Management Team

Management Team

William N. Cantrell, President & CEO

William N. (Bill) Cantrell serves as president and chief executive officer of the Southern Gas Association (SGA) and its subsidiary, the Gas Machinery Research Council (GMRC). With more than 40 years of experience, he has become a trusted leader across the energy industry and developed a passion for working to advance the field. Bill leads SGA as the organization works to link people, ideas and information across the natural gas industry.

Previously, Bill served as president and chief executive officer at SourceGas, now part of Black Hills Corp., an SGA member company. In 2009, he led SGA as Chairman of the Board of Directors. Beginning his career at Tampa Electric Company, Bill advanced through several technical and senior management positions, including director of the merger transition with Peoples Gas Companies to become part of TECO Energy. He served as President of Peoples Gas Companies from 1997 to 2009.

He received a Master of Business Administration from the University of Tampa and a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.


Jane Butler, Vice President of Finance and Vice President of GMRC

Jane Butler serves as vice president of finance and GMRC, Gas Machinery Research Council. Jane also serves as controller for both SGA and GMRC and manages the associate membership.

She has been associated with SGA since 2002 and brings more than 25 years of accounting experience to the organization.   


Kent Hobart, Vice President, Events & Volunteer Engagement, CAE

Joining the SGA staff in 2012, Kent Hobart serves as vice president of content development and volunteer engagement. He brings more than 25 years of industry experience with him to SGA, including time with natural gas, electric, water and investor-owned and municipal utilities. Included in his broad base of experience are executive level leadership roles in sales, operations and customer service with TECO Peoples Gas.

Kent received a Bachelor of Science from Florida Southern College and has earned his Certified Association Executive credential.