After 32 years on the Runestone Electric Association Board of Directors, Ron Holm, from District Four, has announced he will not be seeking re-election in 2019. “It has been my honor to serve our electric cooperative, and now it’s time to allow others this opportunity,” explained Ron. Elected to the board in 1986, Ron served as Treasurer and represented REA on the Great River Energy Board of Directors at separate times during his tenure on the REA board.
REA has experienced many changes over the past 32 years, including changes in leadership. Ron was on the board when former CEO Rick Banke was hired, as well as current CEO Kristin Dolan. While serving on the board, Ron participated in the decision-making process creating successful REA subsidiaries including STAR Energy Services, REA-ALP Internet Services, Heartland Security Services, REA Electrical Contracting, and the purchase of Ellingson Plumbing & Heating (later sold back to the original owners). The consolidation of the downtown office and warehouse facility under one roof is another REA accomplishment during his time on the board.
“When I got on the board, most of our power lines were overhead. Now many power lines are underground. In the past, communication with the guys in the trucks was only by two-way radio. Now our employees are equipped with iPads, cell phones, vehicle location devices, and some even use computers out in the field,” said Ron. “Board packets used to be mailed out every month. Now we receive board meeting materials on an iPad. Meter readers used to drive to every account to read the meter. Today meters are read electronically. The changes are really remarkable! I am also very impressed with the employees at REA. They are friendly, helpful, committed to safety, and take pride in serving our members.”
“I’d like to thank District Four for supporting me all these years, Kris Dolan for her fine leadership, and all the co-op employees for keeping the lights on for our members.”