We're Looking Out for You

Let us introduce the local men and women who are dedicated to serving you with excellence. We hope that meeting them will provide peace of mind and comfort in knowing you are a priority at YEC.

YEC's leadership team poses for their 2024 group shot
Pictured (l-r): Jim Salmon, Wendy Catledge, Phil Leake, Carol Newman, Paul Basha, Jr. (ret.), Marc Howie, Porter Gable, Jonathan Layfield, Patty Moss, and Craig Spencer.

Leadership Team

Craig Spencer smiles for the camera, with power transformers in background

Craig Spencer

President and Chief Executive Officer


About Craig

Craig Spencer began working at YEC in 1992 and currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer. Spencer transitioned from Vice President of Engineering, a role he has held since 2003, to Chief Operating Officer (COO) after the board of director’s decision to appoint Craig as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective June of 2024.

Craig graduated from the University of South Carolina where he earned his BS in Electrical Engineering. Craig grew up in Hickory Grove and now lives in Smyrna with his wife, Susan. Craig enjoys traveling, reading, working with his hands, and spending time with his wife and 3 children.

Craig says, “I enjoy working for the co-op because everything that we do is designed to take care of our members and improve the communities where we all live. I’m honored to be a part of an organization that delivers on its mission.”

Craig Spencer’s appointment to Chief Executive Officer officially began on June 11, 2024, following the retirement of E. Paul Basha.

Wendy Catledge poses for her portrait

Wendy Catledge

Vice President of Member Services


About Wendy

Wendy Catledge began working at YEC in 2004 and currently serves as our Vice President of Member Services. Before coming to the co-op and in her tenure here, she has always worked in customer service because of her passion for helping people. Between growing her employees and focusing on exceeding our members’ expectations, she always strives to bring a positive outlook on her work and her life.

Porter Gable poses for the camera

Porter W. Gable

Vice President of Communications and Outreach


About Porter

Porter has been with YEC since 2008 and currently serves as the Vice President of Communications and Outreach. She grew up in Smyrna, SC, and attended Wofford College where she earned her BA in Finance. Porter received her MBA from Queens University and holds the national cooperative designation of Certified Cooperative Communicator from NRECA. She and her husband, Jordan, live in downtown York with their daughter, Ava Wallace. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling, listening to live music and cooking for friends and family.

Porter says, “Any day I am able to tell the co-op story in a creative way is a great day. I am proud to work for an organization that works to improve the quality of life for people in our communities and that puts exceptional service and kindness above all else.”

Marc Howie smiles for the camera

Marc Howie

Vice President of Community Development


About Marc

Robert Marcus (Marc) Howie is the Vice President of Community Development at YEC. He grew up in York and attended Winthrop University with a major in Psychology and a minor in Communications. He currently resides in Fort Mill with his wife Leslie and their two daughters Annie and Phoebe Jane. When he's not in the office, Marc enjoys spending time with his family, biking and hiking at Anne Springs Close Greenway, and listening to and playing music.

Marc says, "It is indeed great to work for a company that has such a deep respect for its past and vision for the future. We not only provide a quality electric service to our members, but also help improve the quality of life for so many in our area."

Jonathan Layfield poses for the camera

Jonathan Layfield

Vice President of Finance


About Jonathan

Jonathan Layfield has been with YEC since 2020 and currently serves as the Vice President of Finance. After receiving his BA in finance from the University of South Carolina, he moved to York, where he now lives with his wife, Taylor, and their two dogs, Zola and Deebo.

Jonathan says, “I enjoy learning from and mentoring my team so we can continue taking care of our membership. We take pride in being fiscally responsible and good stewards of our members’ money.”

When not at work, Jonathan enjoys spending time with his family outdoors, especially by the water. Whether near a lake or at a beach, you can often find Jonathan with a fishing pole in hand.

Phil Leake poses for his portrait

Phil Leake

Vice President of Operations


About Phil

Phil Leake is the Vice President of Operations at YEC. Born and raised in York, Phil received his BS in Sports Management from High Point University and has been with York Electric since 2000. He and his wife, Brittany, have 3 children and enjoy camping together and being active in their church. In his free time, Phil also enjoys exercising and taking on home-improvement projects.

Phil says, "The most rewarding part of working at YEC is being part of a team that works tirelessly to help improve the lives of our members. In overseeing our Operations group, I find enjoyment and pride in seeing my fellow employees grow, mature, learn, and give their all to look out for our members by providing service they can rely on."

Patty Moss poses

Patty Moss

Vice President of Human Resources


About Patty

Patty Moss is the Vice President of Human Resources at YEC. She has been with York Electric since 2000. After majoring in Psychology at Winthrop University, Patty worked in the fields of education, social work, and accounting before finding her calling in Human Resources. Patty has been a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) since 2007 and holds both SHRM-CP and PHR certifications. Patty is proud to be a part the York Electric Management Team providing leadership in the areas of employee relations, benefits administration, policy design, compensation, and compliance. She was born and raised in Clover, SC and currently lives in Sharon, SC with her husband, Steven. Together, Patty and Steven have 2 sons, Nathan and Corbin, 2 daughters-in-law, Amanda and Emily, and 3 granddaughters, Graylin, Callie, and Pressley.

Jim Salmon smiles for the camera

Jim Salmon

Vice President of Information Services


About Jim

Jim Salmon has been with YEC since 2013 and currently serves as the Vice President of Information Services. He grew up in northern New Jersey and moved to Greenville, South Carolina in the mid-90s to complete his college education at Furman University. He moved to Rock Hill, SC and was hired as a K-12 computer teacher in early 1998. During the summer of 2000, Jim was offered a job at Comporium Communications where he worked as part of their Information Technology Group until early 2013.

Jim says, “I thoroughly enjoy the opportunity I have each day to serve YEC members as well as provide for my family.”

One of Jim's favorite activities is spending time with loved ones at home and whenever he has time to travel. Jim appreciates the fact that York Electric is the kind of organization where he can grow professionally, work with great people, and, most importantly, where he is able to serve God by serving others.

Carol Newman poses for the camera

Carol Newman

Executive Assistant to the President/CEO and the Board of Trustees


About Carol

Carol Newman joined YEC in September 2020 and serves as the Executive Assistant to the President/CEO and the Board of Trustees. She has a BA degree in Organizational Management. She is a Rock Hill native and worked at Piedmont Medical Center for 20 years prior to coming to work for YEC. She and her husband, Charlie have 3 daughters and 4 grandchildren. She enjoys her church, faith, spending time with her family and friends and any outdoor activities.

Carol says, “that every job you do, you gain more experience – thus we never stop learning.” YEC has a strong culture based on humility, hunger, wisdom, and family which is a common denominator for a successful organization.