Errol Hertneky – District 3

Position: Member

(Board Member since 2013; re-election year is 2019)

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:
PO Box 941
Limon, CO 80828-0941

Phone: 719-775-2610

Email: errolhertneky@mvea.coop

Background:

I am Errol Hertneky, your present director from district three. I have lived on the same farm, in district three, since I was born—and before it had electricity. I graduated from Calhan High School, and then from Colorado State University with a degree in Ag business. I spent the next six years in the Colorado National Guard, and during that time I married my wife, Bette, and our daughter Dana, and son Travis were born.

After 20 years of chasing cows, I went back to school and got an accounting degree from CU. With my accounting degree in hand, I opened my first office in Limon over 20 years ago. My work experience has provided me with some insight into why some businesses do well, while others must close their doors. I have watched farm co-op’s start, grow, lose focus, and then fail.

Board Experience:

I have been on the MVEA Board of Directors now for five and a half years. I have, in these past years, attended countless training courses and workshops put on by the Colorado Rural Electric Association. Through these programs, I have achieved my Credentialed Cooperative Director Certificate. The Credentialed Cooperative Director Certificate indicates that I have achieved a basic knowledge of the rural electric industry, knowledge that grows with continued education and experience. The knowledge gained over the last five and half years is important in my ability to serve as a productive member of the MVEA Board.

Statement of Position:

Providing reliable power 24/7 to MVEA’s members, in all types of weather and circumstances, is a priority. My experience, both as a life-long MVEA member and as a current Board Member, has taught me a valuable lesson: Cost per kilowatt doesn’t matter, if you don’t have power. While we strive for affordable rate stability, ensuring members have reliable power is a priority. Focusing our efforts on continued system upgrades to increase reliability will serve current and future members alike.