NCTC Welcomes New Appointees to Board of Directors

Annie Coghill
Primavera Group for NCTC
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August 29, 2018

NCTC Welcomes New Appointees to Board of Directors
Cable Industry Leaders Bring Broad Range of Expertise to Support NCTC Member Needs

Lenexa, Kan.–The National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC), representing more than 750 small and mid-sized independent cable operators across the U.S., today announced the appointment of four new members to its Board of Directors. Katie Espeseth, vice president, EPB Chattanooga; Brad Moline, president, Allo Communications; Matt Weller, president, All West Communications; and Tom Whitaker, senior vice president-cable, Shentel Communications were elected to the board on July 29 at NCTC’s annual members’ meeting, The Independent Show, in Anaheim, California.

Selected for their innovative work to bring exceptional products and services to their customers, the incoming board members are respected industry leaders with expertise in broadband, finance, operations, and engineering.

Katie Espeseth, Vice President, EPB Chattanooga
Responsible for the products that support the video, voice, and broadband lines of business at EPB Chattanooga, Katie Espeseth brings over 40 years of industry experience to the NCTC Board of Directors. EPB Chattanooga in Chattanooga, Tennessee, is a leader in providing innovative video and broadband services to the community in a highly competitive market.

Brad Moline, President, Allo Communications
Allo Communications’ Brad Moline has 16 years of senior financial leadership experience from start-ups to public companies, with a strong focus in fiber communications and entertainment systems, aggressively growing businesses through new builds and organic growth. The Nebraska-based company, oversees nine gigabit cities and is working to push fiber to 20 percent of all Nebraskans by the end of 2018.

Matt Weller, President, All West Communications
All West Communications President Matt Weller’s 20+ years of technology expertise in IP and VoIP complements the NCTC Board. As president of All West Communications in Kamas, Utah, Matt Weller is a results-driven leader with a strong track record of generating new revenues for his company.

Tom Whitaker, Senior Vice President-Cable, Shentel Communications
Senior Vice President-Cable at Shentel Communications in Edinburg, Virginia, Tom Whitaker leads the company’s cable segment. He has 30+ years of experience building and operating wired and wireless communications networks, working with both startup companies and established service operators.

NCTC Chairman of the Board of Directors Gary Shorman said:
“I’m pleased to welcome the incoming NCTC Board members. Representing our diverse NCTC membership base, they hail from operators of varying sizes, from different regions, providing entertainment, information and high-speed internet services to small towns and cities across the U.S.”

NCTC President and CEO Rich Fickle said:
“This is a dynamic group of leaders, bringing innovative ideas to the table at a time of unprecedented change in our industry. The board will work closely with NCTC leaders on topics critical to our members such as customer demand for more services and faster broadband speeds.”

Katie Espeseth, Vice President, EPB Chattanooga, said:
“It’s an honor to join the NCTC Board, and represent our thriving industry at such an interesting time. NCTC is well-positioned to assist members with navigating the opportunities and challenges presented by the shifting video and broadband landscape.”

Brad Moline, President, Allo Communications, said:
“We’re fortunate to have an organization like NCTC that facilitates collaboration among members and key partners to help elevate the industry as a whole. This Board has an incredible opportunity to help shape the future of cable and broadband.”

Matt Weller, President, All West Communications, said:
“The NCTC Board of Directors is an incredibly productive and motivated group of leaders dedicated to helping cable operators of all sizes offer new ways for their customers to enjoy information and entertainment. I’m ready to roll up my sleeves to start contributing to that effort.”

Tom Whitaker, Senior Vice President-Cable, Shentel Communications, said:
“NCTC is an important partner to our business. I look forward to working with this dynamic group of board members. Together, we will continue to create value for independent cable and broadband operators across the country by identifying opportunities to help them compete and grow.”

Reelected board members include:
Chairman: Gary Shorman, President and CEO, Eagle Communications
Vice Chairman: Bob Ormberg, Vice President of Content, GCI

Board Members
Rich Fickle, President and Chief Executive Officer, NCTC
Tom Gleason, Executive Vice President, Vast Broadband
Chris Hilliard, Chief Executive Officer, USA Communications
Jim Holanda, Chief Executive Officer, RCN/Grande
Brian Lynch, Senior Vice President, Schurz Cable
Brad Mefferd, Chief Administrative Officer, Buckeye Broadband
Elaine Partridge, Vice President of Special Projects, Vast Broadband
Jeffrey Ross, President, Armstrong Cable Services
Wayne Schattenkerk, Chief Financial Officer, WaveDivision Partners
Karl Skroban, Vice President of Video Strategy and Programming, Comporium

In addition, two members were added to board committees:
Jason Hansen, Chief Technology Officer, Conway Corporation, has joined the Technology Service Committee. Kristi Ramsey, Director of Content Management, TDS, has joined the Programming Committee.

NCTC board members commit to a three-year term and work in partnership with NCTC leaders to support its more than 750 member companies. Names of the full board of directors are available on the NCTC website. Note for editors: photos are available upon request.

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 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 750 member companies 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.