Each year Gibson Electric Membership Corporation sends a group of employees to participate in the Tennessee Valley Lineman Rodeo. The Rodeo requires the lineworkers to compete in a series of tests balancing skill with safety.
The timed events in which they compete simulate the work lineworkers do on the job. The rodeo requires them to follow the protocol exactly; and if they don’t, their scores reflect their mistakes.
This year Gibson EMC employees – First Class Lineworkers Trent Cary and Jeff Milam and Apprentice Lineworkers Russell Hopper, P.J. Haskins and Landon Spencer - competed with lineworkers of cooperatives and municipals from across the Tennessee Valley at the 2018 Tennessee Valley Lineman Rodeo in Murfreesboro, TN. All represented us extremely well. Cary completed the field events with perfect scores and finished 5th overall in the Senior Journeyman competition, and Hopper completed the field events with perfect scores for the fourth consecutive year.
Several other Gibson EMC employees contributed to our co-op’s and the rodeo’s success. VP of Engineering and Operations Barry Smith served as Chief Judge of Apprentice Written Test and as a member on the rodeo’s board of directors. Field Engineer Jeff Boyd and Safety Coordinator Billy Porter served as event judges, and Field Engineer Team Leader Justin Weaver served as Chief Judge of VC1-2 team event.
“All of our Gibson EMC team members performed well, and we are proud of each and every one,” Smith said. “We are also grateful for those who stayed home to take care of our members while these men represented us.”