Joe Wyant began his career with Miami-Cass REMC in April 2011 in accounts payable where he spent approximately five years. He is now a work order clerk and reports to the REMC’s Director of Operations Brandon Williams. Wyant’s primary role is to financially translate the physical material purchased to financial capitalized assets. In addition to that role, he is also involved in ordering material inventory, mowing the grounds and occasionally changing out meters.
Wyant is a 2005 graduate of Maconaquah High School, and in 2009 he graduated from Indiana University Kokomo with a Bachelor of Science degree in business with a concentration in finance and economics. Throughout high school and college, he worked part time for Garden Gate Greenhouse in Peru. He continued with them part time for six months after graduating. He also worked for American Trust Bank (now Berne) part time for the first six months after graduating, then went full time with them for a year prior to starting with the REMC.
Wyant grew up in southern Miami County. He and his wife, Neoma, live just a half mile from where he grew up. The couple have two children — a three-year-old son and a one-and-half-year-old daughter. He grew up farming and continues to farm corn, beans and hay. He also raises laying hens, hogs and cattle.
Besides farming, Wyant enjoys spending time with his family, hunting and camping. On his bucket list, he has visiting Alaska and the redwoods out west. He would describe himself as hard-working while others would say he is caring, thoughtful and honest. Wyant learned early on from his parents and grandparents that you need to work hard to do your job and you should do it to the best of your ability.
When asked how he defines success in his position, Wyant said, “Successfully translating the information given to him to the proper paperwork and processing it properly.” When asked what lessons he has learned throughout his career, Wyant said that respect from people cannot be demanded, it has to be earned.
Wyant indicated that his favorite aspect of working at the cooperative has been gaining knowledge about how power restoration works following a major storm. In November of his first year with the REMC, he was able to play a part in helping with a snowstorm that had left members without power for four and half days. He appreciated the opportunity to play a small role in bringing power back to the members. If he could switch positions for one day with anyone else at the REMC, he said it would be with a lineman.
We at Miami-Cass are proud to have Wyant as part of the REMC family. He is a dedicated employee, and we are fortunate to have him on our team.