Region I - The counties of Frederick, Shenandoah and portions of Paige, Warren and Rappahannock
Meet the 2019 Board Candidates
Michael J. Biniek
Mike Biniek is a community-conscious business owner in Rappahannock where he has lived for 25 years. When businesses or people succeed, the whole community succeeds. When one business or person fails, the whole community suffers. Since moving to Rappahannock County, Mike and his wife started a Day Camp for children, a farm, which follows organic practices, a bed and breakfast which serves food from the farm, and a Montessori school for children from three through high school. Nature and the environment are lifelong passions for Mike.
His community-minded nature led him to serve two terms on the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors where he was on numerous committees. He currently serves on the Culpeper District Soil and Water Board, which helps landowners create programs to keep our water clean and our soil healthy. Mike has received two awards for healthy farming practices. Mike, after graduating from George Mason University with a bachelor of science degree in biology, ran a successful distribution business in Northern Virginia. He is a member of the Rappahannock County Lions' Club.
Michael W. Lindsay (Incumbent)
Mike Lindsay has been a director since 2010, served as Treasurer from 2016-2018, and is currently Vice Chairman. He brings over 30 years of experience in the areas of finance and accounting; corporate governance, ethics, and audit to the REC Board. He Chairs the Finance Committee, serves on the HR Committee, and is Board Chairman for RE Communications, a subsidiary of REC.
Mike serves on the Virginia board of the Action Committee for Rural Electrification, a national political action committee focused on needs of electric cooperatives and their Members. Mike served over 20 years in senior Finance positions, including Controller, of a large division of a major international environmental and engineering firm. He is also a small business owner specializing in residential rentals.
His background includes work for the government and large professional service firms concentrating on major operations/maintenance, engineering, solar, geothermal and environmental remediation projects. Mike's career carried him to Texas, Saudi Arabia, Okinawa, and California before he was able to return to his beloved native Virginia. His numerous professional awards include a Superior Accomplishment Commendation from the Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) for efforts on behalf of military members in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait during Operation Desert Storm.
Mike is a Credentialed Cooperative Director and a recipient of the Board Leadership Certificate. He holds a B.A degree from Emory and Henry College. Mike and his wife Becky reside in Frederick County.
Mike serves as Treasurer of the Families Reaching Out Group, an organization focused on the needs of Foster Families. He served six years on the Board of the Winchester Youth Development Center (including two years as Board President) and in county government as a representative on the Public Safety Committee. He is a member of the Frederick County Farm Bureau and the NRA.