David R. Emery was most recently the executive chairman of the board of Black Hills Corporation, a diversified energy company with headquarters in Rapid City, S.D., 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 served in leadership roles at Black Hills Corporation beginning in 1997. He served as chairman and CEO from 2005 through 2018, when he announced his retirement as CEO and became executive chairman of the board until April 30, 2020. He is a third-generation employee of the company. Prior to joining Black Hills Corporation, Emery worked for Union Pacific Resources as a petroleum engineer.
He is a member of the University of Wyoming Energy Resource Council, the South Dakota Ellsworth Development Authority, the South Dakota Board of Economic Development, the University of Wyoming College of Business Advisory Board, Enterprise 605-South Dakota Equity Fund, and other nonprofit and community organizations. He previously served as a board member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Edison Electric Institute, and American Gas Association.