Winamac's Brad Zellers Earns "Seven Hats" Award


Winamac’s Brad Zellers Earns “Seven Hats” Award
June 9, 2020 -   Brad Zellers, Winamac Town Manager and Indiana Municipal Power Agency (IMPA) commissioner, won the American Public Power Association’s (APPA) Larry Hobart Seven Hats Award. The prestigious honor was awarded to Zellers on Tuesday, June 9th at APPA’s Virtual Summit & Business Meeting that served as an online substitute for the National Conference this year.
This nationwide award recognizes managers who serve in smaller communities and whose variety of management responsibilities extends well beyond those of a manager in a larger system with larger staff. The award is only given out to a select few whose systems serve 2,500 electric meters or less. Recipients of this award must fill multiple roles in their community, excelling in seven distinct categories: planning and design, administration, public relations, field supervision, accounting, human resources, and community leadership.
As Town Manager, Zellers leads with excellence in all these categories and more. Zellers has spent the past 25 years serving the community of Winamac, and in his current role, he oversees all town operations, including the community’s four utilities: electric, water, wastewater, and street. His calm demeanor and ability to approach challenges with composure and professionalism have proven Zellers to be an excellent manager. As a great communicator, Zellers is noted in Winamac for his patience, charisma, and genuine concern for the well-being of the community. His hard work and excellent executive skills have led to multiple utility improvement projects, community-oriented developments, and millions of dollars in grant funding for the town of Winamac. Zellers has built truly meaningful relationships with town council members, town personnel, utility staff, and members of the community through his decades of service in Winamac.  His passion for appreciating and bettering his community is apparent in all that he does.
The talents and efforts that Zellers demonstrates daily show that he is certainly worthy of APPA’s recognition. IMPA, Winamac’s wholesale public power provider, was happy to congratulate Zellers on his distinction as a Larry Hobart Seven Hats Award winner. 
“Brad’s dedication and commitment to the town of Winamac is exceptional,” said IMPA President and CEO, Raj Rao. “We are extremely proud of his achievements and his advocacy for his community and public power as a commissioner for IMPA. We are thrilled that Brad’s endeavors are being recognized on a national scale.”
The Indiana Municipal Power Agency is the not-for-profit wholesale power provider to 61 cities and towns in Indiana and Ohio who own and operate the municipal electric distribution systems in their communities. IMPA member communities deliver electric service to approximately 340,000 individuals throughout the state.  For more information, visit
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