The Rural Telecommunications Group (RTG), a trade association representing small, rural wireless carriers, is pleased to announce industry veteran Tanya Sullivan as its new executive director. Sullivan will be responsible for the daily operation of the trade association. She will devote her time to enhancing RTG’s member services, promoting the association and pursuing member education and networking opportunities.

Six years ago Sullivan was part of RTG’s original Board of Directors. “We are so excited to have Tanya back in a leading role at RTG,” said Mike Higgins, Jr., RTG’s president and also CEO of West Central Wireless. “There is a lot to accomplish this year and with Tanya onboard we are well-positioned to provide RTG members tremendous value,” adds Caressa Bennet, RTG’s General Counsel and Managing Principal at Bennet & Bennet PLLC.

In addition to her role as RTG’s executive director, Sullivan will continue her role as president of Plus One Strategic Communications, LLC (Plus One), a consulting firm specializing in the rural telecommunications industry.

Sullivan served most recently as the vice president of corporate relations for the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC) where she was responsible for communications, marketing and public relations. Prior to NRTC, she worked as the senior director of external affairs at the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC), which administers the Universal Service Fund (USF), and spent nearly seven years as the vice president of business development at CoBank. She began her career at the then United States Telephone Association (USTA) where she held the position of director of member relations.

“I am thrilled with this opportunity to work again with the RTG Board and members,” said Sullivan. “There is much to do as RTG moves forward positioning rural wireless carriers to provide wireless broadband services to rural America under the soon to be released National Broadband Plan.”

About RTG

Headquartered in Washington, DC, RTG is a trade association representing rural wireless carriers who serve less than 100,000 subscribers. RTG’s members have joined together to speed delivery of new, efficient and innovative telecommunications technologies to remote and underserved communities. www.ruraltelecomgroup.org

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