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Lorem ipsum dolor amet

Praesent eget lorem vitae mauris interdum luctus convallis a nunc. Phasellus dictum placerat volutpat. Cras facilisis quam lacus, molestie bibendum nisi egestas nec. Quisque vitae velit posuere, faucibus libero a, posuere felis. Nullam sit amet ornare lectus. Etiam adipiscing elit viverra, tincidunt orci consequat, lacinia erat.

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Praesent eget lorem vitae mauris interdum luctus convallis a nunc. Phasellus dictum placerat volutpat. Cras facilisis quam lacus, molestie bibendum nisi egestas nec. Quisque vitae velit posuere, faucibus libero a, posuere felis. Nullam sit amet ornare lectus. Etiam adipiscing elit viverra, tincidunt orci consequat, lacinia erat.

Lorem ipsum dolor amet

Praesent eget lorem vitae mauris interdum luctus convallis a nunc. Phasellus dictum placerat volutpat. Cras facilisis quam lacus, molestie bibendum nisi egestas nec. Quisque vitae velit posuere, faucibus libero a, posuere felis. Nullam sit amet ornare lectus. Etiam adipiscing elit viverra, tincidunt orci consequat, lacinia erat.

What do you believe is an important opportunity and the most important challenge facing Connexus Energy, and how would you address both if you were elected?

“An important opportunity that Connexus has is implementing grid modernization principles. By adopting these principles, we can maximize benefits by becoming more efficient, reliable, and optimized. For example, grid modernization optimizes distributed energy resources, such as solar energy. This allows Connexus to make more of its own power, in turn reducing costs by buying less power from the market.

The electric utility industry is going through a change right now from the type of power we use, as well as how we manage and control power. Most utilities are shifting from fossil fuel over to renewable power. This change creates new problems and new solutions—like how to manage variable load/generation. I advocate for Connexus not only continuing to adopt more renewable power, but also growing in battery storage by shifting loads and using distribution automation—systems I encounter on a day-to-day basis in my own field.”

Customer satisfaction in the past and today is rated highly by Connexus member-owners. What do you believe members want from their electric utility and what keeps them satisfied with Connexus?

“I believe that members want reliable power first and foremost. We rely heavily on electricity, so when the power goes out, our lives are so affected that we often don’t know what to do. Members are satisfied because Connexus is known for its reliability.

Second, members want electricity to be the most cost efficient. Connexus continues to keep members satisfied by finding ways to save money, ultimately allowing them to be able to keep rates low and prevent high increases each year. As a member of this community, I am invested in helping Connexus stay reliable and cost efficient by making sure my fellow members are being heard and aiding them in making proficient, cost-effective decisions.”

What personally motivates you to serve on the Connexus Energy Board of Directors?

“I am motivated to put the ‘connect’ into Connexus Energy by making sure that everyone has a voice before the board makes decisions at Connexus Energy. As the elected voice of Connexus Energy’s members I will listen to what members both want and need, and then use that information to help make Connexus Energy the best it can be.

I strive every day in my career and life to make sure that electricity is safe, reliable, and affordable. I want to help Connexus by using my knowledge of electricity to make sure that the plans, policies, and decisions being made are efficient and will work. By being an electrical engineer on the board of directors, I can help answer questions that other directors have and provide reasons why a decision or plan will (not) be efficient and work for Connexus Energy. Being able to understand the details, the labor, and the equipment that is needed to put these plans and policies in place will help the board of directors make better decisions for every member.”

What do you believe are the top three reasons you would be well qualified to serve on the Connexus Energy Board of Directors?

“My educational and work background has provided me with the knowledge of how electricity works and what it takes to generate, transmit, and distribute power to customers. This working knowledge will assist the Board of Directors in answering questions that arise and will help to explain and understand the distribution network.

I have experience as an electrical engineer for a public electric utility that included 27,000 customers and had five power plants. This knowledge of how an electric utility works from substations, metering, linemen, outages, communication, and customer interactions would be an asset for the Connexus Energy Board of Directors. I am able to see the broad impact of decisions in a utility, and I understand what it takes to accomplish the plans, policies, rates and services that the Board of Directors need to make decisions on.

I am a strong listener, and want to make sure that everyone has a voice before making decisions. In my current employment I have to listen to and understand what our clients need, as well as accomplishing the tasks that need to be done. As the elected voice of Connexus Energy's members I will listen to what members both want and need, and then use that information to help make Connexus Energy the best it can be.”

Tell us what you believe are three of the most impactful member-owner benefits of the electric cooperative business structure.

“One of the most powerful benefits is that everyone who is being served by Connexus Energy is an owner. Every person can feel ownership and invested in Connexus, as we all make it what it is. As member-owners, we can all be motivated to make this one of the top electric utilities in the nation.

Another benefit is that Connexus is not a company that is for profit. Any excess funds go straight back to the owner or back into the company. There are a lot of decisions that need to be made for the benefit of the owners rather than for profit. An example of this is making decisions on reliability to ensure that every owner has the power it needs by making sure the transformers are well maintained and replaced as needed.

A third benefit of the electric cooperative business structure is that it is democratic. The needs of the members can vote for the Board of Directors to make the decisions for the cooperative. This model adds to its stability and provides a platform and voice for each of the Connexus’ members.”

Regarding your skills as a potential director, tell us one of your strengths and how it would contribute to the Connexus Board. And, list one weakness needing development and your plan to address it.

“One of the strengths that I have that would contribute to the board is my experience and knowledge of the electric utility industry. I am a professional electrical engineer who has worked in the industry for over ten years. In these ten years, I have worked for a municipal electric utility where I have learned what it takes to keep the utility running, how to keep the lights on, and how to make one of the cheapest utilities ($0.0625/kWh) in the nation. I worked with linemen building lines, substation foreman, power plant electricians and mechanics, council members and the city mayor. I will be able to bridge the gap between the utility and the board of directors by understanding what it takes to make these plans, policies, and budgets work.

A weakness that I have is public speaking as I get into my head and imagine I talk too fast, which can cause me to feel nervous in front of a lot of people. I have been working on this weakness by joining Toastmasters this past year where I have worked on speaking in front of people. In fact, this last year I presented in front of 200 people about grid modernization. I look forward to continue growing in this area and I know I will not allow it to impact my role and contributions to the Connexus Board.”

What do you believe is an important opportunity and the most important challenge facing Connexus Energy, and how would you address both if you were elected?

“An important opportunity that Connexus has is implementing grid modernization principles. By adopting these principles, we can maximize benefits by becoming more efficient, reliable, and optimized. For example, grid modernization optimizes distributed energy resources, such as solar energy. This allows Connexus to make more of its own power, in turn reducing costs by buying less power from the market.

The electric utility industry is going through a change right now from the type of power we use, as well as how we manage and control power. Most utilities are shifting from fossil fuel over to renewable power. This change creates new problems and new solutions—like how to manage variable load/generation. I advocate for Connexus not only continuing to adopt more renewable power, but also growing in battery storage by shifting loads and using distribution automation—systems I encounter on a day-to-day basis in my own field.”

Customer satisfaction in the past and today is rated highly by Connexus member-owners. What do you believe members want from their electric utility and what keeps them satisfied with Connexus?

“I believe that members want reliable power first and foremost. We rely heavily on electricity, so when the power goes out, our lives are so affected that we often don’t know what to do. Members are satisfied because Connexus is known for its reliability.

Second, members want electricity to be the most cost efficient. Connexus continues to keep members satisfied by finding ways to save money, ultimately allowing them to be able to keep rates low and prevent high increases each year. As a member of this community, I am invested in helping Connexus stay reliable and cost efficient by making sure my fellow members are being heard and aiding them in making proficient, cost-effective decisions.”

What personally motivates you to serve on the Connexus Energy Board of Directors?

“I am motivated to put the ‘connect’ into Connexus Energy by making sure that everyone has a voice before the board makes decisions at Connexus Energy. As the elected voice of Connexus Energy’s members I will listen to what members both want and need, and then use that information to help make Connexus Energy the best it can be.

I strive every day in my career and life to make sure that electricity is safe, reliable, and affordable. I want to help Connexus by using my knowledge of electricity to make sure that the plans, policies, and decisions being made are efficient and will work. By being an electrical engineer on the board of directors, I can help answer questions that other directors have and provide reasons why a decision or plan will (not) be efficient and work for Connexus Energy. Being able to understand the details, the labor, and the equipment that is needed to put these plans and policies in place will help the board of directors make better decisions for every member.”

What do you believe are the top three reasons you would be well qualified to serve on the Connexus Energy Board of Directors?

“My educational and work background has provided me with the knowledge of how electricity works and what it takes to generate, transmit, and distribute power to customers. This working knowledge will assist the Board of Directors in answering questions that arise and will help to explain and understand the distribution network.

I have experience as an electrical engineer for a public electric utility that included 27,000 customers and had five power plants. This knowledge of how an electric utility works from substations, metering, linemen, outages, communication, and customer interactions would be an asset for the Connexus Energy Board of Directors. I am able to see the broad impact of decisions in a utility, and I understand what it takes to accomplish the plans, policies, rates and services that the Board of Directors need to make decisions on.

I am a strong listener, and want to make sure that everyone has a voice before making decisions. In my current employment I have to listen to and understand what our clients need, as well as accomplishing the tasks that need to be done. As the elected voice of Connexus Energy's members I will listen to what members both want and need, and then use that information to help make Connexus Energy the best it can be.”

Tell us what you believe are three of the most impactful member-owner benefits of the electric cooperative business structure.

“One of the most powerful benefits is that everyone who is being served by Connexus Energy is an owner. Every person can feel ownership and invested in Connexus, as we all make it what it is. As member-owners, we can all be motivated to make this one of the top electric utilities in the nation.

Another benefit is that Connexus is not a company that is for profit. Any excess funds go straight back to the owner or back into the company. There are a lot of decisions that need to be made for the benefit of the owners rather than for profit. An example of this is making decisions on reliability to ensure that every owner has the power it needs by making sure the transformers are well maintained and replaced as needed.

A third benefit of the electric cooperative business structure is that it is democratic. The needs of the members can vote for the Board of Directors to make the decisions for the cooperative. This model adds to its stability and provides a platform and voice for each of the Connexus’ members.”

Regarding your skills as a potential director, tell us one of your strengths and how it would contribute to the Connexus Board. And, list one weakness needing development and your plan to address it.

“One of the strengths that I have that would contribute to the board is my experience and knowledge of the electric utility industry. I am a professional electrical engineer who has worked in the industry for over ten years. In these ten years, I have worked for a municipal electric utility where I have learned what it takes to keep the utility running, how to keep the lights on, and how to make one of the cheapest utilities ($0.0625/kWh) in the nation. I worked with linemen building lines, substation foreman, power plant electricians and mechanics, council members and the city mayor. I will be able to bridge the gap between the utility and the board of directors by understanding what it takes to make these plans, policies, and budgets work.

A weakness that I have is public speaking as I get into my head and imagine I talk too fast, which can cause me to feel nervous in front of a lot of people. I have been working on this weakness by joining Toastmasters this past year where I have worked on speaking in front of people. In fact, this last year I presented in front of 200 people about grid modernization. I look forward to continue growing in this area and I know I will not allow it to impact my role and contributions to the Connexus Board.”