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Meet Bob Perry New General Manager at WOEC

BobPerry-webBob Perry has been the General Manager at West Oregon Electric Cooperative (WOEC) since January.  Vernonia’s Voice sat down to visit with him, find out about his background and ask him a few questions about his view on the operations at WOEC.

Perry is an intelligent and thoughtful man who takes his time and answers questions in a very deliberate manner.  He is extremely knowledgeable about the electric utility industry in general and especially about cooperatives.  He appears to approach his job with a customer service mentality and is very community minded.  He is approachable and easy to talk to, with a dry sense of humor and a no-nonsense attitude.  He says his personal motto, which is etched in stone on his desk (on the back of his name plate, facing him) is “Non Sibi, Seb Aliis,” Not for Themselves, But for Others.

Perry and wife Linda are purchasing a home in Vernonia with a yard for Megan, their Labrador retriever.  Together Bob and Linda enjoy riding motorcycles and kayaking.  Linda likes to quilt and garden; Bob says he enjoys shooting sports, fishing and amateur radio.  Bob, who is of Scottish decent, also owns and plays a set of bagpipes.  Perry says he will become a member of the Lions Club and would like to be an active member of the Chamber of Commerce.

The question on everyone’s minds about the new General Manager is, of course, “Can you lower our electric rates?”  Perry’s answer, though probably not what the members want to hear, was a simple, no.

“You have a certain revenue requirement to pay your bills,” explained Perry.  “That is just a fact of life.  The economics of this co-op are not going to change.  It’s not that we can lower rates.  I think looking forward we could stabilize rates.”  Read More

WOEC Current: Introducing New General Manager, Bob Perry

SarahRossi-color-webAt the December 17th West Oregon Electric Cooperative Board Meeting, the Board of Directors appointed Sarah Rossi as Acting General Manager to lead the co-op during the interim until the newly hired GM, Bob Perry, takes the helm. Bob Perry will be moving here from Indiana and plans on being on board at WOEC by February 1st.

Below is an introduction letter from our New General Manager:

Hello, I’m Bob Perry, your new general manager here at West Oregon Electric Cooperative and I’d like to take a few minutes to introduce myself to you.

BobPerry-color-webI’ve been working with the electric cooperatives now for eighteen years.  I got my start in Indiana working in the Member Services department at the local electric cooperative. I still remember my first assignment was to read meters.  Working in Member Services allowed me to be involved in many different aspects of member contact from billing concerns to energy advisor, from school safety programs to 4H Electric programs and more.

It was during my years with the cooperative in Indiana that I decided to take on the challenge of earning a college degree. Starting in the summer of 1997, I signed up for night classes at Indiana University and seven years later I received my bachelor’s degree in business administration.  I went on from there to earn a master’s degree in management from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2006.

Three years after completing my studies, I went on to manage two electric cooperatives, one in upstate New York and one in Kansas.  Someone asked me once what my story was and I said “I’ve gone from meter reading to general manager in fourteen years.” Electric cooperatives are great organizations and I’m proud to be associated with them.

I’m married, my wife’s name is Linda and we just celebrated our twenty-sixth anniversary. I have two step-daughters and we’re expecting our first grandchild in February. And then there’s Megan, our five year old chocolate Labrador retriever who is a registered therapy dog.

Outside of the office, Linda and I enjoy a ride on the motorcycle or a quiet afternoon on the water in our kayak.  Linda is a quilter and enjoys gardening.  I enjoy shooting sports, fishing, and amateur radio.

We’re both excited to be coming to such a beautiful area of the country and look forward to meeting many of you in the years to come.

Bye for now!  

Bob