William “Bill” A. Konefes

January 10, 1964 – June 8, 2018

Plant Superintendent, Georgia Pacific

Past Chairman of the PRB Coal Users’ Group

It is with a sad and heavy heart that we announce the passing or our dear friend, Bill Konefes.

Bill, who served as a Nuclear Submarine Officer in the United States Navy and various leadership positions within electric and steam generation for the paper industry, was the Plant Superintendent for Georgia-Pacific.

He worked closely with Georgia Pacific’s Health & Safety Leadership to implement coal handling combustible dust and fire safety best practices.

Elected to the PRB Coal Users’ Group Board of Directors in 2010, Bill served two years as Vice Chairman-Generating Company, and Two Years as the Chairman of the Board.

He was a vibrant leader who was very compassionate for the safety of others and a champion of industry better and recommended practices.  Always greeting everyone with his infectious smile and positive attitude, he made a difference in the lives of everyone he touched.  He led the annual educational conference planning committee efforts and was instrumental in the combustible coal dust awareness e-Learning course that positively impacted thousands of individuals during his time on the Board.

Known for his integrity and incessant willingness to help, Bill was a wonderfully positive and energetic man. He had the most amazing, courageous strength and tenacity that every single person who ever met him could experience.  With a positive attitude, Bill was a great leader, mentor, friend, husband, father - overall a wonderful person who we are thankful to for having touched our lives.

His enthusiasm and spirit will always be alive in our hearts and minds.  His legacy of education and peer-to-peer sharing will echo forever throughout power plants.


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