District 7 - Toby Speaks
Toby has been a member of Surry-Yadkin EMC for 60 years, and has served on the board of directors for 30 years, most recently winning a contested election in 2018. He serves in the role of board president and serves on and chairs the Finance and Accounting Committee, the Ethics Committee, the Bylaws, Policies and Service Rules Committee, and the Economic Development Committee. In addition, Toby has served as the president and vice president of the North Carolina Association of Electric Cooperatives as well as on several other statewide committees.
His awards and certificates include Credentialed Cooperative Director (CCD), Board Leadership Certificate (BLC), and Director Gold Credential (DGC). At one time, he was named Wilkes County Young Farmer of the Year, and his family also was named Wilkes County Farm Family of the Year. He serves as a Wilkes County Farm Bureau director. Toby also has served in several positions and committees at his church, Knobb's Baptist Church.
He has worked as a career farmer, mostly in the areas of tobacco and poultry.
"I love the people I serve, and I appreciate the opportunity to serve not only my community and district, but all the people in the Surry-Yadkin system," said Toby.
"The service and the connection that the employees have with the members are what I like about being a member of SYEMC. Even before I was elected to the board, I knew quite a few o the employees, who are the connection with the membership. I have always cherished that connection and the opportunity to get to know many of the people we serve."
In addition to church, family and farming, Toby enjoys community work, mainly at the ballpark as both a volunteer and a play. He enjoys mowing and has always loved baseball. He said today, you could put a bat in his hand and he would be out there swinging ... or trying to, anyway.