Our People 2018-08-03T16:17:52+00:00

Our People

Thomas Hodge P.E.President
Mr. Hodge has over 30 years in water utility management and water and wastewater engineering. As President, Mr. Hodge is responsible for the overall success of the utility including business development and partnerships, financial performance, strategic planning, regulatory compliance and operations.

Prior to transferring to SJWTX in 2007, Mr. Hodge served as Engineering Manager for Capital Improvements for SJWC, managing a Capital Improvements Budget of over $40 million per year. Prior to joining SJW, Mr. Hodge was a Project Manager and Senior Engineer with Olivia Chen Consultants and Bechtel Systems and Infrastructure Inc. in San Francisco, where he provided engineering support for both public and private sector clients on a variety of infrastructure projects in the U.S. and internationally.

Larry BittleGeneral Manager
Mr. Bittle has 40 years of experience as a utility manager in all aspects of the water industry including utility management, project budgeting and management, capital planning, system design, SCADA design and management, regulatory compliance, and water quality compliance of water and wastewater systems.

Prior to joining SJWTX, Mr. Bittle was the Director of Production at Bexar Metropolitan Water District where he was responsible for all aspects of water production, staff supervision, project management, water quality and long-term planning of additional water resources to meet the growing demands of the San Antonio area.

James P. LynchChief Financial Officer
As Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of SJW Group, Mr. Lynch is responsible for accounting, tax, regulatory accounting, treasury, audit, internal control, and investor relations. He oversees and implements financial plans and strategies that enhance and maintain the financial health, flexibility, and growth of the company.

Prior to joining SJW Group, Mr. Lynch spent 26 years at KPMG. As Audit Partner, he managed relationships and provided audit services to a wide variety of companies in Consumer Markets and Information, Communications, and Entertainment Practices.

Eric W. ThornburgChairman and CEO
Mr. Thornburg is the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President of SJW Group and SJW Land Company. He is also Chairman and Chief Executive of San Jose Water Company and SJWTX, Inc. He presides over one of the largest private water utilities in the U.S. serving approximately one million people in the Silicon Valley and Texas.

Mr. Thornburg is a 35 year veteran of the water utility industry. Most recently he served as the President and CEO of Connecticut Water Service, Inc.  He also worked for American Water Works Corporation and Missouri-American Water.

Suzy PapazianGeneral Counsel & Corporate Secretary
Ms. Papazian has served as the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of SJW Group, and San Jose Water Company since April 2014 and served as the Corporate Secretary and Attorney of SJW Group. and San Jose Water Company between February 2005 and April 2014. She is also Corporate Secretary of SJW Land Company and SJWTX, Inc. She was admitted to the California State Bar in January 2000 and thereafter was an Associate Attorney at the Corporate Law Group from March 2000 until February 2005.