Loren H. Howard is the Chief Executive Officer of the San Luis Valley Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc. (SLVREC) headquartered in Monte Vista, Colorado. SLVREC has provided electric service to portions of seven counties in southwest Colorado located in the San Luis Valley for more than 80 years. SLVREC has 7,500 members, 50 employees and annual revenues of $30,000,000. SLVREC recently created a broadband enterprise, Ciello, Inc. which is building a fiber-to-the-premise (FTTP) network throughout the San Luis Valley. Ciello provides both gigabit Internet services and VOIP telephone services to the residential and commercial residents of the San Luis Valley.
Prior to joining SLVREC in November of 2011, Howard was employed for 25 years by the Holland Board of Public Works (HBPW), Holland, Michigan, a $100 million, 180- employee municipal utility. Howard was the General Manager for his last five years with the HBPW. Prior to his selection as General Manager, Howard held various positions with the HBPW including Power Resources Director, Sales and Marketing Director and Electric Services & Technology Director.
Howard worked for various organizations throughout his career including Packaging Corporation of America (1982-1987), Century Boat Company (1977-1982) and Colorado Department of Highways (1976-1977).
Howard joined the U.S. Coast Guard in 1972, attending Officer Candidate School in Yorktown, Virginia where he was commissioned as an Ensign. He continued to serve in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve after his release from active duty in 1975. Howard retired from the Coast Guard in 1994 with the rank of Commander, ultimately serving in various command positions including Commanding Officer, Reserve Unit Grand Haven and Great Lakes Group Commander.
Howard is a graduate of Michigan Technological University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and is a Registered Engineer in Colorado. He holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Western Michigan University and a graduate certificate in Database Management from Grand Valley State University.
Howard is a rock climber, mountaineer and runner. He enjoys playing the piano, developing software for industrial control systems and rebuilding old Jeeps in his spare time. He and his wife, Karen have two married children with four grandchildren in Broomfield, Colorado and four grandchildren in Albuquerque, New Mexico.