September 14, 2015 – Kit Carson Electric Cooperative (KCEC) CEO- Luis A. Reyes Jr. received the prestigious 2015 Albuquerque Business First Top CEO of the year award. The Honorees came from a variety of industries including business services, health, nonprofit and technology.
Out of the 20 honorees, Luis A. Reyes Jr. will be recognized in the business services category. The CEOs were nominated by the public and then asked to submit an application with information about personal achievements, leadership and community involvement. The applications were then evaluated by Albuquerque Business First judges.
The judges this year were Margaret Lewis Meister, lawyer at Modrall Sperling; Mary Martinez, franchise owner and CEO of Home Instead Senior Care; Chris Dunkeson, area vice president of Comcast Cable; Rebecca L. Avita, executive director at the National Hispanic Cultural Center; and Stacy Ertle, director of Bridges Inc.
KCEC CEO-Luis A. Reyes Jr. said in a statement after the announcement on September 3, 2015 by Albuquerque Business First "I am completely humbled and honored to have been nominated and selected for this prestigious award, and with complete acknowledgement that a large contribution to my success over the years as CEO is owed to the 121 managers, linemen, installers and staff support that make up the Kit Carson family of companies, and as CEO I am blessed to have a great team to work with on a daily basis".
CEOs and high level executives handle a lot of responsibilities and work — some high-profile and much behind the scenes. Albuquerque Business First recognizes the ambition, effort and time these leaders put in every day through our Top CEOs awards.
The awards ceremony will take place Oct. 22 at the Albuquerque Convention Center for the Top CEOs Networking Reception & Awards Luncheon from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Kit Carson Electric Receives 2015 Industry’s Top Award
Taos, NM – May 8, 2015 – Kit Carson Electric Cooperative received the prestigious 2015 Utilities Telecom & Technology APEX Award at the organization’s annual UTC Telecom & Technology awards banquet in Atlanta, GA. The Apex award is the most prestigious award the organization offers, and it pays tribute to the critical role of information and communications technologies in delivering essential energy and water services to communities throughout the world. The award recognizes that in emergencies, utility communications technology saves lives, protects property, speeds restoration, and puts communities on the path to recovery. In normal times utility communications provide opportunities for communities to enhance economic prosperity, provide innovative new services, and support health, education and access to critical services.
Recipients are selected by an expert panel of utility experts based on:
Overall Utility Telecom System Design
Utility Telecom Sharing with Public Safety
Using Utility Telecom for Community Development
Key factors in the decision to award Kit Carson Electric Cooperative (KCEC) include:
Upgrading its fiber optic network infrastructure to deliver high-speed broadband to underserved New Mexico communities, that would prepare the way for future Smart Grid Creation of a core and access network architecture that meets FCC broadband and Smart
The fiber network helps create Internet-based opportunities and drives economic development among businesses, households, community anchor institutions, and two Native American pueblos. The co-op got involved with, and eventually helped make successful, various local economic development projects in its three-county service area, establishing a track record of success that brought additional credibility to the public positions it took. By working in the communities it serves, evangelizing the benefits of broadband and supporting projects that facilitate job creation, the co-op built a strong contingent of on-the-ground support from its customer base and local elected officials.
Implementation and rollout began in the fall of 2014, making KCEC the first ISP in northern and central New Mexico to provide 1 Gbps service. The main line construction project is approximately 91 percent complete, with more than 110 businesses and community anchor institutions connected to broadband fiber. Over the remainder of this year, the Co-Op will make 1 Gbps broadband service available in 29 communities. The state-of the-art network eventually will cover 5,000 square miles, improving customer centricity and service reliability and fulfilling Smart Grid Network requirements without requiring modifications. The network also will enable Smart Grid technologies including Substation Automation (SA) and Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI), which will help customers be more aware of energy usage and provide management tools. The network is secure, fully redundant and compatible with evolving technology.
“We needed fiber for our electrical operations and high-speed connectivity is lacking in our area,” said Kit Carson CEO Luis Reyes. “The absence of broadband was creating many quality-of-life and economic development challenges. The co-op responded by designing and executing a strategy that would finally bring broadband to the area in a way that would benefit everyone, and, any profit we make goes back to the members in the form of lower electrical rates. It’s the very definition of a win-win relationship.”
For more information on Kit Carson Electric Co-op, go to kitcarson.com
Kit Carson Electric Receives Inaugural Governors Environmental Excellence Award for Energy
Pictured from Left to Right:
Bruce Jassman, Jerry Smith, Luis Reyes, Honorable Governor Susana Martinez, Ambrose Mascarenas, and Arthur Rodarte. (Not Picture. Virgil Vigil, Luisa Valerio-Mylett, Bobby Ortega, Manuel Medina, Chris Duran, Peter Adang, and David Torres)
TAOS, NM – April 24, 2015 – On Earth Day, Kit Carson Electric was awarded the Governors Environmental Excellence Award in Energy Conservation by Governor Susana Martinez for their outstanding stewardship, conservation and positive impact on the environment. Receiving the award on behalf of Kit Carson Electric Cooperative were Board of Trustee Members and CEO-Luis Reyes.
"It’s truly an honor to receive statewide recognition in excellence for our commitment to improving the environment with responsible stewardship of resources," said Luis Reyes-CEO, for Kit Carson. "Our projects offer energy diversity and focus on sustainability, and we look forward to continuing with this goal and providing excellent service—while helping our customers have more positive impacts on the environment, and improving energy efficiency."
"These awards offer an important and unique opportunity to honor New Mexicans who lead the way in safeguarding our state’s abundant natural resources," Governor Martinez said of the awards in a release. "I’m so proud that so many New Mexicans share this commitment, and I’m honored to recognize these individuals for their outstanding accomplishments."
Kit Carson Electric was recognized for their energy diversity and use of sustainable energy, as ten of their current projects are solar-based, with 10% of Kit Carson’s total electric capacity being derived from solar.
For more information on Kit Carson Electric Co-op, call Andrew Gonzales-Public Affairs at 575-779-4408 or go to kitcarson.com
KCEC Receives 2015 Cornerstone Award
Kit Carson Electric has been awarded the prestigious 2015 Cornerstone Award by the Broadband Communities Magazine. The award was presented in Austin, TX on April 15th, at the Broadband Communities Magazine Annual Summit. The award was given by a panel of judges including editors, analysts, fiber to home experts and other industry leaders.
“Kit Carson won the award because of its leadership and vision in bringing a Fiber to the Home network to its customers,” said Scott DeGermo, CEO of the Magazine. “And because electric co-ops are expected to become major deployers of fiber to the home networks in the future, this award highlights Kit Carson’s exemplary and intelligent risk taking, outstanding professionalism and dedication to the best interests of the co-ops’ customers and the greater community.”
The judges specifically recognized Kit Carson’s infrastructure as an improvement that will drive economic growth for businesses, households, community institutions and two Native American Pueblos. In addition, the judges noted Kit Carson’s planned smart grid, with an advanced metering infrastructure and real-time detection of power outages.