Wynn resigns to become CEO of Florida co-op


After more than 24 years as CEO of Roanoke Electric Cooperative, Curtis Wynn is stepping down to assume the role of CEO of SECO Energy, an electric cooperative serving more than 200,000 member-owners in central Florida.

Wynn’s last day at Roanoke Electric will be December 13th. T

he board of directors has appointed the co-op’s chief operating officer, Marshall Cherry, as interim chief executive officer.

A native of Florida, Wynn, 58, began his career washing trucks for his electric co-op in his rural hometown of Graceville. He said the decision to make a career transition at this point stems, in part, from his desire to be closer to his family and home, where he plans to retire.

“It has been a pleasure to serve the member-owners of Roanoke Electric for the past 24 years,” said Wynn. “This was the culmination of my 42-year career in the electric co-op industry. I’m not saying goodbye. A part of me will always be a part of this region and will be connected to this cooperative.

Wynn has led a variety of cutting edge, high impact initiatives in the cooperative’s long-standing fight against energy poverty in the region.

During his tenure, Wynn developed the co-op’s highly successful Upgrade to learn energy efficiency program. It provides member-owners with on-bill financing to make much-needed, cost-effective home improvements.

In partnership with the US Department of Agriculture, the cooperative also established its sustainable forestry program. He has helped hundreds of local landowners by providing them with information and resources to help them better manage and conserve their land with the goal of building generational wealth.

Most notably, under Wynn’s leadership, the cooperative embarked on what many consider the most ambitious venture in its 86-year history. Called Roanoke Connect, the initiative aimed to bridge the digital divide by bringing broadband connectivity to the region for the first time. After years of basic preparation, connections to high speed Internet service are now underway.

“I would say my proudest achievement is the growth I have seen in our team and how they have stepped up to meet the many challenges the industry has thrown at us over the years,” said Wynn. “They did this by embracing our core values ​​beyond anyone’s expectations, truly wanting to make a difference in the community we serve. Leaving that behind makes me feel good about what lies ahead for Roanoke Electric. “

In addition to his leadership role at the cooperative, Wynn has served on various boards, including the past president of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association; past president, vice-president and secretary-treasurer of the North Carolina Electric Membership Cooperative; member of the board of directors of the North Carolina Association of Electrical Co-operatives; member of the board of directors of Meridian Cooperative (formerly Southeastern Data Cooperative, SEDC); and former member of the CoBank nomination committee. Earlier this year, he was named a member of the board of directors of the National Cooperative Bank, a leading financial services company.

In January, Wynn will take the reins of SECO Energy, Florida’s third-largest non-profit electric co-op and the country’s seventh. He succeeds longtime SECO Energy CEO Jim Duncan, who plans to retire.

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