David R. Emery
Chairman and CEO, Black Hills Corporation, Rapid City, SD
Class B Director
David R. Emery is Chairman and CEO of Black Hills Corporation, a diversified energy company with headquarters in Rapid City, South Dakota and operations in 13 states and Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The company provides gas and electric utilities to more than 750,000 customers in North America.
Emery has served in leadership roles at Black Hills Corporation since 1997. He was named to his current position, in January 2016, after serving as Chairman, President and CEO from 2005 through 2015. He is a third generation employee of the company. Prior to Black Hills Corporation, Mr. Emery worked for Union Pacific Resources as a petroleum engineer.
He is a member of the University of Wyoming Energy Resource Council, and he holds seats on the boards of the South Dakota Ellsworth Development Authority, the University of Wyoming College of Business Advisory Board, Edison Electric Institute, the American Gas Association, and Enterprise 605-South Dakota Equity Fund, and is a past member of the United States Chamber of Commerce. An enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Mr. Emery received his BS in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Wyoming and earned his MBA at the University of South Dakota.