The Hilton Garden Inn in Gatlinburg was the site for the 2015 Accountants’ Conference on April 22-24. Twenty-nine accountants from seventeen cooperatives and TVA met for an informative 1 ½ day conference.
Presentations were made from Barry Murphy, Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury; Jennifer Brogdon, TVA; Carl Wilson, RUS; and Rod Crile, NRUCFC. Additional updates from Bill LaDuca, CoBank; Ty Harrell, NRUCFC; David Callis, TECA; and Jon Anderson, NRECA were all extremely relevant to the electric cooperative industry.
Shelia Orrell, Director of Financial Services with Duck River EMC, gave a presentation on Community Solar Projects. DREMC started their solar farm in 2012 and have experience positive community response through various education opportunities.
The final speaker, Vincent Phipps, presented attendees with the opportunity to refine communication skills. He conducted three group experiments on listening skills, asking clear yes or no questions and written communication.