SMECO of­fi­cers elected; Ham­mett wins ser­vice award

The Calvert Recorder - - Business -

The South­ern Mary­land Elec­tric Co­op­er­a­tive Board of Di­rec­tors re­cently elected new of­fi­cers at the reg­u­lar monthly board meet­ing on Tues­day, Sept. 18. P. Scott White of Hol­ly­wood was elected chair­man, and W. Michael Phipps of Owings was elected vice chair­man. In ad­di­tion, Sa­muel “Jack” Ham­mett re­ceived the Re­gional Ser­vice Award for Out­stand­ing Ser­vice from the Na­tional Ru­ral Elec­tric Co­op­er­a­tive As­so­ci­a­tion.

At the Septem­ber board meet­ing, Ken­neth L. Dyson of Hugh­esville was re-elected to the sec­re­tary-trea­surer’s post, and Fern G. Brown of White Plains was re-elected as the as­sis­tant sec­re­tary-trea­surer. Board of­fi­cers’ terms are lim­ited to five years. Richard A. Win­kler of La Plata, former chair­man, and W. Rayner Blair III of Lex­ing­ton Park, former vice chair­man, will con­tinue to serve on SMECO’s board, a press re­lease states.

White, who holds a St. Mary’s County seat on the SMECO Board of Di­rec­tors, is the pres­i­dent and CEO of Holmes-Tucker In­ter­na­tional Inc. White joined SMECO’s board in 2010. He re­ceived the Cre­den­tialed Co­op­er­a­tive Di­rec­tor des­ig­na­tion in 2011 and the Board Lead­er­ship Cer­tifi­cate in 2018 from the NRECA. Re­cently, he re­ceived the Di­rec­tor Gold Cer­tifi­cate from NRECA. White rep­re­sents SMECO on the board of ACES, a power mar­ket­ing co­op­er­a­tive, the re­lease states.

White re­tired from the U.S. Navy with 20 years of ac­tive duty ser­vice, in­clud­ing par­tic­i­pat­ing in com­bat op­er­a­tions in Kuwait and Iraq dur­ing Op­er­a­tion Desert Storm, and he served as a sys­tems en­gi­neer at the Naval Air Sys­tems Com­mand. Through­out his ca­reer as a naval flight of­fi­cer, aerospace en­gi­neer, ac­qui­si­tion pro­fes­sional and de­fense con­trac­tor, White has had ex­pe­ri­ence with man­ag­ing mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar projects, plan­ning and ex­e­cut­ing mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions and im­ple­ment­ing tech­nol­ogy-based man­age­ment in­for­ma­tion sys­tems to trans­form raw data into ac­tion­able in­for­ma­tion, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease.

White holds a bach­e­lor’s in civil en­gi­neer­ing from Vir­ginia Mil­i­tary In­sti­tute and a mas­ter’s in sys­tems man­age­ment from the Naval Post­grad­u­ate School.

Phipps has rep­re­sented Calvert County on SMECO’s board since 1998. He cur­rently serves on the Board Risk Over­sight Com­mit­tee and is chair­man of the Pol­icy, Au­dit and Bud­get Com­mit­tee. He holds the Cre­den­tialed Co­op­er­a­tive Di­rec­tor des­ig­na­tion, the Board Lead­er­ship Cer­tifi­cate and the Di­rec­tor Gold cer­ti­fi­ca­tion from NRECA, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease.

As a past pres­i­dent of the board of di­rec­tors of the Calvert Farm­land Trust, Phipps has worked to pre­serve farm­land in the county. Since 1987, Phipps has been ac­tive in the Mary­land Farm Bu­reau and for three years served as its statewide pres­i­dent. Phipps has also served as a mem­ber of the Calvert County Plan­ning Com­mis­sion, the re­lease states.

Phipps re­ceived his bach­e­lor’s in busi­ness and man­age­ment from the Univer­sity of Mary­land, Univer­sity Col­lege. Phipps is a farmer and li­censed funeral di­rec­tor. He is also a mem­ber of a pop­u­lar blue­grass band.

Ham­mett, who re­ceived the NRECA Re­gional Ser­vice Award, has rep­re­sented Calvert County on SMECO’s Board of Di­rec­tors since 1990. He held the of­fice of vice chair­man from 2008 to 2013 and cur­rently serves on the Per­son­nel and Ben­e­fits Com­mit­tee and the Board Risk Over­sight Com­mit­tee. He holds the Cre­den­tialed Co­op­er­a­tive Di­rec­tor des­ig­na­tion, Di­rec­tor Gold cer­tifi­cate and the Board Lead­er­ship Cer­tifi­cate from NRECA.

Ham­mett was rec­og­nized for his last­ing con­tri­bu­tion to ad­vanc­ing the goals of NRECA and help­ing to pre­serve and en­sure the fu­ture of the elec­tric co­op­er­a­tive model. Through his com­mit­ment to his com­mu­nity as a busi­ness owner, a found­ing mem­ber of a pri­vate school, an ad­vo­cate for emer­gency man­age­ment ser­vices, and a par­tic­i­pant in ser­vice or­ga­ni­za­tions, Ham­mett has made a mean­ing­ful im­pact on the pos­i­tive de­vel­op­ment of Calvert County and the South­ern Mary­land re­gion, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease.

Owner of Ham­mett’s Build­ing Ser­vices, he is a mem­ber and sec­re­tary of the Calvert County Plumb­ing Com­mis­sion. He is past chair­man of the Calvert County Fire and Res­cue Com­mis­sion and past mem­ber of the Mary­land State Fire Com­mis­sion. Ham­mett is a found­ing mem­ber, former board mem­ber and trea­surer of The Calver­ton School. In ad­di­tion, Ham­mett is a mem­ber and past pres­i­dent of the Calvert County Lions Club, as well as a life mem­ber of the Calvert County His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety.

SUB­MIT­TED PHO­TOS

Above, Sa­muel “Jack” Ham­mett, left, who rep­re­sents Calvert County on SMECO’s board, re­ceives the Re­gional Ser­vice Award for Out­stand­ing Ser­vice from the Na­tional Ru­ral Elec­tric Co­op­er­a­tive As­so­ci­a­tion. Daniel W. Dyer pre­sented the award to Ham­mett on be­half of NRECA. Be­low, SMECO’s di­rec­tors elected new of­fi­cers at the Septem­ber board meet­ing: W. Michael Phipps, left, was elected vice chair­man, P. Scott White was elected chair­man, Ken­neth L. Dyson was re-elected to the sec­re­tary-trea­surer’s post and Fern G. Brown was re-elected as the as­sis­tant sec­re­tary-trea­surer.

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