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Steven C. Hunt, President & CEO

Well believe it or not, one third of 2017 is now just a memory and many of us are focusing on the summer of 2017. As I write this article I am watching the Tar Heels and the Zags in the NCAA Championship game. When you read this article, this too will be a distant memory and hopefully the Tar Heels will have been crowned the National Champions for the 6th time in history.  I will probably catch it for this statement if the Zags win tonight, but win or lose, I am a Tar Heel born and bred!

Now that I have “rowled up” all the non-Carolina fans, let’s talk about some good news I would like to share with you in regards to our core personnel. As you know, we have been very focused on transitioning to the role of trusted energy adviser the last couple of years, so I didn’t want you to think we have abandoned our core personnel. With that said, I thought I would share some data that confirms we are still investing in our core personnel, the linemen. In 2015, we created a promotional program that assesses the skillset of our 2nd Class Linemen allowing them to be evaluated in key areas by a written, oral, and “hands-on” assessment proving knowledge and skillset. This program has resulted in some very positive numbers for the cooperative and given our operational teammates opportunities for promotion that did not exist. Before this program, the only way to promote to 1st Class Lineman was one had to leave creating a vacancy. Now once an individual obtains the skillset needed for a 1st Class Lineman he is given the opportunity to prove the skillset and be promoted to the next level. This is a win-win for both the cooperative and the teammate as the cooperative is much stronger in the 1st class ranks and the teammate is awarded financially for his knowledge and effort. Please take a look at the graph below depicting our strengthening in the 1st class ranks proving our investment in our teammates. In fact, since 2013 we have increased our personnel in the 1st class lineman ranks by 36%. Not only have we invested in our lineman personnel, but we have increased by 100% in the substation technician role and also added to our professional staff. Currently, we have 2 engineers that are certified by the state of North Carolina with the credentials of Professional Engineer. Yes, we are committed to be your trusted energy adviser, but we have not forgotten our core business neither the personnel that are the foundation of the cooperative.

In closing, I would be amiss if I did not wish all the moms and grandmothers a very Happy Mother’s Day!  It is my prayer your children treat you with respect not just on Mother’s Day, but every single day of your life!

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