As many of you have heard, Medina Electric Cooperative started the new year with a new CEO. As I write this, I have been on the job at Medina EC just a short time.
The first few days have been busy meeting the employees and board members, getting the lay of the land and getting settled in. Everyone at the cooperative and in the community has been so friendly and welcoming; it already feels like home. I am so happy to have been selected for the CEO role at this cooperative, and I am looking forward to serving the members and employees of Medina EC over the coming years.
Being the “new guy” in town, I wanted to give you a little information on my background. I was born and raised in Taft, Texas, and graduated from Texas State University. I most recently worked in Kanas as the assistant general manager at Wheatland Electric Cooperative for over 5 years. Prior to Kansas, I have worked my entire career in Texas with 15 years in the Texas Hill Country at Pedernales Electric Cooperative and 16 years at American Electric Power in the South Texas and Rio Grande Valley areas. With family living in the Central and South Texas area, my wife and I are also excited about being back closer to them (especially the grandkids).
The cooperative business model is something that is close to my heart. As the CEO of a not-for-profit cooperative, my mission is to be sure we are doing all we can to deliver reliable, safe and affordable electricity to each of you. Throughout my more than 20 years as a cooperative leader, I have always been guided by the Seven Cooperative Principles. I appreciate the value in being member owned and having governances that does not focus on profit but on the best interest of the members and the communities we serve.
One of our most important cooperative principles is Concern for Community, and I am looking forward to getting out in the communities and meeting many of you, our members, over the next few months. I will also be keeping my eye on any legislative issues that could affect you, our member-owners.
As we move forward in 2022, you can expect Medina EC will be working to Exceed Member Expectations in Everything We Do.
The nominating meetings are just around the corner in February, and I hope to get to meet some of you at those events. You can find the dates and locations for those on Page 19 of Texas Co-op Power magazine. Great things are ahead of us in 2022!
Until Next Time,