McLeod Cooperative Power (MCPA) is pleased to welcome Ronald Meier as the Cooperative’s Chief Executive Officer.
Meier comes to the Co-op after serving as the Manager of Engineering and Member Relations of La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) in Durango, Colorado. “Ron brings a great deal of experience to our Co-op. He worked for La Plata Electric Association in Durango, Colorado for nearly 27 years with a diverse management background both in engineering and member service departments. We’re confident that his professional experience will be an asset for our organization as we continue working to meet the needs of our members,” shared Joe Griebie, MCPA Board Vice-President.
McLeod Cooperative Power Board President, Keith Peterson discussed the search process, “We were very fortunate to have a field of very qualified candidates applying for the CEO position. Great River Energy facilitated the recruitment process utilizing a nationwide search. Mr. Meier was selected in large part based on his technical and administrative experience in managing electric utilities. We also were impressed with his commitment to providing members the best service possible at an affordable rate.”
Meier holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from New Mexico State University. He is passionate about leadership, proven by a myriad of leadership certificates including NRECA’s Robert I. Kabat Management Internship Program. In his own words, “My success comes from others succeeding. I want to empower everyone by removing obstacles.”
“Ron comes to us with a deep passion for the electric co-op industry. His excitement about the co-op model is evident every time he speaks about it. It is also clear that Ron very much enjoys working with Co-op employees. We are excited for his style of leadership at the Co-op,” said Peterson.
Meier succeeds Carrie L. Buckley who retired after 5 years as General Manager. His first day with MCPA was June 15, 2020. He recently relocated to Glencoe and is getting familiar with the Co-op, its employees, programs, and service area.
“I’m excited to be joining the McLeod Co-op family. There is a sense of true cooperative pride here. Everyone I’ve met in my first few days is here to help the members and that is what a co-op is all about,” said Meier about his transition. “Right now, and for at least the next six months, my job is to observe and absorb how we do things here. As far as the future goes, I want to support McLeod Cooperative Power with its mission to always listen to our members, building trust and meeting their needs along the way. In addition, continuing to develop a culture of safety at the Co-op and keeping abreast of changes in our industry to enhance our services are some of my top priorities.”
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