Austin J. Slater, Jr.

Joe Slater is the Presiden and CEO of Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative, one of the largest in the nation, with $500 million in revenue, $1 billion in assets, and 165,000 member-customers; he was appointed to that position in 2002.  SMECO has 500 employees and a 15-member Board.  He previously held the position of CFO with SMECO for 15-years.

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 (CSM).  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.

He has held the position of Chairman of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Southern Maryland Workforce Investment Board, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the College of Southern Maryland (CSM).  He currently serves as a director for: Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, (Baltimore Branch), Community Bank of the Chesapeake, Vice Chairman of the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center, and is active in many civic and community organizations. 

Slater resides in Hughesville, Maryland, where he and his wife Carmen are the proud resource-parents of their son George who now serves in the U.S. Army.