TCEC Named 2019 Large Business of the Year
The Greater Madison County Chamber of Commerce recognizes Chamber members, individuals and businesses in the community during the Annual Banquet and Silent Auction. On October 3rd, Tri-County Electric Cooperative was recognized for its contributions to the community and received the award for 2019 Large Business of the Year.
Awards are presented for the categories of Small Business of the Year, Large Business of the Year, Young Professional of the Year, and the Best in Customer Service Award. Recipients of these awards were nominated and voted on by members of the community and represent the best of the Madison County community. Awards recognize the highest level of professionalism, knowledge, integrity, stewardship to the community, investment in the future of business and growth in Madison.
We are honored to be named the 2019 Large Business of the Year and it is a pleasure to serve our community.
Meet Your Newest Trustee to be seated at this year’s annual meeting
Ann Herring District 6 Trustee
Ms. Ann Herring is the newest member of the TCEC Board of Trustees having been elected by the members during the District Meeting held in July 2019. She is a lifelong resident of Jefferson County. Ms. Herring currently holds membership in the following organizations: Community Friends of Jefferson County, Inc. and the Jefferson County Educational Foundation, Inc.
After more than 30 years of service, Ms. Herring retired from Florida State government in 2017. During her tenure with the state, she worked for the Department of Health and the Department of Children and Families. Prior to this, she worked with several private sector organizations and was employed as a teacher in the Jefferson County Public School System.
Co-ops on the Hill
NRECA welcomes co-op grassroots advocates to Washington for the annual Legislative Conference. Directors and employees of member-owned electric cooperatives come from across America to spend time on Capitol Hill talking to their congressional delegations and congressional staff about legislative issues affecting electric cooperatives and their member-owners.
TCEC board members Catherine Bethea, Elmer Coker, Donnie Waldrep, George Webb and Elmer Coker, along with Stephanie Carroll, Kaitlynn Culpepper and Eileen Herndon, joined over 2,000 electric cooperative leaders in Washington, D.C., to discuss priority issues with our members of Congress and administration officials. This is a great opportunity to meet policymakers where they are and educate them on the unique benefits of the locally-controlled, consumer-owned, cooperative business structure.
Thank you to the following offices for taking time out of
your busy schedules to meet with us:
Congressman Al Lawson, Congressman Neal Dunn, Senator Rick Scott, Senator Marco Rubio (staff)
Your Trustee, Your Community
TCEC employees and board members love volunteering in their communities. Whether you see them coaching your child on the ball field or picking up trash along the roadways in a county beautification drive, we live here and work here, right alongside our members. We’re neighbors, and we help out when and where we can.
Mentors in Schools
District 9 Trustee Elmer Coker was recently recognized for his contribution to the Taylor County mentoring program. A former football coach, his dedication and passion for our young people didn’t stop at retirement. During a visit
to his church from Taylor County School District Superintendent, Danny Glover, he decided it was time to get back into the schools and help wherever he could.
Completing all the necessary background assessments, he was ready to get back to work. He was assigned to a young man “serving time” in the In School Suspension program. It was hard for the young man to make eye contact with his mentor. It didn’t take very many meetings with the student before he and Mr. Coker became friends.
Having just completed his first year in the mentorship program, the impact on the children in the program is not yet realized, but it became evident that the children looked forward to his visits.
Mr. Coker said, “I enjoyed seeing a positive change in the students I have worked with this year. It has been my honor to make special friends during this school year,
and I look forward to having more opportunities to help the schools in the upcoming year.”
Takes Kids Fishing
It’s no secret that District 1 Trustee Junior Smith loves to fish. What you may not know is that for six years he has shared his love of fishing with young people through the Take a Kid Fishing Day program offered by the Florida Baptist Association. Every year, between 30 to 35 volunteers from First Baptist Church of Madison and the community, come together to offer young people ages 5 to 17 who may not otherwise have an opportunity to spend a day on the water, fishing, driving the boat or talking on the radios to the other fishing participants. Each boat has a captain, a co-captain and a child. Boats pull out from Keaton Beach at 8:00 a.m. sharp, and when the day is over, the kids return back to a fresh cooked meal.
Originally serving as a boat captain, these last few years, Mr. Smith has changed roles and now volunteers as one of the cooks serving up hamburgers, hotdogs and corn on the cob for all the participants and volunteers.
Mr. Smith says, “I am so thankful to have an opportunity to take part in this project. I love kids, and it very rewarding to see these young people enjoying themselves fishing and being on the water.”
All of us at TCEC are proud of the time and dedication our board members spend helping others in their communities.
DEPARTMENT SPOTLIGHT: Human Resources
TCEC Human Resources (HR) Department consists of Stephanie Carroll, Vice President of Corporate Services, and Andrew Pinkard, Human Resources Assistant. They may not appear often in the headlines, but you can rest assured they are there, working behind the scenes to assist TCEC and its employees. HR is a critical and vital role in any organization. And, it’s always changing.
On any given day, these two can be working on training programs, benefit issues, compensation planning, employee relation issues and team-building projects. TCEC has 68 employees on its payroll, so both Stephanie and Andrew have an important job behind the curtain. They know they are part of the co-op’s strategic plan, and every employee is their team’s customer or member.
Stephanie shares, “The goal of the Human Resources Department is to support the organization in being an “employer of choice.” HR strives to balance the needs of our employees, the department, and the co-op by providing professional customer service in its area of expertise.”
Andrew adds, “Matching the right people for the job and making TCEC an excellent place to work is another goal of our department.”
Stephanie has been with TCEC for 18 years. Originally working after school in the finance department, she worked her way up to Director of Employee and Member Service, and was then promoted to Vice President of Corporate Services in 2015. She works with upper and executive management to develop HR policies and ensure compliance with all government regulations. While also overseeing member services, information technology, community relations, billing, and co-op facilities.
Married to Bubba for 16 years, they have two children Ashton and Lexi. Stephanie loves camping, traveling with her family, and spoiling her three Nigerian Dwarf goats, two bunnies,
and two dogs.
Andrew started as part-time system operator for TCEC until January 2015 when he transferred to the Human Resources Department. He offers support on a wide variety of HR goals and programs that can have him processing medical insurance claims, verifying and assisting in compliance with DOT drivers requirements, helping with complex insurance issues to assisting an employee in the retirement process.
Andrew is married to Bobbi, and they have two sons, Gavin and Gabriel. He enjoys spending time with his family, tinkering with cars, and listening to classic rock music. Andrew says, “My favorite part of my job is the variety of unique challenges that it entails. No two days are the same.”