Matanuska Electric Association Inc.

02/14/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 02/14/2020 17:54

Susitna West District Candidates – Randall Kowalke

Randall D. Kowalke
Susitna West District Candidate

How many years have you lived in MEA's service area? 9 years.

Why I wish to serve on MEA's Board of Directors (200 word maximum):
In past years I have served a PUD Commissioner for the largest PUD in Oregon (Central Lincoln PUD), been a fiber/ISP consultant to Okanagan PUD in Washington State, been employed by Umatilla Electrical Cooperative in Oregon as Manager of all non-electric business (DirecTV, Fiber, 5000-line Phone Company and ISP). Additionally, I have been employed by CASCO Communications which was owned by Consumers Power, Blachly Lane Electric and Pioneer Telephone as Chief Operating Officer. All three of these companies are Oregon Cooperatives. CASCO is an ISP (PEAK INTERNET). I understand the 'COOPERATIVE WAY'.

My goals in serving on the MEA BOD include but are not limited to the following:

  • Keeping the lights on!
  • Continuing to work to supply reliable power at the lowest possible cost.
  • To provide Five/Nines reliability. Lights on 99.999 percent of the time!
  • To participate actively in the Railbelt Reliability Council (RRC) to achieve better reliability and ultimately lower energy costs.
  • To work with new technologies and producers of alternate energy sources to economically integrate into the MEA system.

I understand the industry and Cooperatives' and ask for your support in electing me to the BOD!

Biography (400 word maximum):
Randall Kowalke, is a recent Matanuska Susitna Borough Assembly member representing District 7 which encompasses 18,500 square miles of the West Virginia sized Borough (70% of the Borough land mass).

Randall is a highly respected and accomplished Alaskan whose friends describe him as loyal, confident, and engaging. His compendium of experience resulted in him being appointed to the Alaska Senate by Gov. Bill Walker as well as being selected to represent the Matsu Borough as part of the Governor's Trade Mission to China.

Additionally, his professional relationships have earned him accolades for an award- winning film on ANWR development and his unique representation of the Alaska Oil Industry to Congress and other national audiences.

Randall and his wife Karen have been married for 44 years and originally came to Alaska in 1975 when he was part of an engineering firm that had the design and construction management contract for the water and sewage treatment facilities for ARCO and BP on the North Slope. Randall's early career included stops at an iconic Alaskan enterprise, Alaska Industrial Hardware (AIH) and a number of oilfield service companies. At AIH he excelled as the general sales manager and adeptly improved the businesses profitability. Later, as a project manager for the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation assisting in bring FEDEX and UPS to Anchorage and then Vice President of an multi-million- dollar oilfield service contractor, Randall demonstrated his ability to see complex projects through from beginning to completion and made his mark on helping to build the backbone of Alaska's developing resource infrastructure.

Randall has helped a number of companies in leadership roles such as vice president, marketing manager, general manager, project manager and consultant. Each of these dynamic and essential positions enabled Randall to improve the effectiveness and performance of companies he worked for in international oilfield services, sports equipment manufacturing, forest products and business communications technology (which included a fiber network, several internet service providers and a small rural phone company).

Randall's hobbies include spending time with his grandchildren, snow-machining, 4 wheeling and his serious interest in outdoor photography. Randall is a committed public servant!