He had no experience in the electric cooperative world, and had no family history there either.
He was 35 years old, and says even at that time most of the directors on electric cooperative boards were nearing retirement age.
He was filling the seat of Art Jones, a pioneer in electric cooperative history. Jones helped to organize Lake Region Electric, East River Electric Power Cooperative, and finally Basin Electric. He was the first president of Basin Electric’s board of directors.
“There was some legacy there to follow,” Pearson says.
He felt young, but the more he got involved, the more Pearson realized serving rural electric cooperatives was what he was meant to do.
In addition to the Lake Region Electric board, Pearson has served on the East River Electric board since 1989, and has served on the Basin Electric board since 1997, representing District 1. Currently he serves as the Basin Electric board’s vice president.