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• A MESSAGE FROM YOUR GENERAL MANAGER KEC sees another great year


KWH Sales are up, Harris is Retiring and Rodriguez named successor.


Joe Harris


This past year has been an amazing year of growth for your cooperative. While we didn’t grow greatly in the number of me- ters served we grew exponentially in demand and kilowatt hours sold. The rapid growth in the oil field has been both a blessing and a curse. We recently calcu- lated the kilowatt hours sold to our customers and were sur- prised by the results. The farm and ranch members purchased only twelve percent of our sales and the commercial accounts not


related to the oil and gas indus- try purchased approximately the same amount. This leaves the oil and gas industry responsible for about seventy-five percent of our sales. This is great for our mem- bers, but also a little scary!


Your board of directors has been very careful in setting policies that protect the general membership from any negative impacts that this growth by a single industry might cause, while leveraging the benefits to the greater good of all members. This has allowed us to rotate significant capital credits to the membership for the seventh year in a row.


I also wish to congratulate Tim Rodriquez on being selected as the next CEO/General Manager of Kay Electric Cooperative. Tim brings over thirty years of man- agement experience to this job including twenty-five years here


at KEC. He is going to do you a great job!


Lastly, I wish to express my heartfelt thanks to the KEC family. The Board of Directors, who gave me an opportunity, then provided great guidance and encourage- ment. To all of the KEC employ- ees both retired and active that I had the privilege of working with, during sunny days and stormy nights. To the wonderful mem- bership that has always been supporting and participating own- ers of their cooperative. I have had an amazing time working here and know I was privileged to have been a part of such a great organization.


The single most significant event in my professional career was the Ice Storm of January 2002.


It


was a devastating event. It was the worst of times and it brought out the best in people, and that’s what I will take with me into retire- ment, remembering the best in people.


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