When the NCTC board of directors asked me to serve as interim president and CEO, it was a request I didn’t take lightly before accepting the opportunity to serve. Your board members are committed to the success of this cooperative and I am truly humbled by the confidence and trust placed in me with this responsibility.

While appreciative of their offer to assume this leadership position, I was also comfortable in my role as NCTC Vice President of Finance and Administrative Services. I was pleased with what we had accomplished in the 29 years I had served our membership and customers at NCTC, and I wasn’t looking to change my career path. After much deliberation and discussion with my wife, Darlene, I accepted the interim role of President/CEO in order to provide continuity to the cooperative as we continue our efforts to offer top-tier telecommunications and broadband services to our customers.

In any position I have held, I have always been passionate about NCTC, the work we do, our staff and – most importantly – the people we serve. I have lived my entire life in the NCTC service area, happily calling Macon County my home and raising my children, Shana and Ryan, here. It has been, and will continue to be, rewarding to know that I will have the opportunity to help deliver to my neighbors, friends, and our local businesses, services that make a difference in their lives.

I’m proud of how our dedication to our network benefits our customers. In particular, this month, our area’s small businesses are on my mind. The U.S. Small Business Administration has declared April 29-May 5 National Small Business Week providing national recognition of the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs and small business owners on our local economy. At NCTC, we’re pleased not only to be one of those small businesses but to also support small businesses throughout our region with our advanced broadband and telecommunications network.

At NCTC, we’re pleased not only to be one of those small businesses but to also support small businesses throughout our region with our advanced broadband and telecommunications network.

Local small businesses rely on a broadband connection to communicate with vendors, and customers, to place orders, market their products and services, improve efficiency in their operations, educate themselves about market changes and regulations, and to stay competitive regionally and globally.

Our community counts on small businesses, and small businesses count on NCTC. We are proud to support them with the technology needed to thrive in today’s economy, and I look forward to continuing to serve them in my new role at NCTC.

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