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Beltrami Electric's Sam Mason completes management program

From left are Martin Lowery, executive vice president with the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association; Sam Mason, manager of marketing and communications with Beltrami Electric; and Gary Pfann, director of executive education with NRECA. Submitted Photo

BEMIDJI - Beltrami Electric Cooperative's Sam Mason, manager of marketing and communications, has completed an intensive program in electric utility management with the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The Robert I. Kabat Management Internship Program is a series of workshops offered by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association in conjunction with the university. The program guides participants through all facets of the electric utility industry, including the many changes occurring nationwide.

Mason is one of only a few electric utility management staff who will graduate from the Management Internship program this year. It is one of the most exclusive educational programs in the nation for electric cooperative management, Beltrami Electric said in a press release.

MIP participants go through sessions designed to challenge and educate participants in new, innovative management techniques. Participants leave with a better understanding of what consumers want and how to ensure they get it.

By also covering the principles that govern the operations of electric cooperatives, the program helps the cooperative analyze other business ventures it may want to enter as well as enhancing the core organization.

Only rural electric cooperative CEOs and top-level management participate in the program. This allows greater emphasis on study of management challenges and the aspects of consumer ownership. Participants learn to focus on member value as part of day-to-day decision-making.

Beltrami Electric Cooperative is a member-owned electric distribution cooperative in Bemidji. Established in 1940, Beltrami Electric provides power to almost 17,000 member-owners within a 3,000-square-mile service area in the lakes region of north-central Minnesota.