Bob Hance

Midwest Energy Cooperative

Bob Hance started his electric cooperative career in 1974 as the facilities mapping coordinator and later the assistant general manager at the O&A Electric Cooperative in Newaygo, Michigan, where he went on to serve as general manager from 1987 to 1996.  From 1995 to 1996 he co-managed O&A and Oceana Electric Cooperative in Hart, Michigan while the two systems considered a merge.  The successful merger resulted in the formation of Great Lakes Energy Cooperative, at which Hance served as president/COO from 1997 to 1998.  In 1998 he co-directed a three-way merger between Great Lakes, Top O’ Michigan and Western Michigan Electric Cooperatives and in 1999 was named the executive vice president/COO of the 120,000 member Great Lakes Energy Cooperative.  In 2000 Hance worked as the director of member relations with Wabash Valley Power Association, the Indianapolis-based generation and transmission cooperative.  He began his role as President and CEO at Midwest Energy Cooperative on March 12, 2002.     

Within the electric cooperative industry, Hance has developed a reputation as a leader and a trailblazer. He has helped to secure more than $4 million in economic development grants, and has positioned co-ops as regional leaders on energy and economic development issues. In 2004 the industry recognized him for his “invaluable contributions and dedication to fostering a spirit of cooperation and service among the electric cooperatives and communities they serve” with a Regional Award for Outstanding Service from NRECA, and in 2010 he was recognized by his peers for his leadership within and commitment to the electric cooperative industry with the Michigan Electric Cooperative Association (MECA) Special Recognition Award. He is currently the board chairman for RESCO and serves on the Boards of Directors for the Michigan Electric Cooperative Association (MECA), National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC), Spartan Renewable Energy and Utilities Telecom Council (UTC). He is also a founding member and current vice chairman of the Rural Broadband Council, an independent operating unit of UTC, and a member of the Rural Broadband Coalition, which is actively pursuing the development of rules within the CAF competitive auction that will ensure rural America’s access to true and equitable broadband is secured.

Hance is also highly regarded as a community leader, having served in various capacities with the following businesses and organizations: Southern Michigan Bancorp, Southern Michigan Bank and Trust, Cass/Vandalia Chamber of Commerce, Newaygo Public Schools Board of Education, Newaygo Intermediate School District Board of Education, Newaygo Futures Committee, Newaygo Tax Increment Finance Authority, Gerber Memorial Health Services, Grant State Bank, First Michigan Bank, Newaygo County Economic Development Office, and Baker College.




April 8-11, 2019

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