2024 SGA Award Finalists Announced

The votes are in, and we are delighted to announce the SGA Award finalists. The SGA Awards are an annual industry and peer recognition program honoring best-in-class programs that can be used as a model for others. Southern Gas Association member companies of all types and sizes throughout North America submitted initiatives in seven categories: Chair’s Rising Leader, community service, corporate communications, safety and health, engineering innovation, emergency management and ESG. The awards recognize the natural gas industry’s best initiatives across the natural gas value chain.

Winners will be announced at a ceremony during the 2024 Operations Conference, which will be held July 22-24 in Nashville. Register in advance at southerngas.org.

“Congratulations to all of our finalists. Just making it onto the SGA Awards shortlist is an achievement. This year proved particularly competitive with over 70 nominations. Well done to all involved,” said Suzanne Ogle, Southern Gas Association President and CEO. “After a thorough review process, industry professionals cast over 5,000 votes to determine the finalists, making each nomination a significant industry endorsement.”

Below are the finalists for the 2024 SGA Awards, listed in no particular order:


Chair’s Rising Leader

  • Kristin Cox, BGE
  • Tyler Tunic, Williams
  • Blake Villarrubia, Audubon Companies

Community Service

  • Atmos Energy, Fueling Bright Minds and Healthy Futures
  • Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline, Southern Star Cares
  • Southern Company Gas, Atlanta Gas Light Partners with Goodr

Corporate Communication

  • Boardwalk Pipelines, “The Future Needs Me” – Boardwalk Recruitment Video
  • ONE Gas, Video Series: “Work When Safe” Videos Make Safety Personal
  • TECO Peoples Gas, The People of Peoples

Emergency Management

  • Summit, Tornado and Wildfire Response
  • NiSource, ICS Training and Exercise Program
  • Atmos Energy, Atmos Energy Supports Gainesville During Outage

Engineering Innovation

  • Energy Transfer, Greenhouse Gas Reduction and Grid Stabilization
  • Atmos Energy, State-of-the-Art Salt Cavern Storage Facility
  • Williams, E2C: The Energy Exchange Compressor


  • Boardwalk Pipelines, A Race to the Bottom: Boardwalk’s Emissions Reduction Challenge
  • Nicor Gas, Nicor Gas Smart Neighborhood
  • Picarro, NiSource Gas Leads ESG Efforts

Safety & Health

  • Williams, See You Tomorrow: Suicide Awareness & Prevention
  • Energy Transfer, Energy Transfer Safety Olympics
  • Spire, Employees Create Good Catch Close Call Program to Enhance and Promote Safety


Join us in celebrating their outstanding contributions to our industry, the communities they serve, and pioneering innovations for a clean energy future. You can read more about their impressive nominations here.