James S. “Jim” Aul Elected President of the Seminole Electric Cooperative Board of Trustees
Thursday, March 8, 2018
TAMPA, FL – The Board of Trustees of Seminole Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Seminole) announced today they have unanimously elected James S. “Jim” Aul from Glades Electric Cooperative to be their next President. Seminole is governed by a 27-member Board of Trustees. The Board is composed of three representatives from each of Seminole’s nine Member cooperatives.
“I am honored to be elected by my fellow board members during this time of great importance at Seminole,” said Mr. Aul. “During the next several years I hope to keep Seminole in a strong position to be its Members’ preferred provider of wholesale energy service. As we look to the future, we will remain focused on providing safe, affordable, reliable electricity.”
Jim served our country in the United States Marine Corps on active duty from 1965-1968. He spent 19 months (a tour and a half) in the Republic of South Vietnam. He left active duty in September of 1968 with a rank of Sergeant (E-5).
After leaving the service, Jim went back to work for a Professional Engineering and Land Surveying Firm in Southeastern Pennsylvania. In 1975 he became the co-owner of a small Professional Land Surveying Group that eventually branched into Civil Engineering. The group specialized in construction layout, design, and land development.
In 1985 Jim moved to Florida and started a family, including two sons. In 1992 he got into the residential construction field, and briefly owned a small corporation working mostly in Sebring and Wauchula.
Jim was elected to the Glades Electric Cooperative Board of Trustees in 1996, and the Seminole Board of Trustees in 1997. He joined Montz Builders, Inc. in 1998 and currently works as their office manager. Montz is a commercial construction firm heavily committed to both agriculture and the medical field.
Jim has more than 20 years’ experience in governance of both distribution and generation and transmission electric cooperatives. He has completed numerous training sessions as a Trustee, including the Director Gold Program through the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), and has earned a Credentialed Cooperative Director’s Certificate and Board Leadership Certificate from NRECA.
Also elected as officers of Seminole’s Board of Trustees today are Tony Weeks from Central Florida Electric Cooperative, who will serve as Vice-President, and Susie Reeves, from Clay Electric Cooperative, who will serve as Secretary / Treasurer.
“I am excited to work with the new Board officers elected today” said Lisa Johnson, CEO and General Manager of Seminole. “One of the benefits of working for a not-for-profit, member-owned electric cooperative is that we are governed by elected representatives of the people we serve in Florida. These citizen representatives all ultimately receive electric service from Seminole and its nine Member distribution cooperatives.”
Seminole’s nine Members are:
- Central Florida Electric Cooperative, Chiefland, FL
- Clay Electric Cooperative, Keystone Heights, FL
- Glades Electric Cooperative, Moore Haven, FL
- Peace River Electric Cooperative, Wauchula, FL
- SECO Energy, Sumterville, FL
- Suwannee Valley Electric Cooperative, Live Oak, FL
- Talquin Electric Cooperative, Quincy, FL
- Tri-County Electric Cooperative, Madison, FL
- Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative, Dade City, FL
James S. “Jim” Aul, President of the Board of Trustees, Seminole Electric Cooperative, Inc.
Tony Weeks, Vice-President of the Board of Trustees, Seminole Electric Cooperative, Inc.
Susie Reeves, Secretary / Treasurer of the Board of Trustees, Seminole Electric Cooperative, Inc.
Lisa Johnson, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager, Seminole Electric Cooperative, Inc.
For more information visit, www.seminole-electric.com.
Based in Tampa, Florida, Seminole is one of the largest generation and transmission cooperatives in the country. Its mission is to provide reliable, competitively priced, wholesale electric power to its nine not-for-profit, consumer-owned distribution electric cooperatives. Seminole and its Members collectively serve 1.7 million individuals and businesses in 42 Florida counties.
Seminole Electric is an equal opportunity provider and employer.