In April of 2022, after celebrating 35 years of service with Georgia Power, Tony Ferguson transitioned into his new role as the Northwest Regional Director.
When he first joined the company, it was a much different time, applications were only taken one day an month, and Ferguson was eager for the opportunity to work with the company. When he was hired, the only position available was delivering mail to the local Georgia Power offices. He appreciated the opportunity and worked in that department for several months until he moved into supply chain. This was the first of many promotions during his career with the company.
“Working at Georgia Power has given me the opportunity to do many things. I have worked in supply chain, power delivery (distribution and transmission line), sales, assistant to the executive vice president, and external affairs,” Ferguson said. “I have had the opportunity to live in multiple parts of the state and lead/manage teams across Georgia. I am blessed to work in communities to improve education, workforce development, and economic development.” He also served as the Northeast Regional Direct and the company’s safety director. As regional director, he will provide leadership and support for power delivery, customer service, sales, external affairs, and community and economic development for the 17-county region.
One of the first projects Ferguson has had the opportunity to oversee is the Grid Investment Program, a 10-year, $10 billion project to upgrade equipment throughout the state to improve service reliability and customer experience. The northwest Georgia region has received the greatest investment of $630 million. Improvements include moving service wires underground where appropriate, upgrading equipment and technology and replacing several substations in the area. Construction in our area should be completed in 2023.
When discussing his goals in his new position, Ferguson says, “When we come into an area, we focus on three things. One is education, working with school systems and college and career academies. Workforce development is essential for prospective businesses that are interested in the area. Finally, Georgia Power is determined to be a community leader in economic development by ensuring the infrastructure supports business and industry.” The company was proud to partner with Georgia Northwestern Technical College to create the Electrical Lineman Program.
Ferguson grew up in Buford, Georgia. He attended North Georgia College, where he received a Bachelor of Business Administration with a double major in marketing and management. He later completed an MBA at Louisiana State University in Shreveport. Ferguson is also a Certified Economic Developer, which he received from the University of Georgia. He and his wife, Michelle, have two daughters and look forward to making Rome their home.