CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee – July 22, 2022 – Seven States Power Corporation will welcome BJ Bernard, an information technology specialist with nearly 25 years of industry experience, to its growing team on Monday, July 25, 2022. Bernard will serve as Director of Technology Alignment, a new role announced earlier this year to provide additional technical and project management support for the organization’s expanding portfolio of products and services.

Bernard joins Seven States from Duck River Electric Membership Corporation (“DREMC”), an electric cooperative based in Shelbyville, TN, where he most recently served as Director of Broadband Development.

This is the third new hire for Seven States in 2022. In just over a year, Seven States has doubled in staff size and has become a trusted energy and technology solutions provider for the 153 member-owner local power companies (“LPCs”) in the Tennessee Valley.

“LPCs across the Tennessee Valley consistently partner with Seven States to help them design, develop, and deploy new technologies because of our experts like BJ who serve as an extension of our member-owners’ resources,” said Betsey Kirk McCall, President and CEO of Seven States Power Corporation. “I am thrilled about the strong team we are building which will benefit our member-owner LPCs, and the customers they serve.”

Bernard began his career at Northeast Louisiana Power Cooperative as an electrical engineering technician. He later became manager of information technology at Dickson Electric System where he was accountable for the utility’s IT system, cyber and physical security, and fiber optic network. He joined DREMC in 2018 as manager of information technology and was promoted to director of Broadband Development in May 2021.

Bernard is a graduate of Nashville State Community College with a professional certification in cybersecurity.

“I am excited to join the professionals at Seven States who serve the Tennessee Valley with an eye toward the future, said BJ Bernard, Director of Technology Alignment. “It’s an honor to be a part of this impactful organization.”