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NTCA Northern Territory Cattlemen's Association Board of Directors convened at the 2002 annual meeting in Anaheim, Calif., they welcomed two new faces--Richard Smith, as the Region 9 director, and Harry Thomas Harry Thomas (born February 28, 1901, Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom), was a Welsh football striker. In his early days, he played for Swansea City and Porth. In April 1922, he was sold to Manchester United, where he made his debut against Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park on 22 , as the Region 6 director. With almost 50 years of industry experience between the two of them, both look forward to serving on the board and providing leadership for the small rural telephone companies in their regions. So, who are these men?
Introducing Richard Smith Richard Smith is the name of:
If you ask Richard Smith what changes he has noticed in the industry during his 26-year tenure as the board president of the Stayton Cooperative Telephone Co. (Stayton, Ore.), he might respond with the question, "What hasn't changed?"
From crank and dial phones to wireless, digital and new regulations, Smith has seen "a tremendous amount of change." And with this change, Smith believes that rural carriers are now faced with new challenges.
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Although he has no particular agenda in mind for his new leadership role, his main concern is making sure that telcos are given fair consideration by the FCC (1) (Federal Communications Commission, Washington, DC, www.fcc.gov) The U.S. government agency that regulates interstate and international communications including wire, cable, radio, TV and satellite. The FCC was created under the U.S. . "It has been, and will continue to be, an uphill battle Uphill Battle was an metalcore band with elements of grindcore and noisecore. The group was based out of Santa Barbara, California, USA. History
Uphill Battle got some recognition releasing their self-titled record on Relapse Records. for telcos," he said. "Without independent phone companies, the phone system would not be what it is today I want to do my part to make sure we don't lose any ground."
An active NTCA member, Smith's commitment to the industry caught the eyes of several telco managers. In fact, it was the nudging of a few managers, friends and his family that finally made Smith decide to run for the board. For Smith, the issue wasn't whether he wanted to serve on the NTCA board, but how he would find enough time.
Smith operates his own company, GT Mortgage Loan, which is a private money mortgage loan business. For the past 12 years, he has managed this "one person operation" that offers residential real estate loans to individuals rather than commercial lenders.
"Being self-employed takes up a lot of time. I had to think about the time-commitment [for serving on the board], but I decided there was nothing ventured-nothing gained," he said. "I've always been interested in telephony and NTCA. I'm honored to have been elected."
Meet Harry Thomas
For almost 20 years, Harry Thomas has been actively involved with rural telephone cooperatives. In fact, he has served as the director for the Sully Buttes
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"When we went through the Bell companies and moved into the unregulated field, we entered the competitive industry," Thomas said. "We're not just selling phones anymore. There's Internet, TV and a lot of other things."
Although he realizes that there is a limit to what he can accomplish as the Region 6 director, Thomas has one thing in mind. "I hope to be the spokesman for Region 6," he said. "I want to keep members up-to-date with new NTCA policies.
"A lot of people can't attend the regional and annual meetings, so they have a hard time staying abreast of issues that affect them on a national level. I want to provide a voice for both Region 6 and NTCA," he said.
Through the years, Thomas has been active with the South Dakota South Dakota (dəkō`tə), state in the N central United States. It is bordered by North Dakota (N), Minnesota and Iowa (E), Nebraska (S), and Wyoming and Montana (W). Association of Telephone Cooperatives, serving as its president from 1990 to 1992. He has been an active member of the NTCA Marketing Committee. In addition, Thomas has completed enough continuing education continuing education: see adult education.
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Any form of learning provided for adults. In the U.S. the University of Wisconsin was the first academic institution to offer such programs (1904). courses to receive two NTCA Excellence in Leadership Awards.
"Region 6 has had excellent board leadership in the past," he said, "and I hope to carry on that tradition."
Aside from his interest in telecommunications, Thomas is a full-time rancher and farmer. He also owns a pheasant pheasant, common name for some members of a family (Phasianidae) of henlike birds related to the grouse and including the Old World partridge, the peacock, various domestic and jungle fowls, and the true pheasants (genus Phasianus). hunting operation and breeds cattle and horses.