NRECA saw two familiar faces on the stage this week to receive NRECA President’s Award – NRTC board member Bob Hance, president and CEO of Midwest Energy & Communications in Michigan and NRTC Senior VP, Broadband Programs Ken Johnson, the former general manager and CEO of Co-Mo Electric Cooperative in Missouri. According to NRECA, the President’s Award “recognizes outstanding contributions to rural electrification on the nation, state or community level.”
Both Hance and Johnson are pioneering managers who were among the first to launch fiber optic network projects to support gigabit internet distribution to their rural service areas and apply fast fiber data capability to smart grid applications. Both have been influential in shaping federal broadband policy and drawing from government broadband funding programs.
Hance in 2017 was one of the first electric cooperative representatives named to the FCC’s Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC). Johnson joined NRTC late last year after briefly serving as the administrator for Rural Utilities Service (RUS).
NRECA presented the award to both men during the its Annual Meeting and TechAdvantage Expo in Orlando, FL.