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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.

Gail Kinnard

Gail Kinnard

Office Coordinator

  • Title: Office Coordinator
  • Division: Utility Sales & Service
  • Phone: 501.570.2320
  • Fax: 501.570.2923
  • Email: gail.kinnard@aeci.com

Gail began her employment with AECI in 2014. A lifelong Arkansan, Gail has worked as an administrative professional for over 30-years. Gail enjoys the outdoors and cooking.

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.

Rand Smith

Rand Smith

Supervisor-Inside Sales

  • Title: Inside Sales Supervisor
  • Department: Utility Sales
  • Phone: 501.570.2333
  • Email: rand.smith@aeci.com

Rand began his career in the electric utility industry in 1987. The first ten years were invested with AP&L/Entergy as a materials commodity analyst. In 1997, Smith brought his material and product knowledge to AECI and began a tenured career in sales. Away from work, Rand and enjoys family, home improvement projects and artistic painting. Some of his works or art are hanging on the walls of those inspired by his brush.

Carey Woodall

Carey Woodall

Senior Sales Coordinator

Carey was introduced to the electric utility supply chain industry in 1998. He joined AECI in 2008, and  has advanced into the role of Sr. Sales Coordinator. During his spare time Carey enjoys family, competitive billiard tournaments and playing live music.

Matt Whitley

Matt Whitley

Senior Sales Coordinator

  • Title: Senior Sales Coordinator
  • Division: Utility Sales
  • Phone: 501.570-2322
  • 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 Henderson State University.

Karen Perrier

Karen Perrier

Senior Sales Coordinator

Karen started with AECI in 2016, and has been associated with the electric utility suppy chain industry since 2002. She enjoys family, cooking interior design and shopping.

Clay Currey

Clay Currey

Sales Coordinator

  • Title: Sales Coordinator
  • Division: Utility Sales and Services
  • Phone: 501.570.2332
  • Email clay.currey@aeci.com

Clay 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 Henerson State University where he also played Division II baseball.

Stephanie Mogg

Stephanie Mogg

Receptionist

  • Title: Receptionist
  • Department: Utility Sales
  • Phone: 501.570.2323
  • Fax: 501.570.2923
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-Ready To Be Part of a Winning Team?

Position Open-Ready To Be Part of a Winning Team?

  • Title: Technical Products Engineer
  • Area: Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Missouri
  • Division: Utility Sales & Services
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Job posting forthcoming. Be sure to visit www.ecark.org and click on careers tab.

Arkansas/So. Missouri

Kenny Howard

Kenny Howard

  • Title: Field Representative
  • Area: Arkansas / Southern Missouri
  • Division: Utility Sales & Service
  • Cell Phone: 501.351.0128
  • Email: kenny.howard@aeci.com

Kenny has over 25 years experience in the electrical utility field, including a stop with Diversified Electric prior to his employment with AECI in 2008.

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

Billy Smith

Billy Smith

  • Title: Field Representative
  • Area: Northern Missouri
  • Division: Utility Sales & Service
  • Cell Phone: 816.387.1680
  • Email: billy.smith@aeci.com

Billy Ray’s electric utility supply chain journey began in 1989. He came aboard AECI in 2000, and has served as a field sales rep for northern Missouri since then. During his free time Billy Ray enjoys family, traveling, gardening, golf and cooking.  He is an avid Arkansas Razorback, St. Louis Cardinals and Seattle SeaHawks fan. 

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

Russ Dilley

Russ Dilley

  • Title: Warehouse & Transportation Manager
  • Department: Utility Sales
  • Phone: 501.570.2361
  • Fax: 501.570.2355
  • Email: russ.dilley@aeci.com

Russ has over 30 years experience in transportation and logistics. He has an extensive working knowledge of long hauling, D.O.T., Haz Mat requirements and warehouse management. Russ was employed by AECI in 1993.

Beverly Hogg

Beverly Hogg

Manager, Inventory Operations

  • Title: Manager, 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 procurement, inventory control and works with AECI’s Vendor Managed Inventory team and warehouses. 

Construction

Heith Barger

Heith Barger

  • Title: Manager of Construction
  • Division: Utility Services
  • Phone: 501.570.2374
  • Phone (wireless): 501.920.2009
  • Email: heith.barger@aeci.com

Right-of-Way

Joe Ritchie

Joe Ritchie

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

Joe Ritchie is Manager of 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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