Tanneberger begins succession as new SCI REMC CEO

By | September 17, 2017

CEO Greg McKelfresh to retire after 42 years of service

Greg McKelfresh

MARTINSVILLE — James Tanneberger is stepping into the role of President and Chief Executive Officer for South Central Indiana REMC (SCI REMC) in September and will work with outgoing CEO Greg McKelfresh, who retires in January 2018 after 42 years of working at the cooperative.

Tanneberger comes to SCI from College Station, Texas, where he was Division Manager for Transmission, Substation, and Engineering at Bryan Texas Utilities. A third-generation public power worker, James is a licensed professional engineer, with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University and an MBA from University of Houston.

           Tanneberger addresses employees

“I look forward to addressing the challenges facing SCI REMC and am committed to providing the best possible value to its members,” he said.

Tanneberger was selected by the cooperative’s Board of Directors after thorough succession planning and a comprehensive search process.

“We truly believe he will be a great leader for our cooperative,” commented Bruce Hamlin, Chairman of SCI REMC’s Board of Directors. “Although we are saddened to say goodbye to Greg and his experience and foresight, we are confident in the co-op’s future by his successor.”

About Tanneberger

James Tanneberger

James Tanneberger is a third-generation public power worker. He received a bachelor’s of science in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1998 and an MBA from University of Houston in 2007. A licensed professional engineer, Tanneberger brings a diverse set of experience having worked at small, mid-sized, and large public and investor-owned power providers. His most recent role was Division Manager, Transmission, Substation, and Engineering at Bryan Texas Utilities. Tanneberger enjoys building strong personal and professional relationships and firmly believes in the strength of the cooperative spirit. He and his wife, Laurel, moved to Martinsville, Indiana, from College Station, Texas, along with their three children, Wendy (10), Lincoln (7), and Alice (3). Besides spending time with his family, Tanneberger was involved at his local church, and likes hunting, fishing, running, and weight lifting.



SCI REMC is a member-owned cooperative electric distribution facility. A cooperative is a business owned by its customers, known as members. SCI REMC is one of 38 rural electric cooperatives in Indiana. Electric cooperatives were organized throughout the state in the 1930s. At that time, investor-owned utilities were supplying power in urban areas, but would not supply electric power to rural customers. This was common across the country at this time in history. People living in rural areas saw that those in cities had electricity, and wanted it as well. As a result, with loans from the Rural Electrification Administration, rural communities banded together and created electric cooperatives. Hoosiers 78 years ago in Morgan, Monroe, Owen, Brown and parts of Putnam, Clay and Johnson counties, pooled their money, and set poles and tied lines by hand to bring electricity to rural South Central Indiana.