Board Member Bios
Process Improvement Manager, NV Energy
Joe Pellissier is currently a Process Improvement Manager at NV Energy. Joe has previously held the role of Fleet Manager at NV Energy and has over 30 years’ experience working in the automotive field. He was born and raised in Las Vegas and began working as a Mechanic while in high school. He attended UNLV for two years and transferred to Reno to attend UNR where he graduated with a Mechanic Engineering Degree. In 1986, he was hired by NV Energy to work in the Fleet Department as an associate engineer where he designed trucks and equipment and was responsible for all vehicle and equipment purchases. Joe was instrumental in building the first natural gas fueling station in the State of Nevada and had in excess of 60 vehicles at one time utilizing natural gas as the vehicles primary fuel. Joe returned to school and obtained a Master Degree in Business Administration. After 13 years, Joe left the fleet department and worked in other areas at NV Energy that included field work force management, mobile dispatch and outage management applications, mapping, and new business/customer hookup. Joe returned to the Fleet Department in 2008 as the Fleet Manager. As the fleet manager, Joe managed a fleet of over 2000 pieces of vehicles and equipment within the State of Nevada and North East California. He was responsible for the fuel, maintenance, acquisition and disposal of all vehicles and equipment. He managed three primary garage locations, 14 smaller secondary garage locations, and several mobile field mechanics. Joe is a strong advocate of utilizing alternate fuel technology, especially electrified hybrid vehicles and introduced over 100 of these vehicles into the fleet over a large variety of vehicle types. Joe also introduced GPS technology to the fleet adding the GPS functionality to all vehicles and equipment and has been an outspoken champion for utilizing this technology for fleet and quantifying benefits to fleet owners, speaking at numerous conventions and association meetings. Joe holds his Certified Automotive Fleet Specialist certification from NAFA and is working on the Managers certification. Joe has been published in numerous fleet management publications and has recently been published as part of a team who developed a white paper on Fleet Electrification as part of an initiative by the Edison Electric Institute.
Joe was one of the founders of the Nevada Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Fleet Managers Association (RMFMA) Nevada chapter in 1993 and is currently involved in several fleet management associations. Joe is currently the President of the Las Vegas Clean Cities Coalition and he leads the Southern Nevada Fleet Association. In his current capacity, he helps several departments at NV Energy to improve their processes and reduce costs, including the Fleet Department. Joe recently obtained his Master Lean/Black Belt Certification in Six Sigma and is working towards Project Management Certification. He is very active in the community in particular with Junior Achievement of Southern Nevada.
Fleet Services Manager, Las Vegas Valley Water District
James Morwood is the Fleet Services Manager for the Las Vegas Valley Water District and the Southern Nevada Water Authority. James has over twenty seven years of experience working in the automotive field with the last twenty four spent working within large fleet organizations. He has experience in privet sector fleets, public sector fleets and in retail automotive service. He has spent the last seventeen years employed by the Las Vegas Valley Water District were he spent four years as a Fleet Heavy Line Technician, nine years as a Fleet Services Supervisor and the last four years as the Fleet Services Manager. In his current position, James manages a fleet of over 2200 pieces of vehicles and equipment and is responsible for the maintenance, acquisition and disposal of all vehicles, equipment, radio communications equipment, fuel, fuel infrastructure and loanable tools. He is currently serving as the Transportation Chairman for the Joint Technical skills Committee in association with the Clark County School District and the College of Sothern Nevada. He is also the Vice Chairman of the Rocky Mountain Fleet Managers Association (RMFMA) Nevada chapter
Owner, McCandless International Trucks
Mike McCandless has been a member of Las Vegas Community since 1969. He has served all chairs including President of 49ers Lions Club and was a member of Southwest Rotary Club serving as 2nd Vice President before moving to Arizona in 2005. He also served as President of Southern Nevada New Car Dealers Association and later served three, two year terms as co-chairman for NaviStar Ad Hoc committees to do with new product design and function. He has a vast knowledge of Medium and Heavy Duty truck operations in the areas of procurement, service and lowest cost of operation and is the principle Owner of McCandless International and Isuzu Trucks, which has been in business since 1969.
Principal Management Analyst Planning Division of the Clark County Department of Air Quality (DAQ)
Robert Tekniepe is a Principal Management Analyst for the Planning Division of the Clark County Department of Air Quality (DAQ). Robert has been with Clark County since 2005. He currently directs and oversees efforts in the preparation of long-term State Implementation Plans for nonattainment areas in Clark County, and represents DAQ in citizen- group and public-agency advisory committees including the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles Inspection/Maintenance Advisory Committee, the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada’s Metropolitan Planning Subcommittee and Conformity Working Group, and the Clark County Air Quality Technical Advisory Committee. Robert also acts as DAQ’s liaison during state legislative sessions by drafting changes to state statutes, interpreting/commenting on proposed legislative actions related to air quality, and providing testimony in legislative hearings and subcommittees. Prior to working for Clark County, Robert spent 11 years with the State of Nevada as the Southern Regional Manager for audit and investigations in the Department of Employment Training and Rehabilitation. Robert received a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from the University of Arizona in 1977, a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) in 1997, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Public and Urban Affairs from UNLV in 2007. Since earning his Ph.D., Robert has maintained his connections to UNLV by teaching graduate level courses in quantitative research methods, research and program design, policy analysis, and management/organizational theory. His research in organizational leadership has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals.