Larry Wilkin: Animal lover, Damage Prevention Specialist and Volunteer of the Year PROTECTING COMMUNITIES by promoting safe digging is not enough for Larry Wilkin of Columbia Gas of Ohio. He is also a dedicated community volunteer in his spare time. That is why the company named him its “Volunteer of the Year.” A Damage Prevention …
Dave Rau is a Communications Manager for Columbia Gas of Ohio, working with the news media, local governments and community stakeholders throughout the company’s service territory in Eastern and Southern Ohio. Dave also supervises content for the company’s newsletters, email updates, website and more.
He joined the NiSource, parent company of Columbia Gas of Ohio, in 2001 after more than a decade as a television news producer in Columbus, Ohio. Dave supported NiSource’s information technology team through project communications and user experience improvements, including leading a process automation initiative. Since moving to Columbia Gas of Ohio, Dave has played an essential role in the company’s crisis communications efforts. Recognizing that growing numbers of customers had opted out of paper bills, he initiated email newsletters to provide essential news and information to ebill customers. Dave also led significant improvements in the company’s safety information programs, which resulted in a reduction in facility damages, and has participated in projects ranging from pipeline construction to digital signage for employee news.