Thirty years of service and growth equals a lot of change in a service area and a vision that once seemed impossible. Jerry Lasley, the construction and staking service coordinator, was recently recognized for his 30 years of service to Boone REMC. He has also been at the forefront of change in the Boone REMC territory. This year alone he will help design over 50 projects for electric service.
This kind of growth is unimaginable to a person who has been in Boone County his entire life. In fact, Lasley grew up just west of what now is Lebanon Business Park, an area that contains key customers like Ken Food’s, Cold Storage, Festool, and D.S. Smith.
“What was once cornfields now holds buildings that are over a million square feet,” Lasley said. “This area has seen a tremendous amount of growth. I think how Fishers, Noblesville, and Westfield have grown, and people don’t want to go anymore north, so it is all expanding to the west.”
Lasley’s connection with the community and his relationships are what have helped make the growth in the Boone REMC territory prosperous. He has recently been recognized for his willingness to work with business partners and was awarded the Zionsville Fire Department’s Business Partner of the Year award and the Pulte Homes Partner of the Quarter, which was only awarded to contractors before Lasley’s recognition.
“People know that I work for Boone REMC, and they’ll reach out to me and ask me about a lot of these projects, and it’s amazing how many people I know on a personal basis,” he said. “The other great thing, though, is that even if I don’t know these people, I am developing these new relationships. On a working basis is one thing, but over a period of time, I’ve actually gotten to know a lot of people that have become friends of mine. And that’s what I think is really key to the job and why I love it so much.”
Boone REMC has been at the forefront of growth in Indiana being the fastest growing cooperative in the state. Others have contacted the engineering department on underground design and the distribution used to serve some of the bigger industrial clients.
“There is a lot of inquiry and waiting to see how we are going to serve these electric vehicles and charging stations because it is an unknown electric quantity being used,” he said. “We’ve also had calls as far as Tennessee to ask how we have served a certain situation or account.”
In fact, the diversification of Boone REMC, whether it has been solar, power conservation, fiber, and automation, or electric vehicles projects, has only been a benefit to the consumer member, and Lasley has seen every one of these programs implemented. For Lasley, being able to understand and be flexible comes from working in every corner of Boone REMC’s business model.
“I understand how the whole business works because I have worked in every department. In engineering, we take the first customer contact and create the new account, and then, I have worked with billing enough to understand how they do their part of the business,” he said. “It makes my job easier because I have worked in all these areas not just in my current position.”
Lasley started as a groundman and moved on to become an apprentice lineman. When he moved into the engineering department, he was in utility services. He then became a staking engineer and now holds the title of construction and staking service coordinator.
“His various job titles don’t describe the level of devotion and countless hours he gives to the co-op and its members,” Jeff Dickerson, manager of operations and engineering services, said. “He is the first one here and the last one to leave. He is here on weekends and holidays just to make sure his job is done to the best of his ability.”
Lasley’s commitment to the community doesn’t stop at work. He also spent 30 years coaching baseball. He is an usher and on the board of trustees at Lebanon First Baptist Church. He has cleaned the Central Christian Church for the last 25 years. He is also a past treasurer for the Lebanon Sports Boosters, a past board member for Lebanon Youth Football, and a past member of Whitestown Lions Club.