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General Manager

Steven W. Walter,
Steve Walter, who began his diverse career in Kerrville, Texas with Kerrville Public Utility Board in 1986, worked his way up the proverbial ladder. Over the years, he has held multiple positions with KPUB and now with TEC, with responsibilities spanning from Meter Reading, Journey Lineman, Foremen, and Line-Superintendent. In 2006 he became Tanner Electric Cooperative's General Manager.

He provides strong leadership and direction throughout the organization. During his 13 years he's worked for TEC, he has witnessed the steady growth of your cooperative. "When I started with TEC, our dedicated employees worked hard to provide reliable electric service to 3,685 meters with annual sales of 5.4 million Kwh, in three different locations: North Bend, Ames Lake and Anderson Island. As of 2010, that number of meters has risen to 4,591 and our annual Kwh sales have grown over 63% to 8.8 million."

In 2006 he became the Cooperative's General Manager. The vast knowledge he has gained through the various positions he has held at TEC aid him in his day to day oversight of the company. He completed the Northwest Public Power Association (NWPPA) Front-line Leadership Program in 2005. He has strong ties within the communities and his involvement with the youth as founder and past president of the Anderson Island Athletic Association. He has also served as an Anderson Island Park Board Commissioner, Snoqualmie Valley Rotary President and Chamber Board member. In 2010-11 he served as the President of the Washington Rural Electric Cooperative Association. He has recently been elected to serve on the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Board to represent the Electric Cooperatives in Washington State.

Mr. Walter and his wife, Corrinna, live in North Bend. They have a daughter, Noel, who graduated from Mt Si High School in 2006 and recently relocated to Texas. They also have a son, Rory, which is currently enrolled at Mt. SI High School. For hobbies they enjoy traveling and watching their son play baseball.

Chief Financial Officer

Robert Carr,
Robert joined Tanner Electric Cooperative as controller in April 2007. He is responsible for all Accounting, Finance and Member Service areas of Tanner. Prior to Tanner, Robert was an auditor with the accounting firm Grant Thornton LLP in Seattle. Robert is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the Washington State Society of CPA's and the American Institute of CPA's.

Manager of Operations & Engineering

Richard T. Kent, Jr., PE,
Rich joined Tanner Electric Cooperative in July of 2009. He is responsible for the engineering, construction, and maintenance of distribution and transmission facilities. Rich has either worked at electric utilities or consulted for electric utilities during his entire forty year professional career. He has both bachelors and masters in electrical engineering and is a registered professional engineer. Rich and his wife moved here from the southeast a few years ago and since then have convinced a son and his wife to move here also.


Nicole Piche,
Nicole in our new receptionist here at Tanner. She has just moved here from the extreme cold of Alberta, Canada to be closer to her family. She is very excited to be a part of the Tanner staff. Nicole is a proud mother of three children. She enjoys spending time with her family, cooking and doing anything that will keep her out doors. She hopes to provide excellent customer service to all of our members with Tanner.

Administrative Assistant

Lisa Peabody,
Lisa has been the administrative assistant at Tanner since November 2005. Her daily duties involve member services and providing support for our management team and office staff. Lisa has been a resident of North Bend since 1991, and she enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters.

Billing Supervisor

Gwen Campbell,
Gwen has worked for Tanner for the past four years as the billing supervisor. She has lived in Washington State since 1969 and enjoys motorcycles, snowmobiling and boating. Please call or email Gwen with any questions you may have concerning your bill.


Joel Merkel,
Mr. Merkel served as Chief Legislative Counsel on the staff of former U.S. Senator Henry M. Jackson from 1972 to 1983. Mr. Merkel’s law practice emphasizes electric and water utility law and corporate law, including representation of publicly and cooperatively owned electric and water utilities and trade associations of such utilities, in matters involving corporate governance, contracting, including wholesale power sales and transmission contract issues. He also counsels clients on business practices, state and federal legislative counseling, and administrative and regulatory matters before the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission, the Bonneville Power Administration, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.