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Preston Weaklend

Director, District Operations, Southwest Gas Corporation

Preston has over 20 years of experience in the energy industry and has demonstrated strengths in strategic planning, creative problem-solving, and effective team leadership. Preston began his career with Southwest Gas, Arizona’s and Nevada’s largest distributor of natural gas, as an intern while attending Arizona State University. In 18 years, Preston has had the opportunity to work in two states, three cities, held numerous positions of increasing responsibility and more importantly worked with some amazing people. Currently, Preston serves as the Director of District Operations for the Southern Arizona Division and is responsible for the safe and efficient delivery of natural gas to Southern Arizona customers. He is also responsible for the division’s accounting and financial responsibilities. 

Preston recognizes the importance of STEM education based upon his experience in the energy industry. He believes that STEM equips young minds with the skills, knowledge, and mindset necessary to thrive in the future. By fostering critical thinking, problem-solving, and creativity, STEM education prepares children for the technology-driven world ahead. 

He holds a bachelor’s degree in management from Arizona State University and master’s degree in business administration from Grand Canyon University.