Doyle Beneby is the president and CEO of CPS Energy in San Antonio, Texas. Before joining CPS Energy in 2010, Beneby was vice president of operations at Exelon Power, overseeing their daily operations in Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Texas. He was also the general manager for Consumers Energy in Michigan and spent 17 years moving up the ladder at Florida Power & Light.
Beneby serves on the board of trustees at Lincoln University, a historically black college in Pennsylvania.
Doyle Beneby is making history… as one of the foremost experts in power generation in the country. The Florida native studied engineering in college and graduated with a master’s degree in business from the University of Miami. He spent his entire career working in several aspects of power generation before landing the top spot at CPS Energy.
What’s next for Doyle?
Beneby continues to work to keep the employees at CPS Energy safe and serve the power needs of the community.
A little-known fact about Beneby
Beneby is a big believer in the power of mentoring youth, and has served as a mentor to more than a dozen students, in addition to interacting with middle and high school students.
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THE GRIO’S Q & A WITH DOYLE BENEBY
Q: What’s next in this chapter of your life?
A: To find a structured, meaningful and consistent way to give back to the people and communities that have been supportive of me throughout my life. That might take the form of a Foundation or another mechanism, but I would like it to have an impact on the inner city, at risk and be focused on education and entrepreneurship.
Q: What’s a fact about you that many people don’t know?
A: I have traveled to 48 of our 50 states
Q: What’s your favorite quote?
A: Be the change you want to see in the World – Gandhi
Q: Where do you get your inspiration?
A: From my grandmother
Q: Who are/were your mentors?
A: Frank M. Clark, Retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, ComEd
Historical influences include Frederick Douglass and Paul Robson
Q: What advice would you give to anyone who wants to achieve their dreams?
A: a.Persistence and staying power matter
b.Keep a watchful eye because most times the best opportunities are often disguised as setbacks, disappointments or hard work.