NTCA Announces 2015 Board of Directors


For Immediate Release
Contact: Laura Withers, (703) 351-2087, lwithers@ntca.org

Arlington, Va. (September 30, 2014)—NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association, the premier national association representing nearly 900 independent, community-based telecommunications companies, today announced the member representatives who have been elected to serve on the association’s 2015 Board of Directors.

The 2015 board members were elected to represent commercial and cooperative company representatives in the association’s six geographic regions. Board members will be seated at the Rural Telecom Industry Meeting & EXPO March 8 in Phoenix, Ariz. The board will elect officers, including president and vice president, later this year.

“NTCA members have chosen a highly qualified and uniquely skilled group of industry leaders to guide the association next year,” said NTCA Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield. “These individuals’ contributions have made and will continue to make our association stronger and better positioned to take on the challenges of today and to seize opportunities in the future. I look forward to working closely with each of them.”

The following representatives were elected to the board:

Central Region

Commercial: Douglas Boone, Premier Communications (Sioux Center, Iowa)
Cooperative: Ron Hinds, GRM Networks (Princeton, Mo.)

North Central Region

Commercial: John Klatt, Lakeland Communications Group, LLC (Milltown, Wis.)
Cooperative: Kevin Beyer, Federated Telephone Cooperative (Chokio, Minn.)

Northeast Region

Commercial: Mark Bahnson, Bloomingdale Telephone Co. (Bloomingdale, Mich.)
Cooperative: James M. “Jim” Dauby, Perry-Spencer Rural Telephone Cooperative (St. Meinrad, Ind.)

Northwest Region

Commercial: Allen R. Hoopes, Silver Star Communications (Freedom, Wyo.)
Cooperative: Mitchell Moore, Clear Creek Communications (Oregon City, Ore.)

Southeast Region

Commercial: H. Keith Oliver, Home Telephone Co. (Moncks Corner, S.C.)
Cooperative: Fred Johnson, Farmers Telecommunications Cooperative (Rainsville, Ala.)

Southwest Region

Commercial: Janet Britton, EATEL (Gonzales, La.)
Cooperative: William P. “Bill” Hegmann, Southwest Arkansas Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (Texarkana, Ark.)


NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association is the premier association representing nearly 900 independent, community-based telecommunications companies that are leading innovation in rural and small-town America. NTCA advocates on behalf of its members in the legislative and regulatory arenas, and it provides training and development; publications and industry events; and an array of employee benefit programs. In an era of exploding technology, deregulation and marketplace competition, NTCA’s members are leading the IP evolution for rural consumers, delivering technologies that make rural communities vibrant places in which to live and do business. Because of their efforts, rural America is fertile ground for innovation in economic development and commerce, education, health care, government services, security and smart energy use. Visit us at www.ntca.org.