About the Award

The J.C. Brown CEO Communication Leadership Award (J.C. Brown Award) recognizes an electric cooperative or public power district chief executive officer/general manager who is committed to advancing communication at the cooperative and in the electric cooperative industry. Established in 2003, the award memorializes the late J.C. Brown and his unwavering dedication to the importance of communication as a vital link connecting electric cooperatives with each other and with their consumers, and to advancing the cooperative business model.

The J.C. Brown Award winner is traditionally recognized at NRECA's CEO Close Up conference in January, as well as during the CONNECT conference in May.

Read the J.C. Brown fact sheet (PDF) for more detailed information. Read about the legendary wit of J.C. Brown here.

2021 J.C. Brown Award Winner

Congratulations to Randy Smith, general manager, Dixie Electric Power Association in Laurel, Mississippi.

Read more: Dixie Electric's Randy Smith Wins J.C. Brown CEO Communication Leadership Award

Ready for more inspiration as you consider a J.C. Brown award application? Check out the list of past winners and highlights of recent winners.


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The J.C. Brown CEO Communication Leadership Award is sponsored by the Council of Rural Electric Communicators (CREC) and the Certified Cooperative Communicator (CCC) Program Board in conjunction with the Spotlight on Excellence Awards Program.

See the Awards & Recognition page to learn about other communications awards programs.