Acheson, Benz, Kestner, Waner, and Willis Receive National Recognition

Five directors of Adams Electric Cooperative, Camp Point, Illinois, have earned recognition by attaining the Director Gold credential offered by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA).

Alan Acheson of Rushville, Jim Benz of Quincy, John Kestner of Payson, Lyle Waner of Loraine, and Bob Willis of Mt. Sterling have been notified that they have met the requirements to attain the Director Gold credential according to Jim Thompson, General Manager of Adams Electric Cooperative.

In order to earn the credential, directors have to complete a core set of five courses followed by a variety of elective courses in topics ranging from finance to technology and meet a continuing education requirement throughout their service on the co-op board. The Director Gold credential recognizes directors who are committed to continuing their education throughout their service on the board by earning three continuing education credits over a two-year period.

Thompson said the Director Gold credential is offered by NRECA to help directors comply with laws, understand evolving technologies, and to apply leading governance practices. Overall, continuing education is considered a way for directors to keep abreast of changes so they don’t lag behind.

NRECA is the national service organization for more than 900 rural electric utilities that provide electricity to approximately 42 million consumers in 47 states and sell approximately twelve percent of all electric energy sold in the United States.  Most NRECA members are consumer-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperatives.


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