Vakesia Graves **2020 Chairperson**
Director, Business Strategy & National Accounts
Vakesia Graves is Director, Business Strategy and National Accounts within the Large Account Management Organization at Duke Energy. In this capacity, she leads the development, evaluation, and implementation of Large Account Management operational, structural, and system strategies across all jurisdictions. Additionally, she leads the team of Account Executives responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with Duke Energy’s largest, multi-site National Key Accounts customers as well as the Customer Account Specialists team which serves the customer service needs of Duke Energy Progress and Duke Energy Carolinas based customers. Vakesia has been with the company for 18 years, and in that time has been responsible for the design and implementation of some of Duke Energy’s strategic customer initiatives, energy efficiency and demand response programs (such as the Small Business Energy Saver Program) as well as responsible for managing large commercial multi-site accounts as an Account Executive, her first role at then Progress Energy.
Vakesia received her Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina A&T State University. Previous jobs she’s held include Manufacturing Engineer at Square D Company, a Division of Schneider Electric, Design Engineer for Pratt & Whitney, a Division of United Technologies Corporation.
Vakesia and her husband Jason are the proud parents of two sons, ages 22 and 15. She and her family reside in Raleigh, North Carolina.