Jim Gossett
Jim Gossett

July 3, 2017


Raccoon Valley Electric Cooperative (RVEC) has named Jim Gossett as its new chief executive officer.

The RVEC Board of Directors selected Gossett after a national search process to fill the position following the resignation of Jim Bagley, who became the CEO at United Electric Cooperative in Savannah, Missouri, in March.

Roxanne Carisch, CEO of Calhoun County REC, led RVEC in the interim.

Prior to the promotion, Gossett was director of key accounts and economic development at RVEC. The seven-member board of directors conducted the search and ultimately landed on Gossett as the top pick.

“We are excited to name Jim to lead RVEC,” said Board President Dave Onken, “His solid management background, communication skills and vision for the future will serve our member-owners well.”

A not-for-profit electric cooperative, Raccoon Valley Electric Cooperative distributes electricity to more than 2,700 electric services and 1,200 miles of line in nine Iowa counties.

“I’m honored by the board’s decision to select me as the next CEO of Raccoon Valley Electric Cooperative,” Gossett said, “We are focused on providing reliable, affordable and responsible electric service to our member-owners. Our challenge now is to keep that standard while taking advantage of new technologies and remain proactive. With our experienced, talented employees and the vision of our board, I know we can meet this challenge and continue to deliver the excellent energy services our member-owners have come to expect from us.”

Gossett is a former executive director of the Carroll Area Development Corporation and Carroll Chamber of Commerce.

He currently serves on the CADC’s board of directors.

Gossett came to Carroll County March 1, 2001, from Storm Lake, where he was executive director of Storm Lake Area Development from 1996-2001.

Prior to that, Gossett worked with The Storm Lake Times in advertising and printing sales from 1993 to 1996.

A native of Warrensburg, Missouri, Gossett, who attended the University of Central Missouri, had a strong career with Wal-Mart in four cities in his home state (Warrensburg, Columbia, Mexico and Independence) before moving to Iowa and becoming the store manager of the Wal-Mart in Storm Lake.

When he arrived in Carroll, Gossett succeeded 12-year chamber/CADC executive director C.J. Niles, who had been selected by then Gov. Tom Vilsack to lead the Iowa Department of Economic Development.

Shannon Landauer succeeded Gossett as executive director of the Carroll development and chamber organizations on Jan. 1, 2014.