Trico has elections this year for the Board of Director seats in District #3 (Three Points, Altar Valley) and District #6 (Corona de Tucson, Vail). Nick Buckelew in District #3 is running unopposed. Two candidates are running in District #6 – Lawrence Hinchliffe (Incumbent, Board President) and Lorena Leal. Below are the candidate speeches.
Click here to vote for the Board of Directors in District #3 and District #6. In order to be counted, your votes must be received on or before April 28, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. All Members who vote will be entered into a raffle for prizes and the winners will be announced the week after the May 5 meeting.
District 1 - Don Black represents Dove Mountain and eastern Marana. Don has been on the Board since 2009. He worked for 35 years at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center.
District 2 - Brad DeSpain serves the Marana, Avra Valley, and Picture Rocks areas. He’s been a Trico Member for 40 years and has served on the Board for 20 years.
District 3 - Nick Buckelew represents the Three Points area. He’s a third generation Arizona retired farmer. He attended the University of Arizona on a golf scholarship and graduated with a degree in Business and Public Administration.
District 4 - Marsha Thompson serves the Sahuarita area and is Vice President of the Board. She has been a director for 15 years. Prior to serving on the Board, Marsha was a member of the Trico Charitable Trust and Trico Advisory Committee.
District 5 - Barbara Stockwell represents Arivaca, Sasabe, parts of Three Points (Robles Junction), and some of Green Valley. She is Secretary of the Board. She's been a member of Trico for more than 50 years and has served on the board since 1979.
District 6 - Lawrence Hinchliffe represents the Corona de Tucson and Vail areas and is President of the Board. Larry is retired from the United States Department of Energy where he had a long career as a scientist and safety officer.
District 7 - Jim Pyers represents the SaddleBrooke and Mt. Lemmon areas, and is Treasurer of the Board. Jim is retired from Tucson Electric Power, where he worked for 35 years, most recently as VP of Operations and Engineering.
One of the benefits of a Cooperative is that it is owned and governed by its Members. The Cooperative’s Board of Directors are Members of the Cooperative who are elected to govern and direct the business of the Cooperative.
As a Trico Member, you are eligible to run for the Board of Directors and become an advocate for the Cooperative and your community.
What are the responsibilities of the Board of Directors?
Trico’s Directors are responsible for protecting and managing the assets and business interests of the Cooperative for the benefit of its Members. They determine how the Cooperative’s financial and operating assets are used to fulfill the Cooperative’s mission. They set the Cooperative’s policies, strategic plans and budgets.
How are Directors elected and who elects them?
Directors are nominated and elected by the Members of the Cooperative. Elections are held once a year, during the Annual Meeting. There are two or three Board positions up for election each year. Directors are elected for a three-year term and can run for re-election.
If you have any questions, please call Roberta Lopez-Suter at 744-2944, ext. 1362, or email: email@example.com.
Trico Board Meetings are generally held the fourth Tuesday of the month.