Plateau Electric Cooperative CEO John Proffitt met many of his new PEC famly members at the 85th annual meeting held Saturday, May 4, and said he looks forward to meeting everyone in PEC’s organization and service area.

John Proffitt knows the energy business from the ground up. He began his career as a meter reader over 25 years ago with Duke Energy, the electric provider for the Cincinnati, Oh. area. He worked his way through the Duke organization to become their director of area operations in Ocala, Fla.

In the Ocala market, Proffitt oversaw more than 250 full-time employees and contractors. He also held two positions — NERC compliance analyst and distribution engineering manager — before earning the director position.

Proffitt has a diverse educational background, with a B.A. degree in Biblical studies from the School of the Scriptures, an A.A.S. degree in electro-mechanical engineering from Cincinnati State, a B.S. degree in applied management, and an M.B.A., from Franklin University in Columbus, Oh.

Proffitt and his wife, Hannah, have eight children with a daughter on the way. He enjoys fishing, boating and spending time with his family.

“I am very excited to be a part of the PEC family and I look forward to partnering with our employees and our members,” Proffitt said.

“We are very blessed to have John Proffitt as a part of our team,” said PEC director of communications Rachel Smarsh. “We know he will be a great asset not only to our cooperative, but this community. We welcome him and his family and all the experience he brings to our company.”