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NTCA names Kevin Beyer as board president

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Kevin Beyer, the general manager and chief executive officer of Farmers Mutual Telephone Company in Bellingham and Federated Telephone Cooperative in Chokio was elected by the

NTCA The Rural Broadband Association board to serve as its president in 2019, a news release from Federated and NTCA said.

"We are very proud to have the first NTCA President from the state of Minnesota from our cooperatives. His leadership and vision will help provide advanced communications services to our members here in rural Minnesota and across the nation," Donna Eul, marketing/customer service manager said on behalf of the employees who serve the members of Farmers Mutual Telephone Company and Federated Telephone Cooperative.

Beyer has served on the NTCA board of directors for four years. With nearly 30 years of experience the telecommunications industry, he has served on many industry boards, including the NECA Average

Schedule Task Group Committee, the Pinnacle Marketing Group Board of Directors and multiple

positions with the Minnesota Telecom Alliance. Farmers Mutual Telephone Company and Federated

Telephone Cooperative, where Beyer has been at the helm for two decades, are both certified NTCA

Gig Capable Providers.

The NTCA board also elected Allen R. Hoopes, CEO/chairman of Silver Star Communications in Freedom Wyoming, as vice chairman and J. Fredrick "Fred" Johnson, Farmers Telecommunications Cooperative of Rainsville, Alabama, as secretary/treasurer. Don Richards of Richards, Elder & Gibson, PLLC in Lubbock, Texas, was re-elected general counsel.

On behalf of the employees who serve the members of Farmers Mutual Telephone Company and

Federated Telephone Cooperative, Donna Eul, Marketing/Customer Service Manager said, "We are

very proud to have the first NTCA President from the State of Minnesota from our cooperatives. His

leadership and vision will help provide advanced communications services to our members here in rural

Minnesota and across the nation."