Annual UtiliSuite Conference Offers Insight Into the Future of Tech
CSA held its annual Utilisuite User Conference February 1-2 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Murfreesboro, TN.
With 42 attendees, representing 24 utilities, this year’s UtiliSuite Conference presented a unique opportunity for our members to delve into the innovative solutions offered by CSA.
Our theme was “Busy As Bees”, and the sessions were evidence of the many ongoing projects in the works. Members were able to connect with others in their industry, gain insights into cutting-edge technology, and explore the future of utility management.
“You could feel the buzz of excitement that came from utilities presenting their experience using the UtiliSuite applications and the sharing of features we are working on,” said Charles Huddleston, Senior VP of Engineering Services.
As always, the goals of the conference have been simple: to share information between CSA and our utilities, for our utilities to share information among themselves, and to have some fun along with the learning. We’re already looking forward to 2025.
CSA Launches Redesigned Website
On January 10, CSA launched its redesigned website. The update came to fruition after the Marketing Team members worked diligently with Moore Tech, web development firm based in Birmingham, Alabama, and the CSA Execuitve Team to develop a more streamlined, user-friendly site.
The group members created a newly branded, technology centric and customer-focused design. With concise information provided, users easily locate the information they need.
CSA Retiree Receives Recognition at 101
On our 85th Anniversary, we have reflected on 1937 and Central Service Association’s growth and many changes since its inception. And at 101 years old, CSA retiree Tom Barnett knows very well about those 85 years of progress.
At the company Christmas party in December, CEO Scott Blassingame presented Nick Sanford, Barnett’s grandson and current employee, with a replica ’37 Ford in CSA blue, to recognize and honor his years of service and dedication to CSA.
“My Pap turned 101 back in May. He was born in Fulton, Kentucky and lived most of his life in Booneville. He moved to Tupelo with my grandmother over 60 years ago and has been here since,” Sanford told the crowd of fellow employees. “He’s always been a big inspiration in my life, and he always talks about how he enjoyed his days at CSA until he retired. He still asks how everything’s going and for updates on everything. He even asks if he can help with anything.” Sanford told the group that his grandad stays busy, despite being more than 100.
“For the recognition ya’ll have given him today, he will be tickled to death. And, I appreciate it from the bottom of my heart as well. He’s a great guy and I hope I can follow in his footsteps.”
CSA Earns Innovation Award
October 10, 2023 Denver, CO.
CSA was awarded IQGeo’s Innovation Award for modernizing utility lifecycle management.
Deeply rooted in the utility industry, CSA stands out for its groundbreaking customer service and utility solutions. To enhance their customers experience, CSA extended its UtiliSuite software portfolio by integrating IQGeo’s field mobility application as UtiliGo, which has been successfully deployed with 14 customers. The new solution spans operations from infrastructure mapping to mobile network editing, and demonstrates CSA’s commitment to transforming utility grid management for co-ops and municipalities with industry leading technology innovation and professional services.
Hill promoted to Relationship Manager for West Region
November 29, 2023. I am pleased to announce the promotion of Blair Hill to Relationship Manager for the West Region. An Ole Miss graduate, and life-long resident of Mississippi, Blair has been with our MDM group since 2022. You can contact Blair at
Please join me in welcoming Blair to his new position!
New Chief Financial Officer Named
January 5, 2023
Tupelo, MS – Central Service Association (CSA) is pleased to announce, Janet Chumney as its new Chief Financial Officer.
Janet joined CSA’s General Accounting Department in 2001 and was promoted to Vice President of Accounting in March 2014. During that time, she was responsible for all aspects of CSA’s daily accounting activities including monthly closing, preparation of financial statements, as well as internal control and audit procedures.
Janet succeeds Scott Blasingame, who was recently named General Manager and CEO at CSA. “In addition to being a delight to work with, Janet has consistently proven her ability to manage a complex set of responsibilities and deliver results accurately, professionally, and on time,” said Blassingame.
In turn Janet commented, “I believe in CSA and its continued success in the future. I am confident my time at CSA has prepared me for my new role. I look forward to the challenges ahead and the satisfaction of meeting those challenges with the continued support from everyone here at CSA.”
Blasingame added, “Passion, Skill, and Integrity are the cornerstones of CSA’s mission. Janet embodies those qualities in everything she does. CSA is in good hands.”
Utilities across the Southeastern United States depend on the mission-critical, enterprise level systems provided by CSA to run their business. CSA systems and support enable utilities to reliably deliver electric, water, natural gas, and broadband service to their customers.