During their 77th annual meeting last month in Bismarck, N.D., the North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives (NDAREC) honored NISC Board Director and General Manager of North Central Electric Cooperative Wayne Martian and former NISC President and CEO Vern Dosch with awards representing their strong commitment to cooperatives.

Wayne received the Cooperative Leadership Award from NDAREC for his commitment to the cooperative business model and the seven cooperative principles. Vern was awarded the Helping Hand Award, which is awarded each year to strong advocates of North Dakota’s cooperatives.

“Vern Dosch is a true friend of North Dakota’s electric cooperatives and cooperatives across the country,” said NDAREC General Manager and Vice President Josh Kramer. “He is a servant leader who exemplifies the values and principles that we as cooperatives hold in high regard. It’s been a great honor and privilege to work alongside and learn from someone like Vern, who is a great example of how to lead with integrity.”

After 17 years of leading NISC, Vern officially retired last month and began his next chapter. His impact on our technology cooperative, the Membership and our industries was immeasurable, and the values he instilled in NISC and its employees will continue on for many years to come.

Please join us in congratulating both Vern and Wayne on these awards.

To hear Vern’s remarks from the meeting, check out this video!