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malandro-mikeMike Malandro
President and CEO
Choptank Electric Cooperative

Mike Malandro was named president and CEO at Choptank in 2019 and started an ambitious program to modernize the culture and workforce at the not-for-profit, member-owned cooperative that serves more than 50,000 customers on the Eastern Shore.

“Today’s ever-changing environment demands cohesive strategy and action,” said Malandro, an electrical engineer and the former president and CEO of the Prince George Electric Cooperative in Virginia. “I am a CEO who builds trust at all levels inside and outside the cooperative. Executing a strong vision requires leadership, innovative thinking and relationship skills to influence stakeholders such as utility regulators, government bodies, employees and members.”

Malandro faced new challenges this year as the leader of an essential business during the pandemic.

“Electric utility workers already work in a very dangerous environment and the addition of a pandemic increased the risk to our employees,” he said. “Operations had to be adjusted to allow for better employee distancing and flexibility with telecommuting. We have adapted to our new environment without sacrificing service to our customers.

Malandro also cleared the way this year for a new Choptank broadband service. He won approval for it in the Maryland General Assembly and then in a vote by co-op members.

“Our rural broadband will increase revenue by using existing smart-grid electric assets to benefit electric customers and members while solving the digital divide problem for the Eastern Shore,” he said. “Our success in this area will be the same as when electric was brought to the rural farms and homes in the 1940s and 1950s. The economic development drivers for broadband access is the same today as electric was 80 years ago. This will keep our rural communities competitive.

“I want to be a positive influence on the Eastern Shore, and I am excited to do this with our rural broadband project.”

“I am a CEO who builds trust at all levels inside and outside the cooperative. Executing a strong vision requires leadership, innovative thinking and relationship skills to influence stakeholders such as utility regulators, government bodies, employees and members.”
—Mike Malandro

This is a winner profile from The Daily Record's Maryland's Most Admired CEOs awards. Some information for this profile was sourced from the honoree's application for the award.