David Rosenthal to Retire on April 30th

David Rosenthal has been with KMEA for 8 years and is retiring at the end of this month.  David holds the position of Senior System Operator in our 24 hour operations. We want to Congratulate David and wish him a Happy Retirement.

We thought we would work him a little and ask him some questions so we all could know him a little better before he leaves:

What are you most proud of in your career?

The advancement I have made since becoming NERC Certified back in 1998.

What is something most people don’t know about you?

I grew up on a small farm near Humphrey, Nebraska. I applied for a job as a lineman at NPPD in the fall of 1973. I was hired and started working on January 2nd, 1974.  I really enjoyed working as a lineman.  But in 1984 when the opportunity to advance to the Control Center in Hastings, Nebraska came up, I applied and was accepted.  I decided to become NERC Certified after several years.  The Certification opened the door of opportunity.  Thus I ended up in the KC area.  It has been one of our best decisions.

Who is/was the most influential person in your life?

My Parents

My first boss at NPPD, Line Foreman: Chris Marlatt.

Neil Rowland

What was your favorite movie growing up?

I didn’t really have a favorite movie at that time.  We didn’t go to very many movies. If we did they were usually westerns.

What is your favorite part about working for KMEA?

The responsibility I have of doing the Day-Ahead scheduling.

With what I do on a daily basis I really enjoy seeing the end result.  When I can put together the most economical mix of generation for the cities, and they can see the savings on paper, I feel I have done my job to the best of my ability.

What are your retirement plans?

Bev and I hope to travel more.  We have put off trips for years.  Our health is very good and we both do enjoy traveling.  It will be nice to be able to just leave and not affect anyone.

We also plan on spending a lot more time with our family.

We have 2 acres and a pretty good sized garden. We both enjoy gardening.

We both enjoy MLB and plan on attending a lot of games.


Good Luck and you will be missed at KMEA!!