Jones to retire from Blue Ridge Energy in January, Lingle promoted

Jones to retire from Blue Ridge Energy in January, Lingle promoted
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Special Report to Blowing Rock News. September 4, 2018. BOONE, NC – Blue Ridge Energy has announced that Jason Lingle of Boone has been promoted to Watauga district manager, working in conjunction with current district manager Susan Jones until her retirement in January 2019.

Lingle joined Blue Ridge Energy in 2007, working for the past five years as Energy Solutions Manager overseeing projects such as the cooperative’s community solar gardens, energy efficiency loans and rebates, electric vehicle and EV charging stations integration, and the new Beat The Peak and load demand programs to help control wholesale power cost. Before that, Lingle worked as a member service representative in Watauga District for six years under the leadership of Susan Jones.

Lingle is a member of the High Country Young Professionals and has completed Leadership programs for the Chamber of Commerce in both Boone and Caldwell County.

Lingle is currently completing his Master’s in Business Administration from East Carolina University and graduated from Appalachian State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He resides in Boone with his wife, Kacy.

Jones has served as Watauga district manager since 2003 and received her Manager Certification from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Previously, she worked for First Union/Wachovia for 16 years, where she left as Financial Center Manager.

Jones has been extensively involved in community activities including serving as Chair of the Board for the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce, which co-named the Baker-Jones Woman of the Year award after her. She has also served on numerous other boards as part of her Blue Ridge Energy service: Watauga Education Foundation, Watauga Opportunities, Catawba Valley Area Girl Scout Council, Kiwanis of Boone, Foscoe Ruritan, and RISE of the High Country of which she is a co-founder. Jones, a graduate of Gardner-Webb University, is also active in the High Country United Way Funding Initiative, Valle Crucis PTO, and Boone Methodist Church.

She and her husband, Frank, reside in Foscoe and have two grown daughters and two grandchildren.

Jones and Lingle work in partnership with Steve Woodring, operations manager, to lead the Watauga district team of employees in serving Blue Ridge members and with Kevin Ward, Propane and Fuels district manager, to serve the customers of the cooperative’s propane and fuels subsidiary. Jones and Lingle also have responsibilities for the Watauga district office showroom sales of propane home and hearth products such as gas logs and fireplaces, water heaters, backup power generators and outdoor living items including fire tables, grills and heaters.

About The Author

As Editor and Publisher of Blowing Rock News, David Rogers has chosen a second professional career instead of retirement. For more than 35 years, he served in the financial services industry, principally in institutional equity research. He grew up in the oilfields north of Bakersfield, California and was a high school English major and honors student. From an economically disadvantaged family background, he worked his way through college (on grounds crew and in dining hall, as well as advertising sales for college newspapers), attending Johnston College at the University of Redlands, Claremont McKenna College, and California State University, Bakersfield. Other jobs to pay for college included a Teamsters Union job in South Central Los Angeles, a roustabout in the central California oilfields, and moving sprinkler pipe and hoeing weeds in the cotton fields west of Bakersfield. Rogers' financial services industry career took him from Bakersfield to La Jolla and San Diego, then to Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, Newport Beach and Charlotte before arriving in the High Country in 2000 to take a volunteer position coaching the rugby team at Appalachian State University and write independent stock market research. He spent three years as a senior financial writer for a global financial PR firm with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Shanghai, Beijing, Tel Aviv, and Frankfort (Germany). Rogers is the author of "The 90% Solution: Higher Returns, Less Risk" (2006, John Wiley & Co., New York). He is married to wife Kim (Jenkins Realtors), and shares in the joy provided by her three grown children and five grandchildren.

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