Q: Tell us about yourself and how you got to GBT?
A: I grew up in Ness City, and my family has been long-time residents of the county. My grandfather was a grain cooperative manager in Beeler, and I am very honored to follow a similar career path.
My secondary education took me to Fort Hays State University, where I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and master’s degree in Business Administration. While I was getting my master’s, my predecessor Gerald Washburn recruited me to GBT. I am thankful that he gave me an opportunity to join GBT and make it possible to work and play in the same area I call home!
I tackle every day with my wife Holly (also a former Eagle), and my two kids Brynn and Jaxson. Some of the best advice I received and something I try to live every day by, is remembering the 3 F’s. Faith, Family, and Friends!
Q: What are you most excited about in your day-to-day?
A: For me, it is the strategy part of the job and looking at the long-term plan of the Cooperative. There are many challenges where we operate in terms of density and federal funding that play critical components in the affordability, reliability, and sustainability of the network. It is working with the Board of Directors and staff to maintain the health of the Cooperative and deliver the performance our members need.
Q: What are your work highlights of the past year?
A: The Cooperative is celebrating its 70th Anniversary, which is a testament of past leadership. At the end of the year, GBT will have connected every member with a fiber connection; this is an accomplishment that I didn’t know was achievable a decade ago, but was always a goal of the Board of Directors. Another highlight is being awarded a grant to connect residents and businesses in rural Pawnee County. This was a discussion several years in the making, and by partnering with the county we were able to make it happen. GBT is currently working on delivering fiber Internet to every rural person in the county.
Q: If you could say one thing to all GBT customers, what would it be?
A: I would thank them for their confidence, support, and patronage. The GBT staff is an incredible group of individuals that are very passionate, motivated, hard-working, and take a lot of pride in delivering services to our patrons!