Tom Wolfenbarger named general manager

Butler Rural Electric Cooperative’s Board of Trustees are happy to announce Tom Wolfenbarger has been named general manager of the cooperative.

Tom started his career at Butler Rural Electric Cooperative on June 16, 1999 as the electrical engineer. He was instrumental in establishing and refining many of the engineering and metering systems, programs, and other new services for cooperative members. Tom became the cooperative’s director of engineering and planning on July 1, 2007. Throughout his career at Butler Rural Electric Cooperative, Tom has created annual construction work plans and has overseen electrician services and renewable energy integration. He has been involved in the cooperative’s operations and engineering departments and was essential in establishing the cooperative’s recent partnership with Cincinnati Bell to bring high-speed fiber internet to cooperative members. Tom became the cooperative’s general manager on July 1, 2020.

Tom graduated with honors from Wright State University with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1989. He and his wife, Susan, have been married for 30 years. Susan works for the Warren County Sheriff’s department. She and Tom were senior year sweethearts in high school. Tom and Susan have three children. Cheyenne, 22, is a 2020 graduate of Miami University with a Bachelor of Arts in Art Education. Brady, 18, will be a senior at Lebanon High School and will be a marching band drum major. Hannah, 18, will be a senior at the Warren County Career Center in the Fire Science Academy.

In his spare time, Tom likes to attend his son’s marching band competitions and help his kids with their 4-H livestock projects. Tom also enjoys spending time with his parents, Reverend Robert and Diana Wolfenbarger from Franklin, Ohio, his brother, Joe, and his wife Cheryl, along with his two nephews, Noah and Seth, of Monroe, Ohio.

Tom’s appointment to general manager follows the retirement of Michael L. Sims, who retired in April after working at the cooperative for 44 years. Tom looks forward to continuing to serve the members Butler Rural Electric Cooperative.