Summit Utilities Inc. has named Little Rock attorney Kevin Crass a member of its board of directors.
Crass, a partner in the litigation practice group of Friday Eldredge & Clark LLP, said he was honored to become a director at Summit, which acquired the Oklahoma and Arkansas assets of CenterPoint Energy in a $2.15 billion deal closed in January 2022 to become the state’s largest natural gas utility. The company also owns Arkansas Oklahoma Gas.
“I am encouraged by the company’s dedication to shaping our energy future in a responsible way,” Crass said in a statement. “Being from Arkansas, I understand the values that Arkansans cherish and am looking forward to bringing those values to Summit’s board as the company continues to invest in Arkansas … .”
Crass focuses his practice on business litigation in federal and state courts. He is on the University of Arkansas board of trustees, is chair of the War Memorial Stadium Commission and a past chair of the Little Rock Regional Chamber. He also served as transition team executive director for Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
Summit, of Centennial, Colorado, expects Crass to share its commitment to customers, according to a Monday news release, and Summit Board Chair Henry Fain praised his “wealth of knowledge, experience, and proven unwavering commitment to Arkansas.”
Crass has counseled Arkansas constitutional officers and is a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel. He is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University and the University of Arkansas Little Rock Bowen School of Law.
Summit entities serve about 625,000 customers and operate more than 23,400 miles of pipeline, including about 425,000 customers in Arkansas.