SAN DIEGO — Dennis Hill, former general manager and CEO of the North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives (NDAREC), has won the 2016 Paul Revere Award. The award was presented by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) during its annual meeting and recognizes NDAREC’s grassroots mobilization efforts.
“Dennis Hill has been central to electric co-ops’ efforts in North Dakota for 34 years, helping to cultivate tremendous growth through professional development, education and advocacy,” said NRECA President Mel Coleman, CEO of North Arkansas Electric Cooperative. “Dennis exhibited strong leadership and built a sterling reputation for providing exemplary service to electric cooperatives across the state. The advancement of rural electrification and progressive policies under his leadership during three decades remains relevant today. NDAREC continues to be a staunch supporter of NRECA and the co-op business model.”
The Paul Revere Award recognizes outstanding achievement in the development and mobilization of the electric cooperative consumer grassroots on an issue of state or national importance to electric cooperatives and their member-owners in the communities they serve.
More than 5,500 representatives from electric co-ops across the nation are attending NRECA’s Annual Meeting celebrating its 75th Anniversary. The meeting runs from Feb. 23 through Mar. 1 in San Diego and sets NRECA’s legislative and organizational agenda for 2017. Co-op representatives also hear from NRECA officials, key public figures and business experts about issues affecting electric cooperatives and their consumer members. The Annual Meeting is held in conjunction with TechAdvantage, a technology learning event and expo that features more than 280 exhibitors showcasing their state-of-the-art technologies, equipment and services.
The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association is the national service organization that represents the nation’s more than 900 not-for-profit, consumer-owned electric cooperatives, which provide service to 42 million people in 47 states.