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Riding off into the sunset

Riding off into the sunset

Longtime Electric Cooperatives of Mississippi Graphic Designer Rickey McMillan has moved on to the next phase of his life.

Following 21 years of professional and exemplary service, Rickey has retired.

A key player in the creativity and hard work that makes Today in Mississippi a special statewide publication, to say Rickey will be missed by the co-op community is an understatement.

Ron Stewart, senior vice president of communications, has worked with Rickey for his entire time at ECM and has known him even longer.

“He’s more of a friend than a co-worker. I’ve known Rickey since childhood as we were involved in the same church in the 1970s. We lost touch, so I was happy to get reconnected when he applied for a job in 2000,” Ron said.

“He’s very talented and has been a dedicated and loyal employee. He totally understands the cooperative network and served as an outstanding member of our electric cooperative family. He played a vital role in the success of Today in Mississippi and his willingness to put in extra time and effort to help us meet deadlines has demonstrated his commitment to excellence. Thanks for being such a valuable member of our team.”

Following stints as the marketing director of the Metro Center Mall in Jackson, advertising manager at Gayfers, and fashion illustrator at McRae’s, Rickey came to the Electric Cooperatives of Mississippi to work as a graphic artist in 2000.

A stellar graphic artist and editorial page and advertisement designer, Rickey’s skills stretched into the world of video.

In 2014, Rickey won two separate awards for his work on a 75th-anniversary video for Singing River Electric. One of those awards came from the Southern Public Relations Federation and the other from the Public Relations Association of Mississippi.

Rickey said he’s going to miss working at ECM because of the people.

“I know it sounds like a cliché, but it really is like a family here. I’m going to miss being with everybody. But I just think it’s time,” Rickey said.

Rickey’s retirement will include time spent playing guitar (which he’s done since he was 13), fishing, and watercolor painting.

Rickey is also looking forward to spending more time with his family.

Rickey is married to Harriet McMillan. The couple has three children: Rachel, Daniel, and Rebecca as well as one 16-year-old grandson, Andrew.

“This never felt like work. I always enjoyed the job and I will miss it,” Rickey said.

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