CEO’s Message – January 2019

New horizons

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

The beginning of a new year is always a time when we look ahead and set new goals. As the calendar resets, we have an opportunity to put a cap on our work of the last 12 months and start making plans for the year ahead.

For many people, that means making New Year’s resolutions. Maybe this year you’ve decided to start a new exercise routine to work off those extra holiday goodies, learn a new skill or spend more time traveling.

Here at Suwannee Valley Electric Cooperative, one of our resolutions for the new year is to do even more to communicate with our members. One of our core values involves ensuring that each of you knows what your cooperative is doing and why.

That’s why we’re expanding our monthly newsletter to include even more information we hope will help you better understand SVEC and our role in the community.

Our goal with the new eight-page format is to better inform you about services the cooperative offers, how you can make the most of your membership and the steps we are taking to maintain and improve your electric service.

This month, we focus on our safety efforts. As you know, working with electricity can be dangerous without the proper equipment and training. Safety is always the top priority at SVEC, no matter the job.

Our employees never forget about safety, which is why this cooperative has a safety record we can all be proud of. But that success doesn’t happen by itself. I hope you’ll take the time to read more about the hard work each SVEC employee puts into making sure they and their co-workers go home every day in the same state that they left for work.

Each month we will feature a different aspect of our cooperative and interesting stories from the community. We also will provide you with information and tips that can help you. This month we have featured a story on how to use space heaters safely and effectively. Space heaters are an easy way to add some warmth during the winter months, but it is important to use them properly.

Month to month, you will also find items such as recipes, and articles about hunting, fishing and farming. As we kick off 2019, our hope is that the new SVEC newsletter can be a resource for members as we continue to find new ways to serve you better. That’s our resolution, and we intend to keep it.