Manager’s Message – Fall 2016
My name is John DeVore, and I am the new General Manager of Lakeview Light & Power.
I had been employed in various management roles, mostly within finance, at Weyerhaeuser Company’s corporate headquarters in Federal Way for the past 14 years. My wife Sheri and I have been married for more than 28 years. She operates our seasonal restaurant at the Washington State Fair – Hamburger Myers. Our son, Nathan, is a junior at Graham-Kapowsin High School. My wife, son and I live in Graham. Our daughter, Katie, is a junior at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, majoring in secondary education.
We are actively involved in our church where I am an Elder who helps lead our student and young adult ministries. We also enjoy spending time together as a family camping, traveling, and participating in sports.
My first day in the office was Monday, August 1st. I have been busy getting to know our employees and acquainting myself with the Lakewood community. I am excited to be working with such a highly skilled staff and engaged Board of Directors.
I have also had the opportunity to meet several of our larger commercial members. I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible. We are working on our 2017 budget and planning cycle. Although we are in the early stages of this process, preliminary information indicates that we may not have a rate increase in 2017. I plan on utilizing my past managerial experience to look for efficiencies within our operations.
Equally important, is looking for ways to continuously improve how we serve our members. Several employees will be retiring in the next five years. I am already working with my leadership team to develop a succession plan that will allow us to transfer their vast knowledge and skill sets, so we can continue to build tomorrow’s LLP team.
In that LLP is a company providing one of life’s daily necessities, we feel it is important to reinvest in the community. I plan to apply my experience coordinating volunteer efforts toward creating partnerships with local businesses, nonprofits and other groups. For example, we recently assisted Lakewold Gardens by providing the manpower necessary to install new lighting. On October 15, we will participate in Lakewood’s 10th Annual Truck and Tractor Day.
As the holidays draw near, we plan to identify other service projects and in this way help meet needs of the people in our community. I look forward to sustaining LL&P’s commitment to provide reliable, cost-based power, now and in the future.