BEC Welcomes Shane Schmidt as Chief Operations Officer


[BANDERA, TX], [DECEMBER 13, 2023] – Bandera Electric Cooperative, a leading integrated utility cooperative, is pleased to announce the appointment of Shane Schmidt as its new Chief Operations Officer (COO). With an impressive background in the telecommunications industry and a steadfast commitment to the community, Schmidt is poised to lead BEC into a new era of technological innovation and integrated utility services.

Schmidt, a Hill Country native, brings a wealth of experience to his new role. Having served as the Head of Fiber at BEC for seven years, he has played a pivotal role in the company's growth and success in the broadband sector. With a career spanning over two decades in the broadband industry, Schmidt has witnessed and navigated the challenges and opportunities presented by the internet boom of the late '90s, making him a seasoned and forward-thinking leader.

"Working at BEC has been incredible," said Schmidt. "Being a native of the Hill Country, I understand the unique needs and aspirations of our community. For me, working at BEC means more than just a job; it's an opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of our members and contribute to the growth and sustainability of our region."

As COO, Schmidt's primary focus will be to guide BEC on its journey to be the integrated utility of the future. With an ever-changing technological landscape, Schmidt is committed to positioning BEC at the forefront of innovation and adapting to emerging trends in the utility sector.

"BEC is not just a utility provider; it's a lifeline for our community," Schmidt emphasized. "My main initiative is to continue BEC's legacy of excellence and propel us into the future as a dynamic, integrated utility. We will leverage the latest technologies to enhance our services, improve efficiency, and ensure our members and employees receive the best possible experience."

Under Schmidt's leadership, BEC aims to explore new opportunities, strengthen partnerships, and continue BEC’s mission of reimagining rural America. The cooperative is confident that his strategic vision, coupled with his deep understanding of the industry, will drive BEC to new heights and solidify its position as a leader in the integrated utility space.

"We are thrilled to welcome Shane Schmidt as our Chief Operations Officer," said Bill Hetherington, CEO of BEC. "His proven track record, extensive experience, and commitment to our community make him the ideal leader to guide BEC into the future. We look forward to achieving new milestones and continuing to provide exceptional services under his guidance."
Posted Wednesday, December 13, 2023