The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) is reporting that its chief operating officer (COO) and senior vice president, Britt Theismann, has died.
Denise Bode, CEO of AWEA, released the following statement concerning the death from cancer yesterday of Britt Theismann, who was 48.
‘We at AWEA are deeply saddened by the untimely, tragic passing of Britt Theismann,’ she said. ‘He served this organization and the industry it represents with the highest standards of professionalism and an intense dedication far beyond the requirements of his position.’
Theismann joined as membership director in 2005 and led the recruitment of hundreds of supply-chain companies into the U.S. industry and AWEA membership. As COO, Theismann led the effort to reorganize AWEA and develop its human resources.
‘He was personally committed to building a future powered by clean, renewable energy, and put that commitment into practice in his own life, powering his home and electric car with solar and wind energy,’ said Bode. ‘He was our colleague and our dear friend, and will be sorely missed.’
Theismann was born in Odessa, Texas, in 1963. He graduated from Katy High School in Houston in 1981 and received his undergraduate and Master's of Business Administration degree from Oral Roberts University.
Before joining AWEA, he served as director of statistical information for the International Institute of Synthetic Rubber Producers. He became senior vice president and COO of AWEA in 2009.
Plans are being made for a memorial service in September. In recognition of Theismann's pride in leading the creation of the Wind Energy Foundation, his spouse has requested that memorial donations be made to the foundation and other charities that he supported, including Bright Beginnings Inc., Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, LIVESTRONG and Susan G. Komen for the Cure.