For the second year, RE Magazine, the flagship publication of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, selected 20 electric
cooperative employees from across the nation as Co-op Rising Stars. Illinois’ own Joe Priestley was selected for the 2023 class of rising stars.
Priestley is the vice president of utility services for Corn Belt Energy Cooperative and oversees the security and technological aspects of the co-op’s administrative side. Priestley is a veteran and served in the Army as a battlefield intelligence code breaker.
The purpose of this honor is to celebrate and spotlight talented and passionate co-op employees who help shoulder the responsibility of ensuring that co-ops respond well to the challenges co-ops face and help them to continue to thrive well into the future, according to RE Magazine.