University of Mary alumnus Josh Kramer is the new executive vice president for NDAREC

University of Mary alumnus Josh Kramer is the new executive vice president for NDAREC

Mandan, N.D. — Josh Kramer, Bismarck, has been named executive vice president and general manager of the North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives (NDAREC).

“Kramer brings a wealth of experience to this position,” says Robert Grant, president of NDAREC. “He is uniquely qualified to lead the electric cooperative movement in an ever-changing utility environment. His experience, enthusiasm, values and philosophy matched perfectly with the leadership skills NDAREC was looking for in our next leader.”

Kramer, who previously served as the deputy state director for USDA Rural Development, will start July 1 at the Mandan-based trade association for the state’s rural electric cooperatives. Kramer will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Dennis Hill, who steps down from the position in July after 34 years of service at NDAREC.

“I’m excited to work more closely with North Dakota’s rural cooperatives. Their efforts in providing services and bringing economic opportunity to our members is important to the success of our state,” said Kramer. “It was my experience with cooperatives that inspired me to pursue a career dedicated to service, and I plan to continue that commitment with the RECs.”

Kramer has been with USDA Rural Development since 2010. Prior to this time, he worked for N.D. Farmers Union. He has also served on the board of directors for Capital Electric Cooperative, Bismarck. A veteran of the N.D. Army National Guard, Kramer was deployed to Afghanistan in 2006 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Kramer was raised on an Emmons County dairy farm and holds a bachelor’s degree in business communications and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Mary, Bismarck. Kramer and his wife, Sarah, live in Bismarck with their five children.

NDAREC is the statewide trade association for 16 electric distribution cooperatives and five generation and transmission cooperatives operating in North Dakota. The distribution cooperatives provide electricity to nearly 250,000 North Dakotans via 188,000 metered accounts. NDAREC services include legislative advocacy, line worker safety training and professional development services, cooperative business development, and communication services including publication of North Dakota Living magazine.