Milton B. Lee – 8/2/08

Milton B. Lee – 8/2/08

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General Manager and CEO, CPS Energy

Milton B. Lee is general manager and CEO of CPS Energy, the municipally owned electric and natural gas company serving San Antonio – the nation’s seventh largest city – and surrounding region.

Lee joined CPS Energy in August 2000 as senior vice president of the Electric Transmission and Distribution Systems.  He became interim general manager in November 2001 and advanced to general manager in February 2002.

Before coming to CPS Energy, Lee held the positions of chief operating officer as well as CEO and general manager of Austin (Tex.) Energy during the 1990s.  He began his career with General Electric Co., where he oversaw nuclear steam supply systems, nuclear fuel, gas turbine generators and steam turbine generators.

In 1976, Lee joined the newly created Texas Public Utility Commission (PUC) and assumed responsibilities for regulation of electric utilities in the areas of engineering, construction and distribution systems.  He testified as an expert witness in certification and rate proceedings and prepared rules and regulations for the state’s electric utilities.  After departing the PUC in 1984, he held various positions at Austin Energy and Lower Colorado River Authority, a regional energy provider.

A native of Austin, Lee graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering in 1971.  He is a registered professional engineer.

Lee has held a number of prominent positions in the electric utility industry.  He has served as a member of the ERCOT (Electric Reliability Council of Texas) Board of Directors and Technical Advisory Committee, and he has held leadership positions in the Texas Public Power Association and the American Public Power Association.  Lee is a member of the Huston-Tillotson University Board of Trustees, the University of Texas at Austin Engineering Foundation Advisory Board, the National Society of Black Engineers, the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering and the Texas Society of Professional Engineers.  He participated on the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Board of Directors in Austin and on the Leadership Austin Board of Directors.

Lee currently serves on the Cancer Therapy and Research Center Board of Governors, the University of Texas at San Antonio’s (UTSA) College of Engineering Advisory Council, the UTSA Development Board and the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation.

He also serves on Southwest Research Institute’s Board of Directors, the Texas Research and Technology Foundation, the San Antonio Medical Foundation, the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research Board of Directors, the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Metropolitan Partnership for Energy and the San Antonio Museum of Art.

CPS Energy is the nation’s largest municipally owned energy company providing both natural gas and electric service.  Acquired by the City of San Antonio in 1942, CPS Energy serves approximately 680,000 electric customers and almost 320,000 natural gas customers.  Proceeds from CPS Energy remain in San Antonio and account for more than one-fifth of the City’s annual operating budget for police and fire protection, street improvements, parks and other services.  CPS Energy bills rank among the lowest of the nation’s largest cities, and the company has earned the highest financial ratings of any electric system in the nation.  CPS Energy recorded the highest score nationally in the J. D. Power and Associates 2007 Gas Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study™ as well as the second-highest score nationwide in the 2008 Electric Utility Business Survey™.  Fore more CPS Energy information, visit

Bjorn Dybdahl of Bjorn’s
John Thurman of Heart of Texas Realty

About the author:

I took early retirement in 1995 from Kodak and I have been in the real estate business since then. During my Kodak career my family lived in six states and we owned thirteen homes. I held positions as Food Trade Manager, Attractions Manager for Florida, Director of Sales Promotion, National Account Manager to HEB Grocery Company and National Sales Manager – US Military – Worldwide. In the twelve years since I retired from Kodak, I’ve been in the real estate business. My entry into the business was through two major agencies; one a local upscale boutique company and the other a very large local operation of a national franchise. I found both (plus most others in the business) to be more oriented towards gross sales and less towards taking care of the needs of the consumer. As a result, I formed my own company. I have three agents besides myself in the company and two staff personnel. Approximately ninety percent of our business comes from direct referrals plus we represent all of the relocating employees for three corporations. Each week I host the area real estate show, Real Estate Focus, on NewsTalk 930 KLUP, Saturdays at 11:00am. The show also streams live on my web site , and on In addition, Bjorn Dybdahl, owner of Bjorn’s Home Entertainment, and I host the San Antonio Movers and Shakers Show that airs at 10:00 am each Saturday from the same station and web sites. The real estate show deals with area real estate information and the SA Movers and Shakers show honors the education, business, civic, and public leaders who keep the entrepreneurial spirit alive in our city.

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