Midland Power Cooperative
A grain farmer from Ogden, Iowa, Paul was elected to the CIPCO Board of Directors in 2011 and has served as its President since 2016. His home electric cooperative is Midland Power Cooperative based in Jefferson, where he has served on the board of directors since 1999. Throughout his tenure, Paul has earned the Credentialed Cooperative Director (CCD) designation and Board Leadership Certificate from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. He states a highlight for him is being part of CIPCO’s growth and change. While it’s hard to predict the future, Paul feels CIPCO is well positioned to adapt to rapidly changing member needs.
Farmers Electric Cooperative, Inc.
Dan is a semi-retired farmer from Bridgewater, Iowa, who currently serves as Vice President of the CIPCO Board of Directors, a position he’s held since 2016. His home cooperative is Farmers Electric Cooperative, Inc., based in Greenfield, where he has served on the board of directors for 16 years and currently serves as its president. Dan says a highlight for him while serving on the CIPCO Board is conducting the welcome with Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives President Steve Seidl at a regional meeting of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Dan has every confidence that CIPCO will respond positively to whatever may come in the future, citing how CIPCO was able to minimize the negative effects from the scheduled closure of Duane Arnold Energy Center (DAEC) in late 2020 as an example.
Maquoketa Valley Electric Cooperative
Gene is a retired farmer from Cascade, Iowa, where, since 1983, he has owned, and now leases, his 126-year-old family farm. He was elected to the CIPCO Board of Directors in 2005 and currently serves as Secretary-Treasurer. His home cooperative is Maquoketa Valley Electric Cooperative in Anamosa, where he was first elected in 1999 and currently serves as the board secretary. During his tenure, Gene has earned the Credentialed Cooperative Director designation, the Board Leadership Certificate and the Director Gold credential from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. A highlight for Gene was the CIPCO CEO search in 2017, resulting in the hiring of Bill Cherrier. Gene feels Bill’s open management style has consistently improved information sharing and involvement of the board and system managers. He is interested in the advancement of affordable battery storage technology as a game-changer that would better utilize, enhance, and expand renewable energy resources.
Duane Ver Ploeg
Duane Ver Ploeg
Pella Cooperative Electric Association
On his farm just south of Pella, Iowa, Duane raises corn, soybeans, hay and purebred Simmental cattle. He was elected to the CIPCO Board of Directors in 2015, and has served his home cooperative of Pella Cooperative Electric Association since 1984 where he is the current board president. During this time, Duane earned the Credentialed Cooperative Director designation, Board Leadership Certificate and Director Gold credential from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Duane cites hiring the new CEO in 2017 as a highlight for him, and believes investments in renewable generation and cost-effective power options will ensure CIPCO’s success well into the future.