The Bluebonnet Executive Team

Our team of executives is in charge of Bluebonnet's daily operations. Together, they have decades of experience in the public utilities industry.

Everything at Bluebonnet is done with teamwork. Since 1939, Bluebonnet has been known as a good electric cooperative with a solid record of reliable electric service. But since 2002, when it began an extensive modernization program, Bluebonnet has become one of the most progressive electric utilities in the nation, with technology second to none.

Everyone at Bluebonnet - the Directors, the executive team and all employees - worked to make the transition and understood how it would benefit the members. In less than a decade, Bluebonnet adopted new, innovative technologies and significantly improved every aspect of its business. Today, advanced meters are read remotely every day. Mobile data and GPS technology allow Bluebonnet's employees to work more efficiently, build and design new power lines, and restore power faster than ever during outages. Member service representatives have the tools and resources necessary to meet our members' needs. Cutting-edge data management systems enable members to monitor their energy use in hourly increments. Finally, Bluebonnet's facilities and equipment - from buildings to trucks to transformers - are first class. All these improvements benefit Bluebonnet's members.

With technology in the electric industry evolving at such a rapid pace, our journey is ongoing. Our outstanding executive team keeps Bluebonnet well positioned to meet current and future challenges.

Meet the Executives

General Manager/Chief Executive Officer
Matt Bentke

Matt Bentke became Bluebonnet’s fifth general manager in July 2016. He began his Bluebonnet career in 2000 and has served as Manager of Finance, Manager of System Operations, Chief Operating Officer and Deputy General Manager. He is on the board of directors for GenTex Power Corporation, which owns the Lost Pines 1 Power Plant in Bastrop, the Texas Public Power Association and Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Brenham, and serves on Texas Electric Cooperative’s government relations committee. Matt is also on the Brenham Economic Development Foundation's board of directors.

Matt was born and raised in Washington County. He graduated from Texas A&M University in 1995 with a Bachelor of Business Administration/Management degree. He is passionate about service to Bluebonnet members and communities, being outdoors and living a healthy lifestyle. He loves spending time with his kids and participating in all of their athletic endeavors. He and his wife, Rachel, and their two children live in Brenham.

Matt on Bluebonnet’s commitment to its members and communities:
At Bluebonnet, service to our members and communities comes above all else. The core aspects of our business – safety, reliability, cost competitiveness and environmental stewardship – will never be compromised. But serving our members will always come first. It’s what we do every day. That’s what sets us apart from other companies.

Whether restoring power, building power lines, guiding members on bill payment or our online services, our purpose, as it has been since 1939, is to work and care for our members. The product just happens to be electricity. Bluebonnet’s employees created and insist on a culture that empowers them to be leaders in that commitment to members, communities and one another. I have the great pleasure and honor to serve with them in such a fine organization.


Chief Financial Officer
Grant Gutierrez

Grant Gutierrez serves as Chief Financial Officer for Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative. He is responsible for leading Bluebonnet's financial strategy as well as the day-to-day operations of the cooperative's accounting, finance, billing and information technology departments. In addition, Grant provides leadership to the cooperative's corporate communications team. Grant is a Certified Public Accountant and earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in accounting from Texas A&M University. Before joining Bluebonnet in 2005, he worked for Ernst & Young, a global accounting and professional services firm. Grant is a native of Bastrop County and graduated from Bastrop High School. He and his wife, Krystel, live in Smithville with their three daughters. Grant has served on the board of trustees for Smithville Independent School District since 2014, having served as both Secretary and President. He also serves as the Secretary/Treasurer of the LCRA Rate & Resources Council. Grant is an active member of St. Paul Catholic Church in Smithville and is a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Grant on Bluebonnet's Foundation Values: Safety, Courage, Respect, Reliability, Community and Love.

Transparency is very important to us. As a member-owned cooperative, we respect our members' right to know how we are running their company. We invite their input so that we may continue to provide safe, reliable power and the best possible member service. We also respect our employees and empower them to make decisions and propose changes to management in order to improve every way, every day.


General Counsel
Sarah Newman-Altamirano

Sarah Elizabeth Newman-Altamirano serves as General Counsel for Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative. She has a strong background in state and federal regulatory compliance, employment law, corporate governance, contract preparation and negotiation, intellectual property and commercial litigation. Sarah has been named three times as a Texas Rising Star, a designation by the Super Lawyer rating system for the top two percent of Texas lawyers younger than 40. Before joining Bluebonnet, Sarah worked for several private law firms and was senior vice president and general counsel of GECU, one of the largest credit unions in El Paso. Sarah, who grew up in Norman, Okla., earned a degree in criminology and Spanish from the University of Oklahoma and holds a law degree from Southern Methodist University. She is a member of Ascension Catholic Church in Bastrop and volunteers for Women LEAD, a nonprofit organization that offers leadership training for women in Nepal. She and her husband, Sergio, live in Bastrop and have 2 daughters.

Sarah on Bluebonnet's Foundation Values: Safety, Courage, Respect, Reliability, Community and Love.

I want to be a reliable member of our team, both for our members and employees; I want to have the answer they need in the time they need it. I also feel very strongly about LOVE. Because we spend most of our waking hours at work, it is important that we not only love our jobs, but also have a sense of love for those we work with and the working environment we all collaborate to create.

Chief Engineer/System Operations Officer
Eric Kocian

Eric Kocian keeps the electricity flowing as Chief Engineer and System Operations Officer at Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative. He leads the team of employees who are responsible for the planning, design, construction and maintenance of the Bluebonnet electric system. He makes sure the electric system is safe, reliable and efficient while developing processes to reduce repair time when power outages occur. Eric began his energy career in 1994 as an engineer for Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative in Gonzales. He joined Bluebonnet in 2003 as manager of engineering. Eric, who grew up in Wharton, holds a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a master's in business administration from Prairie View A&M University. Eric and his wife, Karissa, have two children and live in La Grange.

Eric on Bluebonnet's Foundation Values: Safety, Courage, Respect, Reliability, Community and Love.

Respect is not only about how you treat people, but also about educating yourself to know what employees are doing, thinking and feeling so you can help them be successful. Asking others to educate themselves and educating yourself about these things then enables you to maximize teamwork and produce the best product and service for the member.


Chief Administrative Officer
Rachel Ellis

As Chief Administrative Officer, Rachel Ellis oversees human resources, member services, facilities, safety and administration for Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative. She has more than 21 years of experience in the electric utility field. She also is Bluebonnet's liaison with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Rachel began working at Bluebonnet in 1997 as a human resources clerk and worked her way up as executive assistant, business manager and administrative services manager. She graduated from St. Edward's University in Austin with a bachelor of arts degree in organizational communication, and a minor in public safety. Rachel is active in community events and activities in Giddings, where she attended high school. She and her husband, Phillip, have two children.

Rachel on Bluebonnet's Foundation Values: Safety, Courage, Respect, Reliability, Community and Love.

Bluebonnet's core values create a family environment with a team focus that allows employees to work toward the same goals.


Manager of Public Affairs
Will Holford

Will Holford serves Bluebonnet's members as manager of public affairs. He oversees the co-op's government and media relations, regulatory affairs and coordinates communications during outage events. He also supports Bluebonnet's member services and marketing and communications teams with strategic communications guidance. Prior to joining Bluebonnet in 2007, he served on the executive staff of the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts as special assistant for communications. He has more than 20 years of experience in journalism and communications in both the private and public sectors.

Will is a native Texan and a graduate of Texas State University in San Marcos, with a degree in print journalism and history. He and his wife live in Bastrop where he is active in his church and various community activities. When not working, he enjoys spending time with his family, reading, wildlife photography, hiking, bird hunting, whitewater rafting and boating.

Will on Bluebonnet's Foundation Values: Safety, Courage, Respect, Reliability, Community and Love.

The wonderful thing about Bluebonnet is that our Foundation Values emanate from our employees and represent the commitment we all feel to serve our members and communities. Our relationship with our members is personal.

When a member walks into one of our member service centers, our employees almost certainly know him or her. Likewise, when one of our linemen goes to a member's property to restore power, it's possible they grew up together or know each other through church or their kids' school or sports. Those connections are meaningful and set us apart from other utilities.