Conrad received the award amid much applause. “It is indeed an honor to accept this recognition,” said Conrad. “FMEA serves to keep our state’s electric industry at the forefront of the nation by keeping its members current on latest trends on reliability, safety, and customer service.”
Bill Conrad is the elected mayor of Newberry and owner and president of Conrad Construction Company. The retired Air Force officer went from flying C-130s in Southeast Asia and Europe, to serving as a navigator on the VC-137 presidential aircraft in Washington, D.C., during the Reagan administration. Conrad was later deployed during Desert Storm and retired in 2000 as a lieutenant colonel.
Conrad sits on the board of the Florida Municipal Power Agency, the city’s wholesale power provider, and Policy Makers Council of the American Public Power Association. He represents public power utilities in meetings with members of Congress in Washington, D.C., as well as advocating for public power utilities - and low rates for customers - in Newberry.
“Bill exemplifies the definition of leader through his dedication to Newberry and to public power,” said Barry Moline, FMEA’s executive director. "We appreciate his energy and his ability to connect with elected officials at all levels."
FMEA’s Member of the Year Award is given out annually to a member or group of members that have shown exemplary service and dedication to Florida’s public power community.
The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) represents the unified interests of 34 public power communities across the state, which provides electricity to more than 3 million of Florida’s residential and business consumers.
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