ACA Connects announces 2021 board election results

Aug. 23, 2021
ACA Connects leaders announced the organization's 2021 board election results, including board replacements and executive committee appointments.

ACA Connects (ACAC) chairman Patricia Jo Boyers and ACA Connects vice chairman Mike Bowker on August 20 announced the results of recent ACAC board of directors elections in addition to board replacements and appointments to the six-person ACAC executive committee.

The six people elected to the ACAC board of directors won their seats based on balloting by the ACAC membership. The ACAC board replacements occurred pursuant to existing ACAC bylaws, and the ACAC executive committee selections to serve one-year terms were based on a vote by the ACAC board.

“To associate with all the many talented people who serve on the ACA Connects board of directors means a lot to me personally because I know our members are in good hands and can trust ACAC’s leadership to act with utmost integrity, intelligence and diligence,” ACAC chairman Boyers said. “I congratulate all those who were elected.”

Mrs. Boyers -- who is president of BOYCOM Vision in Poplar Bluff, Mo. – was elected ACAC’s chairman in 2019, following a five-year stint as ACAC vice chairman. ACAC vice chairman Bowker, who is chief operating officer of Cable One in Phoenix, Ariz., joined the ACAC board in January, 2018.

ACAC vice chairman Bowker said, “Patty and I greatly appreciate the hard work and effort that ACAC board members bring to the task. Their passion for ACAC as an organization and for the success of independent broadband, phone and video providers is inspiring because it never flags. I see a very bright future for our industry.”

The following individuals were elected to three-year terms (2021-24) on the ACAC board of directors:

• Marie Censoplano: Gen.Counsel & SVP, Content Acquisition, Vyve Broadband

• Matt Dosch: EVP & Chief Operating Officer, Comporium

• John Gdovin: EVP & Chief Administrative Officer, RCN/Grande/Wave

• Jim Gleason: President & CEO, Vexus Fiber

• Dave Hymas: Deputy General Counsel, GCI

• Kristin Johnson: Co-Founder & CEO, Hotwire Communications

ACAC board replacements for 2021 included the following:

  • Leaving is Diana Block, executive vice president, Block Communications. She will be replaced by Geoff Shook, president & general manager, Buckeye Broadband (effective at ACAC’s third quarter 2021 board of directors meeting).
  • Leaving is former Shentel executive vice president and chief operating officer Dave Heimbach (who became president and chief operating officer of MetroNet on July 5, 2021.) He will be replaced by Shentel executive vice president and chief operating officer Edward H. McKay (effective at ACAC’s fourth quarter 2021 board of directors meeting).

The ACAC Executive Committee Election for 2021 results were as follows:

• Tom Larsen: Senior Vice President, Government & Public Relations, Mediacom

• Drew Petersen: Senior Vice President-Corporate Affairs, TDS

Larsen and Petersen were elected to serve one-year terms with ACAC chairman Boyers and ACAC vice chairman Bowker.

The executive committee also includes ACAC Treasurer Robert Wieand (Controller, Service Electric Cablevision) and Immediate Past Chairman Robert Gessner (President, Retired, MCTV).

Based in Pittsburgh, ACA Connects is a trade organization representing more than 600 smaller and medium-sized, independent companies that provide broadband, phone and video services to nearly 8 million customers primarily located in rural and smaller suburban markets across America. "Through active participation in the regulatory and legislative process in Washington, D.C., ACA Connects’ members work together to advance the interests of their customers and ensure the future competitiveness and viability of their businesses," says the group's mission statement.

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