Kramer resigns from board to accept position with NDAREC
Josh Kramer, a Capital Electric Cooperative member who has served on the board of directors since June 2012, has resigned and accepted the role of executive vice president and general manager for the North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives (NDAREC). He filled the vacancy created by the retirement of Dennis Hill, who stepped down from the position in July after 34 years of service. Hill is also a member of Capital Electric.
The Capital Electric board selected Rex Hollenbeck, a former director from McClusky, to complete Kramer’s term.
Robert Grant, president of NDAREC, says Kramer brings a wealth of experience to the position. “Josh is uniquely qualified to lead the electric cooperative movement in an ever-changing utility environment. His experience, enthusiasm, values and philosophy matched perfectly with the leadership skills NDAREC is looking for in our next leader,” he said.
Throughout his career, Kramer has supported agriculture, served in the military and worked for a trade association dedicated to farmers, ranchers and cooperatives. Most recently, he served in a leadership role with USDA Rural Development, an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in rural America.
Kramer grew up on a dairy farm in Emmons County that was served by KEM Electric Cooperative in Linton. He says the importance of cooperatives and their principles are in his DNA.
“It was my experience with cooperatives that inspired me to pursue a career dedicated to service, and I plan to continue that commitment with the RECs,” he says. “I’m excited to work more closely with North Dakota’s electric cooperatives. Their efforts in providing services and bringing economic opportunity to our members is important to the success of our state.”
Kramer, who lives in north Bismarck with his wife, Sarah, and their five children, says serving on the board of directors for Capital Electric has been a valuable experience. Participating in local, regional, statewide and national meetings and conferences in the electric cooperative network, Kramer learned about the electric utility industry, cooperatives and the members they serve.
“I am very proud to have had the opportunity to work alongside my fellow board members and with the great employees, to serve the members of Capital Electric Cooperative,” he concludes.