REC's Kent Farmer Honored by Caroline County Chamber of Commerce
Kent Farmer, REC's president and CEO, was recently named the 2016 Business Person of the Year by the Caroline County Chamber of Commerce. Farmer accepted the honor at the Chamber's annual holiday gala held in Ladysmith.
"To be recognized in this way, in my home county, is a great honor," said Farmer. "The Caroline County Chamber has been a strong partner with Rappahannock Electric Cooperative in advancing economic development in the county, and by continuing to work together I believe there are great things to be accomplished for the residents of this area."
Farmer became president and chief executive officer of REC on Feb. 1, 2004. Mr. Farmer holds bachelor's degrees in business management from Radford University and accounting and finance from the University of Mary Washington. Prior to becoming CEO, Farmer served as vice president and chief operating officer for five years.
Most recently he was elected to serve as the vice chairman of the Old Dominion Electric Cooperative Board of Directors, and to the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation District 1 Board of Directors seat for a second term. He also volunteers his time in the Greater Fredericksburg region by serving as a director for several organizations, including service as chairman of the Fredericksburg Regional Alliance, an entity dedicated to supporting economic development in the region. He has been with REC since 1979 and is a native of Caroline County. He and his wife, Sharon, live in Port Royal.
REC provides electric service to over 161,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, Va., the Cooperative operates and maintains more than 16,000 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay. Follow REC on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.