South Plains Electric Cooperative is guided by an elected board of directors that represents its members when making important decisions. Directors invest a considerable amount of time and energy in overseeing the Cooperative business.
A director’s decisions affect issues such as service rates, rights-of-way and capital credits, as well as strategic planning, financials and work plans. The post requires savvy, selfless people who understand their local community’s needs and work to represent the members’ best interests.
Education and training is one of our Cooperative Principles, and electric co-op boards benefit from access to a variety of training and certification resources. The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association offers training for directors to achieve national benchmarks such as Credentialed Cooperative Director or Board Leadership certifications. Providing industry-specific training for all board members provides continuity and a depth of knowledge necessary for overseeing the Cooperative business.
Directors matter. Call (806) 775-7766 or visit SPEC.coop to find out who represents you on the Cooperative’s board. Reach out to them with any concerns—or compliments—about your Cooperative.
Joe McFerrin, from Cotton Center, graduated from Cotton Center High School and Texas Tech University. Joe has been in the farming business for 53 years and is a Credentialed Cooperative Director as certified by NRECA. He is married to Linda and they have six children and 14 grandchildren. Joe and Linda are members of the First Baptist Church in Cotton Center. Joe currently serves on the Hale County Stock Show Board and is on the board of trustees at Wayland Baptist University. He is also a member of the Cotton Center Lion’s Club. Additionally, Joe is a former board member for Cotton Center ISD.
Danny Stanton, from Shallowater, graduated from Shallowater High School and South Plains College, with an associate degree in agriculture and applied sciences. He has been a farmer for 51 years. Danny is married to Sherry, and they have three children, Hollie, Dan and Craig, and five grandchildren. Danny has served on the South Plains Electric Cooperative Board for 31 years, is a Credentialed Cooperative Director as certified by NRECA, and has successfully completed courses on Director Duties and Liabilities, Understanding Financial Planning and Understanding the Electric Business. He has also served on the Lubbock County Farm Bureau Board, the Shallowater Co-op Gin Board, the Citizens Co-op Gin Board and the PYCO Industries Advisory Board.
Benny Nixon, from Lubbock, graduated from Cotton Center High School and is a graduate of Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Business Administration. He owns Commercial Property Services and has been involved in commercial real estate for 46 years. Benny is married to Vicki and they have three children. Benny has served on the South Plains Electric Cooperative Board for 35 years and has successfully completed National Rural Electric Cooperative Association courses. In addition to his Co-op service, Benny is a member of the Texas Tech University System Chancellor’s Council, the Red Raider Club and the Texas Tech Alumni Association, and he is a past member of the Texas Tech Athletic Council and Southwest Lubbock Rotary. He is a graduate of Leadership Lubbock. The Nixons are members of the First Baptist Church.
Scott Martin, from Spur, graduated from Plano East Senior High School and Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science in agricultural and applied economics and general business administration. He is a farm and ranch owner of 25 years, a cattle and farm equipment inspector and appraiser, and co-owner of DC Auto in Spur. Scott is married to Lisa and they have one daughter, Tristen, who is attending Texas Tech to study civil engineering. Scott has served on the South Plains Electric Cooperative Board for six years, is a Credentialed Cooperative Director as certified by NRECA and earned his NRECA Director Gold and Board Leadership certifications. He is a board member for Workforce Solutions of the South Plains and is a member of the Texas Tech Alumni Association. He is a former member of the Spur Volunteer Fire Department, the Dickens County Junior Livestock Show Committee, and the Dickens County 4-H Horse Club Committee. The Martins are members of the Spur Church of Christ.