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January 23, 2013

A cooperative life

Ron Monts retires from Hendricks Power after 44 years

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"I still enjoy that type of work," he said. "End of the day comes and you can look back and see what you did."

Eventually Monts moved indoors to become a member services representative.

"We'd go to people's houses and help them troubleshoot and figure out why their bill was high," he said. "Anything a customer needed, we're always willing to help with."

Monts later managed that department. When marketing and economic development became more important components of the operation, he offered his expertise. That included establishing a program to entice companies to move here.

Four years ago, Monts became director of operations. He always missed the hands-on work, which is reflective of what he does in his spare time. Unlike some, Monts enjoys yard work and has a wood shop where he likes to while away the hours.

"That always seems to be the thing that gives me the most joy," he said.

But he has also appreciated the opportunity to work in so many elements of Hendricks Power.

"Things never got boring," Monts said. "I was always transitioning to a new phase and getting new challenges. It's been a blessing to be involved in all aspects of the company."

When Monts started at Hendricks Power, the cooperative had about 6,000 to 7,000 members. It's now up to about 30,000.

"We're an urban co-op at this point," Monts said. "We're not serving farmers as much as we used to."

Donnis Mizelle, Hendricks Power CEO, says Monts has been a valuable member of the co-op's team throughout that growth.

"He has shown continuous dedication to making Hendricks Power a better company, and due to that dedication he has been a part of many significant improvements that we have made over the years," Mizelle said. "He is a respected member of this community and we will miss him as an employee, although we expect to continue to work with him in our community."

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