The Award to Brag About

NTCA recognizes the vital role marketing, sales and communications play in the broadband industry with its annual Marketing Excellence Awards program, formerly known as TeleChoice Awards. The awards program is open to all NTCA telco members.

This award showcases creative prowess at its greatest; recognizing work in the following categories: marketing, branding, public relations, sales, publications, website and broadcast advertising.

Congratulations to the 2018 Marketing Excellence Awards Winners who were recognized at the NTCA 2019 Marketing + Sales Conference, formerly the PR & Marketing Conference.

2018 Winners

Congratulations to our 2018 Marketing Excellence Awards Winners







Branding Campaign    
First-Place Winner: Consolidated Telephone Co. (Brainerd, Minn.)

  • First Runner-Up: OmniTel Communications (Nora Springs, Iowa)
  • Second Runner-Up: Nuvera (New Ulm, Minn.)

Broadcast Advertising    
First-Place Winner: Nemont (Scobey, Mont.)

  • First Runner-Up: Triangle Communications (Havre, Mont.)
  • Second Runner-Up: SRT (Minot, N.D.)

Marketing Campaign    
First-Place Winner: YK Communications (Ganado, Texas)

  • First Runner-Up: Wabash Communications CO-OP (Louisville, Ill.)
  • Second Runner-Up: Nex-Tech (Lenora, Kan.)

PR Campaign    
First-Place Winner: Minburn Communications (Minburn, Iowa)

  • First Runner-Up: PSC (St. Meinrad, Ind.)
  • Second Runner-Up: Consolidated Telcom (Dickinson, N.D.)

First-Place Winner: NDTC (Devils Lake, N.D.)

  • First Runner-Up: Golden West Telecommunications Cooperative, Inc. (Wall, S.D.)
  • Second Runner-Up: Emily Cooperative Telephone Co. (Emily, Minn.)

Sales Strategy    
First-Place Winner: West Carolina Rural Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (Abbeville, S.C.)

  • First Runner-Up: OmniTel Communications (Nora Springs, Iowa)

Website Redesign    
First-Place Winner: ATC Communications (Albion, Idaho)

  • First Runner-Up: Premier Communications (Sioux Center, Iowa)
  • Second Runner-Up: Home Telecom    (Moncks Corner, S.C.)


See Past Winners:

See Past Winners

Meet Your Judges

The Marketing Excellence Awards is privileged to have a number of experts across the industry to judge the entries for the 2018 Marketing Excellence Awards.  

  • Mark Bahnson, Owner/Artist, Tom Tony Fine Art Portraits
  • Cheryl Bechard, Marketing Manager, SaskTel International
  • Bob Buchko, Director of Marketing, NeoNova
  • Marie Cummins, Marketing & Sales, ATC Communications
  • Darin Eleazarraraz, Marketing Supervisor, Chariton Valley
  • Rhonda Fitterer, Marketing/PR Manager, Consolidated Telcom
  • Kimberly Garner, CEO/General Manager, Randolph Communications
  • Rachel Getsinger, Senior Design Lead, Pivot Group
  • Kim Gibbons, Executive Assistant, Mark Twain Rural Telephone Company
  • Kurt Gruendling, Vice President of Marketing, Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom
  • Ben Gumz, Marketing, Tri-County Communications Cooperative
  • Beth Krause, Marketing Manager, WRT
  • Melissa Lanzourakis, Marketing Manager, Northeast Nebraska Telephone Company
  • Jannie Mulaski, Sales & Marketing Manager, DTC Communications
  • Chad Niccum, Sales & Marketing Manager, New Lisbon Telephone Company
  • Wendy Ottman, CFO, New Florence Telephone Co
  • Kyle Randleman. Vice President, Marketing & Customer Operations, Star Communications
  • Cassie Saylor Pluim, Marketing and Customer Experience Project Manager, Liberty Communications
  • Sidney Shank, Government Policy Coordinator, AcenTek
  • Carla Shearer, CEO/General Manager, South Central Telephone Association Inc.
  • Kim Simpson, Division Manager Sales, Marketing, Video Production, KPU Telecommunications
  • Joan Swartz, Chief Marketing Officer, Polar Communications
  • Ryan Thompson, General Manager/CEO, Santel Communications Coop
  • Angie Tran, Marketing Manager, NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association
  • Sane Von Holten, Marketing Manager, South Slope Cooperative Communications
  • Kelly WellsRegulatory Affairs Manager, PTCI
  • Bailey White, Co-Founder, CrowdFiber
  • Kate Young, Chief Marketing Strategist, TCA


Marketing Campaign PR Campaign Website Redesign
Sales Strategy Publications
Branding Project Broadcast Advertising