Austin J. Slater, Jr.

Joe Slater is the President & CEO of Southern Maryland Electric Co-op–one of the largest co-ops in the nation, with $700 million in assets and approximately 155,000 members. SMECO has 500 employees and a 15-member Board.

Slater holds a MBA in finance from George Washington University, a BS from Shepherd University in accounting, and an AA from the College of Southern Maryland.  He has extensive leadership experience in the electric cooperative industry.  Formerly Vice President with the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, he was also CEO of Tideland Electric Membership Corporation in North Carolina.

Having recently served as Chairman of the boards of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, the College of Southern Maryland and the Southern Maryland Workforce Investment Board, he currently serves on the boards of the College of Southern Maryland Foundation, Community Bank of Tri-County, and Friends of the Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum.  Additionally, he serves on the industry specific boards of ACES Power Marketing (as Vice Chairman), and the National Renewables Cooperative Organization.