NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tony Anderson, CEO of Cherryland Electric Cooperative in Michigan, today begins his two-year term as president of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) board of directors. Chris Christensen, NRECA’s outgoing board president and a director of NorVal Electric Cooperative in Montana, passed the gavel to Anderson during NRECA’s annual meeting.
Anderson was elected NRECA president by the association’s board of directors. He is the immediate past vice president and previously served as secretary-treasurer. Joe Martin, board president at Mountain View Electric Association in Colorado, was elected vice president. Mike Partin, president and CEO of Sequachee Valley Electric Cooperative, was elected secretary-treasurer.
“I want to thank Chris for his service and express my gratitude to NRECA’s board for this tremendous opportunity,” said Anderson, who has served on the association’s board for 15 years. “The future is bright for electric cooperatives as we work to power and empower local communities across the nation. I’m excited to continue playing a role to support efforts to build a better tomorrow for the families and businesses we serve.”
“We are extremely fortunate to have strong and thoughtful leaders working to help electric co-ops navigate the evolving energy marketplace and new opportunities,” said NRECA Chief Executive Officer Jim Matheson. “It has been a pleasure working with Chris as board president, and I look forward to Tony’s leadership of our board of directors.”
Anderson has served as Cherryland’s CEO since 2003. He joined the NRECA board in 2008. Prior to joining Cherryland, Anderson worked at four cooperatives across South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming and Wisconsin. He and his wife, Mary, have three children and five grandchildren.
The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association is the national trade association representing nearly 900 local electric cooperatives. From growing suburbs to remote farming communities, electric co-ops serve as engines of economic development for 42 million Americans across 56 percent of the nation’s landscape. As local businesses built by the consumers they serve, electric cooperatives have meaningful ties to rural America and invest $12 billion annually in their communities.