Eddie L. Howard took over as CEO of the Alcorn County Electric Power Association the first day of November following the retirement of longtime CEO Jim Nanney.
Howard is no stranger to ACE Power Association.
The Corinth native graduated from Corinth High School in 1978. He went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in accounting from Mississippi State and went to work at Security Bank in Corinth. He joined the team at ACE in 1988 as an accountant.
Since then Howard has served as assistant office manager, office manager and now CEO.
Howard said he anticipates no major changes in the day-to-day operations in the near future.
“I’ve been involved in the day-to-day running of ACE for a number of years. Jim Nanney showed respect and allowed his department heads to run things as they wanted,” said Howard. “We’re going to continue that. Things under Jim were already like I would do it if I had been running it.”
The new CEO said he has inherited an electrical system that is in excellent shape, and that the company will continue to keep the system up-to-date as new technology comes out.
“We’re going to respond quickly to any issues our customers have — on the bill paying side or the keeping the lights on side, either one,” said Howard.
He said he looked forward to working with all of the excellent employees at ACE Power and his three “right-hand people”: Secretary Christie Hinton, Jason Grisham, the COO in charge of engineering operations and CFO Sean McGrath.
“They’ve all been here a number of years and do an excellent job,” he said. “I rely on them every day to keep me out of trouble.”
Howard has been married to the former Nicole Whitehurst for 32 years. They have three children: Bo Howard, who works with the state auditor’s office; Brittanie Brown, a teacher at Corinth High School; and Baylee Howard, a senior at Corinth High School.