Michael W. Allman, president and CEO of Southern California Gas Company, will receive the Southern California Minority Business Development Council's 2010 Leadership Award at its annual Leadership Award dinner October 15. The award is given to an individual and/or corporation whose achievements and leadership in the business community have resulted in positive results for minority-owned businesses.
The Minority Business Development council is the leading minority business advocacy organization strengthening economic ties between large, public-private and foreign-owned corporations, representing more than 600,000 minority owned business enterprises.
Michael W. Allman is president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas), one of Sempra Energy’s regulated California utilities. Sempra Energy is a San Diego-based Fortune 500 energy services holding company whose subsidiaries provide electricity, natural gas and value-added products and services. The Sempra Energy companies’ 13,600 employees serve more than 29 million consumers worldwide.
SoCalGas is the nation’s largest natural gas distribution utility serving 20.5 million consumers through 5.7 million gas meters in more than 500 communities.
Allman became president of SoCalGas in March 2010.
Previously, Allman served as president and CEO of Sempra Generation, overseeing the operation of merchant power plants throughout North America. Sempra Generation operates power-plant assets that produce more than 2,600 megawatts of electricity in Nevada, California, Arizona and Mexico.
Allman has spearheaded the development of several groundbreaking renewable energy projects, including the 10- megawatt El Dorado Solar project in Boulder City, Nevada. Sempra Generation is also developing several other renewable energy projects, including Copper Mountain Solar, a proposed new 48- megawatt photovoltaic facility adjacent to El Dorado Solar; and the Energía Sierra Juárez wind project in Northern Baja California, which has the potential to produce several hundred megawatts of clean electricity.
From 1998 to 2008, Allman held leadership positions with Sempra Energy and its subsidiaries, including chief financial officer of Sempra Global, the umbrella organization for Sempra Energy’s businesses operating in competitive energy markets, president of Sempra Technology Ventures, vice president of corporate planning and development and vice president of audit services.
Prior to joining Sempra Energy in 1998, Allman was responsible for marketing and delivering consulting projects to corporate clients of the Los Angeles office of LEK/Alcar, a strategic and financial consulting- services firm. Allman joined the Alcar Group in 1987 in Chicago, and was later assigned to Johannesburg, London and Los Angeles throughout his tenure with the company.
Allman has a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Michigan State University. He is a Certified Management Accountant and a Certified Internal Auditor. He serves as a director of the San Diego Opera Association and is a member of the audit committee of the Zoological Society of San Diego.