A 20-year member of Mohave Electric Cooperative, Rich Tempelman brings over 51 years of banking and financial experience to his newly appointed District 1 seat on Mohave Electric’s Board of Directors.
Tempelman’s banking career began in 1962 in Chicago, Illinois. Tempelman’s experience includes all aspects of consumer and commercial credit. His career path also led him to positions in Iowa, Wyoming and Colorado, before relocating to Fountain Hills, Arizona in 1993, and the Tri-State area in 1996.
Throughout his career and following his retirement from Mohave State Bank in 2013, Tempelman has been very active in various community events, service clubs and boards, most recently in the Bullhead City area. He is a former Vice Chairman of the Western Arizona Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees, and currently serves as President of the Bullhead Regional Habitat for Humanity Board, where he has been a member for 10 years. Tempelman is also an active member/past-president of Los Matadores of Bullhead City and the Rotary Club of Bullhead City.
Currently a resident of Fort Mohave, Tempelman’s involvement with organizations spans many different communities.
MEC “Call to Action”—Success Story
Members of Mohave Electric Cooperative responded to MEC’s “Call to Action” initiative and proved that making their voices heard really does work.
In January 2018 the “Call to Action” effort generated more than 6,600 letters from MEC members in support of Arizona SB1412. The legislation which allows Arizona electric cooperatives to continue to support local community programs through assigned capital credits, was introduced in January of this year and passed the Arizona Senate on February 15, 2018 by a vote of 29-0 and also passed in the House of Representatives on March 20, with a vote of 57-0-3 with no dissenting votes, and was signed by Governor Ducey on March 23, 2018.
Several box loads of letters, addressed to Senator Sonny Borrelli, Representative Regina Cobb, and Representative Paul Mosley were hand-delivered to the State Capitol in Phoenix by MEC CEO Tyler Carlson, MEC Board Directors, and statewide electric cooperative representatives in January.
Carlson expressed his appreciation to MEC members, Senator Borrelli and Representative Cobb.
“MEC members understand the importance of keeping this funding local to help the community, and we thank them for writing the letters and adding their voices to ours.”
“Our thanks also go out to Senator Borrelli and Representative Cobb who listened and supported our members and community. They were with us from the start, and were instrumental in getting this done.”
Carlson explained that assigned capital credits provide funding for many local community programs including The River Fund, and also MEC’s Classroom Grants and Washington DC Youth Tour.