Little Rock, Ark. — June 27, 2017 — The pending retirement of a 22-year veteran of Arkansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. (AECI) has resulted in adjustments to the management team at AECI and Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation (AECC).

Pat McClafferty, vice president of utility sales and services for AECI, announced plans for retirement after 22 years of service and is now special advisor to Duane Highley, president/CEO of AECC and AECI. Under McClafferty’s leadership, the utility sales and services division of AECI has grown significantly with the implementation of a vendormanaged warehouse business model and excellent service through storm assistance including several large-scale natural disasters.

Jonathan Oliver will replace McClafferty as the vice president of utility sales and services. Oliver has served as vice president of power production and delivery for AECC since September of 2008. During his 22-year career with AECC, he has held several engineering positions. Oliver holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly University of Missouri-Rolla). He recently completed the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program.

Steve Metcalf is now the vice president of power production and delivery. Steve is a 35-year employee with AECC and has been responsible for the maintenance and operations of the cooperative’s wholly-owned generation fleet as well as oversight of AECC’s co-owned plants. He has a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from the University of Arkansas and is a registered professional engineer.

Rob Smith has been named director of power production for AECC. Smith joined AECC in 2012 when the cooperative acquired the Magnet Cove Generating Station. He has extensive experience in power plant management, maintaining high plant availability and managing overall cost of operations. He previously spent 23 years in the U.S. Nuclear Navy and holds a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering technology from Old Dominion University.

The Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas comprise 17 electric distribution cooperatives; Arkansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. (AECI), a Little Rock-based cooperative that provides services to the distribution cooperatives; and Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp. (AECC), a generation and transmission cooperative. The distribution cooperatives provide electricity to approximately 500,000 homes, farms and businesses in Arkansas and surrounding states.

For additional information, contact:
Rob Roedel, Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas, 501.570.2296 or