KUA Administrator Named “Member of the Year”

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KISSIMMEE, Fla., August 25,

1:30 pm — Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) has named Michelle Scharfenberg of

Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) as “Member of the Year.” Scharfenberg was one of eight

professionals honored this year at FMEA’s annual conference.
The “Member of the Year” award is typically presented to one individual, but FMEA decided to

break with tradition this year to honor the members of the Florida Lineman’s Competition

Planning Committee. This exceptional team consisted of: Robert Aenchbacher, Jacksonville

Electric Authority; Tommy Buchanan, Gainesville Regional Utilities; Shannon Graham and Mark

Keane, Orlando Utilities Commission; Diane Mellert, Fort Pierce Utilities Authority; Robert

Padgett, Lakeland Electric; Michelle Scharfenberg, KUA; and Robert Doty, City of Vero Beach.
Scharfenberg is KUA’s Safety & Workers’ Compensation Administrator and has held that

position since 1998.
The Florida Lineman’s Competition is an annual event hosted by FMEA and the Florida

Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) where utility lineworkers and apprentices compete in various

skilled events. The committee planned every aspect of the competition — from its conception

and inaugural competition in Lakeland in 2001 through this year’s competition at Cecil Field

in Jacksonville.
“The Florida Lineman’s Competition was a dream that became reality only through the

extraordinary support and commitment of these individuals,” said FMEA Executive Director

Barry Moline. “Beginning with a blank slate, this committee developed a program that this

year welcomed 30 teams and 21 apprentices from around the state.”
FMEA represents the unified interests of 32 public power communities across the state, which

provide electricity to more than two million of Florida’s residential and business

KUA is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility serving 61,000 electric, water and

internet customers in five Central Florida counties.
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Contact: Chris Gent, Manager of Corporate Communications
(407) 933-7777 ext. 1116