Fred Palmer is Senior Vice President of Government Relations. He joined Peabody in February 2001 and is responsible for advancing state and federal policies related to the production and use of coal. Prior to joining Peabody Energy, he served for 15 years as chief executive officer of Western Fuels Association, Inc. He most recently served as counsel in the Washington, D.C. office of Shook Hardy & Bacon, a Kansas City-based law firm. Fred is the 2004 recipient of the Erskine Ramsay Medal Award from the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME). He is a member of the National Coal Council, Executive Committee and Chairman, Coal Policy Committee. He is Peabody Energy's representative and on the Board of Directors of FutureGen Alliance, as well as on the Board of Directors of the World Coal Institute. He formerly served as: Board of Directors, National Mining Association and chaired its Legal Committee and Climate Change Task Force.