Josh Raynes has a knack for bringing people together.
Whether it’s league sports in the evenings or events put on by the Bismarck-Mandan (ND) Young Professionals Network, he shows up and starts a conversation with someone he doesn’t know.
“Bismarck’s nice,” says Raynes, performance engineer I. He smiles at the thought of Bismarck’s recreational programs and natural beauty.
He loves to play volleyball and softball, and is looking forward to trying kickball this fall. Raynes also enjoys taking walks on Bismarck’s many trails with his new Great Dane, Luca.
Seeing the family-friendly atmosphere of Bismarck, Raynes has decided to call the community his home. He recently bought a house and is eager to move in.
Not only is Raynes passionate about Bismarck; he loves the people at Basin Electric. And, the feeling’s mutual.
Raynes knows people from every floor at Headquarters, and he often finds a reason to rally people together. Over the holidays that reason was an ugly sweater.
After Raynes helped inspire ugly sweater Friday among his fellow engineers, they jokingly volunteered him to serve on Basin Electric’s holiday committee.
It goes without saying, Christmas is Raynes’ favorite holiday – especially the ugly sweater part.
“They even have make-your-own-sweater kits,” he chuckles.
Raynes’ enthusiasm is admirable, as is his affinity for the cooperative difference. He’s excited for the future of Basin Electric and the opportunity to be so actively involved with the members and community.
He’s impressed that Basin Electric continues to grow and appreciates the cooperative’s commitment to community.
“Everyone in Bismarck knows about Basin Electric,” he says. Community support is ranked pretty high at the cooperative.
Raynes is proud to call Basin Electric home, expressing thankfulness for the learning opportunities, great benefits and the overall feeling of success that exist within the cooperative.
But, he appreciates one thing the most.
“Everyone’s pretty awesome,” he says.