Leadership Breakfast with Tim Echols

During our last Leadership Breakfast, we got to sip coffee and talk to Tim Echols, a Commissioner on Georgia’s Public Service Commission. What is the PSC you ask? Well, the Georgia Public Service Commission is a constitutionally created 5-person body that is charged with regulating the utility companies and other industries. Don’t worry if you didn’t make it to the breakfast, and if that description doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to you, because during this Leadership Breakfast we captured the entire breakfast on video for you below. And, bonus, here are a few of our favorite quotes from the conversation.

You have to be responsive to people. When they contact you, you need to be paying attention. It’s a point of pride for me to solve people’s problems, and I think responding is #1. People appreciate the effort and the response. They expect a response.
— Commissioner Tim Echols


"Being willing to come into hostile environments is very important. Going to where you’re not necessarily the star.”

Every state has a public service commission - because companies have territorial monopolies. You need an entity that is protecting the public interest. But we aren’t a consumer protection group per se. I’m holding this wallet that represents rate payers, and I have to determine how much money is going to come out of it to do things like keep the gas flowing and keep the electric on.
— Commissioner Tim Echols

Watch the full video of our Leadership Breakfast with Commissioner Tim Echols