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NRECA Credentialed Cooperative Director Fast Track: 2630, 2640
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11/27/2018 to 11/29/2018
When: November 27 - 29, 2018
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Where: Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites -Arbor Lakes
11801 Fountains Way
Maple Grove, Minnesota  55369
United States
Contact: Gayle Karol, Marketing & Event Coordinator

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Credentialed Cooperative Director (CCD) Certificate
Held at Holiday Inn Arbor Lakes, Maple Grove

MREA offers the CCD Fast Track (2600-series) in Minnesota in the even-numbered years. You can also travel to NRECA events to attend co-op director certification courses. See




Nov. 27, 2018  2630 Strategic Planning

T  8:00-4:30
Instructor: Mike Bunney (see bio below)
$499 / $599

Nov. 28-29, 2018  2640 Financial Decision Making (1 1/2 -day class)

W  8:00-4:30, Th  8:00-noon
(This course is 1½ days) Instructor: Mike Bunney (see bio below)
$599 / $699


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MREA is also offering courses 2610, 2600 and 2620 in the series on November 13, 14 and 15, 2018. To register for the following classes, click here:


Tues. Nov. 13, 2018    2610 Understanding the Electric Business 

T  8:00-4:30
Instructor:  Bryan Singletary (see bio below)
$499 / $599

Wed. Nov. 14, 2018  2600 Director Duties & Liabilities

W  8:00-4:30
Instructor: Bob Patton (see bio below)
$499 / $599

Thurs. Nov. 15, 2018   2620 Board Operations and Process

Th  8:00-4:30
Instructor:  Bob Patton (see bio below)
$499 / $599


Held at the Holiday Inn Arbor Lakes
11801 Fountains Way N, Maple Grove
Call 763-425-3800.  For MREA’s room block and preferred rate of $143/night (includes breakfast vouchers for the hotel restaurant), be sure to ask for the MREA block rate.

OR book online:

  Code: M02

Booking Link: MREA November12


11/26/18  Code: M03

Booking Link:

MREA November26


Speaker Bios

Robert W. ("Bob") Patton,
Consulting and Training Contractor DBA as Senior Principal Co-op>Directions.  Bob retired as Senior Principal for Education Programs at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association in December 2010.  His career spans over 44 years working with cooperative boards and management. He continues to serve as a contracted instructor and counselor for NRECA’s Education & Training Department, and he is self-employed as the Senior Principal of Co-op > Directions.


His former role at NRECA was to provide counsel on the content, development and delivery of all director educational programs.  He also served as a primary resource on corporate policy development, bylaws, member-customer relations and corporate management strategies.  He continues to be called upon as an independent consultant to counsel with boards and management on a variety of   business strategy, policy, governance leadership and membership issues throughout the country. His clients include electric and telephone cooperatives, credit unions and other national and regional non-profit organizations.


Prior to joining NRECA in 1995 he served 25 years in senior management positions with statewide electric cooperative associations in Illinois and Ohio. While in Illinois he served as Director of Membership Services and as Manager of the IEC Federal Credit Union.  In Ohio he was Manager of the Ohio Statewide’s Corporate Services. His experience in both states includes serving as a registered lobbyist before state legislators and regulators and as a facilitator of board strategy planning sessions.


Bob has a B. S Degree in communications and has taken post graduate training in adult education and cooperative business management.

Bryan Singletary, President of Practical Energies. There’s a right way, a wrong way and a practical way to accomplish every task we face in today’s complex electric utility marketplace.  No one understands this better than Bryan.  For the last 35 years he has worked in the electric utility industry all the while striving to convert the technical process of providing high quality electrical service into terms the customer can understand. 

Bryan began his career with Florida Power Corporation rising rapidly to the position of Vice President of before he was thirty years old.  For the last 22 years Mr. Singletary has owned and operated Practical Energies - a utility consulting firm specializing in assisting their client companies in meeting the needs of their consumers.


Mr. Singletary has consulted with hundreds of utilities in the design, development and implementation of a wide range of customer programs.  With today’s focus on service at all levels of the utility industry, Bryan has seen a dramatic increase in requests for member oriented programs and training.  This is particularly true in the area of Key Accounts and strategic planning.


Mr. Singletary is an accomplished speaker and writer.  He is a nationally sought after lecturer and trainer in the areas of utility competition and strategic planning, key accounts management, distributed generation, technology implementation, demand side management, customer service and power-quality.  In addition he has authored and co-authored several books, papers and manuals on the same topics.  His practical approach is refreshing and appealing to both long time industry experts and newcomers to the field.


He carries this approach into the work place and design strategies of his consulting engagements.  He believes the practical approach, tempered with sound research and planning, will be far more appealing to the consumer than volumes of technical jargon and data.

A Florida native, Mr. Singletary and his wife, Maggie, have four children.  He attended Auburn University where he obtained a degree in mechanical engineering.

Mike Bunney 

A lifetime working with folks in rural America, Mike Bunney has strived to improve the quality of service provide by electric systems throughout the U.S.  He started his career at his hometown electric cooperative and later moved into the role of general manager at a neighboring system.  In 1990 he joined CFC and has worked with electric cooperative throughout the nation. Mike has a business composite degree with an accounting emphasis and obtained his MBA from the University of South Dakota. This year marks the beginning of his 42nd year in the cooperative utility industry.  His education and working experience has prepared him to be a valuable resource for electric cooperatives.

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