Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative (LMRE) and North Central Electric Cooperative (NCE) have selected Edward VanHoose to serve as their next general manager.
VanHoose, CEO of Clay Electric Cooperative in Flora, Ill., will succeed Markus Bryant, who is retiring in January after 24 years with LMRE, 21 years with NCE, and 40 years in the electric cooperative industry.
After a national search conducted with the aid of a NRECA search consultant, VanHoose was selected by a combined board made up of representatives from LMRE and NCE. The two cooperatives form FESCO, a management and shared-services cooperative. VanHoose will serve as FESCO president and, as a result, will serve as general manager for both cooperatives.
VanHoose will join the cooperatives in mid-November and will work with Bryant on the management transition until December 11, when he will officially assume the duties of FESCO president. Bryant will continue to work until his retirement date of January 2.
“I appreciate the faith the FESCO board has placed in me as the incoming president,” VanHoose said. “My family and I are incredibly excited to begin our journey with both cooperatives, and we look forward to many years of service in northern Ohio.”
VanHoose has served as the CEO of Clay Electric for the past four-and-a-half years, where he oversaw all aspects of operations of the cooperative. Before joining Clay Electric, he worked as the IT manager for the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives (AIEC), where he advised AIEC’s 25 electric and eight telephone cooperative members on various technology issues, ranging from network security and smart grid deployment to broadband adoption. He also was involved at the statewide level in economic development and communications. VanHoose served on the Governor’s Broadband Deployment Council and the Steering Committee for the East Central Illinois Development Corporation.
“We believe Mr. VanHoose brings a wealth of experience and education that will fit our cooperatives for the long term,” said Duane Frankart, who represents NCE on the FESCO board. “Before he joined the statewide association, he owned an information technology company and had 40 employees. He impressed us when he said he considers all employees as extensions of his family. He looked each of us in the eye and said, ‘I want to come and work for you. I want this job.'”
Frankart commended the work of NRECA search consultant Ed Holmes. They had 25 candidates for the position. Holmes reduced the list to 11 based on the goals and objectives of the FESCO board. The FESCO board interviewed four finalists before unanimously selecting VanHoose.