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2019 BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTION
Meet the candidates
This year, four candidates are running for the open seat in the Northern District. The following candidate profiles are listed in alphabetical order and have been provided by the candidates. Ballots for this election will be mailed on May 6, 2019 to all current HCE members. Members can vote by mail or in person at the HCE Annual Meeting that will be held on June 6 at Brush Creek Pavilion at 4:30 p.m. in Eagle.
Northern District – Vail
Holy Cross has executed very well on its renewable plans for a number of years, and now has an ambitious new set of goals with the 70/70/30 plan (70% renewable sources/ 70% reduction in carbon emissions/ all by the year 2030.) I believe in this bold commitment to push towards renewables while keeping rates affordable and our service reliable. This should be our top line priority, along with updating our regional grid to make it more efficient and resilient in the face of regional wildfires. I am confident those goals can be achieved.
I have been lucky enough to live in the Eagle Valley since 1993 and have always tried to contribute back into our community through a variety of channels. I presently serve as a member of the Town of Vail’s Design Review Board. My full-time career spans over 25 years focused on real estate, including Colorado ranch and residential sales, building development, and marketing communications. I currently work in the development and sales of The Lion, a brand new 65-unit, residential building in Vail. I am well versed in difficult negotiations, budgets and long-range planning, and I genuinely understand the concerns of local businesses and our towns. As a husband and father of two, I am also keenly aware of our larger responsibilities: to build intelligently while preserving our mountain environment and keeping life in our valley affordable.
I would be honored to represent our district as Holy Cross continues to be a leading example of what a forward-thinking electrical cooperative can be for its members. I look forward to serving as your board member, and please feel free to contact me with any questions or feedback at Campbell4HCE@gmail.com or at http://facebook.com/Campbell4HolyCross.
Northern District – Eagle
A retired business professional, I am looking to contribute business knowledge and ideas to Holy Cross Energy by seeking a position on the Board of Directors. Five-year residents of Eagle, my wife and I moved here to be involved in our grandchildren’s lives. Increasingly, we have been getting engaged in the community. I referee local high school soccer, volunteer at our church and support charities and youth programs throughout the region.
I cofounded a successful, nationally prominent consulting firm. For 30 years, I consulted to clients’ boards on organizational development, strategic planning, risk management and related issues. My clients included Duke Energy, Arizona Public Service, Electricities of North Carolina, Tacoma Public Utilities, Bonneville Power, Lower Colorado River Authority and many other electric utilities. Thus, I understand electric utilities’ business issues and have the necessary background for the Holy Cross Energy Board.
In summary, please consider the following attributes of my candidacy for the Holy Cross Energy Board:
- Established and invested in the community of Holy Cross Energy’s service territory.
- Motivated by the long-term interests of my children and grandchildren who reside locally.
- Seasoned and successful business professional.
- Pertinent business background with boards and electric utilities.
- Retired, yielding ample time to address members’ concerns, prepare for and attend meetings and otherwise fulfill Director responsibilities.
I look forward to working on the Board to provide safe, reliable, affordable and sustainable energy to the community and to achieve its clean energy and greenhouse gas reduction goals. Respectfully, I ask for your vote.
Northern District – Edwards
As your representative to the Holy Cross Energy Board of Directors, I will balance the economic needs of our cities, towns, and rural communities with the equally critical need to reduce our impact on natural resources we rely on. We must make sound, forward-looking decisions that support us today, and ensure that the next generation of residents and visitors can fish, ski, and operate their ranches here in central Colorado.
As a public servant and consultant, I have over 20 years of experience guiding communities, public officials, and managers through tough decisions that balance the needs of the human and natural environments. My project management experience spans the Mountain West, from managing large planning efforts and budgets for visitor, transportation, and resource management decisions on federal lands, to facilitating challenging conversations with Colorado mountain communities facing recovery from wildfires, drought, and floods. Here in the Holy Cross Energy service area, I co-facilitated the Climate Action Plan for the Eagle County Community and facilitated the stakeholder engagement for the City of Aspen Climate Action Plan. I currently serve our community as Board Chair for the Eagle River Watershed Council.
With your vote, I will support our energy cooperative in their leadership efforts to maintain reliable and low-cost electricity delivery to our communities. I will work hard to ensure Holy Cross Energy’s continued innovation towards sustainable and financially responsible energy for our community, now and in the future.
Kenneth L. Wise
Northern District – Edwards
I was raised in rural Iowa and spent the majority of my working career in Minnesota. I am now retired and my wife and I now make our permanent home in Edwards. We are active in our local community, serving on the Riverwalk Property Owners and Emerald Building HOA boards, volunteering at Beaver Creek as Mountain hosts and at the Vail Symposium, and enjoying skiing and all things outdoors!
My entire 38-year professional career was spent as a CPA working with one of the world’s largest public accounting firms. In this role, I was fortunate to serve a wide range of companies, both public and private, across many different industries. During this time, I spent significant time working with member owned businesses and cooperative organizations and was very active in related industry organizations including the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives and the National Society of Accountants for Cooperatives.
I am seeking election to the Board of HCE because I believe strongly in its mission to provide members with the best possible services at a reasonable and competitive cost consistent with sound business and environmental practices. I am passionate that boards should be made up of individuals with diverse skills and experiences and I would like to use my background and sincere interest to serve HCE and its members. I thank you for your consideration on this important matter for our company.
One Director from the Northern District. The Northern District is the general area east of Glenwood Canyon along the I-70 corridor to Vail Pass, including Gypsum, Eagle, Edwards, Avon and Vail.
One Director from the Southern District. The Southern District is the general area south of Carbondale along highway 82 including El Jebel, Basalt, Old Snowmass, Snowmass Village and Aspen. Also, along Midland Ave/Frying Pan Road including the towns of Basalt, Meredith and Thomasville.
Not sure what your district is? Give us a call, we’re happy to help 970.945.5491
How to run for the board
Verify your eligibility
Eligible candidates must have been a member of HCE for at least two years immediately prior to June 6, 2019, resident in the district in which they are seeking election and have no conflict of interest. Director qualifications and detailed elections information can be found in our bylaws.
A Director or Director candidate must comply with this Bylaw.
- Director Qualifications- General. To become and remain a Director, a Person must comply with the following general qualifications (“General Director Qualifications”):
- be an individual;
- have the capacity to enter legally binding contracts;
- not have been previously removed as a Director;
- while a Director, and before becoming a Director, not had a judgment of conviction entered against such individual or pled guilty, nolo contendere, or entered an “Alford Plea” to any felony or to any crime involving an offense against a person involving fraud or any crime of dishonesty, computer misuse, gambling, morals, weapons, financial matters of any kind, or other crimes which in the judgment of a majority of the current Board of Directors warrant disqualification; and
- except as otherwise provided by the Board for good cause, receive a Credentialed Cooperative Director designation, Director’s Certificate, or similar designation or certification from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association within three years of becoming a Director;
- except as otherwise provided by the Board for good cause, attend at least five-sixths of all Board Meetings during each 12 month period; and
- be a member of and have received electric service from the Association for a consecutive period of at least two years immediately prior to the date of the Person’s election as a Director.
- Director Qualifications- Membership. To become and remain a Director, an individual must comply with the following membership qualifications (“Membership Director Qualifications”):
- while a Director and during the two years immediately before becoming a Director:
- be an unsuspended member; and
- permanently reside, and use electric energy provided by the Association, at a residence within the Director District from which the Director is nominated or appointed and elected.
- while a Director and during the two years immediately before becoming a Director:
- Director Qualifications- Independence. To become and remain a Director, an individual must comply with the following independence qualifications (“Independence Director Qualifications”):
- annually complete and sign an independence certification and disclosure form approved by the Board;
- while a Director and during the five years immediately before becoming a Director, not be an employee of the Cooperative or an employee of an entity controlled by the Cooperative or in which the Cooperative owns a majority interest (“Cooperative Subsidiary”);
- while a Director and during the one year immediately before becoming a Director, not be an employee of an entity in which the Cooperative is a member or owner (“Cooperative Affiliate”);
- while a Director and during the five years immediately before becoming a Director, not have been a Director, officer, employee, or agent of a union or other entity representing, or seeking to represent, Cooperative employees regarding the terms and conditions of employment with the Cooperative;
- while a Director and during the one year immediately before becoming a Director, not receive or have a Close Relative that receives more than 10 percent of annual gross income, other than insurance or Director compensation (or retirement) income, directly or indirectly from the Cooperative, a Cooperative Subsidiary, a Cooperative Affiliate, or an employee of the Cooperative or a Cooperative Subsidiary;
- while a Director, not be a Close Relative of a Cooperative Official, Director or Cooperative employee;
- while a Director, not be employed by another Director, or be employed by, or receive more than 10 percent of annual gross income from, an entity for which another Director controls, owns more than 10 percent, or is a Director or officer; and
- while a Director and during the one year immediately before becoming a Director, not be employed full time (more than 1,000 hours per year) by, control, own more than 10 percent of, serve as a Director or officer of, or receive more than 10 percent of annual gross income from an entity that:
- employs more than one Director; or
- receives more than 10 percent of its annual gross income directly or indirectly from the Cooperative or a Cooperative Subsidiary or Cooperative Affiliate.
- Director Disqualification. After being elected, designated, or appointed, if a Director does not comply with all General Director Qualifications, Membership Director Qualifications, and Independence Director Qualifications (collectively, “Director Qualifications”), then, except as otherwise provided by the Board for good cause, the Board shall disqualify the Director and the individual is no longer a Director if:
- the Board notifies the Director in writing or electronically of the basis for, and provides the Director an opportunity to comment regarding, the Board’s proposed disqualification; and
- within 10 days after the Board notifies the Director of the proposed disqualification, the Director neither complies with nor meets the Director Qualification.
If a majority of Directors authorized by these Bylaws complies with the Director Qualifications and approves a Board action, then the failure of a Director to comply with the Director Qualifications does not affect the Board action.
Get 15 member signatures
Nominations may be made only by petition signed by 15 or more members who reside in the district for which the Director seat nomination is made. Each petition shall nominate one and only one candidate for a Director position.
Official nomination forms are available at our Glenwood Springs and Avon offices.
Submit your petition
Nominating petitions must be hand delivered or received at our Glenwood Springs or Avon office by
April 19, 4:30 p.m. When you drop off your petition, we will have you sign an authorization for a background check, and certification for compliance (verifying you’re qualifications to run for director)
Campaign and vote
HCE members elect their board of directors by secret ballot at the Annual Meeting of Members held each summer or by mail-in vote. Board members are elected from the membership, by the membership. The next Annual Meeting will be held in Eagle on June 6, 2019 at the Brush Creek Pavilion.
If you want to learn more about joining the board, we are always interested in starting a conversation with potential future board members. Schedule a time to meet with us.