KUA Attorney Elected President of Statewide Utility Association

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KISSIMMEE, Fla., July 31, 2012 – During its annual meeting held last week in Jacksonville, members of the Florida Municipal Electric Association elected Kissimmee Utility Authority vice president and general counsel Arthur J. “Grant” Lacerte Jr. as president of the organization’s board of directors.

Board members participate in regular meetings held across the state and are charged with setting the overall direction of the organization.

“Grant has established himself as a strong leader on utility issues, not only in Kissimmee but throughout the state of Florida,” said Barry Moline, FMEA’s executive director. “We’re honored to have him serve as our president.”

“I am honored to be chosen to serve as president of FMEA’s board,” said Lacerte. “This organization is helping our state’s electric industry stay at the forefront of the nation by keeping its members informed on legislative issues and providing safety, training and customer service resources.”

Lacerte has held his position at KUA since 2002. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Columbia University in New York, and a J.D. from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. He has more than 20 years of experience in administrative and corporate law with an emphasis in the electric, natural gas and telecommunications fields.

Other officers appointed to the FMEA board include president-elect Barbara Quiñones of Homestead; vice president Bud Para of JEA, and secretary-treasurer Gregg Griffin of Green Cove Springs.

About FMEA
The Florida Municipal Electric Association represents the unified interests of 34 public power communities across the state, which provides electricity to more than 3 million of Florida’s residential and business consumers.

About KUA
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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