Marc Gerken Named President/CEO of Hometown Connections, Inc. Outlines Plans for 2023

Posted By: Garnie Holmes Hometown Connections News,

Marc GerkenThe Hometown Connections, Inc. (HCI) Board of Directors has named Marc Gerken President/CEO of HCI effective January 8, 2023. Gerken had served as interim President and CEO since November of 2021. Gerken expressed his intention to stay on in his capacity as President and CEO through the end of 2024.

“I have always been a big advocate of HCI and the value proposition that Hometown brings to the APPA Public Power membership.,” Marc said.
“A year ago, HCI saw the loss of three long-term, talented and dedicated employees through retirement and job change,” Marc continued. “Fortunately, we have been able to replace this talent with two very capable industry veterans who now head our Strategic Planning and Marketing efforts.”

Mark McCain joined Hometown as Executive Consultant for Strategic Planning after a 35-year career at Florida Municipal Power Agency. After 25 years at ElectriCities of North Carolina, Mike Mozingo joined Hometown as Director of Marketing. Both signed on in the summer of 2022.

Marc stated that going forward, HCI will focus on two areas: consulting services and marketing. “Because of our decades of public power experience, our consulting services are tailored to meet the unique needs of community-owned utilities,” Marc said. HCI offers consulting services in areas such as strategic planning, advisory services, leadership/governance training, business assessments, and cyber security assessments.

Providing World-Class Solutions

“Our third-party partners are hand-picked leaders in their respective fields,” Marc said. “We can recommend these partners to a public power utility with the utmost confidence that they will provide a world-class solution.”

“Making sure our affiliates are well versed in the solutions our Partners provide will be a top priority for us this year,” Marc explained. “We will use the most effective tools available to us to educate and inform our affiliates.” Marc explained that HCI will use informative emails, webinars, the HCI website, HCI and APPA electronic newsletters and subject matter expert presentations at public power conferences to inform affiliates and help them build relationships with the Partners.

“All of us at Hometown are excited and motivated to enhance our value to our Partners while strengthening our public power utilities.” Marc said.

Hometown Connections is a non-profit organization committed to the promotion and well-being of community-owned electric utilities in the United States. Hometown Connections works with utility solutions providers who represent the leaders in their respective areas of expertise.