Access Energy Cooperative Announces New General Manager/CEO Kevin Wheeler

Written by Theresa Rose on January 8, 2016

The Access Energy Cooperative Board of Directors is pleased to announce the selection of Kevin Wheeler as the new General Manager/CEO of the cooperative. Mr. Wheeler brings a vast level of experience, education and skills to the cooperative, having most recently having served as the Manager of Job Training & Safety and Member Services for Tri-County Electric Cooperative in Lancaster, Missouri. He has prior experience as a safety instructor and developed and chaired the Electrical Distribution System, Electrical Technology, and Industrial Electricity Departments at Linn State Technical College in Linn, Missouri. Prior to working at the college, Mr. Wheeler worked for an electric utility based in St. Louis, Missouri as a lineman. He has also served as an instructor for NRECA’s certified loss control internship program. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Master’s degree in Education. He has also completed the NRECA’s Robert I. Kabat management internship program.

Access Energy Cooperative is pleased to have the opportunity to select an individual that is familiar with the Northeast Power Electric Cooperative and Associated Electric Cooperative Inc.’s systems. Mr. Wheeler’s experience in connection with both the operations and business aspects of the utility industry make him uniquely qualified to serve as a General Manager/CEO, and Access Energy Cooperative proudly welcomes him to Iowa.

“The New Year is a perfect time for new beginnings, and so it is in 2016 for me and my family,” Kevin told the members of Access Energy Cooperative in his first article of the cooperative newsletter. “My wife Karin and I are looking forward to being part of the Access Energy Cooperative family. The past couple of months have been one of anticipation and excitement as this time of transition approaches.”

Kevin also said, “Bob Swindell has prepared Access Energy Cooperative to move into the future with a great deal of expertise and success, and I extend to him my best wishes as he retires and begins new endeavors. His shoes will be big to fill. I look forward to meeting the members and leaders of the communities and counties we serve. Best wishes to all of you in 2016.”

Mr. Wheeler comes from Glenwood, Missouri. He is married with one high-school aged child. Mr. Wheeler will be relocating to the Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, area and his family will be joining him at a later date.