Represented by John Pickerill, Board Treasurer
Pueblo West, CO
Mr. Pickerill graduated from Purdue University in 1991 with a degree in physics. He was commissioned an officer in the United States Navy that same year, and upon commissioning he was accepted into the Navy Nuclear Propulsion Program. He served aboard the nuclear submarine USS SPADEFISH (SSN 668) where he spent most of his time as a shift engineer overseeing the operation the ship’s nuclear power plant and its 9MW electrical service to the ship. Mr. Pickerill also managed all of the maintenance and personnel for the power plant’s mechanical systems. In 1996, he was certified as a chief nuclear engineer by the Office of Naval Reactors.
After completing his active duty service, Mr. Pickerill accepted a position with RR Donnelley working as a manufacturing engineer, facilities engineer, and energy manager. As energy manager, he oversaw 60,000,000 kWh of annual electrical consumption by the facilities two manufacturing plants and led numerous energy conservation projects to save the company over $400,000 every year. Projects included upgrading the factory’s two million square feet of T12 lighting to higher efficiency T5 fixtures, installing variable speed drives on large horsepower motors, automating the plant’s capacitor bank to keep power factor optimized to changes in electrical loading, conducting compressed air system audits and generating a corrective action plan, and redesigning steam piping systems. Mr. Pickerill tracked all of the plant’s electrical and natural gas consumption on a monthly basis to identify and resolve any unanticipated energy consumption.
Mr. Pickerill and his family reside in Pueblo West. His wife, Marie, is a faculty member of Colorado State University Pueblo. When not busy with work and school he and his family enjoy hiking, camping, and skiing in the beautiful Colorado outdoors.