The Touchstone Energy® Cooperatives Distinguished Service Award is the brand’s highest honor, presented annually to a cooperative employee or director who has made outstanding contributions to building the brand on the national stage
This year we are excited to announce that Charles Dalton, the former CEO of Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative in Pickens, SC, was recognized for his dedication and service promoting the Cooperative Difference and helping Touchstone Energy evolve into the strong brand and national network it is today.
Charles recently retired after having served on the Touchstone Energy Board of Directors for the past six years. Prior to that, he was a contributing member the NRECA Marketing & Energy Services Standing Committee, which had the oversight responsibility of Touchstone Energy in 1998. Blue Ridge EC has been a Touchstone Energy member since our brand launched 20 years ago and continues that commitment today.
While serving on the Touchstone Energy Board of Directors, Charles provided impactful input while exemplifying our four core values, particularly integrity and commitment to community. His calming voice combined with his commitment to seeing Touchstone Energy grow and thrive made him a truly valuable leader.
“I am thrilled and humbled to receive this award.” Charles stated. “Serving on the Touchstone Energy Board of Directors has afforded me an opportunity to see “behind” the Brand. The passion and commitment of representatives from local co-ops and the staff of Touchstone Energy are what makes this initiative so successful. And when we’re successful, co-op members see and receive the enhanced value of their electric cooperative.”
Congratulations on this achievement, Charles, and for your recent retirement.