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Bluebonnet CFO Elizabeth Kana retires after 18 years

0219
 2021
Elizabeth Kana, Bluebonnet’s chief financial officer, retired in February after nearly two decades of leading the cooperative’s financial team.

“Working for Bluebonnet the past 18 years has been the most rewarding experience of my career,” Kana said. “When I came to Bluebonnet, our goal was to be one of the best co-ops by providing safe, reliable, affordable electricity as well as excellent member service, and supporting the communities we serve. Thanks to the outstanding leadership by our Board of Directors and the dedication of our employees, we have accomplished that goal.”

Before joining Bluebonnet, Kana worked in the private sector, managing the Bastrop office of an Austin-based accounting firm and operating her own firm, and in the public sector with the Lower Colorado River Authority.

“My first impression of Elizabeth when we met 18 years ago was that she was kind and patient, but that she also had an absolute toughness and resolve to her,” said Matt Bentke, Bluebonnet’s general manager. “She cares about doing things the right way, all the time, which is something we ask of all our employees each and every day. She has been a pleasure to work with, and we will miss her.”

Kana plans to spend more time with her husband, Roy, and their four children and six grandchildren. She looks forward to enjoying warm water, sandy beaches and snowy mountains.

“I’m going to miss my work family and the satisfaction I feel when we succeed together, but I sure am looking forward to spending more time with my family and friends — especially my grandkids!”

Grant Gutierrez is Bluebonnet’s new chief financial officer. Gutierrez is a certified public accountant and has worked for Bluebonnet since 2005, most recently as controller and chief information officer. Prior to joining Bluebonnet, he worked for Ernst & Young, a global accounting and professional services firm. Gutierrez was raised in Bastrop and graduated from Texas A&M University. He and his wife live in Smithville with their three daughters.

“Congratulations to both Elizabeth and Grant,” said Ben Flencher, Bluebonnet’s board chairman. “Elizabeth has been instrumental in Bluebonnet’s success during the past 18 years. It’s a testament to her leadership that we didn’t have to look outside our organization to fill her shoes. I hope she enjoys her much-deserved retirement as much as I have enjoyed working with her and her friendship.”
 

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