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Michael (Mike) Trykoski
President, Rushmore Professional Services
Mike Trykoski was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He attended the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chicago, graduating in January 1963 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. While at IIT, he was a member of the Air Force ROTC and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force upon graduation. He was assigned to the 821 st Communications Squadron at Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota where he supervised the operation of the Base Communication Center.
At the end of his Air Force assignment, Mike returned to Chicago and joined the Commonwealth Edison Company as an electrical engineer in August 1965. Mike’s assignments at Commonwealth included: liaison with federal, state, and local environmental agencies on matters of air quality compliance and permitting of fossil fueled electric generating facilities; negotiating for transmission line rights of way; and design of electric substation and distribution facilities. While at Commonwealth, Mike obtained a Masters in Business Administration degree from Loyola University in 1974.
Mike left Commonwealth and joined the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) in Washington, DC in June 1978. While at EEI, Mike worked on: electric transmission open access issues; electric utility industry restructuring; Global Climate Challenge issues; the Department of Energy’s Clean Coal Technology program; Federal taxation issues; and fossil power plant performance and environmental compliance. Mike’s electric utility engineering experience proved to be a valuable asset when working with Federal agencies on regulatory development. Mike also provided technical support to industry congressional efforts.
Mike accepted an early retirement offer from EEI in June 1998 and formed his own consulting company, Rushmore Professional Services, which specializes in technical writing on electric utility issues. Mike’s primary consulting work has been for the North American Electric Reliability Council.
Mike and his wife Mary relocated to Rapid City in August 1998. They have two grown children, David and Maria. Mike is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Utility Shareholders of South Dakota. He is also a volunteer at the Cornerstone Rescue Mission and at Catholic Social Services, both in Rapid City.