Sunday, July 14, 2024

5 questions for Carmen Prevette

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Carmen Prevette
[/media-credit] Carmen Prevette

Carmen Prevette is the director of small and medium business solutions for the Carolinas at Duke Energy Corp. She is responsible for leading the company’s efforts on strategic partnerships and alliances with the Charlotte-based utility’s business customers. Prevette has been with the company for 16 years, holding numerous positions in areas including large account management, power plant construction and development, and capital planning.

Prevette received a bachelor’s from Meredith College and an MBA from N.C. State University. She and her husband, Erik Ogburn, are the proud parents of a 7-year-old son. She has lived in Raleigh for more than 20 years.

What do you like best about your job?

I’m passionate about excellence in customer service. I love meeting and talking with customers and working to better understand the needs of our business communities.

What inspires you?

Kindness, and those who work selflessly to lend a voice to those whose would otherwise go unheard.

Who is a role model? 

Early in my career with Progress Energy, I worked for a wonderful man, Joel Kamya, who taught me that faith, family and education were paramount. He always led by example and told me that with these priorities, all else would fall into place.

What was your biggest challenge this week?

Personally? [My son] heading back to school and thinking of healthy lunch ideas each day. Professionally?  Waiting and watching the weather as we planned for the potential impacts of the tropical disturbance that passed over eastern N.C./S.C. and the arrival of the remnants of Hurricane Harvey. It’s critical to communicate with our business customers, and timing is everything.

Favorite N.C. vacation spot?

My husband and I are both originally from North Carolina, so visiting family in Salisbury and Charlotte always makes the top of the list. I’m a big fan of Cheerwine, College Barbecue and Price’s Chicken Coop!

Ben Kinney
Ben Kinney
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