NNEC elects new board leadership

Northern Neck Electric Cooperative’s (NNEC) board of directors recently announced that Hunter R. Greenlaw Jr. of Stafford County has been elected board chairman, succeeding Steve Thomas of Northumberland County.

Also, Russell G. “Rusty” Brown of Richmond County has been elected vice chairman, succeeding Greenlaw. Ralph E. Sutton of King George County will continue to serve as secretary-treasurer of the board.

Greenlaw has been a member of the NNEC board of directors since 1979 and vice chairman since 1995. He is the president of GLMG, Inc. general contractors in Fredericksburg, and is one of two NNEC representatives on the board of directors of Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC), NNEC’s wholesale power supplier.

Greenlaw also serves as board chairman of Regional Headquarters, Inc., which owns the building outside Richmond that houses the offices both of ODEC and of the Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives (VMDAEC).

“I am very honored to be elected board chairman and want to thank Steve Thomas for his many years of dedication and leadership as NNEC chairman,” said Greenlaw. “I will continue to build upon Steve’s great legacy here at the co-op as we forge ahead. I look forward to carrying on his vision of service with the board, NNEC staff and our members, to ensure our local, member-owned electric cooperative continues to be an excellent provider of safe and reliable electricity to the Northern Neck.”

Brown was elected to the board in 1992. He serves as Northern Neck region president for Union Bank & Trust. Since 2016, he has represented NNEC on the board of directors of the VMDAEC. In addition, Brown serves on the board of directors of CoBank, a nationwide bank based in Denver.

Sutton was elected to the board in 1998. He worked in public accounting for 49 years and has been a member of a grain-farming operation since 1976. He also serves as a member of the VMDAEC’s awards committee.

Thomas served as board chairman for 32 years and will continue to represent Northumberland County on the board. Thomas was an NNEC representative for many years on the VMDAEC board, including serving a term as board chairman from 1991-93. With the VMDAEC, he chaired the finance committee and was a member of the nominating committee. Thomas’ long record of distinguished service was recognized when he was presented in 1998 with the VMDAEC’s highest honor, the Electric Cooperative Leadership Award.

Additional members of the NNEC board of directors are A. Wayne Saunders of Lancaster, Ralph E. Sutton of King George, Holly L. Wargo of Westmoreland and James A. Wise of Westmoreland.