Former board member fills District 4 seat vacated by Pam Patton
The La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) board of directors late Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012, voted to appoint Herbert (Herb) C. Brodsky to fill the District 4 director seat vacated by Pam Patton, who recently resigned to join the Colorado Public Utilities Commission. District 4 covers North and East La Plata County.
Selected from a field of five highly-qualified applicants, Brodsky is a 21-year veteran of the LPEA board who lost his re-election bid in May 2012 to Heather Erb by only 55 votes. As Patton was due to run for re-election in 2013, Brodsky, in assuming her seat, will thus be up for formal election by LPEA members in District 4 at that time.
“Herb’s years of service to La Plata Electric have provided him with in-depth knowledge of our company and the electric industry as a whole,” said Jerry McCaw, LPEA board president, noting that complex issues will be facing the board and all rural electric cooperatives in the months and years to come. “All the applicants for the vacant seat were very well qualified and we genuinely thank them for their interest and time, and hope in the future they will consider running for the board in a regular election.”
A Southwest Colorado resident since 1980, Brodsky is an independent business consultant whose professional experience includes vice president/director of property management for Simon & Associates, the largest national shopping center development and property management company in the U.S. He also was sales engineer/product manager with Carborundum Company; sales engineer with Rockwell Standard Corporation; staff engineer, Central Engineering Division, Chrysler Corporation.
In addition to serving on the LPEA Round Up Foundation and FastTrack Telecommunications boards, Brodsky has been active as board president of the Southwest Land Alliance, Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado, American Cancer Society, Durango Natural Foods, La Plata County Community Development Corp., Durango Repertory Theatre Co., and served on the 6th Judicial District Nominating Committee, and several other boards.
He earned a degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University, and a Masters in automotive engineering from The Chrysler Institute of Engineering. Brodsky has been designated a Credentialed Cooperative Director by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and has been awarded its Board Leadership Certificate.
LPEA, a Touchstone Energy Cooperative established in 1939, provides to its more than 30,000 members, with in excess of 42,000 meters, safe, reliable electricity at the lowest reasonable cost, while being environmentally responsible. For additional information, contact LPEA at 970.247.5786 or visit www.lpea.coop.