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2019 AIEC Annual Meeting

  • August 1, 2019 - August 2, 2019
    7:30 am - 12:00 pm

Power for the Generations

Over the course of our history, electric cooperatives have seen changes in virtually every aspect of our business. In the last few decades, that change has increased at a dizzying pace. At the 2019 AIEC Annual meeting, we intend to address some of the most pressing issues arising from those changes.

The need to balance power supply and affordability is escalating. A panel discussion moderated by Wabash Valley Power President/CEO Jay Bartlett will assess the current electric landscape and discuss how it could look in the future.

 The lack of good governance at co-ops has far-reaching implications. South Carolina Statewide EVP Lou Green will talk about the increasing importance of solid governance and due diligence in the boardroom, and what happens when it is absent. NRECA Immediate Past President Phil Carson will also address governance and the importance of co-ops operating as a family.

 Safety is, or should be, integral to every co-op’s operation. NRECA Director of Safety programs Bud Branham and AIEC Manager of Regulatory Compliance Cortney Graham will highlight cooperative leadership’s role in creating and maintaining a safe working environment for employees and members.

 The importance of informing and engaging elected officials who will fight for fair regulations and laws to preserve the cooperative business model and rural America will be the focus of several of the meeting sessions and events.

 The decreasing rural population impacts our local communities, our co-ops and agriculture. McClure Engineering Principal Community Placemaker Zachary Mannheimer will show how his team helps revitalize small towns through cultural and entrepreneurial concepts. Illinois Director of Agriculture John Sullivan will provide an update on the agricultural landscape and its economic impact on the global economy.

 The 2019 Youth Leadership Council Representative’s address and the Thomas H. Moore IEC Memorial Scholarship presentations will highlight the importance of our role, as electric coops, in developing tomorrow’s leaders. The need for bright young people like these to return to their rural roots to work and raise their families has never been greater.

 It is true that we face challenges, but the history of the cooperative movement is one of challenges accepted and challenges overcome. Our continued commitment to the cooperative principles will provide us the power and the means to meet today’s challenges and sustain our cooperatives and our communities for generations to come.






Overall Meeting Details

Nancy McDonald
(217) 241-7954

Online Registration

Jennifer Sours
(217) 241-7920

Silent/Live Auction

Valerie Cheatham
(217) 241-7952

Ambyr Crawford
(217) 241-7928


Voting Credentials

Christina Harper
(217) 241-7925

Connie Newenham
(217) 241-7943

Family Event

Christina Harper
(217) 241-7925





Nick Reitz
(217) 241-7914

Kristin Banks
(217) 241-7924

Directors’ Course

Mary Zitek
(217) 241-7934

Ambyr Crawford
(217) 241-7928

Our Sponsors

  • CoBank

Our Associate Members

A Star Electric Company • Allgeier, Martin & Associates, Inc. • Altec Industries, Inc. • Anixter, Inc. • Benton Technical Services, Inc. • BHMG Engineers • Brownstown Electric Supply Co. Inc., • Cannon Utility Services • CBM, Inc. • Central Illinois Reclosers, Inc. • CFC • CoBank • Cooperative Response Center, Inc. • Drake-Scruggs Equipment, Inc. • Cooper Power Systems • Emerald Transformer • Energis High Voltage Resources • Ervin Cable Construction, LLC • Federated Rural Electric Insurance Exchange • Fletcher-Reinhardt Company • G&W Electric Company • Hubbell Power Systems • J.F. Electric, Inc. • J.J. Kane Auctioneers • JM Test Systems, Inc. • JULIE, Inc. • Lee Inspection & Consulting Services, Inc. • LSC Communications • Lynn Elliott Company • McFarland Cascade Holdings • Michels Corporation • Millennium • NISC • NRTC • Nutrien Ag Solutions • Osmose Utilities Services, Inc. • Power Line Supply • Power Trunk, Inc. • Premier Power Maintenance • Purple Wave Auction • Red River Specialties, Inc. •Ronk Electrical Industries, Inc. • S&C Electric • Sensus USA • Solomon Corporation • T & R Electric Supply Co., Inc. • Terex Utilities • The L.E. Myers Co. • The Okonite Company • Toth & Associates, Inc. • United Utility Supply Cooperative, Inc. • Utility Design Services • Vantage Point • Vermeer Midwest • Volkert, Inc. • Wright Tree Service • Zoll Medical Corporation

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations made prior to the registration deadline will not be charged. Cancellation made after July 19 will be charged for meals reserved for attendees and guests as follows:

  • Board Chairs’/Board Presidents’ Breakfast ($25) (if applicable)
  • Leaders’ Luncheon ($35)
  • ACRE Breakfast ($25)

Meeting “no-shows” will be charged the $325 registration fee, the Board Chairs’/Board Presidents’ Breakfast (if applicable) and any guest meals for which they were registered. Substitutions are allowed.



Venue Phone: (217) 529-7777

3000 S Dirksen Parkway
United States