What a ride! I began my utility career in 1980 as a meter reader at Intermountain REA in Colorado, and on Feb. 4, I will officially retire as the general manager of Clark County REMC. My journey took me to San Miguel Power in Nucla, Colorado, and to Caney Valley Electric in Cedar Vale, Kansas, before spending the last 23 years serving the people of Southern Indiana. I have nothing but gratitude and appreciation for each step along the way.
There are many projects and events which I am proud to have supported; tough decisions and tense negotiations that were challenging at the time but rewarding in the end. Yet when I think back over my career, it’s not the milestones or the accomplishments that I remember most. It’s the people. I want to thank the board of directors for its support and guidance, without which our co-op would not be as strong as it is today.
The employees at REMC are the best around, and I will miss each of them dearly. We went through a lot together, from day-to-day work in the office, to weeks spent shoulder-to-shoulder rebuilding Henryville after the tornado, to nearly two years navigating a global pandemic. After all that and so much more, I can truly say that while I am leaving my job behind, I leave with more than memories. I leave with friends.
I’m closing this chapter of my life and am ready to write the next one. I am blessed beyond measure by my family who stood by my side every step of the way. The next great adventure awaits: I’ve got places to go and grandkids to spoil!
Thank you for everything.