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Barry Electric Cooperative Board of Directors Selects Mark Aeilts as New Manager


Date: January 18, 2017

Topic: Press Release

(Cassville, Missouri) – The Board of Directors of Barry Electric Cooperative (BEC) announced today they have unanimously chosen Mark Aeilts (Isles) as only the 4th Executive Vice President/CEO in the 71 year history of the cooperative. On March 1st Aeilts, who currently serves as Iowa Wind and Solar Director of Utility Solar Development, will succeed Earle (Bill) Shiveley a 43 year BEC employee who has served in the role of EVP/CEO since 1991.

“After a 4 month nationwide search, Mark was chosen because he was the most qualified candidate. Mark impressed us with his knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm. We know that our membership will see the same qualities in Mark when they meet him and we’re excited that he’s accepted the position” said Dr. David Cupps, President of BEC’s Board of Directors. “We were particularly impressed with his vision, especially now that we are aggressively building a fiber to the home network to serve our members. Mark also comes with a great deal of respect from leaders of the rural electric cooperative networks in Illinois, Iowa and Missouri for his ability to lead”.

“I’m honored, and I’m grateful to BEC’s board for the opportunity to lead this exceptional organization of creative, dedicated and talented professionals,” said Aeilts. “We value the opportunity to provide electricity to each of our members and realize the impact our service makes in the communities we serve. I am excited to be a part of this life changing new digital service for fiber-to-the-home offering basic internet service of 250 Mbps. This is a terrific privilege and opportunity.”

Aeilts joins BEC with more than 30 year’s cooperative experience and a MBA in Negotiation & Conflict Management. In 1986 Mark began his career as an accountant for the Association of Illinois Electric Co-ops, Springfield, IL. Since that time he has served cooperative members in roles including Manager of Finance/Administration and as General Manager. Most recently, he has been an integral part of a management team responsible for the negotiation of power purchase contracts with two Iowa municipal electric systems. Mark is a graduate of University of Illinois Springfield, IL. He and his wife, Nina, are proud of their two sons who work as a scientific computer programmer in Chicago, IL and a lawyer in Pella, IA.

Regarding the impending retirement of Bill Shiveley, Aeilts expressed his appreciation for Shiveley’s dedicated service for the past 43 years. “Bill has been a remarkable leader who has been responsible for a great portion of BEC’s success over the years. He leaves a big set of shoes to fill. Bill has always set the bar high. I’m looking forward to the challenge of continuing a tradition of excellence at BEC,” said Aeilts.

BEC is a member-owned, not-for-profit electric distribution cooperative established in 1946. BEC delivers electricity and is building fiber-to-the-home services to more than 9,750 homes and businesses in Barry and McDonald counties including the towns of Cassville, Exeter, Jenkins, Seligman, Washburn, Wheaton and the surrounding rural areas.