in our community by sponsoring the Man and Woman of the Year and Founders Award Gala, hosted by Greater Tucson Leadership.

The group organizes the annual gala, which is scheduled for Feb. 1 at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort. Mark Irvin, Managing Member of Mark Irvin Commercial Real Estate Services, and Barbi Reuter, Chief Executive Officer and Principal of C&W | PICOR, are being recognized as Man and Woman of the Year.

TEP is a longtime supporter of Greater Tucson Leadership, which has provided training, community development and civic education since 1980.

“We’re pleased to honor these community leaders while also developing future leaders for the region,” said Wendy Erica Werden, TEP’s Manager of Community Investment and Philanthropy, who graduated from GTL’s program.

Many TEP employees have been recognized as Man or Woman of the Year by GTL and the Tucson Metro Chamber, which previously oversaw the awards. Past recipients include Larry Lucero, Betsy Bolding, Steve Lynn, Jay Gonzales and George Miriben, as well as Lisa Lovallo and Robert Elliott, local leaders who serve on the board of directors of TEP’s parent company, UNS Energy.

In addition to sponsoring the gala, TEP provides scholarships for employees to participate in GTL’s 10-month leadership program. TEP also sponsors an “issues day” for each year’s class, providing lessons about local government in a course at our Downtown Headquarters.

Program participants learn about local issues and receive leadership training to make connections in the community. The group also plans service projects, such as developing a hygiene supply pantry for Tucson Unified School District students, building a community garden at local school or funding adaptive bicycles for children with special needs.

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(Photo: TEP employees and guests attend the 2019 Man and Woman of the Year gala.)