Larry Tobey of Pahrump was recognized recently as the Ambassador of the Year for Valley Electric Association.
VEA’s Ambassador Program is a grassroots organization comprised of members who want to be well informed and educated on the day-to-day operations of VEA and the issues that will influence the Cooperative’s future.
With more than 600 members throughout the VEA service territory, Ambassadors attempt to make a difference in their communities and support VEA by participating on committees, attending meetings and joining VEA staff at functions. They provide feedback on VEA initiatives, programs and activities. They talk to their neighbors and share information.
Tobey has lived in Pahrump the past five years, where he has been very active. He and his wife, Nancy, came to Pahrump after retiring from Akron Porcelain & Plastics Co., in Ohio, where he was Quality Assurance Manager for more than 30 years.
Almost immediately after moving to Pahrump, Tobey became an Ambassador and has been very involved in the program. He has chaired the VEA school poster contest committee and currently chairs the Ambassador Conservation and Renewable Energy (CREC) Committee.
Other Ambassador Program committees include: bylaws, conservation and renewable energy, Finance, legislative, scholarship and membership
Tobey has been described by those who know him as a “go to” person who continuously rises to the occasion. Every time he is called on, he is there – willing and ready to serve.
Tobey was recognized on Dec. 6 at the annual VEA Ambassador Appreciation Dinner at the Nugget. Former Challenger astronaut Roy Bridges, Jr., was the guest speaker.