NORTH BALTIMORE, OHIO – On October 24, the Hancock-Wood Electric (HWE) Cooperative Board elected three trustees to the Prism Solutions board. Each trustee will serve a three-year term. Prism Solutions Board of Trustees governs operations of Prism Propane Services of Ohio, LLC, an affiliate of Hancock-Wood.
Six candidates competed for three board seats, vacant due to expiring terms. Incumbent Ed Crawford won his re-election to the board and newcomer Dave Thomas was elected to the second seat. Past Prism board member and current Hancock-Wood Trustee Dave Corbin was elected to fill the final seat.
Crawford is a graduate of Springfield High School and The Ohio State University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture. He is semi-retired, working part time for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Soil and Water Resources, where he has been employed for 40 years. He has served as state coordinator of the Conservation Action Project (CAP) Lake Erie water-quality program for 25 years, and has completed the Dale Carnegie course. He and his wife Colleen have two grown children, Adam Crawford and Heather Flaherty.
Corbin is a graduate of Arcadia High School. He is semi-retired from farming and worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 35 years. Corbin is a former chairman of both boards, he will retain his current Hancock-Wood seat. Corbin also serves on HWE’s statewide association board, Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives. He served as HWE trustee from 1983 through 1992, from 1995 through 2004 and again from 2007 to 2013. He and his wife Janet reside in Arcadia. The couple has grown children, John and Laurie.
Thomas’s current occupation is farming. He has served as Biglick township trustee for 12 years and was on the board of directors for his local farm co-op for 13 years. Thomas also served on numerous committees at the county level and has been the operations manager for Hancock County Fairgrounds for 11 years. He and his wife Gloria have been married 46 years and together have three grown children and seven grandchildren.
Remaining Prism Solutions Board members are Don Barker, chairman and David George, vice-chair.
Prism Propane was formed in 1998 as a for-profit company and affiliate of the HWE non-profit organization to offer economically priced propane gas services to customers in Allen, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Putnam, Sandusky, Seneca, Wyandot and Wood counties. Since that time, it has grown to become one of the leading propane companies in the area and provides propane autogas to several school districts, commercial heating and forklift services, 24-hour energy service, financing plans and online customer registration. Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative was established in April 1938 to serve member owners in 10 districts, occupying portions of Hancock, Wood, Allen, Erie, Hardin, Henry, Putnam, Sandusky, Seneca and Wyandot counties.