Wednesday, 31 August 2022 (10:30 AM EDT): Power at the Table - Advocate for Energy & Data Equity: Fireside Chat with Electric Co-Op CEO Curtis Wynn
Have you wondered how to identify your career goals – even the really scary lofty ones? Have you pondered how to sell a crazy idea to your company and obtain funding? Do you know how to effectively respond when you hear “no” to your ideas or career aspirations? Curtis Wynn, CEO of SECO Energy, does and consequently, 1000s of homes in Rural Communities have had affordable energy for decades, and now they have affordable access to the internet too.
Redefining the expectations for an industry can sometimes feel like an insurmountable or unapproachable task. Curtis Wynn, CEO of SECO Energy, personifies the idea that you should seek to be a part of the change you hope to see in the world. Curtis has dedicated his over 40-year career in electric cooperatives (co-ops) to support equitable access to clean energy, high-speed internet, and economic development to support all members of the co-ops he has led - especially focusing on programs to assist rural and low-income members. "It's not easy," Wynn says. "But I imagine it wasn't easy to string those first wires, either." In this fireside chat, Curtis will share how he has been an effective change maker in the energy market through a focus on adopting new technology and the power of developing a strategic vision.
As the son of a rural farmer, Curtis Wynn is no stranger to hard work. Growing up he knew that he wanted to work at the local electric co-op and began his career in the industry by washing co-op trucks with future dreams to be a line technician. Working in many roles across the electric co-op ecosystem, he currently leads the sixth largest co-op in the nation serving over 220,000 families and businesses in Central Florida. Curtis is also the immediate past president of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, where he led fellow energy executives through supporting their service regions during the onset of the COVID pandemic.
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