REC hires three new line workers
Recently REC hired three new line workers. All three are looking for lasting careers where they can live and work around the same area they grew up.
Luke Gifford graduated from Lexington High School in 2014. He currently lives in Pauls Valley with his wife Kaci and their two-year-old son Bodie. He enjoys spending time with his wife and son during his free time.
Before working at REC, Gifford worked at the post office delivering mail.
“I have always liked the idea of doing linework and wanted to go to school to pursue it more, however, I wasn’t sure if it would financially work out for me,” Gifford explains. “It was my wife who pushed me to better myself and explore what I have always wanted to do.”
Gifford went to OSU-OKC and studied Power Transmission and Distribution Technology and interned at REC for 16 weeks before getting hired full time.
“Living and working in rural areas is important to me,” Gifford says. “I like knowing I am helping my community and the families in the communities we serve. This makes me happy and drives me to work harder and learn as much as possible so I can be a good lineman and be someone my coworkers can rely on and trust.”
Gentry Holden graduated from Lindsay High School in 2020 and still lives in Lindsay. After high school, he mowed yards and was a contract pumper.
Holden went to OSU-OKC and graduated with a degree in Power Transmission and Distribution Technology in 2022. Holden also interned at REC before getting hired full time.
“I wanted to work at REC because I knew it is a great place to work and I could make a career of it,” Holden explains.
Holden enjoys hunting, fishing, roping, spending time with family, his girlfriend and friends in his spare time.
Lance Wren graduated from Maysville High School in 2011 and from East Central University in 2015. He received his bachelor’s degree in Cartography/Geography.
Wren worked for the Chickasaw Nation for four years in their Geospatial Information department. He then moved back to work for his family’s business before looking for a career change and starting with Varnell Powerline.
“While working for Varnell Powerline I was able to meet many of the employees at REC," Wren explains. "I liked how the Co-op operated and I knew I wanted to be a part of the team."
In Wren’s spare time he enjoys spending time at the lake and watching as much football as possible.