Who We Are
Established as a community-owned utility in 1893, the underlying purpose of Holland Board of Public Works is to enrich the lives of customers in West Michigan's greater Holland area by providing reliable and economical electric, water and wastewater treatment services while maintaining environmental responsibility.
Located on the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan, HBPW is located in one of Michigan's fastest growing industrial and residential areas providing service for 75,000 members of the community.
- HBPW, a local not-for-profit utility, exists to help advance the agility and self-determination of the Holland community.
- HBPW provides utility services that improve the quality of life by helping people meet their fundamental needs efficiently, safely and responsibly.
- HBPW strives to be exemplary stewards of the resources entrusted to them.
HBPW provides essential, economical and innovative utility services for the Holland community, including electricity, water wastewater and broadband. HBPW operates socially and environmentally responsible utility enterprises that are able to expand and sustain a highly functional, reliable and efficient local infrastructure.
HPBW operates with a Commitment to Customers and the Community
HBPW is a progressive and innovative utility with more than 180 employees of diverse backgrounds working together to provide the Holland area with reliable and low cost utility services, while developing and implementing methods to preserve the environment. The Holland BPW staff provides a team building atmosphere within the organization and community, utilizing the richness of its diverse employees. HBPW continues to move forward, growing in services while maintaining the high expectations that its valued customers have come to expect. As a proud and active member of the Holland community, HBPW is committed to providing the services of an ever growing and changing population.
Holland BPW continuously assesses the needs of customers and our community, and works to meet those needs today and in the future.
Holland BPW is continuously redefining itself and exploring other services that could serve as an asset to the community. New technological fields are being explored and HBPW is on the forefront of development of various support services that can assist in meeting the needs of the community. HBPW's GIS services provide detailed descriptions of various utility delivery systems that can assist HBPW employees in new developing areas. Additionally, a 17-mile fiber optic backbone has been constructed to support internal communication links between, and for all HBPW facilities, as well as the community's various public services such as hospitals, schools and local government agencies.
Our Core Values
- Continuous Improvement
- Customer Focus
- Employee Fulfillment
- Open Communicaitons
- Professional Development
Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors is comprised of residents and business people that live and work in our community. In addition to providing insight and decision-making regarding the Holland Board of Public Works, each member is also personally active in the community.
Tim Hemingway, HBPW Board President
Tim Hemingway is a long-time resident of the Holland area, but has also lived in Brazil, California, and Texas. Tim worked for SAF Holland for 31 years in various roles including General Manager of Texas Operations, Vice President International, President of Holland USA, and President of Global Aftermarket Business for SAF Holland. Tim serves on the board of the Holland Community Aquatic Center. He also served on the Board of Directors for TMD Friction, Luxembourg and volunteers with the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Holland.
Diane Haworth, HBPW Board Vice President
A Holland resident since 1995, Diane is a retired sustainability, marketing, and manufacturing professional. Diane is active in the Holland Community Sustainability Committee, Grand Valley Artists--a fine arts association in Grand Rapids, and Plein Air Artists of West Michigan (PAAWM).
Paul Lilly, HPW Board Member
A Holland resident since 1987, Paul operated a cleaning and facility services business in Holland for 18 years, retiring in 2018 after selling the business. Paul worked with Herman Miller in their Facility Management Institute, Production, and Customer Service operations for 21 years. As part of the original Holland Sustainability Committee, he helped develop the Community Energy Plan and the Sustainability Framework. Paul has been active in the Macatawa Watershed Project serving on the education and technical teams. He holds a BS and MS in Resource Development from Michigan State University with focus on Water Resource Management and an MBA from the University of Michigan.
Sue Franz, HBPW Board Member
A resident of Holland since 1997, Dr. Sue Franz is the Vice President of Chemical Technologies at Gentex Corporation in Zeeland. Prior to Gentex, she worked as an applications lab manager at Spectro Analytical Instruments in Fitchburg, MA.
Sue received her PH.D. in Chemistry from Villanova University in Villanova, PA. She also earned her Master’s degree in Management from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids and Six Sigma black belt certification from Villanova University.
Sue is actively involved in our community. She is a graduate of the Chamber’s West Coast Leadership program, serves as a board member for Ready For School of Holland, and is trustee of Community Foundation of Holland and ZEELAND. Sue and her husband, Berthold, are founders of the Franz Family Scholarship, an endowed scholarship with the Holland and Zeeland Foundation. She is also a member of Rotary International.
P.J. Thompson, HBPW Board Member
P. J. Thompson was raised in Holland, Michigan and educated in the Holland Public Schools. After earning a BA in Economics at Albion College and MBA from the University of Notre Dame,
P. J. started his career as a CPA with Price Waterhouse based in Charlotte, NC. His specialization was manufacturing systems for global clients enabling P. J. to travel, work and live in multiple countries. In 1997, he moved back to the Holland area to join Trans-Matic Mfg, Co., which was founded in 1968 and is wholly owned by the Thompson Family. P. J. became President of Trans-Matic in 2002 and serves in this capacity currently. Over the past two decades, Trans-Matic has expanded its operations to China and to Mexico under his leadership. P. J. and his wife Kristen reside in Holland’s Historical District.
Bob Shilander, Ex Officio Board Member
Bob Shilander and his family have lived in Park Township for 15 years—moving to Holland on three different occasions and returning upon retirement in 2011.
He has spent 44 years in the design, construction, commissioning, operation, maintenance and de-commissioning of electrical generation facilities of various fuel (coal, gas, oil, nuclear) and renewable (wood, refuse, solar, wind, and geothermal) design types. He has held corporate management positions ranging from engineering, construction management, supervision, and owner on power projects in the United States and overseas.
He stays active in the power industry and with Ferris State University (graduating in Construction Management in 1969) in serving on the Advisory Board for the School of Engineering & Built Environment and ICEE Accreditation Team Member. Bob has been an active member of the Knights of Columbus for 25 years and an active (and founding) member at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church. After retirement, giving back, through volunteerism has been Job One throughout the West Michigan Community.