Keeping It Close to Home

Keeping It Close to Home
Posted Jan 27th, 2023

Matthew Luster (pictured, right) and Bryan Galloway (pictured, left) are both full-time employees of SAEC.

Luster grew up in Goshen and currently lives in Coosada. He started working as a warehouse employee in October 2021. When he isn’t working in the SAEC warehouse, he can usually be found tending to his cattle at B&L Farms.

Galloway grew up in Crow Hill near Goshen and began his career as a lineman apprentice in April 2022. He now lives in the Orion community. Galloway enjoys hunting and fishing in his spare time, as well as grilling out with his friends and family.

Both men enjoy being able to work with their hands and be part of the reason the lights stay on for SAEC members. Get to know a little more about them and the reason behind why they do what they do.

What made you want to join the SAEC team?

Luster: The opportunity to build a career.
Galloway: I have always enjoyed being outside and doing hands-on work, and as a lineman, it is where I want to be.

What is your favorite part of the job?

Luster: The relationships and camaraderie that I share with all of our guys.
Galloway: I love being outside with a great team and making the best out of every day getting projects done.

What are your responsibilities?

Luster: To ensure the warehouse is stocked and to gather materials for our crews to complete their work orders.
Galloway: Making sure everyone is safe, hooking up services to our members and giving and restoring power to our community.

What do you think is the most important impact SAEC has on its community?

Luster: SAEC goes above and beyond to make sure each member can enjoy all the comforts electricity has to offer.
Galloway: The most important impact SAEC has on its community is making sure we serve all our members to their needs and our cooperative is there to respond at any time.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

Luster: To always show kindness to others, because you never know what someone might be going through.
Galloway: Some of the best advice I’ve heard is, “I’m not the richest, smartest or most talented person in the world, but I succeed because I keep going and going and going.” This is important to me, because if you keep working hard all the time you will feel accomplished and successful because of the effort you put in.