KISSIMMEE, Fla., January 29, 2014 – Reginald L. Hardee, chairman of Kissimmee Utility Authority, has received the Distinguished Leadership and Service Award from Osceola Visionaries, Inc. for positively impacting the community in the spirit of the teachings and example of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The award was presented at the 24th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Banquet, held on Jan. 20 in Kissimmee. The event is held annually to remember the service of Dr. King and honor local citizens for their service commitment to the community.
Hardee joined the utility board in 2007 and was re-appointed in 2012. He is the first African-American to serve on the five-member utility board.
In addition to his local role, Hardee serves on the American Public Power Association’s Policy Makers Council. The council assists APPA in promoting federal legislation that is important to public power systems like KUA while opposing harmful legislation.
Hardee is the information technology director for Florida’s Turnpike Enterprises and has more than 20 years of IT experience, with a focus on strategic planning, budgeting, building and leading support and development teams in a public sector setting.
Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility powering 64,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.
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Chris M. Gent