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NCTC Announces New Board of Directors Appointments

Appointment of new board members include Armstrong Group’s Chris King and Atlantic Broadband’s Heather McCallion. NCTC thanks Tom Whitaker from Shentel for his three years of service on the NCTC board of directors.

LENEXA, Kan.- July 26, 2021 –--The National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC), representing more than 700 broadband and cable operators serving all 50 states today announced the appointment of new board members Chris King from the Armstrong Group and Heather McCallion from Atlantic Broadband, both of which will be serving a three-year term. In addition, NCTC would like to thank Tom Whitaker from Shentel for serving on the board from July 2018 – June 2021 and Chris Hilliard from USA Communications for serving on the board from June 2011- July 2021.

Chris King, CFO, Armstrong Group
Chris is the Chief Financial Officer of the Armstrong Group, a privately held company with seven operating business units in the cable, internet, telephone, security, circuit-board manufacturing, real estate development and HVAC/plumbing industries. Prior to joining the Armstrong Group in 2001, Chris was the Chief Financial Officer of SpaceWorks, a business-to-business eCommerce software company, the Chief Financial Officer of FaciliCom, an international telecommunications company and held various roles in finance and business development at Bell Atlantic, all located in the Washington, DC area.

Chris received his B.A. in Accounting in 1983 from Washington & Jefferson College and in 1987, he received his M.B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School of Business with a concentration in finance.

Heather McCallion, Atlantic Broadband
As Vice President, Products and Programming, Heather oversees the product portfolio for all Atlantic Broadband’s business and consumer markets, including product development, implementation and product pricing and optimization. Products managed include Broadband, Wi-Fi, Video and Phone. As part of the video portfolio management, Heather handles all video content strategy & acquisition for all platforms including traditional and emerging content providers.

Prior to joining the Atlantic Broadband team, Heather worked as Vice President, Content Distribution for NBCUniversal, overseeing all Field Sales & Marketing endeavors for the newly formed company. In that role, she was responsible for all deal implementation, compliance, and incremental growth for the NBCU portfolio of 20 brands, including retransmission consent for owned stations. She has held other positions within NBCU, STARZ and Disney. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Roanoke College in Salem, VA.

Lou Borrelli, NCTC CEO said:
“Heather and Chris bring to the board a depth of experience and specific skill sets that will enhance board discussions and add value to our mission.”

Brad Mefferd, NCTC Chairman of the Board said:
“I am very grateful for the willingness of Heather and Chris to serve our membership. They are both distinguished professionals with distinguished careers in the cable telecommunications industry. The NCTC will be well served having these two colleagues on our board. I would also like to thank Tom Whitaker for his years of service. He was a great contributor to our board, and he will be missed. I wish him the best of luck.”

Elaine Partridge, NCTC, Vice Chairman of the Board said:
“I look forward to the fresh perspectives and valuable insight Heather and Chris will bring to the board. We welcome their commitment and willingness to serve the members of the NCTC.”

NCTC board members include:
Chair: Brad Mefferd, Buckeye Broadband
Vice-chair: Elaine Partridge, Vast Broadband

Board Members
Lou Borrelli, NCTC
Jim Butman, TDS Telecom
Katie Espeseth, EPB Chattanooga
Jason Hansen, Conway Corporation
Jim Holanda, RCN/Grande/Wave
Ken Johnson, Cable ONE
Brian Lynch, Schurz Cable Group
Brad Moline, ALLO Communications
Jeffrey Ross, Armstrong Cable Services
Gary Shorman, Eagle Communications
Karl Skroban, Comporium
Matt Weller, All West

NCTC board members commit to a three-year term and work in partnership with NCTC leaders to support its more than 700 member companies. Names of the full board of directors are available on the NCTC website at


About the National Cable Television Cooperative
The National Cable Television Cooperative, Inc. (NCTC) is a Kansas-based, not-for-profit corporation that operates as a programming, broadband solutions and hardware purchasing organization for its member companies who own and operate cable systems throughout the U.S. and its territories. NCTC seeks to maximize current and future opportunities to ensure the profitability, competitive stature, and long-term sustainability of its member companies. NCTC represents more than 700 small and mid-sized independent cable and broadband operators across the U.S., in programming and technology acquisition. NCTC is actively engaged in helping network providers and suppliers evolve their business models to deploy new video/data solutions to match the changes in the media landscape.