CEO’s Message – October 2018

Posted: October 1, 2018

Community values

CEO Michael S. McWaters
Michael S. McWaters
Executive V.P./CEO

As you might imagine, electric cooperatives hold a special place in my heart. I’ve given many years of my professional life to serving them because I believe in their mission and their unique capacity to serve rural communities.

Cooperatives stand out from other companies because we aren’t concerned with how to best turn a profit. We were built by our members to serve our members. At the end of the day, we make decisions based on what is best for you, not some distant shareholders.

October is National Cooperative Month, which gives us the chance to celebrate the network of cooperatives across the country and the work they do to serve their communities.

It’s also an opportunity to recognize how Suwannee Valley Electric Cooperative works to improve our members’ lives. You can read more about that in this month’s newsletter.

Of course, SVEC isn’t the only organization trying to make the Suwannee Valley a better place to live. This month, we’re also highlighting a local group called Hooked on Heroes, which takes veterans out on the Gulf for a day-long fishing trip, all expenses paid.

Much like a cooperative, Hooked on Heroes is an organization of neighbors helping neighbors. They rely entirely on volunteers and donations to give veterans in our own community and beyond a well-deserved getaway.

We’re proud to serve members who care so much about helping those around them. Those values are, after all, the heart of the cooperative mission and ones we look forward to living out every day.