Leadership

Franklin C. Wheatlake, Chairman

Frank has been the Chairman of Utility Supply and Construction Company since 1990. Prior to that, Frank was the Vice President/Superintendent of The Hydaker-Wheatlake Company from 1971-1990 and the President of Hydrolake Leasing and Service Company from 1984-1990. Frank has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Michigan Tech University.

Frank has acted as the Outside Lead Director of Chemical Financial Corporation (CHFC) since 2014 as well as the Director Chemical Financial Corporation since 2004. Prior to that, he was on the Chemical Bank West Board of Directors from 1984 to 2004.

An avid outdoorsman, Frank was the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Commissioner from 2001-2012 and the Chairman of the Natural Resources Finance and Administration Committee from 2003-2012. He also acted as the Chairman of the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund from 1999 to 2001. Currently he is the Chairman of the Michigan Trails Advisory Council since 2012.

 Frank was the American Line Builders Association Chairman of the negotiating committee for Local 876 and Local 17 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) from 1988-2012.

Michael R. Bigford, Chief Executive Officer

Mike Bigford is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Utility Supply and Construction Company (USC). As CEO, Bigford is responsible for leading the development and execution of USC’s long-term strategy assisting in making major corporate decisions and managing the overall operations and resources of the company.

Bigford began his career with Consumers Energy in 1976 and joined USC in 1994 as the President of Power Line Supply. He became USC’s President and CEO in 2008. 

Bigford has earned degrees in Business Management, Finance and Engineering.

Bigford has served as President of the North American Association of Utility Distributors, as a board member of Hope Network, Chairman of the College of Business Advisory Board at Ferris State University and serves on the Ferris Foundation Board.

Bigford is an avid outdoorsman.  He enjoys golf, fly-fishing, upland bird hunting and the pursuit of North American big game. He coaches youth hockey and is and active supporter of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and School. He has been married for 40 years to his wife JoAnn; they have one son, Christopher and a grandson, Tyler.

 

 

Charles H. Holmquist, Chief FInancial OFficer

 Charles Holmquist is the Chief Financial Officer, Board Member, and Corporate Treasurer for Utility Supply and Construction Company (USC). Holmquist is responsible for the company’s finances, risk management, information technology and human resources.

Holmquist joined USC in 1989 as Controller, working in a number of increasingly responsible financial positions until becoming Chief Financial Officer. Prior to USC, Holmquist practiced public accounting at Crowe Chizek and Company, CPA’s in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Holmquist earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration and Accounting from Alma College, while participating in collegiate basketball for four years.

Professionally, Holmquist is a Certified Public Accountant and member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants.
Holmquist is the Past Chair of the Spectrum Health Big Rapids and Reed City Hospital Board and serves as a Trustee of the Spectrum Health Hospital Group Board.  He also serves on the Chemical Bank Community Advisory Board, Treasurer of the Affinity Insurance, Ltd group captive, Past Trustee and Treasurer for the Osceola County Community Foundation and Mecosta County Community Foundation.

Holmquist enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, hunting, boating and athletics.

 

 

Todd M. Blosser, President

Todd Blosser is the President of Utility Supply & Construction Company (USC). Blosser’s primary focus is to provide and support a safe, quality focused, productive work environment for all of USC’s operating companies. 

Blosser joined USC in August of 2017.  He comes to USC with over 26 years of industry experience.  Prior to joining USC he spent three years as the Central Region Operations Vice President with Henkels & McCoy.  Before joining Henkels & McCoy Blosser spent 23 years in progressive leadership positions with Eversource, Avangrid, Pacific Gas & Electric and DTE Energy.

Blosser holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Michigan, a Master’s degree in Finance from the University of San Francisco, and a Master’s degree in Industrial & Labor Relations from Cornell University.  In addition to Blosser’s formal education he possesses a Jouneyman Lineman certification.

Blosser lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan with his wife and four Children.  In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his family, home improvement projects, and classic cars.