News Release
Nov. 05, 2001


HOUSTON – Theopolis Holeman, senior vice president of transmission and engineering for Duke Energy Gas Transmission (DEGT), has received the 2001 CareerFOCUS Eagle Award from the National Eagle Leadership Institute (NELI). He was recognized Nov. 2 at the organization’s ninth annual gala and awards presentation dinner at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in Houston.

NELI, headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., is an organization dedicated to inspiring and recognizing minority leaders in the business community. Recipients of the prestigious NELI Eagle Award have demonstrated outstanding leadership within their organizations while mentoring others to succeed.

"I rarely view anything that I do as having gone beyond the call-of-duty," said Holeman. "However, in 1997, I spearheaded the minority issues team composed of 12 ethnically diverse individuals to study the question, ‘what tends to get in the way of minorities getting ahead in the company?’ As the team approached its work, I rigorously challenged them to identify companion solutions for those issues identified. As a result, Duke Energy’s Leadership Development Network (LDN) was created. LDN is a networking forum through which all employees can develop and hone their leadership skills."

Robert B. Evans, president of DEGT, said that Holeman is a valued contributor at Duke Energy. "Theopolis approaches his work and involvement in running an employee organization of more than 1,600 in much the same way that he approaches his civic and community work," Evans said. "In both arenas, he stands out as a leader who is committed and focused on adding value and achieving results in whatever he sets out to do. I admire Theopolis’ leadership attributes."

In addition to his recent NELI leadership award, Holeman also leads the company’s safety initiatives. He serves on the board of directors for the natural gas industry’s top organizations – the American Gas Association and the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) Foundation. In another INGAA role, Holeman is a member of the safety task force, a position he has held for two years.

Holeman and his wife Evelyn are the parents of Chris, Chad and Chandler. Holeman is the son of Charlie and Maude Holeman of Brickeys, Ark. He is a graduate of Anna Strong High School in Brickeys. He received a bachelor's degree of science in construction from Memphis State University.

Duke Energy Gas Transmission owns 12,000 miles of natural gas pipelines including Texas Eastern Transmission LP, Algonquin Gas Transmission Co. and East Tennessee Natural Gas Co. With others, DEGT also owns Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline and the Gulfstream Natural Gas System. Through Market Hub Partners, DEGT owns natural gas salt cavern facilities with a total storage capacity of 24 billion cubic feet.

Duke Energy, a diversified multinational energy company, creates value for customers and shareholders through an integrated network of energy assets and expertise. Duke Energy manages a dynamic portfolio of natural gas and electric supply, delivery and trading businesses -- generating revenues of more than $49 billion in 2000. Duke Energy, headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., is a Fortune 100 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available on the Internet at:

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