The Fulton County REMC Board of Directors has selected an electric cooperative industry veteran and power supply expert to lead the organization as its new CEO.
The board has named Andrew Horstman as president and CEO of Fulton County REMC. He will succeed current Fulton County REMC President and CEO Joe Koch, who is retiring. Horstman has more than two decades of experience working
for Wabash Valley Power Alliance (WVPA), the wholesale power supplier for Fulton County REMC.
He began as a field engineer and for the last 13 years has worked in WVPA’s power supply department, where he led demand-response, community solar, smart grid and electric vehicle programs. He most recently worked as manager of grid innovation and distributed energy resources for the generation and transmission cooperative that provides electricity to 23 distribution co-ops serving 325,000 families and businesses in three states.
“I am excited to build on the strong foundation of member satisfaction, financial stability and innovation already in place at Fulton County REMC,” Horstman said. “I look forward to working with the board of directors and co-op employees as
we take on the challenges and opportunities facing electric utilities as the grid evolves to incorporate more renewable energy and prepare for electric vehicles.”
Fulton County REMC board members set the qualifications desired in a new CEO and believe that Horstman exceeds those goals, said Dennis Burton, president of the Fulton County REMC Board of Directors.
“We look forward to having Andrew join us in guiding our co-op into the future. We are excited by the passion he already has shown for this position,” Burton said. “We see his knowledge, professionalism, experience and
understanding of technology and innovation coming to this industry as tremendous assets. We welcome him and his family to our community.”
Horstman, who earned his bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering technology from ITT Technical Institute, will begin his role as CEO as Fulton County REMC on November 1.
Koch, the current president and CEO of Fulton County REMC, first began working with the cooperative in 1998 and has served as CEO since 2011.