Bill Scott Recognized as Business Leader

The former CEO of Starbucks once said, “Success is empty if you arrive at the finish line alone. The best reward is to get there surrounded by winners.”

GLE’s own CEO Bill Scott agrees, and apparently so does the Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber honored Bill on Jan. 17 at its Annual Awards Gala at Boyne Mountain with its most prestigious award, the Sally Roselli Business Leadership Award.

Says Jeff Wellman, presenter of the award: “Bill has been instrumental in Great Lakes Energy’s new fiber internet project, Truestream, which launched this year and will bring high speed internet service to rural underserved areas. The project is also bringing many new jobs to Boyne City, where GLE’s headquarters is located. The project will help drive economic development in the area by enabling access to high speed fiber in rural areas. Bill also serves on the board of the Northern Lakes Economic Alliance.

“(The cooperative) has been in business in Boyne City since the 1930s. Under Bill’s leadership, GLE supports many local community organizations and festivals as part of its commitment to community. The Great Lakes Energy People Fund grant program awarded more than $200,000 last year to nonprofit groups, many in the Boyne area. Since 1999, the People Fund has awarded more than $3.5 million to local nonprofits.”

Bill shares the honor of the award with all of GLE, stating: “This is an award for Great Lakes Energy. I am only a small part of it. The teamwork and dedication of Great Lakes Energy employees and board are the real reason for it!”

(Photo by Michigan Barefoot Memories Photography)