Richard Shaikewitz - President
Richard joined the
Montecito Water District Board in December, 2006. He was a trial
lawyer in the Midwest for 35 years before he retired to Montecito.
He previously served on the board of the Sansum Diabetes Research
Institute, and was on its finance and audit committees. He was on
the board of the Montecito Association for 6 years. For 4 of those
years he served as its secretary, and has also chaired its Land Use
For the past 14 years he has been a non-commercial wine maker, and
headed the Los Cinco Locos wine making group.
He is serving in his seventh year as a Director of
the Montecito Water District. He is a former President of its Board, and
is currently on its Operations and Public Information Committees, Central
Coast Water Authority and the Santa Barbara County Special Districts
Association. He has also served on the Finance and Appeals Committees.
In his duties with the Central Coast Water
Authority he has served as the elected Chairman, and is now its Vice
Chairman. He is a Director of the Santa Barbara County Special Districts
Association, and has served as its elected Vice President.
W. Douglas Morgan - Vice President
Director Morgan was formally
sworn in as a District Director at the Board’s meeting of March 20,
2007. He brings a significant professional background in economics
and water resources to the District. Doug retired in 2007 from UC
Santa Barbara where he had been a professor of economics since 1967. He received degrees from UC Berkeley and UCLA.
Doug serves on the Montecito
Water District Board's Finance Committee
and as Board representative to the Cachuma Operation and Maintenance
Samuel Frye - Director
Sam currently serves on the Montecito Water District Board's Operations and
Tobe Plough - Director
Tobe is the founder of Plough & Associates, a 23 year practice specializing in management consulting for Fortune 15 energy companies' infrastructure projects. The company provides counsel on complex public policy questions utilizing expertise in intra-government relations, public finance, regulatory compliance, construction activities and infrastructure development. He earned a degree in finance and accounting from UCSB, and has provided trust management services to private clients for 17 years.
Tobe's local contributions are significant. He has served as former Grand Jury Foreman and introduced performance based budgeting at the County of Santa Barbara. Recent accomplishments include co-founding the Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation and serving as president, vice-president and continuous involvement on the Bowl Facilities Committee during the planning and construction of its $40 million renovation project. He also served as officer on the Santa Barbara County Taxpayers Association, was appointed to the Santa Barbara City College Bond V Oversight Committee, and served as former president of Friends of the Channel Islands National Park.
Tobe and his wife Sally Bromfield have been residents of Montecito for 37 years.
Floyd E. Wicks - Director
Floyd has been a service-focused water industry leader for over thirty years. He has a proven track record managing industry change and delivering high performance. Floyd is a civil engineer with an advanced degree in Water Resources Engineering, a minimum of twenty-five years of progressive senior level experience in water operations management, regulatory affairs, information resource management, policy, and leadership. He is passionate about building coalitions, and positioning cross functional, diverse leadership teams for the future. Business success has come through his ability to plan strategically, assess situations, identify alternatives and move forward to implement solutions.
As President and Chief Executive Officer of American States Water Company from 1992 to 2009, Floyd defined and recommended operating and financial objectives; developed short and long term plans and programs with supporting budget and financial estimates; and submitted proposals to the Board of Directors for approval. He was instrumental in advising and assisting the Board in consideration and determination of the objectives, policies and other basic controls required for the most effective management and delivery of water to customers. He successfully secured the services of outside agencies or consultants to examine, investigate, or facilitate changes in operations, procedures, or methods to always ensure the best service possible.
Floyd supported transforming American States Water to a learning organization, resulting in approval of a defined business unit – Employee Development University – by the California Public Utility Commission, resulting in accredited courses for employees. He introduced the first 24/7 Customer Service Center in the private water sector, and approved the Service Leadership Academy to enable the company to attract, develop and retain top talent. Under his tenure, the dividend payout to shareholders increased each year from 1990 through 2008; extending the record to 55 consecutive years of increasing dividend payouts to shareholders.
Floyd has lived in Montecito for 25 years, with his wife, Diana (Dee Dee) and son, Brandon, who now lives in the Los Angeles area of Silver Lake. He enjoys traveling and is still very active in the water community, continuing to support the non-profit Water for People organization and holds an Ambassador designation with that group. Floyd is the principal of his private water consulting firm, founded in 2009.