Will also take the helm of United Utility Supply Co-op
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (July 16, 2014) — The board of directors of the Kentucky Association of Electric Cooperatives has elected Christopher S. Perry as its new president and chief executive officer.
Perry has served as CEO of the Fleming-Mason Energy Cooperative in Flemingsburg, Ky., for the past eight years.
He also will serve as president and CEO of United Utility Supply Cooperative, Inc. UUS is an affiliated organization that is managed by KAEC.
Perry will begin his new position in early August, after the August 1 retirement of Bill Corum, who has served as KAEC-UUS President/CEO for the past four years.
“The board chose Chris because of his vast experience in the distribution co-op business and his fine leadership at Fleming-Mason. He’s going to be a great asset going forward,” said KAEC Board Chairman Ted Hampton said.
As Fleming-Mason Energy Cooperative CEO, Perry was a member of the KAEC Board and the UUS Board for nearly eight years. He has worked in the electric cooperative community for more than 20 years. He graduated from of the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering and received his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida.
“I am very excited to be part of a great organization that serves the interests and needs of electric cooperatives and their members across the Commonwealth of Kentucky through KAEC, and throughout most of the eastern United States through UUS,” Perry said. “These are especially pivotal days for the electricity industry. I’m looking forward to this new role in working with consumer-owned utilities that have a tradition as energy pioneers.”
KAEC is a statewide service organization that represents Kentucky’s 26 not-for-profit, consumer-owned electric cooperatives that provide electric service to nearly 2 million Kentuckians in 117 of the state’s 120 counties. UUS is a not-for-profit electric utility supply organization that serves more than 200 consumer-owned electric cooperatives in 17 states. More information is available at www.kaec.org and www.uus.org.
Perry joined Fleming-Mason Energy Co-op in 2003 as manager of engineering and became CEO of the utility in 2007. From 2002-2003 he was manager of engineering services at Sumter Electric Cooperative in Sumterville, Fla. From 1993-2001 he was systems engineer at Nolin Rural Electric Cooperative in Elizabethtown, Ky.
Perry and his wife, Kimberly, have two daughters, Alexandria and Alyssa.