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Director of Operations


Retires After 39 Years A longtime employee says goodbye to the co-op. Director of Operations, Martin Walls, has retired from his corner


office.


Martin worked for LREC for 39 years. He started working at LREC during his high school years for Grace Hudlin, the third co-op manager after LREC was formed. Martin worked as a linemen from 1976 to 2003, then moved to Supervisor of Engineering from 2003- 2009, from there he moved to Director of Operations from 2009- 2015.


“I considered him my right hand man,” said Hamid Vahdatipour, CEO. “It was hard to see him go, but I know he will enjoy his retirement.”


Martin was an employee who had many years with the co-op. With many years came many memories and changes as the co-op grew.


“I remember when the co-op only had 1 digger and 1 basket truck, to now having 49 different co-op vehicles. The co-op has grown and evolved, from paper maps to computers, and all the services LREC now provides to our members, such as fiber-to- the-home for some, and water service to others,” said Martin.


Martin plans to join his wife Karen, who has recently retired as well. They plan on spending more time with family, and he can foresee some camping and fishing in the future.


“I will miss all the people I have worked with over the years, which are like my second family. The company has been so very good to me and my family, and I wish the co-op well. I enjoyed working for a company that took care of the people who took care of the company.”


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- Golda and son Jeff, LREC Members.


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