Board of Trustees

A Cooperative is democracy in action. The member/owners run the cooperative through their elected representatives on the Board of Trustees. Flathead Electric includes nine districts, each with a representative on the Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees is the governing body of the cooperative. State and federal law, the articles of incorporation or conversion, and the bylaws of the cooperative govern the actions of the board.

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District # 1 Columbia Falls to Essex Chris H. Byrd
Term end 2016
387-5621
 
District # 2 Lower Valley, Cooke City, Elk Basin Emery Smith
Term end 2015
752-8443
 
District # 3 Whitefish, Big Mountain, Olney Jay Downen
Term end 2015
862-9009
 
District # 4 Helena Flats, Columbia Falls Stage Doug Grob
Term end 2016
257-6200
 
District # 5 Kalispell, North of Highway 2 Alan Ruby
Term end 2015
261-1203
 
District # 6 West Valley, Marion Duane Braaten
Term end 2017
755-5326
 
District # 7 Kalispell, South of Highway 2 Bruce Measure
Term end 2016
756-3437
 
District # 8 Bigfork, Rollins Paul Holland
Term end 2017
837-5583
 
District # 9 Libby Earl M. Messick
Term end 2017
(406) 293-5625
 

Flathead Electric is governed by a nine member Board of Trustees elected
by the membership to represent the various districts in which they live.
Emery Smith
Emery Smith
Secretary/Treasurer

Has lived in the Flathead Valley since 1977 and owner of Computer Connections a full-service computer business that he founded in 1986. Previously a project engineer and purchasing manager at Columbia Falls Aluminum and owned a chain of video stores. Smith attended colleges in California and holds two engineering degrees.

Jay Downen
Jay Downen

Is the owner of Last Mile Technologies, which helps set up cooperative organizations around the country. He has worked with electrical cooperatives for 25 years including 15 years with the Montana Electrical Cooperatives' Association in the 1980's and 1990's.

Alan Ruby
Alan Ruby

Alan has lived in Kalispell for 33 years with his wife, Mary and has three children. BS in Forest Management, worked as Forester for Champion Timberlands, Pleasant Valley area from 1979 -1984. Owner of 3 local businesses in the Flathead Valley: Alanís Wallcovering; Hungry Horse Liquor Store and Hungry Horse Mini-Storage, Alan has diverse small business experience that he has applied in numerous community service organizations. Served for 11 yrs on FEC, including 4 yrs as an officer; church council, Glacier Association board, currently on Flathead County Solid Waste Board, Daybreak Rotary and recently elected President of the Montana Electric Cooperatives Association.

Duane Braaten
Duane Braaten

As owner and operator of Farm-To-Market Pork, Duane has 35 years of agriculture and retail business experience. He and his wife, Janette, have raised 4 children. Duane has served on numerous boards, including the Montana Board of Livestock, the West Valley School Board and the Rates Review Committee for FEC in 2006.

Doug Grob
Doug Grob
Vice-President

FEC Trustee since 2002, Doug is a third generation Flathead Valley resident. Graduating from Flathead High and the University of Montana, Doug went to Australia to teach high school and spent several years abroad in New Zealand, Asia and Europe. Dougís focus has been on BPA and power supply issues serving in numerous organizations. Statewide, he served on the Montana Electric Cooperative Association and is a past and now current President of the Western Montana G & T. Regionally, he served as alternate on the Public Power Council Executive Committee and Northwest Requirements Utilities Board in Portland. Doug has received award recognition from his peers both statewide and regionally.

Paul Holland
Paul Holland

Is a self-employed plumbing and heating contractor for Bigfork Plumbing and Heating. He formerly served on the board of Copper Valley Electric Cooperative in Glennallen, Alaska, where he owned a plumbing and heating contracting business and two guest lodges in South-central Alaska.

Chris Byrd
Chris Byrd

A lifetime resident of the Valley, Chris has served on Flathead Electricís Board since 1998. Chris is routinely involved in meetings with Public Power groups and BPA.  He has also earned his Credentialed Cooperative Director and Board Leadership Certificates. Chris served 25 years on the Glacier Park Airport Board and has volunteered on several Department of Revenue Committees. After graduating from college, Chris learned to appreciate the Cooperative business model through his service with Peace Corps. Chris and Maureen have three married children, seven grandchildren and own and operate Montana Liquor and Wine on Hwy 93, Kalispell.

Earl Messick
Earl Messick
President

Retired after 30 years with GTE in Libby. He grew up in Maryland and came to Northwest Montana in 1956, serving at a U.S. Air Force radar site in the Yaak.

Bruce Measure
Bruce Measure

First served as Trustee (President) of the Board from 2002 to 2005. During that term, Bruce chaired the committee that revised FECís bylaws for the first time since 1936. Those revisions gave members final say in major resource acquisitions that could compromise Flatheadís low rates, and discourage leveraged buyouts by predatory financial institutions. Bruce served two terms on the NW Power & Conservation Council (two years as Chair, three as Vice Chair). Bruce feels he brings insights and energy to the Board, to insure that the utility supplies the lowest cost and most reliable power to our members.

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Updated: Monday, July 14, 2014