Black River Announces New CEO
The Board of Trustees proudly announces the appointment of Charles “Charlie” R. Allen as the new Chief Executive Officer of BREC effective January 2015. Allen will replace C. Herb Leaird who will be retiring after 32 years of dedicated service as CEO.
Mr. Allen received a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from The Citadel in 1978. He is currently the Vice President of Engineering and Operations at Black River. He came to BREC in 2004 after completing 22 years with CP&L / Progress Energy where he served as operations manager in Sumter and project engineer, district and division engineering supervisor, and distribution engineer in Raleigh and Greensboro, NC. Mr. Allen also served four (4) years in the US Air Force 4th Combat Support Group located at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Greensboro, NC.
Allen is a founding member of the User Advisory Council for Exceleron and Applied Technology Solutions (ATS) and previously served on the User Advisory Council for Landis + Gyr. He is the founder and chair of Sumter’s Utility Coordination Committee and a member of the Industrial Association for the Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce. He currently serves on the Salvation Army Advisory Board and Sumter Rotary Club Board of Directors. Charlie received the Paul Harris Fellow – Avenue of Service award in 2013 from the Sumter Rotary Club. He is an active member of Grace Baptist Church where he is a deacon, substitute Sunday school teacher, member of the audio-visual committee and chairman of the finance committee.
Charlie Allen is married to the former Carol J. Heaton of Taylors, SC and the couple has four adult children.
“I am excited about the future of Black River,” said Allen. “We have a lot of challenges ahead of us, but I feel we are in a great position to address these challenges”. Mr. Allen went on to say, “We have great employees, a responsible Board and we are financially sound. I look forward to beginning this new endeavor”.
Publication of Unclaimed Capital Credits
Black River Electric Cooperative recently published in The Sumter Item newspaper a listing of over 1,450 names of former members. This list represents former members whose last known address was in South Carolina and have unclaimed Capital Credits with us. Capital Credits are a popular benefit of electric cooperative members. For that reason, we want to find as many former members as possible who have unclaimed Capital Credits. Please click on the link below to find a listing of names and last known addresses for ALL former members with unclaimed Capital Credits. If you were a member of Black River Electric Cooperative BEFORE 1999 and have not received a Capital Credit check, click here to see if the cooperative has unclaimed Capital Credits for you.