(NASHVILLE, TENN.) — The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) presented Mike Williams, President/CEO of the Texas Electric Cooperatives, with the 2014 President’s Award at the NRECA Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tenn. The President’s Award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding one-time or continuing contributions to rural electrification, the nation, their states or communities.
“When we sought a leader for our 21st Century Committee who would assess the future of electric cooperatives and articulate a vision to ensure the success and sustainability of co-ops, we didn’t hesitate in asking Mike Williams. He brought the same unrelenting dedication to the Committee as he has brought to leading the electric co-ops of Texas, and that shows in the impressive and significant report they produced,” said NRECA CEO Jo Ann Emerson.
“Mike is a dedicated co-op leader who gave countless hours to chair the 21st Century Committee, lead effective meetings, and gather valuable input. His visionary leadership, passion and focus help NRECA and its member co-ops keep a steady focus on the importance of member-ownership and the quality of life that co-ops bring to local communities,” said Kerry Kelton, NRECA Texas Director and CEO of Mid-South Synergy in Navasota, Texas.
The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association is the national service organization that represents the nation’s more than 900 private, not-for-profit, consumer-owned electric cooperatives, which provide service to 42 million people in 47 states.
More than 8,500 representatives from cooperative electric utilities across the nation are attending the NRECA Annual Meeting March 2-5, during which they will set NRECA’s legislative and organizational agenda for 2014. In addition to considering and acting upon policy resolutions, delegates receive reports from NRECA officials, hear addresses by key public figures and business experts, and attend educational forums on major issues affecting electric cooperatives and their consumer-owners.