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Shannon Clark Elected Chairman of the NRTC Board

Randy Sukow Mar 10, 2019

The NRTC Board of Directors elected Shannon Clark, CEO and general manager of Richland Electric Cooperative in Richland Center, WI, to be its next chairman. It selected Clark earlier today during a special board meeting immediately after NRTC held its annual meeting for electric members in Orlando, FL. Clark (pictured) succeeds Jeff Wilson, CEO and general manager of West Carolina Rural Telephone Cooperative in Abbeville, SC, who has served as NRTC board chairman for the past two years.

In addition, the board elected Tim Mergen, current NRTC secretary-treasurer and CEO/general manager of Meeker Cooperative Light & Power Association in Litchfield, MN, to succeed Clark as vice chairman. At-large telco board member Jimmy Todd, CEO and general manager of Nex‐Tech in Lenora, KS, will succeed Mergen as secretary-treasurer.

Clark was one of three board members the full NRTC electric membership elected new three-year terms during the annual meeting. The others included incumbent board members David Pierce, director, Amicalola Electric Membership Corporation, Jasper, GA and Robert "Dale" Short, CEO and general manager, Butler Rural Electric Cooperative, El Dorado, KS. All three were reelected unanimously by voice vote.

The NRTC meeting, held in conjunction with the NRECA annual Meeting and TechAdvantage Expo, also featured CEO Tim Bryan’s speech reviewing highlights of 2018 with his assessment of future business and technology opportunities.

Much of Bryan’s speech focused on NRTC Broadband Solutions, which has formed into a force to develop the ideal broadband strategy for rural electric and telco internet providers. All the resources of NRTC and its subsidiaries are working together to help members develop the best broadband strategy, choose the best technologies to fit member needs, and operate businesses that meet community needs for years to come.

NRTC will post a video of Bryan’s speech and the full NRTC annual meeting later this month.

Update, March 15: A video of the NRTC Annual meeting for rural electric cooperatives is now available on YouTube.

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