CoServ has bid a fond farewell to Anne Vaden, who stepped down from the CoServ Electric Board of Directors in December after nearly 12 years of service.
The first woman elected to the Board, Vaden was nominated from District 5 and elected in 2006. Re-elected three times, she ended her tenure after serving two years as Chairman.
“Anne brought prior experience as a management consultant with a national accounting firm,” District 1 Director and Board Chairman Richard Muir said. “This experience, and her later study of the utility business, made her a great team member.”
During Vaden’s tenure, CoServ Electric grew from 130,000 meters to over 221,000. CoServ Gas more than doubled its meter count to 113,000.
As CoServ’s territory grew, so did CoServ, adding more than 200 Employees since 2006 to reach 465 at its corporate headquarters in Corinth today. CoServ also opened its first satellite service center in Prosper in 2016 to serve the growing demand in the eastern part of its service territory.
Since 2011, Vaden represented CoServ at its statewide association, Texas Electric Cooperatives, and served on the TEC Board of Directors since 2015. Also in 2015, she was recognized by then NRECA President JoAnn Emerson for achieving certification in the Board Leadership Program.
During this same period, Vaden cut ribbon on the CoServ Solar Station – a 2 MW solar farm in Krugerville. She views innovation as a major accomplishment for the cooperative.
“Deploying the technology that this organization needed such as Advanced Metering and the solar farm is something I’m proud to be part of,” Vaden said. In 2013, CoServ completed the deployment of Advanced Metering Infrastructure, which collects and transmits electric meter data digitally.
Led by “a great group of gentlemen that are going to carry this company forward,” Vaden expects further technological advancements in CoServ’s future, but what she’s most proud of are the people CoServ employs.
“It’s amazing that they have been able to keep up with the growth,” Vaden said. “The grass roots are still there in terms of a family-type organization that cares about the membership and the quality of work.”
CoServ Chief Executive Officer Donnie Clary said, “During Anne’s time on the Board, CoServ continued to keep rates stable and service reliable. She has been a good leader and friend–and will be missed.
The CoServ Electric Board of Directors is democratically elected by CoServ’s Member-owners. Board members serve three-year terms, overseeing the operations of the cooperative and work to represent the best interests of their fellow Members. Learn more at CoServ.com/About.