David Bailey, CEO and General ManagerSouth Alabama Electric Cooperative, Troy, ALAs a 25-year veteran of the electric cooperative network, David Bailey understands the value that comes from being a part of something bigger than oneself. Since being named CEO and General Manager of South Alabama Electric Cooperative in 2016, David has established himself as a leader among his cooperative peers and in his community.
Through his participation in local, regional, statewide and national organizations, Bailey exemplifies his passion for service to members and for the value Touchstone Energy offers its members.In addition to his responsibilities as CEO and General Manager, David works with board members to cultivate a sense of ownership among the member base and promote the cooperative as a responsible member of the business community. His goal is to solidify South Alabama Electric Cooperative’s Best-in-Class status for member service through enhanced member relationships to foster a better understanding of the rural electrification program. To gauge the effectiveness of these efforts, the cooperative participates in bi-annual member satisfaction surveys, which consistently underscore their success.David and his staff promote the Touchstone Energy brand through sponsorships of sports and other community events, and by using resources such as the Co-op Connections Card to bring a better quality of life to members and the communities the cooperative serves.Prior to becoming CEO and General Manager, David served as staff assistant at South Alabama Electric Cooperative. He also worked as audit manager at Jackson Thornton & Company in Montgomery, Alabama, and staff accountant at Union Springs Telephone Company in Union Springs, Alabama.He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Troy University and is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Alabama. He is also a NRECA Certified Key Account Executive.A leader in the business and local community, David serves on the PowerSouth Energy Cooperative Board of Trustees, the Supervisory Committee of the Alabama Rural Electric Federal Credit Union, the Business Administration Planning Committee of the Alabama Rural Electric Association, the Alabama Society of CPA’s Industry Advisory Committee, and the Client Advisory Board to Jackson Thornton and Company.He and his wife, Nelda, are members of New Hope Baptist Church, where he serves as Treasurer and Deacon, as well as Treasurer of the New Hope Cemetery Fund. They have two daughters, Ashley and Whitney. An avid outdoorsman, Bailey enjoys deer hunting in his free time.
Norm Fandel, Vice President of Business Development & Member ServicesMidland Power Cooperative, IA Norm Fandel is the Vice President of Business Development & Member Services at Midland Power Cooperative in Jefferson, Iowa. A graduate of Northwest Iowa Community College, Norm has more than 39 years of experience in the distribution cooperative industry.
Over the last 26 years, he has spearheaded Midland Power’s focus on economic development and has managed the cooperative’s marketing and communications initiatives. He has been a long-time supporter of the cooperative’s participation in Touchstone Energy and the idea of electric cooperatives across the country uniting.Norm and his team are proud to have partnered to bring the Touchstone Energy hot air balloon to the Farm Progress Show at Boone, Iowa, biannually for the last eight years. Furthermore, he and his team have been long-time supporters of the annual Touchstone Energy sponsorship at the Iowa State Fair, including staffing the Touchstone Energy booth, which sponsors 4-H programs.Norm has an understanding of multiple perspectives in the electric cooperative industry. He has experience working with two G&Ts. He has been a part of five economic development groups as well as Iowa Area Development Group and Professional Developers of Iowa, and he maintains membership with NREDA. Norm has served on various industry committees including a project with CRN and marketing planning for NRECA. Additionally, he has experience assisting member municipals with various economic development and energy-efficiency programs and has earned a certificate as a key accounts executive through NRECA.Additionally, Norm is very community-minded. He actively participates in numerous service clubs and non-profit organizations and spends hundreds of hours of personal time volunteering each year.
Marty Haught, Assistant General Manager/Chief Operating OfficerUnited Cooperative Services, TXFor more than two decades, Marty Haught has worked for various sectors of the electric utility industry. He has spent parts of his career with municipal, investor-owned, and ultimately joined the electric cooperative utilities in 2002.
Marty discovered his principles aligned perfectly with those of member-owned electric co-ops while directing communications and member relations at Touchstone Energy’s national headquarters. In 2006, Mr. Haught joined United Cooperative Services, a distribution cooperative serving more than 85,000 meters in 14 counties adjacent to Fort Worth, Texas. He now serves as the Assistant General Manager and COO for United and holds a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech University.With his experience at a national cooperative organization and at a distribution cooperative level, Marty is looking to bring a unique and pragmatic perspective to the Touchstone Energy board. If elected, he would support the purpose of the brand by supporting programs and resources that help member cooperatives strengthen their relationships with their memberships.
Tresa Hussong, Vice President of Customer & Corporate RelationsIowa Lakes Electric Cooperative, IATresa Hussong, an industry professional with 25 years of successful experience in marketing and public relations, and has a proven record of encouraging and supporting Touchstone Energy’s core values of integrity, accountability, innovation and commitment to community.
Throughout her 19-year tenure at the cooperative, she has built a reputation of leadership. As vice president of customer and corporate relations, Tresa has produced award-winning communication materials, directs public relations events, lead the transition of the Cooperative’s Operation Round Up program from an opt-in to an opt-out program with its own separate 501(c) 3, tax-exempt foundation, develops customer and energy services, oversees key account management, encourages economic development, oversees the billing and customer service department and is active in legislative grassroots. Because of the Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative’s strong commitment to economic development, under Tresa’s leadership, the Cooperative recently completed its second business park in Spirit Lake in partnership with its wholesale power provider, Corn Belt Power Cooperative, and the regional economic development group. More than 60 percent of the cooperative’s revenues are from commercial and industrial accounts.Tresa has championed the Touchstone Energy brand from the time she was promoted from her previous position as the manager of customer services in 2005. Among the first Touchstone Energy programs Tresa implemented was the annual ASCI survey that is still conducted at Iowa Lakes each year. Iowa Lakes promotes the brand each year at the Touchstone Energy booth it sponsors at the world’s largest county fair – the Clay County Fair. More than 300,000 visitors attend the fair each year and learn more about the Touchstone Energy brand. Rivaling the Iowa State Fair in size and attractions, this fair has been host to such entertainers as Garth Brooks, Clay Aiken, Leann Rimes and Carrie Underwood.In addition to using Touchstone Energy materials in the Cooperative’s newspaper, radio and television advertising, Iowa Lakes has partnered with two local radio stations to be the exclusive sponsor of a Doppler radar system. Iowa Lakes, branded with Touchstone Energy, receives the primary recognition and naming rights of all daily weather reports.
Other Touchstone Energy programs that Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative has participated in include the bestowing Power and Hope Award, sponsoringthe Touchstone Energy Balloon during large, local festivals, and offering members the Co-op Connection Card. When the Co-op Connection Card program was first launched, Iowa Lakes hired summer interns to call on local businesses within the co-op’s eight-county territory. This process was so successful the co-op continued to hire summer interns each year to add more businesses’ discounts to the card and to renew existing contracts. Today, the co-op offers local discounts from 155 businesses ranging from fitness centers, hair salons, golf courses, marinas and many more.Tresa was elected to her first three-year term on Touchstone Energy’s board of directors in 2016. She has enjoyed serving on the board and is seeking re-election for her second three-year term.Tresa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration from Buena Vista University and is a 1994 graduate of the NRECA Robert I. Kabat Management Internship Program. Tresa has also attended the Strategy Execution System seminar. Prior to joining Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative, Tresa was Marketing Manager for Kozy Heat.
Tim McCarthy, General Manager/Chief Executive OfficerSioux Valley Energy, SDTim McCarthy, General Manager/CEO of Sioux Valley Energy in Colman South Dakota, has over 30 years of utility management experience. Prior to becoming CEO of Sioux Valley Energy in March 2013, Tim served as Manager of Member Services for Indiana-based Tipmont REMC and was promoted to the General Manager/CEO position for that organization.
Tim also worked for 19 years with a large Midwest investor-owned utility. The majority of that time Tim served in management positions overseeing customer service operations.
Over the course of his career Tim has served on several economic development councils and committees and a host of civic and business-related boards and advisory groups. Since moving to South Dakota he serves on the LifeScape Foundation Board of Directors, the South Dakota Special Olympics Board of Directors, the Mitchell Technical Institute Foundation Board of Trustees, and is the current Chairperson for the East River Electric Power Cooperative’s Member Advisory Committee.
Tim was born and raised in Thayer, Illinois and attended Southern Illinois University where he received a bachelor’s degree in communications/journalism. Tim also has a master’s degree in management from the University of Maryland. Additionally, he earned a master’s certificate in Six Sigma from Villanova University and graduated from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s Management Internship Program.
Zac Perkins, Chief Executive OfficerTri-County Electric Cooperative, OKZac Perkins is the chief executive officer at Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TCEC) in Hooker, Oklahoma. He has more than 15 years of experience in the electric cooperative industry and has served for 11 years on Touchstone Energy committees.
Zac has passionately encouraged the optimal use of Touchstone Energy programs and resources and received the 2014 Brand Champion award for his service. By running for the board, he is looking to leverage his knowledge to help guide Touchstone Energy into a new era. If elected, Zac would represent distribution cooperatives and the value the brand offers. Zac earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Oklahoma Panhandle State University. He is a graduate of the Leadership Oklahoma Class of XXVIII. He is also a graduate of the Robert I. Kabat Management Internship Program, administered through the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.Zac serves on the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives Board, the Golden Spread Electric Cooperative Board, the Oklahoma Panhandle State Foundation Board, the Oklahoma Panhandle State University Advisory Council, and the Guymon Industrial Foundation Board.
Mark Stallons, President and Chief Executive OfficerOwen Electric, KYMark Stallons began his career with electric cooperatives more than 27 years ago at Coles-Moultrie in Illinois. Since that time, Mark has served in various operations, marketing, member service, and power supply positions with electric co-ops across the Midwest. He has served as President & CEO of Owen Electric in Northern Kentucky since 2009.
Owen Electric is a 62,000 member-owned co-op serving nine counties in Northern Kentucky including Boone, Kenton, Campbell, Pendleton, Grant, Scott, Owen, Gallatin and Carroll. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Touchstone Energy Standards and Best Practices Committee, a position that is near and dear to his heart. Mark is most passionate about making it easy for Touchstone Energy Cooperatives to use Touchstone Energy programs and services, thereby helping them become Best in Class performers. Mark is a graduate of Ohio Northern University with a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering and of the University of Dayton with a master’s in business administration. His wife Judy is a graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary and President of Thin Space Ministries. Their oldest son Jason (Vicky) is a physical therapist at Cincinnati Sports Medicine and their youngest son, Benjamin (Samohya), is a biology teacher at Oakville High School in St. Louis, Missouri. Mark and Judy are the proud grandparents of Tsoli Rose (6), Kaius (4), Camila (2), Mia (3 months) and Lucia (2 months).