Chuck Soderberg of Le Mars has been selected as the new executive vice president for the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives (IAEC); he started his new position on September 8. Previous IAEC EVP Brian Kading retired in early September after a 33-year career at the organization.
Soderberg has been employed by Northwest Iowa Power Cooperative (NIPCO) for the past 36 years, where he served as the vice president of Planning and Legislative Services since 2002. He comes to IAEC with a vast array of skills and experience in leadership, management, member service, program development, and communications. Many know Soderberg from his time in the Iowa House, where he has represented the 5th district since 2005. He sat on several committees in the Iowa House, including the Commerce and Environmental Protections Committees, and he also served as the chair of the Appropriations Committee. Prior to becoming elected to the House, Chuck served on the Le Mars City Council from 1998-2004. He has served on several boards, including the Siouxland Interstate Metropolitan Planning Council, Le Mars Business Initiative Corporation, and Le Mars Chamber of Commerce.
“This has been an intense process, and we were very impressed by the quality of the candidates,” said Marion Denger, IAEC board president. “IAEC is known nationwide for its programs and for our employees. Through this process, the board of directors found a candidate that they could add to the team and build on what has already been established. We are confident that Chuck Soderberg will continue to move us forward.”