Jeff Lacksen, a member-director on the Washington EMC board, enjoys running, fishing and duck hunting. A consulting forester and timberland investor, he enjoys gardening and being outdoors.
Membership matters because you have a voice and a vote in how your cooperative is governed. Through democratic control, members like you elect members from our cooperative to serve on the board of directors. Control stays in local hands. Your board of directors, along with those who work for your cooperative, are your friends and neighbors.
Jeff Lacksen was selected to the Washington EMC board of directors on Jan. 1, 2011, to fill the unexpired term of retiring director William Archer, Jeff was re-elected to serve a three-year term at the 2011 Annual Meeting and has been reelected to consecutive terms since that election.
Members receiving electricity from Washington EMC are more than customers. Every member who receives power from the cooperative owns a portion of Washington EMC.
“As a director of Washington EMC, I know that service is as important as cost, and both must be given consideration when deciding what is best for the cooperative and its members,” says Jeff. Washington EMC is the kind of business that puts people before profit. It is the nature of a cooperative.
Jeff graduated from Georgia Military College Prep School in 1979 and received a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Georgia. He continued his education at Michigan State University, where he received a Master of Science in forestry in 1991.
A consulting forester and timberland investor, Jeff started TREECO, a reforestation company, in 1998. “I currently plant about 17,000 acres in pine trees each year,” says Jeff.
“I have lived in the middle of a tree farm since 1988. It seemed like we would lose power every time the wind blew. We have noticed a dramatic improvement in reliability in the last five years,” he adds. An aggressive right-of-way program and upgrades made as part of a continuing system work plan have contributed much to this success.
Giving back to the community is part of the cooperative way of doing business. What’s good for the community is good for the cooperative. Jeff volunteers with the Hancock County Helping Hands Food Bank. Many of Washington EMC’s directors and employees volunteer to help in the communities where they live.
Jeff is an avid runner. “Running is an activity I enjoy,” says Jeff. Besides running, Jeff enjoys fishing, duck hunting and gardening. “I particularly enjoy gardening. I grow up to 15 different kinds of lettuce and several kinds of fruits,” he says.