Mission Statement

RWA’s mission is to promote wireless opportunities for rural telecommunications companies through advocacy and education in a manner that best represents the interests of its membership.

Advocate for Rural Wireless Carriers

RWA is a trade association representing rural wireless carriers who each serve fewer than 100,000 subscribers. RWA’s members have joined together to speed delivery of new, efficient, and innovative wireless technologies to the populations of remote and underserved sections of the country.

RWA’s members provide mobile and fixed wireless services to their subscribers and support the subscribers of larger carriers while roaming in their rural service areas. RWA’s members are small businesses serving or seeking to serve secondary, tertiary and rural markets. Our membership is comprised of both independent wireless carriers and wireless carriers that are affiliated with rural telephone companies.

Board of Directors

Brian Woody, President
Brian Woody, PresidentChief Customer Relations Officer
Union Wireless (WY)
Mike Kilgore, Vice President
Mike Kilgore, Vice PresidentCEO
Sagebrush Cellular/Nemont (MT)
Roger Schmitz, Treasurer
Roger Schmitz, TreasurerCFO
NewCore Wireless (MN)
Bert Potts, Secretary
Bert Potts, SecretaryWireless Manager
STRATA Networks (UT)
Jana Wallace
Jana WallaceCOO
Panhandle Tel. Coop. (PTCI) (OK)
John Nettles
John NettlesPresident
Pine Belt Wireless (AL)
William Levy
William LevyVice President of Sales
Huawei Technologies USA, Inc.
Michael Candelaria
Michael CandelariaGM
Mid-Rivers Communications (MT)
Todd Houseman
Todd HousemanCEO
United Wireless

Our Team

Carri Bennet
Carri BennetGeneral Counsel
Daryl Zakov
Daryl ZakovAsst. General Counsel
Erin Fitzgerald
Erin FitzgeraldRegulatory Counsel
Michele Giroux
Michele GirouxChief Administrative Officer

Standing Committees

The Public Policy Committee is tasked with assessing the impact of legislative and regulatory policy developments that stand to affect the operations of small, rural wireless carriers. This committee helps shape the association’s legislative and regulatory agendas and public policy initiatives in order to better serve the associations’ members.

  • Mike Kilgore, Nemont – Committee Chairman
  • Jake Baldwin, Cross Wireless
  • Michael Candelaria, Mid-Rivers Cellular
  • Doug Eidahl, Vantage Point Solutions
  • Shawn Hanson, PTCI
  • Mike Higgins, West Central Wireless
  • Erin Lutts, Mid-Rivers Cellular
  • Steven D. Lysne, SRT Communications
  • Lynn Merrill, Monte R. Lee & Company
  • Brian Spurgeon, Chat Mobility
  • Brian Woody, Union Wireless
  • Jerry Kadavy, Pioneer
The Education Committee guides the association in assessing its members’ educational needs. The committee provides educational briefings and resource recommendations to RWA’s members on technical, financial, operational, and marketing matters. The Educational Committee also serves as a clearinghouse for instructional material and educational webcasts that serve to inform RWA members about revenue generating opportunities and/or cost saving methodologies.

  • Shilah Butler, Copper Valley, Chair
  • Grif Griffin, West Central Wireless
  • Todd Houseman, United Wireless
  • Curtis Knobloch, Telispire
  • Julie McGowan, Globecomm
  • David Mould, Ericsson
  • Patrick Rhyne, Wells Fargo Advisors
  • Jana Wallace, RWA BOD Representative
  • Dave Fritz, Nokia
  • Dave Kirk, T3 Broadband
  • Chip Strange, Mosaik
Each year, the Nominating Committee issues a call for nominations for vacancies on the Board and associated committees and councils. The Nominating Committee reviews nominations and makes recommendations to the Board.

  • Brian Woody, Union Wireless
  • Mike Kilgore, Sagebrush Cellular/Nemont
  • Roger Schmitz, NewCore Wireless
  • Bert Potts, Strata Networks
RWA’s specific-issue Councils are established by the Board. In contrast to the more generally focused standing committees, each Council serves as a narrowly focused information sharing and policy development forum for members interested in a specific technology, service, or issue. Councils may make recommendations to standing committees or to the Board regarding RWA’s involvement in such issues.

Councils include:

  • Strategic Relationships
  • Roaming
    • Lowell Feldman, Evolve Broadband
  • Mobile Devices
    • Kevin Grass, Pine Belt – Council Chair
    • Joe Reynolds, Planet Cellular – Co-Chair
    • Shilah Butler, Copper Valley Wireless
    • Warren Vande Stadt, Vantage Point Solutions
    • Network Elements
  • Marketing
  • Content and Premium Services
  • Towers and Siting
  • Wireless Resellers
    • Curtis Knobloch, Telispire
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