Vinita – Chris Meyers (Edmond), General Manager of the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives (OAEC), will lead the Grand River Dam Authority Board of Directors during the next 12 months. Meyers succeeds outgoing Chairman Greg Grodhaus (Grove), whose term on the board ended in August. Grodhaus was appointed to the board by Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin and had served since May 2011. Meyers began his term as chair during the board’s September 11 meeting.
The board’s electric cooperative representative, Meyers holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Kansas State University and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma. He is a registered professional engineer in Oklahoma and has worked in the electric utility industry for nearly 30 years.
Tom Kimball (Owasso) will serve as the board’s chair-elect for the coming year. Kimball was elected to that post during the board’s August 14 meeting in Langley and also began his term at the September meeting.
A founding member of the Owasso Economic Development Authority, Kimball was appointed to the GRDA Board by Oklahoma Senate President Pro-Tempore Brian Bingman, and has served since November 2012. He has 51 years of experience in the retail business, spending 17 years in the corporate structure and 34 years with his private companies. Since 2005 he has been an active member of the board of Spirit Bank.
GRDA is governed by a seven-member board of directors, comprised of representatives from each GRDA customer class (municipals, electric cooperatives and industrials) as well as the GRDA lakes area. Two at-large representatives also sit on the board. Appointments are made by the Oklahoma Governor (3), Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives and President Pro Tempore of the Oklahoma State Senate. Two other board positions are ex-officio, filled by the general manager of the OAEC and the executive director of the Municipal Electric Systems of Oklahoma (MESO) or by their designees.
Headquartered in Vinita, GRDA is Oklahoma’s state-owned electric utility; fully funded by revenues from electric and water sales instead of taxes. Directly or indirectly, GRDA’s low-cost, reliable electricity touches75 of 77 counties in the state, so the ability to see “what’s hot and what’s not” is important all across Oklahoma. At no cost to taxpayers, GRDA also manages 70,000 surface acres of lakes in the state, including Grand Lake, Lake Hudson and the W.R. Holway Reservoir. Today, GRDA’s 500 employees continue to produce the same “power for progress” that has benefited the state for 75 years.
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