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Kentucky Telco CEO Tom Preston Wins NRTC Board Seat

Randy Sukow

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Tom Preston

NRTC announced today that Tom Preston, CEO of Duo County Telephone Cooperative in Jamestown, KY, was elected to the NRTC Board of Directors. NRTC Board Chairman Tim Mergen made the announcement from the podium this afternoon during the NRTC Annual Meeting for telephone members, held in conjunction with NTCA’s RTIME conference in Dallas.

Preston won in the only contested election for a board seat for 2022. He and Darin LaCoursiere, president and CEO of Endeavor Communications in Cloverdale, IN, were candidates in an online election last week. Preston will join three other District 12 board members who serve rural telephone companies nationwide in at-large seats – Jason Dandridge of CEO, Palmetto Rural Telephone Cooperative in South Carolina; Dustin Durden of Pineland Telephone Cooperative in Georgia, and Secretary-Treasurer     
Lynn Hodges of Ralls County Electric Cooperative in Missouri.

Preston succeeds Raymond Henagan, CEO of Rock Port Telephone in Rock Port, MO, who served three terms on the board. NRTC CEO Tim Bryan honored Henagan during the meeting and announced a charitable donation in his name in thanks for his service to the board.

Duo County Telephone under Preseton is actively involved in building broadband service to rural America. It recently won an $18.7 million ReConnect grant from the US Department of Agriculture to fund a current project. He has more than 20 years of experience working for rural telcos in Kentucky and 10 years with Duo Telephone.

NRTC will announce the results of elections for electric-industry board positions during the second session of the annual meeting next month in Nashville, TN.

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