Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative (WREC) board president Terrence Schrader accepts President’s Award for WREC general manager Billy Brown from NRECA president Mike Guidry. (Photo credit: Mike Lynch)
(San Diego, Calif.)
—The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) today awarded Billy Brown, executive vice president and general manager of Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative with its 2012 President’s Award. Brown was recognized for his 55 years of dedication to advancing rural electrification and the goals of rural electric cooperatives.
Brown joined Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative (WREC) as a lineman trainee in 1956, and he has held nearly every job at the co-op including stints as warehouse manager, billing supervisor and district manager in two offices. Brown has served as a member and chairman of several committees on the Seminole Electric Cooperative Board and as an active member of statewide and national associations.
“Billy Brown is a tireless advocate for electric cooperative consumers. With his guidance, Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative has become an example for all co-ops in developing consumer political action, in preparing for weather events, and in its economic development initiatives. The streets in Dade City and its surrounding areas are bright now, as are the lives of the people who live there, thanks to Billy’s hard work,” said NRECA CEO Glenn English.
During Brown’s tenure, WREC grew from 3,000 members to more than 200,000. Brown’s special focus on economic and community development has helped improve the quality of life for many cooperative consumer-members.
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 8,000 representatives from cooperative electric utilities across the nation are attending the NRECA Annual Meeting March 4-7 in San Diego, Calif., during which they will set NRECA’s legislative and organizational agenda for 2012. 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.