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Linn County REC members have a voice and a vote in how the co-op is governed. Our annual meeting is an opportunity for you to exercise one of the greatest benefits of being a member of an electric co-op, by voting for the board of directors.
Member since: 1988
Occupation: Broker, NAI Iowa Realty Commercial, Cedar Rapids, Certified General Real Property Appraiser, Adjunct Instructor, University of Iowa, College of Business
What strengths would you bring to the board if re-elected? “Knowledge of best business practices, the co-op electric utility system, economic development, life-long resident of the area with understanding of the history and growth of Eastern Iowa.”
What are your short term/long term goals? “To assist in making decisions that will maximize productivity and minimize expenses given the current regulatory and rate structure system in the state. To be proactive in controlling electricity costs, implementing use of alternative forms of energy (wind, solar) and costs associated with delivery in order to give the members the best rates and service possible in a constantly changing environment of Federal, State and Local regulation. Ultimately I would like to see that rates to Linn County REC customers are among the lowest while still providing the consistent quality service we are used to.”
What is the biggest issue facing the co-op today? “The biggest issue facing Linn County REC or any utility is providing the best service and delivery at the lowest price. This is what customers want and deserve. To do this requires constant vigilance of policies and procedures with no room for complacency.”
Member since: 1976
What strengths would you bring to our board if re-elected? “Before making decisions, I listen very carefully and gather all facts available to ensure the best decision is being made for the membership and the cooperative. The director training and certificates that I have earned, and my role on the Central Iowa Power Cooperative (CIPCO) board of directors, has made me an effective leader for Linn County REC. I use this experience to ensure the continued success of our cooperative.”
Short term/Long term goals: “The electric utility industry is constantly changing so I am committed to make sure that our system is in the best shape possible to provide safe, affordable and reliable electricity to our membership.
Long term we need to keep abreast of our growing system and the future needs to ensure we are able to meet our members needs while providing safe, affordable and reliable electricity. The processes we put in place today need to be able to sustain us now and well into the future.”
What is the biggest issue facing the co-op today? “Federal environmental regulations are making our industry and decisions more challenging every year. While working on the CIPCO board, we focus on making sure we advocate for the regulations that are needed and focus on making sure our generation portfolio includes a mixture of fuel types. We embrace the investments needed in new technology to keep Linn County REC able to meet the growing territory that we serve.
Member since: 1976
Occupation: Retired, General Manager, VJ Engineering
What strengths would you bring to our board if re-elected? “I have 26 years of management experience, both in the public sector and the private sector. This includes strategic planning, budgeting, personnel management and project management. I have been associated with several boards and commissions, both as a member and as support staff. I have several years of construction experience. I have a strong work ethic and I am willing to devote the time needed to be an effective board member. I have attended 120 hours of classroom instruction to improve my knowledge of cooperatives and be a more informed Board member. I have completed my Credentialed Cooperative Director (CCD) Certificate and my Board Leadership (BLC) Certificate.”
Short term/Long term goals: “As a co-op board, we are completing an update of the strategic plan for Linn County REC. This will outline the general direction for our cooperative for the next 3 to 4 years. Long term, we need to continue to provide safe, reliable, affordable, modern and secure energy to our members. Linn County REC has the largest number of members of all electrical cooperatives in Iowa, with over 28,500 meters. We are steadily growing. I would like to see us improve our equity ratio somewhat. Linn County REC has what I would consider a very good management staff. It is the board’s responsibility to oversee the CEO to make sure we continue with that good management. I am also interested in monitoring alternative sources of energy to provide us with electricity.”
What do you feel is the biggest issue facing the co-op today? “As we continue to grow, we must monitor our infrastructure and make the appropriate improvements. Because we are a cooperative, the more members we have, the more we are able to share the infrastructure costs. Maintaining the lowest rates as possible is important. We purchase all of our electricity from CIPCO, so we do not set the wholesale rates. Good management on our part will assist us in keeping our rates as low as we can.”