Mike Partin, president and CEO of Sequachee Valley Electric Cooperative (SVEC), spent a busy weekend ensuring that power was restored to residents throughout Grundy County after a winter ice storm passed through the area on Friday evening. Throughout the weekend, Mike keep residents informed on power outages and the progress being made to restore power by posting updates on Facebook and working with the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office and other agencies. Truly committed to his job, he took time on Monday to share about his life, his family, and what he loves about his job.
“I am the son of Quentin and Wanda Killian Partin and have twin sisters, Susan Partin and Cindy Partin Gilliam. I have twin sisters, my dad is a twin, and my grandfather was a twin!
“I attended Pelham Elementary School and one of my favorite teachers, Miss Mary Ellen Patton, stands out in my memory. She taught us so many life lessons. I can still remember her saying ‘cleanliness is next to Godliness’ and ‘waste not want not.’
“Those were the days when many of our memory lessons came from the Bible. Miss Mary Ellen grounded us in civics and what our duties as citizens were.”
Mike attended Grundy County High School and fondly remembers Frank Clay.
“Mr. Clay taught me the art of public speaking and the ability to speak without being intimidated by an audience.
“A crowd favorite when I was at GCHS was Mr. Newsome’s ambition to catch you running to class.
“After I graduated high school, I went to Middle Tennessee State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science. While there, I was active in student government and my fraternity. Also, I served as state president of the college democrats.
“During college, I worked on many political campaigns, namely Ned Ray McWherter.”
Upon graduating from MTSU, Mike taught school before he became Grundy County Executive. In 1998, he went to work for SVEC.
“I started with SVEC as Vice President of Member Services. For the past five years, I have served as the Chief Operating Officer for the cooperative. In January, The SVEC Board of Directors appointed me president and CEO of SVEC.
“My favorite thing about my job is serving the members. We currently have 35,000 members across several counties and I enjoy meeting with them and hearing their issues and working to resolve their problems.”
Mike is married to Kim Collins Partin, a teacher at Monteagle Elementary School.
“When I first got out of college I ran for a county-wide office. I met Kim as a young schoolteacher at Tracy City elementary on the campaign trail. We have two children, Macy, a junior at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga, and Maty, a senior at Grundy County High School.”
Mike is very involved in the local community. He is a member of the South Pittsburg Rotary Club and he and his family are active members of the Monteagle Church of Christ.
“Working for the public for so long, there is not much about me that people do not already know. However, in my free time, I am an avid pheasant hunter and have traveled to South Dakota for several years to go pheasant hunting.”
Mike and his family live on a farm in Pelham where they raise cattle and he is a beekeeper.
The Grundy County Herald would like to send out a huge thanks to Mike and everyone at SVEC for all of their hard work over the past weekend.