JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A familiar face has returned to Missouri, as Missouri Solar Energy Industry Association (MOSEIA) has hired former state Rep. Zachary Wyatt as it’s new executive director.
Wyatt served one term as state representative before resigning to return to Creighton University to complete his bachelor’s degree and earn a master’s degree in leadership and conflict resolution.
“I’ve been wanting to come back since I got my degree at Creighton University and this opportunity came around and I decided to jump on it,” he said. “This seemed to be a good fit, especially since while I was in undergrad up in Creighton, I was able to take a lot of sustainable design classes, which was quite interesting. It fueled my passion for the solar industry and renewables in general.”
As executive director, Wyatt will be touring the state to meet all of the members of the association, as well as putting on MOSEIA’s annual conference in Columbia this November.
“I want them to know who I am, be able to in a sense be their confidante and they can call and ask questions about what’s going on throughout the state,” Wyatt said.
He said he could help answer questions about legislation moving forward during the session and advocating in front of legislators.
His past as a state representative will also be useful to MOSEIA, in more ways than Wyatt knew when he took the job.
“We had a Senate Utilities Committee hearing and realizing all the people I knew still that were in the legislature, but also the connections I have throughout the legislature,” he said.
On the House side that could mean reconnecting with an old friend, Rep. T.J. Berry, R-Clay, with whom Wyatt shared a suite when they were freshmen. He happens to chair the House Utilities Committee now.
“I have a lot of good connections throughout the legislature. I look forward to getting more involved with the legislature,” Wyatt said.
He’s also going to be leaning on his background as a conservative Republican.
“When they put a known conservative Republican that was elected as a conservative Republican in, it puts me in a position where I can advocate the business end and the business aspects. I think it’s a win-win for everyone.”