When the Board of Directors confronts a decision, the first question we always ask is, "How does this improve the lives of the members?" Thanks to the cooperative model, Valley Electric Association's first priority can be the interests of the members, not shareholders' profits. VEA's Directors work as a team to ensure the cooperative remains fiscally sound, operates according to our guiding principles, and places members first at every turn. The membership elected us to be good stewards of their property and money, and we are grateful for that trust and take our responsibilities seriously. We study each issue that comes before us until we have a full understanding of it, and we weigh the potential risks and benefits of every endeavor. If we believe in it, we give the staff our full support; if we don't, we explore other options until we find a better way.
In order to be the most effective Board possible, our Directors join board members from utility coops across the country at NRECA educational seminars. This learning network allows our Directors to meet and share ideas with our peers, and also to acquire the professional knowledge needed to help govern VEA. We harness the best ideas the nation's utility coops have to offer and bring them home to Southwestern Nevada. It's our goal to be the best utility cooperative in the country, a business model so successful that that all other electric coops want to emulate us.
All of our Directors are involved in their communities outside of VEA too. Broad community involvement is important because it keeps us connected and in frequent contact with a wide range of residents. We speak with members, listen to their ideas and concerns, and then bring these comments to the attention of the staff. We want members to feel that their voices are heard, and we want them to know that VEA is responsive to their suggestions.