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Ameren Awards Ivy League Scholarships to Diverse Business Suppliers
Supplier executives to attend Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College
Shawn Schukar, president, ATXI; Richard Mark, president, Ameren Illinois; William Mason Jr., president, Mason's Landscaping; Dana Howard, CEO, Zoie; Michael Moehn, president, Ameren Missouri; Byron Witherspoon, director, Supplier Diversity, Ameren

ST. LOUIS (April 30, 2018) – The executive officers of two St. Louis metropolitan area companies have been awarded business-development scholarships from Ameren Corporation to attend the Minority Business Executive Program at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.


The recipients were selected based on their strategic relationship with Ameren and the supplier’s success in providing service to a range of companies in Ameren's 64,000-square-mile service territory.


The 2018 scholarship recipients are:


William Mason, Jr., president of Mason’s Landscaping & Construction Services, a commercial landscaping and restoration company headquartered in St. Louis. The company restores yards after Ameren crews finish repair work. Mason’s Landscaping & Construction Services is a Minority Owned Business Enterprise (MBE).


"Ameren has given us the opportunity to work and to provide work to others in search of a better life,” said Mason. “Through the Tuck scholarship opportunity, I’ll be able to continue to grow and shape my business for the future. This is a tremendous opportunity for me, personally, and for all those who rely on our business for employment.”


Dana Howard, CEO and president of Zoie, LLC., a site preparation company based in East St. Louis, Illinois. Zoie, LLC., performs excavation and grading services for Ameren. The company is a Minority Owned Business Enterprise (MBE).


"Ameren’s supplier diversity program has helped Zoie compete for and win construction contracts across our region,” said Howard. "Being awarded a scholarship to improve my business acumen is just one more way Ameren supports minority-owned companies and helps them succeed."


Ameren began offering scholarships to local suppliers in 2009.

"Zoie and Mason’s Landscaping & Construction Services are valued Ameren partners, as are all of our diverse suppliers,” said Dennis Weisenborn, vice president corporate safety, supply services and chief procurement officer at Ameren. “By recognizing and investing in the development of diverse businesses, Ameren is able to develop powerful long-term partnerships that are necessary for our success and the economic success of our region.”


About Ameren Corporation
St. Louis-based Ameren Corporation powers the quality of life for 2.4 million electric customers and more than 900,000 natural gas customers in a 64,000-square-mile area through its Ameren Missouri and Ameren Illinois rate-regulated utility subsidiaries. Ameren Illinois provides electric distribution and transmission service, as well as natural gas distribution service, while Ameren Missouri provides vertically integrated electric service, with generating capacity of nearly 10,300 megawatts, and natural gas distribution service. Ameren Transmission Company of Illinois develops regional electric transmission projects. For more information, visit Ameren.com, or follow us on Twitter at @AmerenCorp, Facebook.com/AmerenCorp, or LinkedIn.com/company/Ameren.

For further information: Brad Brown 314.554.2182 BBrown8@Ameren.com