Message from the President
By Rick Nelsen, 2019 NREDA President

2019 is off and running and NREDA is no exception. On behalf of the NREDA board of directors, here are a few "quick hitters" about what is going on in the association:
We have engaged a branding/marketing firm, Stone Ward (Little Rock, AR), to evaluate and make recommendations regarding NREDA's brand. Stone Ward has met with the board and will be interviewing some members and evaluating our current communications before bringing some initial recommendations to the board in March. Stay tuned!

For those of you attending NRECA's New & Emerging Technologies (NET) conference next month, I encourage you to stop by the NREDA booth and visit with board members Nikki Pfannenstiel and Dan Boysel who will be staffing the booth. As with all our strategic partners we greatly appreciate our relationship with NRECA and Touchstone.

Elsewhere in this newsletter you will read the details on the change of staffing by Association Management Ltd. (AML). Lynn Harkin will still be nearby but has accepted a new position and after mid-February will no longer serve as NREDA's executive director. I am excited for Lynn's new adventure but will miss her greatly. I am thrilled that our executive director in the interim will be Molly Lopez, CAE, who served as executive director for several years previous to Lynn. Molly has a great knowledge of our organization and an enthusiasm for what we do.

As they say - "watch this space" for upcoming news on professional development opportunities, the board's trip to Washington D.C. and the annual conference.

Lastly, in the December newsletter, I neglected to mention Jim Vermeer of Corn Belt Power Cooperative (IA) when thanking outgoing board members. Jim fulfilled his term on the board after serving last year as Past President. Thanks for your service to NREDA Jim!

Until next time remember, #ruraliscool.