In December 2018, the Central Rural Electric Cooperative board of trustees named Hunter Robinson, Executive Vice President of System Operations, as interim General Manager. Robinson will serve in the position during a nationwide search for a new CEO.
“Central is positioned well for future success and we are excited to begin the search for a new chief executive officer,” said Bill Davis, Central Board President. “We have full confidence that the cooperative is in good hands with Hunter leading during the interim.”
Davis said the board of trustees doesn’t have a strict timeline set to name a new CEO, and will take their time to find the right person.
“We are fortunate to have a strong executive team in place during this transition period,” Davis said. “Hunter’s experience and the support of a great team of employees allows us the luxury of time to find the right candidate.”
Robinson has 20 years of experience with Central starting out as a lineman. Robinson was quickly made a line crew foreman before moving to his position as the head of system operations.
“My experiences as a lineman helped me grow as a leader in the utility industry,” said Robinson. “I have so much respect and gratitude for the linemen who work everyday on behalf of the membership.”
In his current position, Robinson oversees all the operations and engineering functions of the cooperative and is responsible for Central’s Outage Response Plan. Robinson plays a heavy role in key accounts, managing system growth and project management.
Robinson is working with Central’s employees and the board of trustees in strategic planning to develop goals and strategies that will guide the organization forward.
For 2019, Central has set a goal of increasing the cooperative’s presence within our communities through increased local engagement and participation.
“I am a true believer in the cooperative model and Central’s mission of empowering our members and communities,” said Robinson. “While we still want Central to be seen as an innovative electric cooperative, I see opportunity for us to be even more plugged in to our communities.”
Another goal of Central’s is to enhance member experience through innovative engagement methods, exceptional customer service, and increasing service reliability.
“Providing exceptional customer service has been a priority of Central for years,” said Robinson. “We hope to take this to another level through new technologies and innovative methods that will help us serve our members more efficiently and effectively.”
Having served in the interim GM role for more than a month now, Robinson said he is most encouraged by the unity he sees among employees in the organization.
“I am honored to serve our members and employees during this transition period and ensuring everything is business as usual,” Robinson said. “We have an outstanding employee group and experienced management team that is prepared to lead during this transition.”
Robinson speaks to cooperative managers and directors about unmanned aerial vehicles at the NRECA Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. in 2016.
Robinson speaks with representatives from the Tulsa Global Alliance about Central’s use of photovoltaic to power the headquarters.
Safety is the top priority for Central Electric Cooperative. Robinson shows students how to stay safe around electricity at a career fair in the early 2000s.