LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT) - The CEO of the North Arkansas Electric Cooperative is now the president of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.
Mel Coleman was elected to the position during an annual meeting of the NRECA board of directors, according to a news release Monday.
In his 2-year term Coleman said he "plans to address strategic areas that are impacting the locally owned electric cooperatives, while providing additional strength in expanding international electrification efforts."
Coleman started his career at North Arkansas Electric in 1988. The Salem-based cooperative serves more than 30,000 customers in Baxter, Fulton, Izard, Lawrence, Marion, Sharp and Stone counties.
According to the release, NRECA is the "national service organization that represents the nation's more than 900 private, not-for-profit, consumer-owned electric cooperatives, which provide service to 42 million people in 47 states."