Meet and Greet with Tanesha Whatley
Tanesha Whatley joined South Alabama Electric Cooperative in December 2019. She is a 2005 graduate of Thompson High School in Alabaster, Alabama, and earned both her Bachelor of Science in human services and Master of Science in counseling and psychology from Troy University. As a cashier and receptionist at SAEC, she looks forward to acting as the face of the cooperative and solving problems for members.
Q: What were you doing before you joined SAEC?
A: I worked for Branch Banking and Trust Company in Troy for seven years. I started as a teller and rose to Branch Banker Team Leader, where I supervised five associates. In between the time I started at SAEC, my husband and I started an ice cream truck business for my stepson, Tyler Whatley, and my son, Ethan Whatley. It’s called 2 Brothers Frozen Treats, and it’s still up and running today. We are teaching Ethan and Tyler entrepreneurship at a very young age.
Q: What made you want to join the SAEC team?
A: The day I came in to meet with the office staff, the atmosphere was so warm and family-oriented. I just knew it was for me, and I have always wanted to work for a local hometown business.
Q: What is your favorite part of the job?
A: My co-workers and getting to know all the members. Some of the members are past clients who I haven’t seen since I left banking. It feels great to still have a connection to them. Prior to SAEC, I didn’t know much about the electric industry, and it’s exciting to learn something different every day. I love the challenge and expanding my mindset.
Q: What do you think is the most important impact SAEC has on its community?
A: I love how SAEC gives back to the community by providing scholarships for high school seniors and returning capital credits each year to its members.
Q: What is your favorite thing to do when you aren’t working?
A: Spending time with my family, cooking for them. And in the summer, I love serving ice cream on the ice cream truck! When I do have free time, I love to take time out and pamper myself.
Q: Who is the most inspiring person in your life?
A: I have three. My son, stepson and husband. My son and stepson inspire me to take life one day at a time but have fun doing it. My husband is serious but funny. He inspires me to always do my best and work hard at all things. He has given me the go-getter entrepreneur mindset because he’s an entrepreneur as well.
Q: What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
A: Put God first in all things and everything else will come forth.