The new year brings untold challenges and opportunities, and 2022 is an exciting time to take over as executive director of the Tennessee Broadband Association (TNBA).
I’m grateful for your support as I begin this position. I’m also thankful for the strong foundation laid by the TNBA board of directors and by previous Executive Director and current Government Affairs Director Levoy Knowles.
Much like how no one could have predicted the changes brought upon by COVID-19, and its ongoing ripple effects, exactly what we’ll encounter in 2022 remains to be seen. Nonetheless, I’m confident our members will continue to provide fast, affordable broadband across the Volunteer State.
While I know your mission hasn’t changed, the TNBA mission hasn’t, either. So, here’s my pledge to you:
- I’ll work to tell the story of our members, get to know you, and offer the support of our organization to make sure you can continue to be successful.
- With your support, we’ll capitalize on the statewide and national attention toward broadband and work towards delivering fiber broadband to underserved and unserved Tennesseans.
- We’ll work together to produce and host great events, like the TNBA Day on the Hill, TNBA Annual Convention & Showcase in June, and KTA/TNBA Fall Conference and Supplier Showcase in October.
- And I’ll continue to keep you informed through our many mediums, including social media, “Lead Tennessee Radio” podcast, e-newsletters, and webinars.
As we’ve long known and COVID-19 reminded many, broadband isn’t a luxury. It’s foundational for advancement. Each day, your work keeps residents and businesses connected. With renewed energy to expand broadband networks, I know our members are ready to handle whatever challenges may be ahead.
There’s no doubt our work is cut out for us in 2022 and beyond. But challenges aren’t new for TNBA members.
We’re well poised to deliver what’s needed for Tennesseans to be successful, and I’m excited to continue the journey with you!