Mike Beckworth enjoys smoking meats and fish in home-built cookers in his backyard. His specially prepared smoked-salmon takes more than two hours to bake, and melts in your mouth when done.
Appointed to the Washington EMC Board of Directors in November 2013, he was reelected to the board in October 2014. A life-long resident of Washington County, Mike grew up in the rural Riddleville-New Bethel community.
“After college, my wife, Rebecca, and I purchased a farm in Riddleville and have lived there for 37 years,” says Mike. “One of my greatest pleasures in life has been the enjoyment of family life with my wife and raising our children, John and Lindsey, in a casual, rural environment.”
Mike’s career has been firmly rooted in finance and accounting. He worked in the kaolin industry for 14 years, Farm Credit Banks for eight years and has worked in the convenience store industry for Jet Food Stores of Georgia for the past 15 years as chief financial officer.
Mike has always been impressed with the operation of Washington EMC and the many services it provides the members. “I am honored and excited about the opportunity to serve as a director for Washington EMC. Over the years, I have served on the Nominating and the Credentials and Election Committee,” says Mike. “One thing that has impressed me the most is the quality of the people who work in the organization. Long-term service awards are common at the annual meetings—that says a lot about the stability and quality of the cooperative.
“We all know how important it is to have reliable affordable electric service for our homes and businesses.
I really can’t remember the last time I was without power at my residence,” Mike says. “This is important to me and I know this is also important to every one of our members. As a member, I appreciate the quality of electric service I have enjoyed over the years with Washington EMC.”
In his down-time, Mike enjoys hunting, fishing and an occasional round of golf. His favorite pastime is working on his farm and in his garden. Mike also finds time to work with his grape orchard which produces muscadine and scuppernong grapes for homemade preserves. “Growing up, my parents always enjoyed gardening, and I am confident that is how I developed a passion for gardening.”