From Your Board Chairman, Rick Love

From Your Board Chairman, Rick Love

Posted on October 30th, 2019

Cooperative oversight should be regarded as a team consisting of four elements — members, board of directors, president/CEO and employees. Each has their own roles and responsibilities for performing essential job functions that make First Electric successful. It’s important for you to get to know your directors that serve you as part of our team at the co-op. 

In 1983 Robert Hill, a Certified Public Accountant, farmer and businessman, was

elected to the board of directors to represent the Perryville district – which includes

Conway, Perry, Pulaski and Yell counties. Hill served as board chairman from 2009 to 2018.

Being a board member takes time and commitment. Rob has completed his Certified Cooperative Directors Certificate and Board Leadership Certificate. He is a past board member of Cooperative Finance Corporation, past chairman of the CFC audit committee, past board member of Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation where he served for 23 years and past member of the AECC audit committee.

Rob is a firm believer in helping our members improve their quality of life. “As a business owner, I know the importance of keeping costs down,” Hill said. “As a First Electric director, I have found that our board of directors also is dedicated to keeping our electric rates as low as possible.”

He is also the recipient of the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas Pioneer Wall of Fame awards program which was established in 2002 to recognize the dedication and efforts of the directors of Arkansas’s 17 electric cooperatives. This honor is awarded to directors who have a minimum of 35 years of service on their local distribution cooperative board. Only 72 have been recognized since the program was established in 2002.

Rob is owner and board chairman of Hill Investments, LLC. and is a retired CPA. He is a member of the Perryville United Methodist Church and American Tree Farmers Association. Hill resides in Perry County with his wife, Lolly.

If you see Rob in town, please shake his hand and thank him for his dedicated service to First Electric’s board of directors.


Rick Love, Chairman

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