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BPU’s Bill Johnson Named One of Kansas City’s 250 Most Powerful Business Leaders

Bill Johnson

Bill Johnson
General Manager

(KANSAS CITY, Kan.) — Kansas City, Kansas Board of Public Utilities’ (BPU) General Manager Bill Johnson has been named to Ingram’s Magazine’s annual list of the 250 Most Powerful Business Leaders in the Kansas City region.

Each year, Ingram’s identifies the most influential executives out of the 2.8 million individuals in the metropolitan area, recognizing these persons as “power brokers who lead organizations that are attaining measures levels of success and growth…while elevating the entire region’s commercial success, vibrancy and quality of life.”

Under Bill Johnson’s leadership, the BPU has been recognized as one of the top municipal utilities in the nation.

As detailed in the September 2020 Issue of Ingram’s, Johnson worked his way to the leadership ranks at BPU from an entry-level position, with previous posts overseeing the electric operation and technology divisions, covering power transmission and distribution, engineering, IT, and telecommunications, among other things.

He is a past president of Kansas Municipal Utilities and a board member for the Kansas City, Kansas United Way, and past board member of the Boys & Girls Club. Johnson is a member of the American Public Power Association and the Rocky Mountain Electric League, and past President of the Kansas-Missouri chapter of the American Association of Blacks in Energy.

Among his career-achievement awards, he has earned the distinguished “Black Achievers Award” from the Southern Christian Leadership Council and the “Black Man of Distinction Award” from the Friends of Yates.

Ingram’s is recognized as one of the top business publications in Kansas and Missouri. In its fifth year of recognition, this year’s 2020 Ingram’s 250 Class includes a wide variety of “power brokers and decision makers” including builders, educators, realtors, lawyers, developers, bankers, nonprofit heads, and elected officials, among others.

About BPU
BPU’s water department was originally created in 1909, and its electric utility was operational in 1912. The purpose of the utility, then and to this day, is to provide the highest quality electric and water services at the lowest possible cost. Today the publicly owned utility serves approximately 65,000 electric and 51,000 water customers, primarily in Wyandotte County, Kansas. The mission of the utility and its employees is ”to focus on the needs of our customers, to improve the quality of life in our community while promoting safe, reliable and sustainable utilities.” BPU’s Web site is www.BPU.com


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