David Lee, GIS coordinator at Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative, has been selected to an area publication’s “10 Under 40” list of rising business professionals.

David Lee

Lee, 32, was featured recently in the Shenandoah Valley Business Journal’s annual list. The journal is a publication of Harrisonburg’s Daily News-Record. The annual list highlights some of the area’s notable professionals under the age of 40 in the newspaper’s coverage area of Harrisonburg, Rockingham County, southern Shenandoah and Page counties, and northernmost Augusta County.

In nominating Lee for the list, SVEC touted his calm demeanor and willingness to help.

“David’s ability to synthesize multiple sources of information and apply it to the current situation is second to none,” said Jason Burch, the cooperative’s vice president of engineering. “Complementing and amplifying this incredible talent is David’s added ability to then identify gaps, cracks or otherwise unfound issues between people, departments or existing solutions. These skills then often provide David a vision towards solutions that are astonishingly clear. Co-op members, in turn, get the value-added service of efficient and competent planning for their energy future.”

Helping Lee’s candidacy is the work he and his wife, Stevie, put into the Appalachian Forest School, an outdoor recreation program they founded for young children that explores the Shenandoah Valley.

Lee joined SVEC in March 2017 and is the third co-op employee to make the business journal list in the last two years. Burch, as well as executive assistant Morgan Slaven Messer, was named to the 2020 list.

“I’m happy for David and grateful the cooperative has his skills within our ranks to better serve our members,” Burch said. “David brings people together. Through acknowledging what he doesn’t know, he authentically seeks others’ thoughts and ideas to solve the current problem. This fosters a collaborative environment in the initiatives in which he participates. David can work side by side with anyone.”

—Report by Preston Knight, Public Relations Coordinator, Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative