DIRECTOR GOLD: Board member Milton Shaw earns top NRECA credential


Milton Shaw, center, earned Director Gold certification from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, making him Bluebonnet’s third Board member to achieve the distinction. Congratulating Shaw on his award are Bluebonnet General Manager Matt Bentke, left, and Board Chairman Ben Flencher. (Sarah Beal photo)

Milton Shaw, one of two Bluebonnet directors who represents District 2, which includes Caldwell, Hays, Guadalupe and Gonzales counties, earned Director Gold status from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, which represents more than 900 of the nation’s electric co-ops.
Shaw is the third Bluebonnet director to achieve Director Gold status. Directors Roderick Emanuel and Suanna Tumlinson earned their Director Gold certificates in 2016. There are more than 500 co-op directors in Texas, but fewer than 100 have earned Director Gold status.  
“Congratulations to Director Shaw on this wonderful achievement,” said Bluebonnet’s General Manager Matt Bentke. “It’s a testament to Milton’s dedication to our industry and organization, and most importantly to the members he represents and serves on our board.” 
Changes in technology and power generation occur rapidly in today’s electric utility industry. Co-op directors must keep pace with these changes so they can best represent their members. To achieve Director Gold status, directors must earn NRECA’s Credentialed Cooperative Certification by completing five courses on governance and electric industry basics, and Board Leader Certification by completing 10 hours of credit for a variety of governance courses. 
Director Gold requires completion of an additional three courses and a commitment to complete three continuing education courses every two years. 
“Earning Director Gold certification was an important goal for me,” Shaw said. “The knowledge and information I gained from the courses will enable me to better represent Bluebonnet’s members and further contribute to the co-op’s success.” 
In addition to Shaw, Emanuel and Tumlinson, three other Bluebonnet directors have earned Credentialed Cooperative Certification: Kenneth Mutscher, Robert Mikeska and Russell Jurk. Mutscher has also earned Board Leader Certification. 

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