Rappahannock Electric Cooperative was awarded Large Business of the Year at the Culpeper Chamber of Commerce’s 107th Annual Meetings & Awards Banquet on Nov. 4.

From left, Joanie Griffiths, Member Service Representative II & Team Lead; Darlene H. Carpenter, Region III Director; Tabitha Perryman, Operations & Construction Assistant; Paulette Slaughter, Distribution Design Representative; Ben Berry, Field Operations Foreman.

“REC is such a rewarding place to work because our mission goes beyond just keeping your lights on,” said Joanie Griffiths, Member Service Representative II and Team Lead. “Our employees go out into the community to engage with our members in a variety of ways.”

The chamber represents more than 430 businesses, civic organizations, educational institutions and entrepreneurs. The annual banquet recognizes the brightest in six categories: entrepreneur of the year, young professional of the year, large business of the year, nonprofit of the year and small business of the year.

“At REC, we are committed to our member-owners and the community at large,” said Tabitha Perryman, REC’s Operations and Construction Assistant in Culpeper. “We give back to the community, and we’re actively engaged with them, whether at events or in our daily interactions with member-owners.”

From grants, donations, and volunteerism, REC works to support the community in a variety of ways.

“We put our core values — Caring, Respect, Integrity and Service — into everything we do, from assisting member-owners, restoring outages no matter the weather conditions, to how we work with our REC colleagues,” Perryman added.

“This award is really a tribute to REC’s more than 400 employees who live and work in the communities we serve,” Griffiths said.

Report by Casey Hollins, Managing Director – Communications and Public Relations, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative