President and COO Southwestern Electric Power Company
Albert M. Smoak is president and chief operating officer for Southwestern Electric Power Company in Shreveport, Louisiana. He is responsible for the electric distribution system, engineering, operations, construction and maintenance, serving approximately 521,000 customers in Louisiana, Arkansas, northeast Texas, and the panhandle of Texas.
Smoak started with the company in 1984 as a distribution engineer in Shreveport and has served in a variety of management roles in the metering, operations and engineering functions. Prior to his current role, he served as Shreveport District MDS.
He holds a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Louisiana Tech University. He completed executive management programs at Louisiana State University and The Ohio State University.
Smoak is a registered professional engineer in Louisiana. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and past president of the Shreveport Chapter. He is a member of the Louisiana Tech Engineering and Science Foundation, and is currently serving as a member and chairman of the Louisiana Tech Electrical Engineering Advisory Board. Since 2005, Smoak has been a principal member of the National Electrical Safety Code, Subcommittee 8, representing the National Society of Professional Engineers. He is a board member of Shreveport Green, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the city's environment.
Smoak and his wife Janice live in Bossier City, Louisiana.