Marshall utility manager earns APPA national award

Congratulations to Brad Roos on receiving the James D. Donovan Individual Achievement Award from American Public Power Association (APPA). Roos is the general manager of Marshall Municipal Utilities (MMU) in Marshall, Minnesota. He was presented the award during the APPA National Conference in June.

Brad Roos, center, receives the James. D. Donovan Individual Achievement Award from APPA board chair Paula DiFonzo and past chair Gary Stauffer.
Brad Roos, center, receives the James. D. Donovan Individual Achievement Award from APPA board chair Paula DiFonzo and past chair Gary Stauffer. Photo courtesy APPA.

APPA believes in recognizing individuals and member utilities for significant contributions made to public power, and provides its members with many opportunities to earn deserved recognition through its annual award programs. The James D. Donovan Individual Achievement Award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the electric utility industry and to public power. Roos is an active and frequent participant in APPA’s Legislative Rally, and is considered an effective and articulate spokesperson for public power.

Brad Roos, foreground, discussed concerns in regards to third-party electric sales during visits with legislative leaders at the Minnesota State Capitol during the MMUA Legislative Conference. Photo courtesy Steve Downer, MMUA.
Brad Roos, foreground, discussed concerns in regards to third-party electric sales during visits with legislative leaders at the Minnesota State Capitol during the MMUA Legislative Conference. Photo courtesy Steve Downer, MMUA.

Roos is a third generation public power utility manager with more than 30 years of experience in the industry. He has served as GM of MMU since 2003. He has also served on the board of APPA and several regional organizations. While chair of the Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association Government Relations Committee in 2007, he led the drafting of a public power renewable energy standard, many aspects of which were later incorporated into state law.

Congratulations Brad!

Volunteer in your community for Public Power Day of Giving

Public power is defined by a commitment to community and the spirit of public service.  Each year, American Public Power Association (APPA) kicks off its National Conference by celebrating this commitment with the Public Power Day of Giving, where conference participants can donate a day to volunteer with local service organizations.  Friday, June 5, 2015 marks the 8th annual Public Power Day of Giving, and Heartland encourages our customer utilities to find volunteer opportunities within their own community in order to show appreciation and help people in need.

“A community service project is an excellent way to bring about change at a small, intimate level as well as demonstrate your commitment to the local quality of life,” said Communications Manager Ann Hyland.  “The Public Power Day of Giving is the perfect opportunity for volunteers from your utility to clean up a local park, visit an elderly home or help spruce up a public building.”

day of giving logoThis year the APPA National Conference is being held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Day of Giving participants have the opportunity to help one of three local organizations.  Volunteers can opt to hand-pack meals for malnourished children for Feed My Starving Children, perform seasonal spruce-up, painting and building maintenance for women’s and children’s shelter Tubman, or plant gardens, mulch trees and pick up trash for the Minneapolis Parks Foundation.  In addition to engaging in a day of meaningful volunteer activities, participants get to spend the day meeting with other members of the national public power community, making lasting connections that will remain long after the conference.  For more information about APPA’s Public Power Day of Giving opportunities, visit publicpower.org/events and navigate to the National Conference event page.

If your utility chooses to host a local Day of Giving, share your story with us and we’ll feature it in our Customer Spotlight.  Send pictures and comments to ahyland@hcpd.com or call 605-256-6536.