Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative has recently added two new faces to its senior staff.

Bill Rees is the new vice president of operations, while Scott Boyd is the cooperative’s first director of infrastructure development.

Both employees have long histories in the utility industry.

Born in Bridgewater, Rees graduated from Turner Ashby High School. He began his SVEC career in 1985 as a part-time storekeeper in the system warehouse in Dayton, while he was studying accounting at James Madison University. In 1988, the cooperative hired him full time. Rees has since progressed through the company as a staking engineer, district operations coordinator and manager of system operations before taking over as vice president of operations in September 2022. He replaces the retired Tony Dean, who logged 36 years at SVEC.

As director of infrastructure development, Boyd manages assigned projects to ensure the cooperative’s strategic initiatives are met. One of the first major projects he is overseeing is the cooperative’s fiber optic cable installation to connect substations.

Born, raised and still living in Frederick County, Va., Boyd graduated from James Wood High School and worked briefly for an engineering firm as a surveyor before joining Potomac Edison in 1987. Since that time, he has been a lineworker (working up to a lead position), contract coordinator and construction manager, with expertise in distribution, sub-transmission and transmission lines.

“We’re fortunate to be able to call upon longstanding employees who are experts in their field to serve in leadership roles for our operations,” President and CEO Greg Rogers says.

– Report by Preston Knight, Event and Communication Manager, Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative