Arlington, VA – The Rural Wireless Association (RWA) recently announced the results of its Board of Director elections and its 2016-2017 Officers. Board elections were held during RWA’s Annual Meeting on September 27, 2016 in Indianapolis, IN.

Newly elected Director John Nettles, President of Pinebelt Wireless in Alabama joins re-elected Directors Mike Kilgore, CEO of Montana-based Sagebrush Cellular / Nemont and Jana Wallace, Chief Operating Officer of Panhandle Telephone Cooperative, Inc. in Oklahoma as carrier directors. William Levy, Vice President of Sales of Huawei Technologies USA, Inc. was elected as an associate member director.

Craig Gates of Triangle Communications and Andy Silberstein of Cyber Engineering Services each completed a three-year term of service.

On November 3, the board re-elected the following as officers of the organization: Brian Woody of Union Wireless as president, Michael Kilgore of Sagebrush Cellular / Nemont as vice president, and Roger Schmitz of NewCore Wireless as treasurer. The board elected Bert Potts of STRATA Networks as secretary.

“We welcome our new board members and newly elected officers. There is much to be done in the near-term as we continue to move the association forward and look to secure long-term funding to support wireless services in rural America,” stated Woody. “Providing wireless service in rural America continues to be a challenge, but working together we are able to voice our concerns to regulators in an effort to ensure rural consumers and those traveling to rural America have the same mobile voice and data services available to the rest of America.”

“We are pleased to welcome our new board members each of whom have shown strong leadership and are dedicated to the RWA mission of rural wireless advocacy and education surrounding rural issues,” said RWA CEO Tanya Sullivan. “RWA’s newly elected board members and officers will provide great governance and play an instrumental role in ensuring rural-friendly wireless regulation.”

About RWA – Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, the Rural Wireless Association 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 telecommunications technologies to remote and underserved communities. For more information visit www.ruralwireless.org.

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