Tom and his wife Aimee, live in rural Staples with their two daughters—Abby and Lily. They will be married for 20 years on April 21st, the day after the Annual Meeting.
Tom was born in Moran township and attended school in Staples. He attended Alexandria Technical College, receiving a degree in Marketing and Sales Management. Currently he is part-owner and Vice President of Miran Creek Furniture, Inc. and is in charge of all day-to-day operations, including accounting, advertising, customer service, and production. He is also on the Sacred Heart Area School Board and previously served as Chair, and on the boards of the Staples Area Food Shelf, Staples/Motley FFA Alumni, and the eight parish Area Catholic Community where he served as the initial Chair and helped develop the strategic plan for the eight parishes.
As a director on the TWEC board since 2012, Tom serves as Vice-Chair and has completed the Credentialed Cooperative Director (CCD) certificate. “Working with the entire board, staff, and employees to make decisions that are in the best interest of the members of our cooperative makes serving on the board enjoyable. I work hard to ensure all of the decisions we make are thought out and will serve our membership for years to come. I would appreciate your vote for me to continue to serve.”
Miles, his wife Sarah, and their three children live east of Nimrod, where he is a third-generation cattle rancher. They use rotational grazing to provide forage for the cattle and produce much of their own hay.
A Sebeka High School graduate, Miles attended the UW-Madison Farm & Industry Short Course earning a degree in Beef Production. He has served various roles within the Cass Co. Farm Bureau, American Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers, Ansel Township Board, and is currently serving on the FCC Broadband Task Force; Data and Mapping Group. He also serves as a District Director for the MN Farm Bureau State Board. Miles volunteers for 4-H, FFA, and Second Harvest Heartland, among others.
Miles has spent much of his term on the Todd-Wadena board advocating for a reliable and affordable electric supply and continues to promote Beneficial Electrification. “Anytime we can save members money and make their lives easier, we need to put our efforts into making it succeed,” Miles states. He has worked with both state and federal legislators to ensure that they understand how the rules and regulations affect our members of today and tomorrow. Miles says, “I’m genuinely concerned at the government’s current pace of mandates and regulations. We must continue to tell the agencies how they impact our small towns, family farms, and families.” Miles’ focus for the upcoming term will be keeping members’ rates affordable, increasing broadband access, meeting members’ concerns, and promoting youth involvement.
Miles is humbled to have the opportunity to serve the Cooperative and looks forward to continuing to serve members. He says, “I enjoy receiving questions from members about how the industry is evolving at a rapid pace, and I am excited for the future of the Co-op as the electric vehicle goes from concept to reality. We really have an opportunity to save members a lot of money— whether on transportation, home automation, off-peak rates, or a host of other things. We want to be your trusted resource when it comes to all things energy. I really appreciate the work of our staff and the support of our valued members as we continue to work back towards normal!”