Voting for directors is one of the benefits of your Tipmont REMC membership.
As an electric cooperative, Tipmont is guided by a board of directors elected by our membership to represent their best interests when making important decisions. The board’s decisions impact issues such as service rates, rights-of-way and work plans. This important position requires individuals who understand their community’s needs and serve the cooperative members’ best interest. Each director is elected to a three-year term.
District 1 Candidates
I am honored to represent my fellow members and neighbors. During my tenure on the Tipmont REMC board, the service area has continued to grow as the board has pursued purchasing power at lower, market-driven costs, studied the path to providing in-home fiber broadband, acquired premier local broadband company Wintek, and accelerated our timeline for building better internet.
As Tipmont continues to evolve and expand with new business, I know fiscal oversight and responsibility is a key priority. To monitor and steer this growth requires close attention and constant evaluation. As the board secretary/treasurer, I apply my business experience and financial-analysis skills to ensure Tipmont’s investments serve members’ long-term financial interests.
One of our major initiatives is to ensure flexibility in power supply options. The board continues to work diligently and carefully to pursue this, and it will take close attention to detail to achieve the goal of ensuring members have access to new power supply technologies and markets. I'm heavily engaged in this pursuit and committed to achieving a positive outcome for Tipmont and its members.
I have obtained Certified Cooperative Director (CCD) and Board Leadership Certification (BLC) status from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association as a member of Tipmont’s board. I continue to work at Purdue as a professor in the School of Construction Management and as an industry consultant to the construction industry. While all of our children are grown and have left the nest, my wife and I are thrilled to be grandparents.
District 3 Candidates
I was born in Columbus, Indiana, and have been an Indiana resident all of my life. I graduated from Franklin Community High School in 1976 and then attended the University of Indianapolis, where I graduated with a bachelor of science degree in business administration.
I was a banker for 11 years and moved to Lafayette, Indiana, in 1989 to begin a career with IBM — where I was employed as a sales representative in the Systems and Technology Group for 23 years until I retired in July 2013.
My wife, Debbie, is a retired nurse from IU Health in Lafayette. We have three children and 10 grandchildren, and we attend the Stockwell United Methodist Church.
My tenure on the Tipmont REMC Board of Directors has afforded me the opportunity to earn Director Gold status, the highest certification awarded by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. I also represent Tipmont REMC on the board of directors for Indiana Electric Cooperatives — an organization supporting safe, efficient and legal operation of Indiana's 38 rural electric cooperatives.
My goal is to continue to provide the members of Tipmont with the safest, most reliable essential services at the lowest cost and to maintain the values upon which the cooperative was founded.
District 6 Candidates
I am the owner and operator of Stockdale Farms in central and southern Fountain County. Previously, I served as a member and past chairman of the Fountain County Soil and Water Conservation District for 18 years, where I represented the district at regional and state levels to help maintain and shape conservation practices and policies.
Born and raised in Fountain County, I’ve been married to my wife, Sara, for more than 30 years, and we have two children: daughter Jamie (deceased) and son Jake. Sara and Jake are collaborative partners with me on our family farm. I graduated from Fountain Central High School in 1982 and from Blackhawk College in 1984 with a degree in agriculture. I also attended Purdue University. My family are members of the Sterling Christian Church in Veedersburg and reside southwest of Hillsboro.
Since joining the board in March 2021, I have been a liaison between the board and cooperative members within my district — evolving services that are cost-effective to all and addressing concerns within my district that cooperative members bring forth.