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Need to Know: Blair to succeed retiring JEMC board member Jones

Ray C. Jones is retiring from the Jackson EMC board of directors after nearly 40 years of service. He is succeeded by Steve Blair, who is well-known in Hall County for his community and board service.

A member of Jackson EMC since 1954, Jones spent his professional career in Georgia’s poultry industry. In addition to his professional affiliations, Jones has been very involved in the Gainesville/Hall County community. He was named to the Jackson EMC board in December 1976.

“Jackson EMC couldn’t have had better representation from Hall County than Ray Jones. His business experience and deep ties to the farming community made him an asset to the cooperative. Ray has been an integral part of making sure the people he represents had reliable, affordable power they needed to support growth and development,” said Jackson EMC Board Chairman Otis Jones. The cooperative had 37,953 members and 4,290 miles of energized wire when Jones was named to the board. Today, the cooperative serves nearly 217,000 meters and has more than 13,600 miles of energize wire.

Steve Blair is a graduate of Georgia College & State University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and an MBA. Blair taught accounting at Gainesville State College from 1973 to 2010, and continues to teach at the University of North Georgia part-time. He has served on the Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors since September 2011.

“Steve has all the attributes that will make him a very effective Jackson EMC board member. He is highly qualified with his expertise in financial analysis. He knows the cooperative’s mission well, with his prior service as nominating committee chairman and current service on the Foundation board. Steve is an excellent choice for our cooperative,” said Jones.

Blair served on the Hall County School Board from 1990-2002. He currently serves as a member of the Hospital Authority of Hall County and as a deacon at Chestnut Mountain Presbyterian Church. Father of three and grandfather of six, he and his wife, Merry, reside in Gainesville.