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Utility Sales

Sales

Jonathan Oliver

Jonathan Oliver

Vice President

Jonathan Oliver is vice president of utility sales and services for  Arkansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. (AECI). Oliver, a resident of Little Rock, joined AECC in 1995 and served in a variety of engineering and construction roles prior to being named vice president in the fall of 2008. Oliver has a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is a professional engineer, master electrician, project management professional and active member of many industry associations.

Bret Curry

Bret Curry

Manager-Sales

  • Title: Manager-Sales
  • Department: Utility Sales
  • Phone: 501.570.2330
  • Email: bret.curry@aeci.com

Bret began his electric utility industry career in 1980, with the Bluffton (IN) Municipal Electric Department. Curry was hired in August, 1987, and served in various roles including project coordination, inside/outside sales and Manager of Procurement and Inventory. In 2001, he transitioned to AECC and served as Manager, Energy Marketing until September 2017, when he returned to AECI’s Utility Sales department as Manager-Sales. Curry earned a bachelors degree in management from California Coast University. He also retains FLIR Level II thermographer credentials.

Clay Currey

Clay Currey

Supervisor-Inside Sales

  • Title: Supervisor-Inside Sales
  • Department: Utility Sales
  • Phone: 501.570.2332
  • Cell: 8702458056
  • Email: clay.currey@aeci.com

Clay (no relation to Bret) has sales and customer service experience from his tenure in the telecommunications and postal sectors. He began working for AECI in 2018. Clay enjoys family, wakeboarding, golf and softball. Clay earned a bachelor of general studies from Henderson State University where he also played Division II baseball.  

Ted Reed

Ted Reed

Senior Sales Coordinator

  • Title: Sr. Sales Coordinator
  • Department: Utility Sales
  • Phone: 501.570.2328
  • Email: ted.reed@aeci.com

Ted’s experience in the utility sales industry started in 2014, after working the previous 5-years in industrial sales. He has a bachelor’s degree from Arkansas Tech in professional studies, and also played Division II football for the Wonder Boy’s. Ted enjoys time with his family, traveling, cooking and weightlifting.

Clint Hilson

Clint Hilson

Sr. Sales Coordinator

  • Title: Sr. Sales Coordinator
  • Division: Utility Sales
  • Phone: 501.570-23
  • Email: clint.hilson@aeci.com

Clint has over thirty years of experience in the construction industry, investing the last six years in utility sales.  While in utility sales, he worked for a distributorship with cooperative account responsibilities in Arkansas and Missouri. He attended the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Clint has been married for over twenty-four years. He and his wife have two sons who are students at Henderson State University.  In his spare time he enjoys hunting, watching sports and grilling.

Johnathon Carmichael

Johnathon Carmichael

Sr. Sales Coordinator

Johnathon started with AECI in 2017, at the cooperatives’ vendor managed warehouse facility in Benton, AR.  His transition to sales provides over 10-years of customer service and warehouse management experience assets. Johnathon loves his family & sports. On the weekends, you could find him out playing golf & softball, at the movies or cooking a delicious dinner for his family!

Dylan Harris

Dylan Harris

Sales Coordinator II

  • Title: Sales Coordinator II
  • Division: Utility Sales and Services
  • Phone: 501.570.2322
  • Cell: 501-317-0545
  • Email: dylan.harris@aeci.com

Dylan’s sales and customer service experience comes from the automotive industry. He started at AECI in 2022. Dylan studied engineering at the University of Arkansas. In his free time he assists with the training program for the Benton Junior High football team, enjoys weight lifting, shooting pool, and miscellaneous hobbies. Also, he enjoys learning to build engines and computers.

 

Victoria Lamb

Victoria Lamb

Manager, Business Operations

  • Title: Manager-Business Operations
  • Department: Utility Sales
  • Phone: 501-570-2469
  • Email: victoria.lamb@aeci.com

Victoria is the Manager of Business Operations at Arkansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. (AECI).  She has been with The Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas since 1993 and has served in various roles, including long and short-term load forecasting, transmission planning and finance. Lamb has a master’s degree in management and business ethics from Harding University and a bachelor’s degree in geography/GIS from the University of Central Arkansas. She transitioned from manager of load forecasting for AECC to AECI in July of 2018. Her passions are her family, faith and the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas.

Technical Products Engineer

Position Open!

Position Open!

Technical Products Engineer

  • Title: Technical Products Engineer
  • Area: Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Missouri
  • Division: Utility Sales & Services
  • Cell: 501-570-2323
  • Email:  Visit www.ecark.org 

Do you possess professional sales and business acumen? The core values, disciplines and sales savvy required of a Technical Products Engineer? Interested in working for a company with great benefits, 401K and pension plan? If so, visit www.aecc.com/careers search the “Sales” department for career opportunites.

Arkansas

Matt Whitley

Matt Whitley

  • Title: Field Representative
  • Area: Arkansas
  • Division: Utility Sales & Service
  • Cell Phone: 501-617-6562
  • Email: matt.whitley@aeci.com

    Matt became a member of the AECI sales team in 2018.  His experience in the utility sales industry started in 2012.  Prior to that, he has over 7 years’ experience in industrial sales.  He enjoys family, friends, cooking, golf, boating, and is an avid Arkansas Razorbacks fan.  Matt has a bachelor’s degree in business marketing from Arkansas State University.

    Louisiana

    Thomas Schwab

    Thomas Schwab

    • Title: Field Sales Representative
    • Area: Louisiana
    • Division: Utility Sales & Services
    • Cell Phone: 225-603-1579
    • Email: thomas.schwab@aeci.com 

    Thomas has over 30-years experience in sales, customer service, and marketing.  He has extensive knowledge of supply-chain from his background as a vendor, and manufacturer’s representative.  Thomas joined AECI in 2018, and handles the public power market in Louisiana.  Thomas and his family resides in Baton Rouge and in his spare time he enjoys fishing, boating, and golf.

    Mississippi

    Wayne Garner

    Wayne Garner

    • Title: Field Representative
    • Area: State of Mississippi
    • Division: Utility Sales & Service
    • Cell Phone: 601-964-1202
    • Email: wayne.garner@aeci.com

    Wayne is no stranger to the electric utility industry. As a teenager, he began working at a local supply house in the mid-1990s. Upon earning a business degree at the University of Southern Mississippi, Wayne transitioned into various roles including purchasing and utility sales. Wayne joined AECI in 2018, and handles the public power market in Mississippi.

    Northern Missouri

    Jason Adams

    Jason Adams

    • Title: Field Representative
    • Area: Northern Missouri
    • Division: Utility Sales & Service
    • Cell Phone: 573-286-1915
    • Email: jason.adams@aeci.com

    Jason has over two decades of journeyman lineman experience including metering installation and application. During that tenure he worked for the City of Monett for four years, then invested 17-years with New Mac Electric Cooperative. In 2014, Jason made a career change and transitioned into the utility sales industry. Since then he has worked for both regional and national distributors.

    In his free time Jason enjoys family, hunting, fishing and the great outdoors.

     

     

    Southern Missouri

    John Russell

    John Russell

    • Title: Field Representative
    • Area: Southern Missouri
    • Division: Utility Sales & Service
    • Cell Phone: 417.849.2856
    • Email: john.russell@aeci.com

    John’s career in the electric utility industry began in 1985. He gained supply-chain and sales experience while working for two distributor entities prior to coming aboard AECI in 2001. 

    Oklahoma

    Craig Cooper

    Craig Cooper

    Craig began working in the electric utility industry in 1984, where he worked at Verdigris Valley Elect. Coop. in Collinsville, OK.  He later transitioned into the distributor supply chain, working for two electric utility distributors before joining the AECI team in 2014.

    He received an Associate’s Degree from Rogers State College. Craig likes watching the Sooners and Steelers during football season and enjoys fishing, boating and floating in the healing waters of Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees in Northeastern Oklahoma.

    Jubal Hooker

    Jubal Hooker

    • Title: Field Representative
    • Area: Oklahoma
    • Division: Utility Sales & Service
    • Cell Phone: 918.688.2452
    • Email: jubal.hooker@aeci.com

    In 1983, Jubal began his journey in the electric utility industry working for a pole line construction contractor. The field experience helped him gain industry knowledge that led to a career transition into distributor sales in 1984. He  joined the AECI team in 2000 and covers the public power markets in Oklahoma. An avid Oklahoma State fan, Jubal enjoys sports and family during his downtime. Also, Jubal has a BA in Communications.

    Transportation & Inventory Operations

    Beverly Hogg

    Beverly Hogg

    Manager, Transportation & Inventory Operations

    • Title: Manager, Transportation & Inventory Operations
    • Department: Utility Sales
    • Phone: 501.570.2360
    • Fax: 501.570.2632
    • Email: beverly.hogg@aeci.com

    Beverly began her employment with AECI in 1986.  In the early years, she served in various administrative roles for the Utility Sales department. Along the way, she gained experience in the areas of  transportation, procurement and inventory management. Today, Beverly oversees logistics, procurement, inventory control and works with AECI’s Vendor Managed Inventory team and warehouses. 

    Construction & Right-of-Way

    Joe Ritchie

    Joe Ritchie

    • Title: Director, Construction & Right-of-Way
    • Division: Utility Services
    • Phone: 501.570.2129
    • Phone (wireless): 501.414.5226
    • Email: joe.ritchie@aeci.com

    Joe Ritchie is Director of Construction & Right-of-Way Services at Arkansas Electric Cooperatives Inc. (AECI).  He began his career with AECI in July of 2015.  He has 13 years of Utility Vegetation Management experience having worked for both electric cooperatives and investor owned utilities.  Joe possess a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.

    High Voltage Test Lab

    Greg Varner

    Greg Varner

    Greg started with AECI in 1983, working his way up the ladder by learning all roles, processes and operations within the lab.

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