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We’re pleased to introduce Dan Bodette of Wauseon, Ohio as the newest member of the MEC Board of Directors. Dan represents District 9, which covers Dover, Fairfield, Hudson, Madison, Medina, Ogden, Palmyra, Riga, Seneca and southern portions of Blissfield and Deerfield Townships in Michigan; and Chesterfield, Brady, Dover, Franklin, German, Gorham, Mill Creek, Pike and Royalton Townships in Ohio.

Dan owns Federal Field Services, a small company in Wauseon, Ohio that sells and services outdoor warning systems such as tornado sirens. He started his career as an electrician and then moved into energy management, working with HVAC systems. His interest in sirens began when the siren at his volunteer fire department quit working, and he was tasked with figuring out the problem. That project eventually led to him working at Federal Field Services, and he took over ownership of the company in 2009.

“I decided to apply to the board because I’ve always had an interest in electricity and I’m familiar with the communications systems used in electric distribution,” he said. “Lately, I have been following MEC’s efforts to bring fiber internet into rural areas like mine. Our local cable company won’t do it and the phone company is not interested in upgrading their less-than-optimal service. So I am very happy to see MEC step up to provide reliable, high-speed internet.

“Overall, MEC is a forward-looking organization and I am eager to see the positive impact MEC will continue to have in our community.”

Giving back is also important to Dan. He served as a volunteer firefighter for the Lyons Fire Department for 25 years, including eight as president of the fireman’s association. He also volunteered as treasurer of the Delta Area School Music Boosters and was the band announcer for a number of years. “I’ve always volunteered in one way or another. I strongly believe in paying it forward and try to make that a regular part of my life,” he noted.

Dan and his wife, Beth, have been married for 39 years and have three adult children. In their spare time, they enjoy visiting their lake house in Gaylord, Michigan and snowmobiling. Dan also enjoys making things with his 3D printer and laser engraver.

As for his new position on the board, he stated that he looks forward to using his skills and knowledge to help MEC serve its customers, both today and into the future.