Delivering value in 2017

January 1, 2018

 • BY Ron Holcomb

Tipmont's 78th Annual Meeting in July 2017 was attended by an estimated 1,500 people
Tipmont's 78th Annual Meeting in July 2017 was attended by an estimated 1,500 people
Tipmont's 78th Annual Meeting in July 2017 was attended by an estimated 1,500 people
Tipmont's 78th Annual Meeting in July 2017 was attended by an estimated 1,500 people

I frequently use this space to talk about how we define Tipmont as an essential services provider. We continued our journey in 2017 by focusing on those services that provide the best value while also staying consistent with our areas of expertise.

It was rewarding to spend time with so many of you at our new Kilowatts & Brats events last spring and fall. Your involvement in our cooperative is critical to our success. We look forward to continuing them in 2018.

In 2017, Tipmont hooked up 786 new service locations. At a time where many rural electric cooperatives are experiencing flat or declining growth, we are very grateful for a thriving local economy.

Our crews rebuilt 19.5 miles of overhead line and converted 2.75 miles of overhead line to underground line in the Watkins Glen and Riverbluffs subdivisions. We also extended underground primary in seven new subdivisions or extensions of existing ones with the potential of serving over 230 new meters.

Our community grant programs, Operation Round Up and EnviroWatts combined to contribute over $95,000 back into our local communities. Recipients included Friendship House, Gifts of Grace Adoption Support Center, Montgomery County Youth Service Bureau, Wabash River Enhancement Corporation, and Camp Cullom.

In June, we sent 19 sixth graders to Touchstone Energy Camp at Camp Tecumseh and 20 high school juniors on Youth Tour to Washington D.C.

An estimated 1,500 people attended our 78th Annual Meeting in July. I’m very grateful to each of you who made time to attend. I hope to see you on July 28, 2018 at McCutcheon High School.

In September, we sent six lineman to Georgia and Florida to help rebuild their electric system following Hurricane Irma. Also, our tree trimming crews partnered with arborists from Purdue, DNR and others to donate an estimated $30,000 of work to Indiana Veterans’ Home as part of the Saluting Branches initiative.

Our staff does an excellent job of efficiently running Tipmont’s operations. This enabled our board of directors in December to retire capital credits to members who received service in 1987.

We look ahead to 2018 with a focus on empowering you to be more efficient and productive. There are some exciting initiatives just over the horizon and I look forward to sharing more with you in the coming months.

Ron Holcomb

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Ron is a 30 year veteran of the electric utility industry with extensive experience in power supply, advanced grid technologies, essential service operations, economic development and value-driven growth initiatives for combined electric and telecommunication utilities. During his career, he has led three utilities as President/CEO and provided management consulting to utilities across the country. Ron joined Tipmont REMC as CEO in summer 2013. He holds a B.S. in Physics from Austin Peay State University and an MBA from Murray State University.
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