Bruns has worked for the cooperative for 26 years since January 1986. Bruns began as the cooperative's director of finance and office services, and was appointed by the board of directors to the position of president and CEO in July 1995.
Bruns has led the cooperative for 16 years, during which time its kilowatt-hour sales grew significantly due to his passion for a strong and aggressive economic development program.
"During Bruns' tenure as president and CEO, Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative has seen unprecedented load growth of 162 percent," Steve Williams, board chairman, said.
Bruns has been a utility visionary and was instrumental in leading Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative to become the first electric distribution cooperative in the nation to develop wind farms, with a total of 21 megawatts of capacity.
Bruns also oversaw a multitude of construction projects to the cooperative's own facilities, including its new headquarter facility in 2002 at Estherville, its new service center in Emmetsburg in 2008, and the expansion of two service centers, Spencer, 2006, and Estherville in 2012.
Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative serves over 12,000 member-owner accounts locally in Buena Vista, Cherokee, Clay, Dickinson, Emmet, Kossuth, Palo Alto, and Pocahontas counties.