Suanna Tumlinson, Director
District 2: Travis County

Chair of the Board’s Technology Committee; member of the Member Experience committee.

Suanna Tumlinson, a successful businesswoman, has served on the Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative Board of Directors since 2011, becoming the 11th member and immediately embracing her leadership role. 

She honed her decision-making skills during the years she and her husband, Kenneth, started KST Electric in their Dripping Springs basement and grew the privately owned electrical contracting and teledata company into a firm of more than 600 employees with satellite offices in six Texas cities. California-based Rosendin Electric acquired KST Electric in 2010. The company remained headquartered in Manor and Suanna and her husband were employees of the largest 100 percent employee-owned electrical contracting business in the United States. The couple, who both retired at the end of 2013, plan to do a lot of traveling. 
Suanna feels her ability to make informed decisions, from accounting to business development, not only brought growth to their business but also will benefit Bluebonnet and its members.
"I had been interested in becoming a Bluebonnet board member since (General Manager) Mark Rose spoke about the Sustainable Grid at a Manor Chamber of Commerce banquet several years ago," she said. "I was intrigued by Bluebonnet's involvement in new technology and I believe the co-op serves and supports its service area in a positive way." 
A self-proclaimed "Air Force brat," Suanna was born in Germany and moved every two years until she enrolled in the Eanes Independent School District and graduated from Westlake High School, in the Austin area. After obtaining her teaching degree from Southwest Texas State University — now Texas State University — Suanna returned to the Eanes school district and taught special education for almost 10 years. 
The transition from teacher to business owner — she started KST Electric in 1994 — was not a difficult one for her. She easily moved to Manor and became an active part of the community. 
Suanna is a member of the Manor Chamber of Commerce and served one year as president. She also was Travis County Youth Show superintendent for five years and has served as secretary and treasurer for various youth organizations. She is currently vice president of the Manor Education Foundation and co-chair of its gala fundraising event. 
As a member of Bluebonnet's Board of Directors, she shares responsibility for oversight of co-op business. She is chairman of the Technology Committee, appointed by the Board chair. One of Bluebonnet's Foundation Values is courage, and Suanna says she shares that value with the co-op, adding that as a woman entrepreneur, it took a lot of courage to go into a field long dominated by men. 
"I believe I am successful in business, in part, because I practice honesty and openness to suggestions and ideas of fellow employees," she said. 
Suanna isn't all business. She attends numerous University of Texas Longhorn sporting events and her favorite pastimes are needlework and crafts. She also enjoys calligraphy and creating signs, such as the KST Electric logo, and likes traveling. 

By her side is her husband, Kenneth, and underfoot is her teacup Yorkshire terrier, Walley. The couple has a son, Justin, and daughter-in-law, Kristen, and became grandparents of twins in 2012. 
In her first year as a Bluebonnet director, Suanna earned her Credential Cooperative Director certificate through the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and in her second year, completed all curriculum requirements and received her NRECA Board Leadership Certificate. She wants to be a positive resource for Bluebonnet's future distribution ideas.
"With the environmental push for alternative and renewable power sources, and constant industry change, I believe Bluebonnet will continue to grow technologically, as well as responsibly," Suanna said.

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