Northern Lights is preparing to say farewell to Engineering and Operations Manager Mark Contor. Mark is retiring at the end of January after more than 35 years of service to the cooperative. His hard work and dedication have been assets to Northern Lights through the years.
Mark started his career at NLI as a lineman in 1983 and was promoted to the role of engineering and operations manager in 1994. Since he became E&O manager, Northern Lights has seen substantial growth throughout our service territory. In 1994, NLI served 9,852 members, with $12 million in total revenue and $40 million in total assets. Today we serve 17,342 members, with $34 million in total revenue and $90 million in total assets. Mark has been a vital part of ensuring this rapid development has gone smoothly and easily throughout the years. His valued skills in the electric industry have been a huge part of ensuring Northern Lights could keep up with the demand of our members.
Mark has overseen several significant system improvements at NLI during his tenure. These projects include the purchase and upkeep of our Lake Creek Hydro Electric Dam, which produces 10 percent of our power needs; the designing and construction of the NLI headquarters in Sagle, Idaho; substantial improvements to our metering system; the organization and implementation of procedures that ensure NLI always follows strict environmental policies; the construction of several new substations and substation rebuilds; and the growth of our electrical system as a whole. Mark’s extreme attention to detail, along with his outstanding organizational skills and superb work ethic, have contributed greatly to NLI’s success as a cooperative. He’s always been there when needed and will be greatly missed.
Please help me wish Mark a happy retirement and make sure to say hello if you see him on the golf course!