East Central, McLeod appoint CEOs

The East Central Energy (ECE) board of directors has selected Justin Jahnz as the cooperative’s next president/CEO.

Jahnz currently serves as ECE’s manager of energy services and strategic projects. He begins his new duties this month and fully transitions

Justin Jahnz

into his new role when current President/CEO Steve Shurts retires in August. Jahnz will be the fifth president/CEO in ECE’s 84 years of service.

A Pine City, Minnesota, native, Jahnz is a master electrician with a master’s degree in strategic leadership and 20 years of experience in the electric industry (12 of them at ECE).

“Justin is a natural fit for ECE’s next phase,” said ECE Board Chair Linda Laitala. “As a current employee, he’s proven his leadership skills and passion for the energy industry. The board is confident in his ability to empower employees and members alike.”

The future of ECE is “moving toward cleaner and more affordable energy,” Jahnz said. “Our members deserve the best service possible, and I feel honored to help navigate the future of our cooperative.”

Meier tapped to lead McLeod Cooperative Power

McLeod Cooperative Power welcomed Ronald Meier as the cooperative’s chief executive officer on June 15. Meier brings 27 years of

Ronald Meier

experience with electric cooperatives, most recently serving as manager of engineering and member relations of La Plata Electric Association in Durango, Colorado.

“Ron comes to us with a deep passion for the electric co-op industry. His excitement about the co-op model is evident every time he speaks about it,” said McLeod Board President Keith Peterson. “It is also clear Ron very much enjoys working with co-op employees. We are excited for his style of leadership at the co-op.”

Meier recently relocated to Glencoe and is getting familiar with the co-op, its employees, programs and service area.

Meier succeeds Carrie L. Buckley who retired after five years as general manager. Great River Energy facilitated the recruitment process using a nationwide search.