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AVECC Board of Directors

The following individuals have been nominated to be voted by the AVECC membership to serve on the AVECC Board of Directors. 

Director: Brandon Haberer (Franklin County)

Director Brandon Haberer grew up in Ozark on a cow/calf farm, where he attended Ozark High School.  After graduating from the University of Central Arkansas, Brandon began his banking career in Rogers, Arkansas.  Once having the opportunity to return to his hometown, Brandon seized on the chance and came home.  Today, Brandon is the CEO of Farm Credit of Western Arkansas, with a finance career that spans 30 years.  Brandon has strong roots in working and leading cooperative businesses and a deep understanding and belief in the cooperative business model that guides the member/owner conviction of Arkansas Valley Electric.  Brandon is proud to have been instrumental in establishing WAVE, a subsidiary of AVECC, which supplies broadband services to our members and surrounding communities.   

Director: Phillip King (Sebastian County) 

Director Phillip M King is a retired Sebastian County dairy and beef farmer.   King is a retired Farmers Mutual Insurance Company agent and still serves on the Farmers Mutual Insurance Company board. 

Director Phillip King is a Credentialed Cooperative Director with a Board Leadership Certificate and Director Gold Credential.  In addition to serving on the AVECC Board of Directors, he serves as a statewide board of directors for the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives. He is also a member of the OAEC budget committee.  Mr. King is proud to have been instrumental in establishing WAVE, a subsidiary of AVECC, which supplies broadband services to our members and surrounding communities.  

Tracy Leonard (Sebastian County)

Tracy Leonard and his family were the 2023 Western Arkansas Farm Family of the Year. Tracy, a lifelong resident of Sebastian County, grew up in 4-H and served in various roles, including State 4H President, and is an Arkansas 4H Hall of Fame member.  He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Business from the University of Arkansas.  Tracy, his wife Julie, and their four children have a 250 head cow calf, a 500 head stocker operation and also maintain a hay business.  Tracy has also been a Superior Livestock representative for 25 years, marketing over 250,000 head of cattle nationally.  

 

Director Philip Taylor (Johnson County) 

Philip Taylor grew up in Clarksville and graduated from Clarksville High School.  In 1985, he graduated from the College of the Ozarks, now the University of the Ozarks, and began his career at Phil Taylor Insurance Agency, a business established by his father in 1960.  

Mr. Taylor is a member of the Clarksville Lions Club and serves on the boards of the Johnson County 4-H Foundation, Clarksville Panther Foundation, and Johnson County Community Foundations. He is a Credentialed Cooperative Director with a Board Leadership Certificate and Director Gold Credential. Philip continues to support WAVE, an AVECC subsidiary that supplies broadband services to AVECC members and surrounding communities. 

 

The following directors were voted to serve the AVECC Board during the 2023 Annual Meeting. 

Director: Sam Davis (Johnson County) 


Director Sam Davis managed a beef cattle operation in Johnson County for over 50 years, worked in retail for sixteen years, and has been an Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative Corporation (AVECC) member since 1971. In addition to serving as a member of the AVECC Board of Directors, Sam has also served as a member of the Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation (AECC) Board of Directors in Little Rock for fourteen years and, during that time, served as the Board Chair. He also served the Arkansas Electric Cooperative, Inc. (AECI) Board of Directors for two years.


Director: Sean Holland (Sebastian County) 


In addition to serving as a Director for Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative, Mr. Holland is a Cattleman from Sebastian County. Sean has over 60 hours of continuing education directly related to the electric cooperative business model and fiber optic communications. He has achieved Credentialed Cooperative Director (CCD), Board Leadership (BLC), and Director Gold Credential (DGC). Sean has served at the state-wide level on the Arkansas Electric Cooperative Inc (AECI) board, and its subsidiary, Today’s Power Inc. (TPI). Mr. Holland has been one of the earliest supporters of the Wave Rural Connect fiber to the home project, voicing to AVECC management and staff the importance and need of quality high speed internet for the members of Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative. As a Member/Director, Mr. Holland has addressed the concerns of CO-OP members from all 13 counties served. Sean and his wife, Katie, have three children.  

 

Director: Belinda Hutchinson (Crawford County)


Director Belinda Hutchinson resides in Alma, AR, in Crawford County. She has achieved Credential Coop Director, Board Leadership, as well as Director Gold over the past 19 years of service. Belinda is an independent contractor working with One Source Restoration. She currently serves on the AECC statewide board. She is honored to serve the membership in our rural community while Arkansas Valley improves the quality of life with electricity and fiber.

 


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