Information Technology Group

The Michigan Electric Cooperative Information Technology (MECIT) group is a group of IT professionals from cooperatives around the state of Michigan.  Through collaboration, the group looks to improve the integration of technology and security into cooperative business processes.

Membership & Governance

The MECIT group is open to all Michigan co-op employees who have IT responsibilities within their co-op.  A leadership committee provides ownership and governance over annual meetings and events that are setup to benefit the group.

Leadership Committee

The MECIT group is governed by a leadership committee consisting of a chairperson, vice-chairperson, and an at-large member. The vice-chair is elected by a vote of all group members at the annual fall meeting. As the vice-chair’s 1 year term ends, he/she shall serve a successive 1-year term as chair, and a new vice chair is elected by the group. Upon completion of their 1 year term, the chairperson then becomes the at-large committee member, helping transition duties to the new chair and vice-chair.

Chairperson:

  • Responsible for hosting the group’s annual fall meeting. This includes scheduling, soliciting topics from the group, arranging speakers, setting up accommodations for the meeting and hotel, and keeping the group informed of the meeting status

Vice-Chairperson:

  • Assists chairperson in developing agenda for annual fall meeting

At-large:

  • Assists committee in transition to new roles
  • Assists in planning/coordinating of annual fall meeting

Networking & Professional Development Events

The MECIT group meets in person at the annual InfoTech meeting every fall. The group also communicates regularly via an email distribution list, collaborating on all technology and security issues our co-ops are facing.

InfoTech
Oct. 19-20, 2017: Sault Ste. Marie

Annual Dues

The MECIT Group does not collect annual dues. The hosting co-op generally covers any costs incurred for the annual meeting that are not covered by sponsors.

Contact Information

Jim Bennin, Chairperson
Information Technology Specialist
Cloverland Electric Cooperative

Mark Britton, Vice-Chairperson
IT Director
Midwest Energy and Communications

Mike Youngs, At-Large
Director of Business Security and Networks
Great Lakes Energy