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NCTC Announces New Board of Directors Leadership

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 18, 2018

NCTC Announces New Board of Directors Leadership
GCI’s Bob Ormberg named chairman of the board, Buckeye Broadband’s Brad Mefferd named vice chair and Cable ONE’s Ken Johnson appointed new member

Lenexa, Kan.–The National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC), representing more than 750 small and mid-sized independent cable and broadband operators across the U.S., today announced the appointment of Bob Ormberg, vice president of content, GCI, as its new chairman of the board of directors. Ormberg, previously vice chairman of the board, replaces chairman Gary Shorman, president and CEO of Eagle Communications, who will remain a member of the board.

NCTC also appointed Brad Mefferd, chief administrative officer for Buckeye Broadband, as its new vice chairman of the board. NCTC named Ken Johnson, senior vice president of technology services at Cable ONE, as a new board member.

Bob Ormberg, GCI, Vice President of Content – NCTC Chairman of the Board
With more than 30 years of experience in the cable and broadband industry, Bob Ormberg has spent the past 21 years at GCI where he has led the launch of many advanced products within the company. GCI currently provides service to close to than 100,000 basic cable subscribers and 23 systems.

Brad Mefferd, Buckeye Broadband, Chief Administrative Officer – NCTC Vice Chairman of the Board
Brad Mefferd has more than 30 years of experience in the cable and broadband industry in accounting, finance, marketing, customer service, programming negotiations and overall operations management. Buckeye Broadband offers cable and high-speed internet packages in Toledo, Ohio, Southeast, Michigan and Erie County, OH.

Ken Johnson, Cable ONE, Senior Vice President of Technology Services – NCTC Board Member
Ken Johnson has been involved in the telecommunications industry for thirty-five years. For Cable ONE, Johnson is responsible for the strategic evolution of technology roadmaps related to products, as well as Information Technology, and Network and Engineering. The seventh-largest cable company in the United States, Cable One serves more than 800,000 customers in 21 states.

Rich Fickle, NCTC President and CEO, said:
“I am pleased to welcome Bob Ormberg as our new chairman of the board. Bob has been an integral part of our board since 2006 and a member of the executive committee for four years. We look forward to his guidance and leadership as our evolving industry offers new opportunities for our members. I also want to thank Gary Shorman for his dedicated service as chairman. We are thrilled to welcome Brad Mefferd as our new vice chair and Ken Johnson as a new board member. Ken is a seasoned, strategic CTO. Having him on our board supported by a progressive member like Cable One will help guide NCTC efforts into additional areas to support members, including broadband, wireless and commercial services.”

Bob Ormberg, GCI Vice President of Content, NCTC Chairman of the Board said:
“I am honored to be chosen as chairman of the NCTC board and will continue to collaborate with MSOs, content providers and technology vendors in order to better compete in today’s increasingly competitive environment. As a board member for more than ten years, I am eager to lead this great group of innovative independent cable and broadband operators and continue to explore new ways to help our members achieve growth and success.”

Brad Mefferd, Buckeye Broadband, Chief Administrative Officer, NCTC Vice Chairman of the Board said:
“My years of involvement with the NCTC board has been an incredible learning experience and I am excited to now take on the role of vice chair. Our industry is faced with tremendous change. NCTC is successfully bringing its members together to facilitate solutions that will help us continue to innovate.”

Ken Johnson, Cable ONE, Senior Vice President of Technology Services, NCTC Board Member said:
“I look forward to working with the NCTC board and helping NCTC members shape the future of cable and broadband. We operate in many varied communities throughout the country, but we all face the same increasing competition and challenges, and I am ready to work hard to find opportunities for us to better compete and succeed in today’s industry.”

NCTC board members include:
Officers
Chairman: Bob Ormberg GCI, Vice President of Content
Vice Chairman: Brad Mefferd, Buckeye Broadband, Chief Administrative Officer

Board Members
Katie Espeseth, EPB Chattanooga,Vice President
Rich Fickle, NCTC, President and Chief Executive Officer
Tom Gleason, Vast Broadband, Executive Vice President
Chris Hilliard, USA Communications, Chief Executive Officer
Jim Holanda, RCN/Grande, Chief Executive Officer
Ken Johnson, Cable ONE, Senior Vice President of Technology Services
Brian Lynch, Schurz Cable, Senior Vice President
Brad Mefferd, Buckeye Broadband, Chief Administrative Officer
Brad Moline, Allo Communications, President
Elaine Partridge, Vast Broadband, Vice President of Special Projects
Jeffrey Ross, Armstrong Cable Services, President
Wayne Schattenkerk, WaveDivision Partners, Chief Financial Officer
Gary Shorman, President and CEO, Eagle Communications
Karl Skroban, Comporium, Vice President of Video Strategy and Programming
Matt Weller, All West Communications, President
Tom Whitaker, Shentel Communications, Senior Vice President-Cable

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.

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 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.