Why Basin? Co-op has professional opportunities, rich history

Tracy McBride may have spent half of her career in New York City, but for the past month she’s felt at home in Bismarck, ND.

For McBride, Basin Electric manager of financial reporting and accounts receivable, parts of the North Dakota countryside remind her of northwestern New Jersey, where she was born and raised. She also has a professional background that reflects her love for the cooperative way.

“One of the reasons why I’m such a big fan of cooperatives is I was the finance person at a small distribution co-op on the East Coast,” she says. “That’s how I was introduced to the business model.”

Basin Electric is the key to professional growth

McBride truly has a passion for cooperatives. She sees them as a doorway to professional growth and a strong sense of community.

“I believe what cooperatives stand for is outstanding,” she says, “and they offer a great professional opportunity to continuously learn.”

Part of the professional growth McBride has experienced in her career has involved working closely with the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association on accounting policy matters. She is a CPA and has earned an MBA from Cornell University.

Be part of a thriving cooperative

The responsibilities of McBride’s team at Basin Electric largely involve financial reporting and accounts receivable, supporting the controller’s organization, as well as the cooperative’s board of directors and the Rural Utilities Service. She describes her experience thus far as positive and looks forward to supporting Basin Electric with its future initiatives.

“There’s always something new and challenging,” she says. “Anyone who’s contemplating joining Basin Electric would have a wonderful learning experience because of the growth the cooperative is experiencing.”

Be part of our history

Not only does McBride love the electric cooperative business model, she loves its rich history, which is built on communities that came together to electrify their farms, homes and businesses.

History continues to be written by cooperatives like Basin Electric. McBride has certainly found her home here, and she’s thrilled to be part of the cooperative’s story.

“The move to North Dakota has gone very well, and I sincerely appreciate the warm welcome from everyone,” she says.

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