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Recognizing the pending retirement of many experienced employees, the Cooperative began a succession planning effort several years ago that included training qualified personnel to potentially fill both mid-level and senior management positions that would become vacant in the near term. The retirement of Mike Heffinger, who served as the vice president of engineering and operations at MEC for 32 years, in combination with the departure of Brian Mosier, the cooperative’s vice president of business development who accepted a new position at the Virginia, Maryland and Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives, provided the opportunity for MEC’s management team to comprehensively evaluate its organizational structure. The team began to evaluate the over-arching goals of efficiency, expertise and capabilities needed to reliably meet the needs of its member-owners, maintaining affordable rates, and offering the best of customer service. After assessing potential modifications to its organizational structure, the team ultimately developed an approach allowing the cooperative to continue to reach those objectives while eliminating one vice president position.

On the senior management team, David Lipscomb of South Hill has accepted the position of vice president of member and energy services, which merged responsibilities from his previous position as vice president of district services with those required in leading MEC’s member services and business development groups. Lipscomb holds an AAS degree in Drafting and Design and a BS degree in Electrical Engineering Technology from Old Dominion University. He has been employed by the Cooperative for 24 years and has served in both the engineering and operations groups.

B. J. Seamans of Fort Mitchell has accepted the modified position of vice president of engineering and operations. A 2002 graduate of Virginia Tech, Seamans holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and received his license as a Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia in 2008. He previously served as electrical engineer – planning, and he has been employed at Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative for 10 years. In his new position, he will oversee all engineering efforts, the ongoing system maintenance and construction work including the supervision of the line personnel who undertake those responsibilities, and outage restoration work.

To enhance the management of the key areas of engineering and operations, reporting to Seamans are two positions that have also been filled by experienced internal staff members. Brian Woods, formerly electrical engineer – operations, has accepted the position of director of engineering. He holds an AAS degree in Electronics Technology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering Technology from Old Dominion University in Norfolk. He has been employed by the Cooperative for 12 years and resides in the Chase City area.

Robert Lankford of Red Oak has accepted the position of director of operations. He has been employed by the Cooperative for 26 years during which time he completed the Cooperative’s extensive Line Technician Apprenticeship Program and a number of job-related courses at Southside Virginia Community College as well as advanced electric distribution system training through the Virginia, Maryland and Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives. He has held a supervisory position leading the Underground and Apparatus department for over 20 years.

Regarding this reorganization, John Lee, president and CEO of Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative (MEC), states, “I am very proud that we have outstanding employees here who work hard to position themselves for opportunities when they arise, and that we are able to fill job vacancies at the Cooperative from within with candidates who take a second seat to no one, including outside candidates. We have put team members into new positions, and made some changes in reporting relationships that support a sound organizational structure for the present and future of our cooperative. I am confident that these changes will provide excellent leadership and continue our legacy of great service to our members. As I look down the road, with all its challenges and opportunities, I see a future that is bright and promising for this cooperative, primarily because we have the very best of employees and because their predecessors took the initiative to prepare them for advancement.”

He continues, “Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative’s number one priority, behind safety only, is meeting the expectations of our members; we work hard to ensure that they receive electricity that is safe, affordable and reliable. These changes mark a passing of the torch and our organization is evolving in a really good way…we are getting stronger, smarter and even more effective in the way we serve our members. Additionally, we continue to get leaner as an organization, which assists us in holding down costs without impacting the quality of service we provide. Achieving our goals can only be accomplished through excellent planning coupled with capable, dedicated employees who take pride in the organization and who recognize the impact rising costs have on our membership. Fortunately, we have both of these.”

Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative is the not-for-profit consumer-owned energy provider to over 31,000 services located in portions of Brunswick, Charlotte, Greensville, Halifax, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Pittsylvania, Southampton and Sussex Counties. It is a Touchstone Energy Cooperative, headquartered in Chase City with district offices in Emporia, Chase City, and Gretna. For more information, visit www.meckelec.org.