Magazine article Rural Cooperatives

Four Named to Co-Op Hall of Fame

Magazine article Rural Cooperatives

Four Named to Co-Op Hall of Fame

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The Cooperative Development Foundation (CDF) has named four outstanding cooperative leaders as 2014 inductees to the Cooperative Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame is administered by CDF, a nonprofit affiliate of the National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International (NCBA CLUSA). Visit the Hall of Fame at: www.heroes.coop.

The latest inductees are:

* Martin Lowery, executive vice president of external affairs at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). For more than three decades, Lowery has been a strong advocate for the cooperative business model. He began working at NRECA in 1982, where he has played a leadership role on many projects, including forming and promoting new cooperatives, such as the Kauai Island Utility Cooperative--Hawaii's first electric co-op. Lowery played a key role in drawing together disparate groups to create the Touchstone Energy Cooperatives brand in 1998. He currently oversees NRECA's Cooperative Research Network (CRN), which brings co-ops together to support large research projects, such as a $33.9 million U.S. Department of Energy grant for smart grid technologies.

* Papa Sene, senior technical advisor to NCBA CLUSA, where he has served for three decades. Sene, who grew up in Naikhar, Senegal, has shared, taught, enhanced and helped to spread co-op values globally. He began spreading the co-op message in the Boy Scouts, then led a transformative co-op housing movement in Dakar, Senegal, in the 1960s. He served as the head of accounting for a regional cooperative and studied cooperative businesses at the National School for Applied Economics. He led the development of the "CLUSA Approach," which has been used across economic sectors around the world, where it has been applied for natural resource management, community health and co-op governance issues. …

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