Randy Bush, District 7 Trustee, recently renewed his Director Gold Credential certificate from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA).
An ever-changing business environment has imposed new demands on electric cooperative directors, requiring increased knowledge of changes in the electric utility business, new governance skills and a solid knowledge of the cooperative principles and business model. Electric cooperatives in Florida have a commitment to work through the Florida Electric Cooperatives Association (FECA) and NRECA to sharpen this body of knowledge for the benefit of their electric cooperative member-owners.
Director Gold Credential (DGC) recognizes directors who have already earned their Credentialed Cooperative Director (CCD) and Board Leadership Certificate (BLC) and who wish to continue to learn
throughout their service on the board.
"The Director Gold certificate is geared toward directors, like Randy, who are committed to continuing their education beyond CCD and BLC and who desire a tangible credential that reinforces their stature as part of an experienced and educated group of trustees," said Ty Peel, Executive Vice President and CEO. "Director Gold also demonstrates to co-op members these directors' ongoing commitment to advancing their knowledge and performing their fiduciary duty to the best of their ability," he said.
For a director to earn the Director Gold certificate, they must have already earned the CCD and BLC certificates. Director Gold includes a continuing education requirement which calls for directors to earn three credits of approved course work and/or conferences every two years to maintain their Director Gold status.
NRECA represents the nation's more than 900 private, member-owned electric cooperatives, which provide electric service to more than 42 million people in 47 states.