Mr. Earnest served on the Board of Directors of SouthWest Water Company subsequent to its acquisition by JP Morgan Asset Management. Mr. Earnest founded Summit Utilities, a national natural gas distribution company. As President and CEO, he grew the company from a two-person startup to a national utility serving more than 120,000 families and businesses. In 2014, Summit was recognized by the Denver Business Journal as the fastest growing private company of its size in Colorado. Mr. Earnest recently retired from Summit Utilities as their President, CEO and Chairman of the Board. Before founding Summit, Mr. Earnest was vice-president of The Meter and Valve Company, a manufacturer representative and distributor of equipment used in the natural gas industry.