Gary Mechler is a professional in the power generation business who retired from NRG on July 1, 2013 after a 36 year career. He began his career with Houston Lighting and Power in May 1977 as a Results Engineer at the P H Robinson Power Plant and in August 1987 was promoted to Plant Manager at the S R Bertron Power Plant. His career included a two year stint in Human Resources and he was on the Company’s negotiating team with IBEW 66 for 5 contract renewals. At his retirement, he was the General Plant Manager at the NRG Limestone Power Plant which has the two largest coal fired units in the State of Texas. One of the accomplishments at Limestone of which Gary is most proud is his 270 employees completing 511 consecutive days without an OSHA recordable injury after implementing and leading the PPI Error Elimination process.
He learned the importance of responsibility and hard work as a result of being raised on a farm near San Antonio, Texas. Gary has tremendous gratitude to his deceased mother and father for teaching him this. Gary put himself through college by earning the Minnie Stevens Piper scholarship and by working during school breaks.
Gary received a BS in Nuclear Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1977 and an MBA from the University of Houston – Clear Lake in 1993 with an emphasis on employment law. He is also a Registered Professional Engineer in Texas, receiving his certification in October, 1983. Gary is also certified to teach the Practicing Perfection Error Elimination processes.
His hobbies include hunting, biking, gardening, tractor restoration, traveling, watching Aggie athletics, and spoiling grandchildren. Gary believes in serving his church and community. A few examples are participation in the St. Mary’s (League City) building committee, the St. Mary’s (College Station) building committee, the Seabrook Planning and Zoning Commission, the St. Paul’s (Nassau Bay) ACTS retreat team, and the Jewett Chamber of Commerce.
Gary and the love of his life, Cindy, have been married for 33 years and reside in College Station, Texas, the home of Texas A&M University. They have three daughters, two sons-in-law, and four granddaughters.