Our new General Manager Randy Grove lights up when he talks about his family, and the influence his parents have been on his life. “I was molded by my parents. My dad is a hard-working, proud man; firm, but fair. He expected a lot out of my siblings and me. The values he instilled in us are the values I bring with me every day to Central Lincoln. I’m driven to get results and I take pride in the work we do for our customers.”
Our records don’t indicate where general managers throughout our history grew up, but we believe Randy is our first ‘homegrown’ GM. Before he graduated from Toledo High School in 1981, he dreamed of being a builder someday: “Our construction class built two houses in Toledo. I helped build and wire the houses, and even installed a solar energy system,” he smiles with pride. “That’s why I went to college to study energy management – renewable energy, conservation, and energy efficiency.” After graduation, Randy came back to the Central Coast to work at Central Lincoln, analyzing customers’ homes and buildings, and finding efficient ways for them to save energy.
After working in energy services, “I wanted a new challenge,” he says. “And thanks to some great mentorship, and my skills in math, particularly trigonometry, I became a distribution and transmission line designer. I’ve designed everything from a service to a single home to a high voltage transmission line that serves thousands of our customers.”
In 1999, Randy was given the opportunity to become an operations supervisor. The lessons he learned from his dad echoed: “It was a challenge, supervising a diverse group of people, but rewarding as well. I really value the time I spent in Operations. It was truly an education in supervision and leadership. Not to mention, I learned how to operate the electrical system that I helped design!”
In 2014 Randy was promoted to Operations Manager of the entire District and in 2016 became the Director of Engineering and Operations. “It was exciting to once again be closely involved with Engineering. Being in charge of both Engineering and Operations was a great opportunity to break down some barriers and really come together as a team.”
In January, after a wide search, and interviewing multiple candidates, Central Lincoln’s Board unanimously and enthusiastically chose Randy Grove to be Central Lincoln’s new GM. “I’d like to thank the Board for this opportunity, and my coworkers who encouraged and supported me.” he says. “This is truly an honor.”