President, Interstate Power and Light Company

Terry Kouba serves dual roles at Alliant Energy as Senior Vice President of Utility Operations and President of the Iowa energy company.

Terry’s 38 years of experience at Alliant Energy have provided a strong and varied background that prepared him for his leadership role. He previously held the positions of Vice President of Operations and Vice President of Generation, as well as Director of Generation, Sourcing and Supply Chain, Customer Service Operation and Electrical Engineering. His work in Customer Service shaped his views on the importance of meeting customer needs, as well as the Alliant Energy employees who serve them every day. 

Since 2014, Terry has been responsible for utility operations functions including Energy Delivery Operations, Generation Operations, Customer Service, Community and Economic Development. Also, as President of Alliant Energy’s Iowa energy company. Terry works with 2,300 Iowa-based employees to execute the company’s long-term strategic plan while ensuring safe, reliable and affordable energy to customers.

In 1981, Terry joined Interstate Power Company, which is now part of Alliant Energy. Terry lives in Dubuque, Iowa, and holds a B.S. from North Dakota State University in Electrical and Electronics Engineering. He and his wife, Julie, have four daughters and seven grandchildren. Terry is a member of the boards of the Iowa Utilities Association, the Greater Dubuque Development Corp. and the University of Iowa College of Engineering Advisory Board.


Vice president, Black Hills Energy

Shirley Welte is the vice president for Black Hills Energy in Iowa. Shirley has more than 24 years of experience in strategic leadership, operations management and working in the utility industry. She joined Black Hills Energy in 2012 as the supervisor of operations in eastern Iowa, and later relocated to Wyoming where she was promoted to vice president of Wyoming utilities. Prior to joining Black Hills Energy, Shirley began her career in Illinois in the banking field followed by the energy industry where she worked for Nicor Gas holding progressive leadership roles. Shirley is committed to serving the community. She has fulfilled a variety of leadership roles for city initiatives, is a graduate of Leadership Wyoming and is a past board member of the Longs Peak Boy Scout Council. Shirley holds a master of science degree in organizational management and a bachelor of arts degree in communication. Shirley is married to Duane and together they have two sons, and two grandchildren.

Adam L. Wright

President and CEO, MidAmerican Energy Company

Adam Wright serves as MidAmerican Energy Company’s president and CEO. MidAmerican Energy provides electric and natural gas service to nearly 1.6 million customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. The company owns and operates a diverse and growing portfolio of power generating assets, as well as an expanding transmission and distribution infrastructure. Wright began his employment with the Berkshire Hathaway Energy family of businesses in 1996, and in 2003, Wright joined Northern Natural Gas. From 2003 to 2009, Wright served in various management roles within Northern Natural Gas’ operations group and was responsible for the development of the company’s integrity management program for high-consequence areas and the completion of major pipeline expansion projects. From 2010 to 2011, Wright served as vice president of marketing, managing negotiation and execution of long-term service agreements and general customer satisfaction initiatives. In 2012, he moved to Des Moines, Iowa, to lead expansion and operations of MidAmerican Energy’s wind generation fleet. In 2015, Wright assumed responsibility for gas delivery operations. Wright earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2002.

Dusky Terry

President of ITC Midwest and vice president, ITC Holdings Corp.

Dusky Terry is president of ITC Midwest and vice president, ITC Holdings Corp. In this role, Mr. Terry serves as the business unit head, providing leadership and strategic direction for ITC Midwest. 

A lifelong Iowan, Mr. Terry spent the first half of his career in the public policy arena before joining Central Iowa Power Cooperative (CIPCO), an electric generation and transmission cooperative, in 2008, as public affairs strategist. He was promoted to vice president in 2013 and led a team responsible for CIPCO’s business development, wholesale ratemaking, and marketing/energy efficiency programs. More recently, his responsibilities expanded to include long-term resource planning where he played a key role in the deployment of CIPCO’s recent utility-scale solar projects.

Prior to his tenure with CIPCO, he served in Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack’s office as an adviser working to advance the Governor’s policy agenda specializing in agriculture, economic development, energy, transportation, and natural resource policy. 

An active community volunteer, Mr. Terry previously served two terms as mayor of Earlham, Iowa. He also held leadership positions on the Better Business Bureau of Iowa Board, Madison County Development Group Board, and Greater Madison County Community Foundation Board.

Mr. Terry is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in public administration.