CEO, SEMO Electric Cooperative

Sean Vanslyke is CEO and Head Coach of SEMO Electric Cooperative and GoSEMO Fiber. He guides people, leaders and teams because he loves to see people do things they never thought was possible! Prior to SEMO Electric, Sean held several leadership positions at an large investor-owned utility that constantly evolved due two corporate mergers-acquisitions and deregulation. He survived two black days and formed a team to restore the company’s internal culture and external reputation because the company was on the brink of financial insolvency and its safety record was dismal. Sean holds a bachelor’s from Missouri Southern State University and a master’s from the University of Illinois/Springfield. He is a board director, and past president, for the Missouri Institute of Cooperatives, board director for the Energy Education Council (, serves on the Missouri advisory committee for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition and is a past board director for Touchstone Energy Cooperatives and the Center for Prevention of Abuse. More importantly, Sean is a dad and a grandpa.