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On the Job: Brad Ristow

Brad Ristow, electric operations manager with Pierce Pepin Cooperative Services, has completed an intensive program in electric utility management with UW-Madison.

The Robert I. Kabat Management Internship Program (MIP) is a series of workshops offered by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) in conjunction with the University of Wisconsin. The program guides participants through all facets of the electric utility industry, including the many changes occurring around the nation.

MIP participants go through three 10-day sessions designed to challenge and educate participants in new, innovative management techniques. Participants leave with a better understanding of what consumers want and how to ensure they get it.

By also covering the unique principals that govern the operations of electric cooperatives, the program helps the co-op analyze other business ventures it may want to enter as well as enhancing the organization.

Ristow has completed one of the most exclusive educational programs in the nation for electric cooperative management. Only rural electric cooperative CEOs and top level management participate in the program. This allows greater emphasis of study on management challenges and the aspects of consumer-ownership that cooperatives enjoy. Participants learn to focus on member value as part of day-to-day decision making.

Ristow joined Pierce Pepin in May 1991 as a journeyman lineman. He was promoted to electric operations manager in October 2011 to take over for recently retired Mike Most.