Business Person of the Year Luncheon Honors CH Energy Group CEO

June 20, 2012 – Dutchess Community College welcomed almost 200 guests to the 2012 Poughkeepsie Journal Business Person of the Year luncheon Tuesday to honor this year’s award recipient, Steven V. Lant, chairman, president and CEO of CH Energy Group.

Over his 32-year career with the utility, he has seen many changes in the energy business and played a key role in restructuring the organization during deregulation. The next major step for CH Energy Group – its acquisition for $1.5 billion by Fortis Inc., the largest investor-owned distribution utility in Canada – is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2013.

Under Lant’s leadership, Central Hudson/CH Energy Group won the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) Emergency Response Award in February 2010 for the “Twin Peaks” winter storm and the American Gas Association Safety Award two years in a row for its workplace safety record. The company outperformed the S&P 500 and EEI utility stock index over the last five years.

Lant’s not-for-profit board affiliations include the Astor Children’s Fund, The American Heart Association, the Hudson Valley Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Rehabilitation Programs, Inc. (now known as Abilities First), United Way of Dutchess County , the Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation, Health Quest, Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Business Council of New York State and Edison Electric Institute.

The Poughkeepsie Journal Business Person of the Year Award is presented annually to recognize an individual whose leadership, hard work and dedication made a measurable impact on the economic viability and vitality of the region and the surrounding community. The award recipient is selected by a panel of judges from all sectors of the community, including the previous year’s winner.

The award luncheon was co-sponsored by the Poughkeepsie Journal, the Dutchess Community College Foundation and the law firm of Corbally, Gartland, and Rappleyea.

For more information, call the Dutchess Community College Foundation at (845) 431-8400.