KISSIMMEE, Fla., April 30, 2012 – Eight residents have submitted applications to fill a vacancy on the Kissimmee Utility Authority board of directors. The deadline for completed applications was April 27.
The five-year term of director Reginald Hardee expires on Sept. 30, 2012, leaving the open seat. Hardee is eligible for renomination.
Board applicants must reside within KUA’s service territory and should demonstrate a successful business or professional management career. The applicants are:
- ED CHOWN, construction manager for Ericsson LDO. He is president of the Stonefield Homeowners Association and a 12-year resident of Kissimmee.
- OLGA GONZALEZ, president of the Church and Community Assistance Program and a 14-year resident of Kissimmee. She is president of the Morgan Point Property Owners Association and holds an Associate of Arts degree from Bronx Community College.
- REGINALD HARDEE, district information system manager for Florida's Turnpike Enterprise. He attended the University of Florida and is a 10-year resident of Osceola County. Hardee is active in Kissimmee Masonic Lodge #68 and Bethel AME Church.
- JOHN JONES, site supervisor with Bermuda Builders, Inc. in Kissimmee. A graduate of Osceola High School, he holds a degree from Valencia College and is currently enrolled at the University of Central Florida. He is a 22-year resident of Kissimmee.
- BHARAT PATEL, owner of Char-Jen Self Storage and a six year resident of Kissimmee. He holds an engineering degree from B & B Polytechnic in India.
- DON SHEARER, owner of Auction Services and a 42-year resident of Kissimmee. He is a former administrator with Walt Disney World and retired employee of the Osceola County Sheriff's Office. He holds a degree from Valencia Community College and is a former KUA board member.
- ETHEL URBINA, real estate broker and owner of Mercedes Investments, LLC in Kissimmee. She is a former AT&T executive and a resident of Kissimmee for the past nine years.
- FREDDY VILLANUEVA, food and beverage manager for the Walt Disney World Resort and a 17-year resident of Kissimmee.
The KUA board will interview applicants at a special meeting on May 9 where they will select one applicant whose name will go before the Kissimmee City Commission on May 15 for final confirmation. The candidate confirmed by the city commission will be sworn in at the board's October meeting.
Founded in 1901, KUA (http://kua.com) is Florida's sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric and telecommunication services to 64,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.
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Chris M. Gent
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