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  • Wednesday, June 22, 2016
    Rose retiring from Bluebonnet; Bentke named new GM
    Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative has announced that General Manager Mark Rose will retire after 14 years with the co-op.
     
    Bluebonnet’s board of directors has unanimously voted to name Deputy General Manager Matt Bentke of Brenham to succeed Rose as general manager.
     
    Rose’s retirement and Bentke’s promotion to general manager is the culmination of a succession plan several years in the making, BEC officials said.
     
    “When I reflect on my tenure as general manager I am the most proud of our culture,” Rose said. “A building is just a building, hardware is hardware. It’s the men and women of this organization who define us best. They truly believe in our foundation values and live them out every day.
     
    “I deeply appreciate the support that Bluebonnet’s board members have given me over the years. This has been such an incredible opportunity.”
     
    Rose and Bentke, who as deputy general manager for the past two years has been responsible for the day-to-day operations of the co-op, will work together on the timing of the transition.
     
    “If the executive branch of our United States government will transition from Nov. 8 to Jan. 17, I think Matt and I can handle this transition quickly and efficiently,” Rose said. “Matt has been my partner in everything we have accomplished this past 14 years. He is ready, his team is ready, and they will do an outstanding job leading Bluebonnet.”
     
    Rose has served as general manager since January 2003. Under his leadership, Bluebonnet has become nationally recognized as one of the most technologically advanced and innovative utilities — big or small, public or private.
     
    Under Rose’s leadership, Bluebonnet’s has embraced advances in technology, expanding its employees’ ability to use it effectively and efficiently during challenging conditions, like fires, floods and widespread outage events.
     
    Bentke has been with Bluebonnet since April 2000. Before becoming deputy general manager in March 2014, he rose from manager of finance to chief operating officer.
     
    Bentke has deep roots with Bluebonnet. The co-op has provided power to his family’s Washington County farm for more than seven decades. He will become Bluebonnet’s fifth general manager.
     
    “I am humbled and honored to be chosen by the board of directors to be Bluebonnet’s next general manager,” Bentke said.
     
    “I greatly appreciate the confidence the directors have placed in me. I am also grateful to Mark Rose for the leadership he has provided me, personally, and our organization. I look forward to leading Bluebonnet into the future and meeting the challenges that lie ahead.
     
    “I also want to thank the outstanding employees at Bluebonnet. I recognize that the contributions they have made are what make it possible for me to have this opportunity.
     
    “Together we will continue to provide the highest level of service our members and communities have come to expect.”
     
    Bluebonnet board chairman Ben Flencher expressed gratitude to Rose for all that he has accomplished at Bluebonnet and confidence in Bentke.
     
    “I appreciate the job Mark has done,” Flencher said. “His contributions are immeasurable and will have a lasting impact on Bluebonnet.
     
    “I am also proud that we have the depth of talent to allow Matt to move up. He has the trust and support of the organization and is already a proven leader. He was a natural and easy choice to be the next general manager at Bluebonnet.”

    Source: Brenham Banner-Press