This year marked a special year for Mason PUD 3 as Joel Myer, PUD 3’s Public Information and Government Relations Manager received special recognition from the Northwest Public Power Association (NWPPA)* and its over 150 member utilities. Myer was awarded the 2018 Lacy People’s Award for a lifetime commitment to the public power industry and remarkable work in the areas of marketing and communication. In addition to the utility winning three other excellence in communication awards, Joel Myer was presented with the Lacy Peoples Award at the 2018 awards banquet in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho on September 18, 2018.
Joel Myer has worked in the public power business since 2002. Prior to coming to the PUD, he worked for nine years at the City of Shelton as Special Projects Coordinator where he also promoted public utilities. From 1980 to 1991 he was News Director at KMAS Radio in Shelton. Myer is a 1991 graduate of the Evergreen State College, where his focus of study was economics.
Myer is an advocate for communicating the value of Public Power and under his leadership, the utility has greatly improved its customer communications in the areas of outage information, safety, energy conservation, and winter bill concerns. He pioneered the use of social media at the PUD and has turned it into an extremely successful tool for customer communication.
Myer is the face and the voice of the PUD. He is featured in many videos made in-house and his radio voice served the utility well for years as our hold music. Myer is also frequently requested to give presentations to local service groups as well as to other utility groups and agencies. He is a long time board member of the Economic Development Council in Mason County and an active member in both Mason County Chambers.
Mason PUD 3’s manager Annette Creekpaum commented on Myer’s award by saying, “Joel’s ability to build meaningful relationships and communicate complex issues has served the PUD and its customers well by having an impact on legislative issues as well as influencing real change at various levels of the region, state, community, and utility. This award was well deserved and makes us very proud.”
NWPPA’s Planning Committee selects the Lacy Peoples Award recipients based on accomplishments through at least 10 years of marketing and communication experience; at least 20 years of service to the industry; and promotion of public power through efforts such as community service and energy efficiency. Current or former employees of NWPPA member utilities are eligible to receive this award.
Mason PUD 3 also won three “Excellence in Communications” awards from the NWPPA. Among utilities its size, PUD 3 won first place in the “Internal Communications” category with a perfect score for its annual meeting video. The PUD picked up a second place award for its newsletter and a third place award for its winter heating bills video.
The competition allows the utility to benchmark its efforts against hundreds of other organizations. Winning awards in this area confirms the PUD’s efforts to focus its communications on the needs of its customers and community as the PUD strives for excellence.
Now in its 25th year, the Excellence in Communication contest recognized the top communication efforts of member utilities from throughout NWPPA’s service territory, which includes eight western states and one Canadian province.
Mason PUD 3 provides electricity to nearly 34,000 customers in most of Mason County and small portions of Kitsap and Grays Harbor Counties. The PUD also operates a wholesale fiber optic telecommunications network, which supports the operation of its electric distribution services.