Coosa Valley Electric Cooperative has promoted Jon Cullimore as its news chief executive officer following the retirement of longtime CEO Leland Fuller.
Fuller, who had served CVEC for 38 years, oversaw the modernization of the utility’s operations, consumer service and billing areas, as well as the implementation of changes that improved efficiencies and quality of service for the cooperative’s 17,500 customers.
Not long after Fuller started with CVEC, he worked to partner with local economic development agencies to recruit new industries and jobs to the area. “We wanted to attract business to our area,” said Fuller. “The results speak for themselves. We helped bring in numerous new industries, 5,000-plus jobs and more money in our local economies.”
The utility also benefitted from attracting new businesses. With larger industrial and commercial consumers using CVEC’s power, the cooperative’s bottom line was improved and helped the utility to reduce the overall cost of wholesale power.
In the 1990s, Fuller helped get CVEC into the propane business and recently into broadband internet service business. In March 2021, Coosa Valley Technologies launched, serving its customers with internet service.
Cullimore previously served as manager of marketing and member services.
“I am inheriting a wonderful organization, and I am blessed with you all — the best team of employees anybody could ask for,” Cullimore said at Fuller’s retirement party.
Coosa Valley Electric Cooperative serves consumers in Talladega, St. Clair, Shelby, Clay, Etowah and Calhoun counties and is a Touchstone Energy cooperative.