Richard Larochelle

tbuen 2017, Education, General, Rural Utilities Leave a Comment

Richard Larochelle, retired Senior Vice President, National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation Dubbed a “black box where the best programs and services are incubated,” Rich Larochelle has spent his life championing the cooperative business model. During a 40-year electric cooperative career —including nearly a decade with the federal Rural Electrification Administration (REA) and later senior leadership posts with the National …

Martin Lowery

admin 2014, Rural Utilities

  Martin Lowery Executive Vice President, Member and Association Relations of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). For more than three decades, Martin Lowery has been a forceful advocate for the cooperative business model, with an unshakable conviction that enabling people to empower themselves represents the best was to improve the quality of their lives. He began with the NRECA in 1982, …

Glenn English

admin 2010, Rural Utilities

Inducted: 2010 A tireless advocate for rural and small-town America, Glenn English has spent his career championing the cooperative business model and fighting to improve the rural quality of life. While a member of Congress representing western Oklahoma’s 6th Congressional District from 1975-94, he used his position on the U.S. House Agriculture Committee and later as chairman of the U.S. …

Charles B. Gill

admin 2007, Rural Utilities

Inducted 2007 Charles Gill devoted his entire professional career to assisting cooperatives and improving the quality of life for those living in rural America. He served for 16 years as Governor and CEO of the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation (CFC), an organization he helped develop while working for the Rural Electrification Administration. Gill’s legacy includes launching a new …

Robert I. Kabat

admin 2005, Rural Utilities

Inducted: 2005 A visionary within the electric cooperative movement for more than 50 years, no single person has had a greater impact on strong and effective cooperative governance and management than Bob Kabat. He served as the director of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s Management Services Department for 40 years, where he inspired a culture of cooperative education that …

J. K. Smith

admin 2003, Rural Utilities

Inducted:2003 A visionary cooperative leader for more than 40 years, J.K. Smith always found a cooperative solution to whatever business issue confronted him. He worked diligently to serve the needs of rural people, and consistently embraced cooperation among cooperatives. He was the first general manager of Fleming-Mason Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation in Kentucky, and founded and served as the first …

David A Hamil

admin 2001, Rural Utilities

Inducted:2001 David A. Hamil served as REA administrator for a record 14 years under four Presidents. His unwavering dedication to the rural electrification program has been legendary ever since he first got involved in 1939. As REA administrator, Hamil was instrumental in creating the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation as a new funding source for rural electrics. He also …

James L. Grahl

admin 1995, Rural Utilities

James L. Grahl Inducted:1995 James L. Grahl has long been a prominent leader in the rural electric sector. Hired in 1962 to manage the newly organized Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Grahl turned it into one of the largest and most respected power co-ops in the United States. As Basin Electric’s general manager, he pioneered innovative energy projects that serve as …

Bob Bergland

admin 1994, Rural Utilities

Bob Bergland Inducted:1994 Bob Bergland has touched numerous lives with his contributions to cooperatives throughout his lifetime. Bergland served as vice president and general manager of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association for ten years, where he was an exceptional leader and consistently displayed his commitment to the cooperative movement in everything he did. He also used his extraordinary leadership …

Ken Holum

admin 1993, Rural Utilities

Ken Holum Inducted:1993 Ken Holum has devoted most of his life to organizing and supporting the development of various types of cooperatives. Since the early 1940s Holum has been a leader in rural electrification nationally and in his home state of South Dakota. He founded the East River Rural Electric Cooperative in Madison, South Dakota, to supply power to local …