KEY LEADERSHIP
COMPANY OVERVIEW


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Blackfoot's Executive Team


Bill Squires
Chief Executive Officer

Bill Squires - Chief Executive Officer
  • Responsible for the operations and performance of Blackfoot Telephone Cooperative, Inc. and Blackfoot Telecommunications Group.
  • CEO since January 2012. Employed with Blackfoot since 2001, serving as the company's Senior Vice President - General Counsel.
  • Responsible for legal and government affairs, as well as strategic planning and development, corporate administration, and human resources.
  • 25 years of legal experience primarily in the fields of corporations and telecommunications.


Jason Williams
Vice President - General Counsel

Jason Williams - Vice President – General Counsel
  • Responsible for all legal matters pertaining to Blackfoot's operations
  • Current position since September 2012.
  • 15+ years of regulatory and legal experience in the telecommunications and energy sectors in other industry counsel and private practice positions.


Joel Block
Vice President - Customer & Marketing Operations

Joel Block - Vice President Customer & Marketing Operations
  • Responsible for providing executive leadership and management of the Company's customer and marketing strategies, including corporate marketing, product marketing, alliance marketing, and customer support service.
  • Current position since February 2011.
  • 25 years experience in the technology sector in business leadership, product management, corporate and product marketing, and marketing sciences.


Frank Creasia
Vice President - Network Operations

Frank Creasia - Vice President of Network Operations
  • Responsible for all day to day activities associated with installing and maintaining voice and data services for Blackfoot customers, engineering and construction of new telecommunications facilities, upgrading and configuration of software systems, provisioning new services, scheduling/dispatching technicians, warehouse, purchasing, and fleet maintenance activities.
  • Current position since 1999.
  • 34 years of Operations and Engineering experience primarily in the Telecommunications Industry.

Dave Martin
Vice President - Product Management
& Chief Technology Officer

Dave Martin - Vice President Product Management & Chief Technology Officer
  • Responsible for establishing, directing, and articulating a long-term vision and strategy for the integration of industry technology into the organization. He is also responsible for Information Technologies operations, product development, and all sales activities for Blackfoot Telecommunications Group.
  • Current position since 2008. Employed with Blackfoot since1996.
  • 40 years in the communications and networking sector primarily in research and strategic technology planning.


Theodore (Ted) Otis
Chief Financial Officer

Theodore (Ted) Otis - Chief Financial Officer
  • Responsible for all financial activities, including accounting, treasury, financial planning and analysis, and financial reporting.
  • Current position since 2003. Employed with Blackfoot since 2000.
  • 30 years of experience in economics (industrial organization) and corporate finance. Testified as an expert economics witness in seven States.


J.P. Violette
Vice President - Sales

J.P. Violette - Vice President Sales
  • Responsible for developing sales strategies to generate predictable revenue growth and scaling the company's sales efforts in Montana and Eastern Idaho.
  • Current position since January 2013.
  • 20+ years of Executive Sales and Management experience plus strong technical skills as founder/president of former ISP and web-based application development company.



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Blackfoot Telephone Cooperative
Board of Trustees


Tom Eggensperger, Board President
District 8
Noxon and Thompson Falls

Tom and his wife, Bina, have owned and operated the Sanders County Ledger in Thompson Falls since 1983. A 24-year member of the Thompson Falls City Council, Tom believes strongly that rural residents should participate in their community. Originally a director for Clark Fork Telecommunications, Tom became a Blackfoot Trustee in 2003 when CFT merged into the Cooperative. Currently serving as President of Blackfoot, he has also served on national committees of the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association. He is a retired EMT volunteer with the Thompson Falls Ambulance Service. Tom and Bina are MSU-Bozeman graduates and avid Bobcat fans, joining their two sons, daughter and son-in-law and grandson for all the Bobcat home games.

Geof Wilson, Board Vice President
District 9
Haugan, St. Regis and Superior

Geof attended the University of Montana, graduating with a degree in forestry. He then joined the U.S. Forest Service, and was stationed in Montana, Alaska and Washington before retiring in 1992. He was appointed to the Clark Fork Telecommunications Board of Directors in 1994, and served three terms as its President. Geof lives in Superior, and was appointed to the Blackfoot Board in 2003 and served five years as President of Blackfoot's Board of Trustees.

Cindy Lewis, Board Secretary/Treasurer
District 1
Condon and Seeley Lake

Cindy Lewis was born in Missoula and moved to Seeley Lake as a young child. There, she met her husband, Dick, and raised two daughters, Brandy and Wendy. Cindy has been an equipment operator/truck driver and an office manager of Wilderness Excavating, the company she and Dick started in 1976. In addition, she completed her Associate Degree at the University of Montana and is currently employed by St. Patrick's Hospital and works at the Seeley-Swan Medical Center as a Medical Assistant in Nursing Services. Cindy was the Seeley Lake Ambulance Chief from 1986 to 1994, as well as a Seeley Lake Ambulance-Emergency Medical Technician from 1980 to 2007. She was also a member of the Seeley Lake Fire District Board from 2001 to 2007, serving as its chairman since 2004, and served as a board member of the Mountain Lakes Presbyterian Church from 2001 to 2006. Cindy began serving as Trustee of District 1 in April 2006.

Jim Blush
District 7
Charlo and Plains

Jim was born and raised in St. Ignatius. Following high school, he attended the Vo-Tech in Billings, and then returned home to work with his father, running the old Jesuit Fathers/Pack River Ranch. Jim began working for Lake County Bank in 1980 and has been there since. He moved to the Charlo area with his wife and daughter in 1999. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, backpacking, golfing and NASCAR. Jim was appointed Trustee of District 7 in 2005.

Butch Friede
District 2
Drummond and Philipsburg

Butch Friede is a Hall resident and ranch foreman at the Johnson Tuning Fork Ranch. Butch is active in the community and currently serves on the board of the local Kiwanis club. He joined the board as District 2 Trustee in 2010, and enjoys time with his wife, Judy and their children, Jamie and Rafe.

Les Iverson
District 3
Avon/Elliston, Ovando and Potomac

Les was born and raised in southern Minnesota and moved with his family to Montana in 1975. Les and his wife, Sue, live in Potomac, where they raised their three sons. He and his brother own and operate the family ranch and logging business. Les is a volunteer fireman for the Greenough Potomac Volunteer Fire Department, and has also served on the church board and fire department board. Les was appointed Trustee of District 3 in April 2002.

Stuart Morton
District 5
St. Ignatius

Stuart Morton has lived in the St. Ignatius area all his life and has been self employed for many of those years. He presently operates Stuart's Service Center Inc. and Mountain View Cenex in St. Ignatius. He is active in the Chamber of Commerce and other local groups including Mission Valley Old Town Development. He and his wife of nearly 30 years have raised six children and are very proud of all of them. Stuart has been the Trustee from District 5 since December 2001 and serves as President of Blackfoot Communications Inc.

Jim Newberg
District 4
Arlee and Dixon

Jim was born and raised in western South Dakota, where he worked his way through high school and college at a family-owned sawmill business. He graduated from the University of Wyoming with a degree in Electrical Engineering, and began a 37-year electrical utility career in 1970 in Montana. During that time, Jim worked with Cooperatives in South Dakota, Wisconsin, Guatemala and Bolivia before returning to Montana in 1994. After 13 years with Missoula Electric Cooperative, he retired as Manager of Engineering in January 2008 to allow more time for family, hobbies and Blackfoot Telephone. Jim enjoys hunting, fishing, cartooning, making home improvements and being involved in community theatre. He has also served on church and school boards. Jim strongly believes in member-owned and controlled Cooperatives and the essential principles behind their success. He has been trustee of District 4 since December 2003, and lives with his wife, Cindy, in Arlee.

John Teague
District 6
Alberton/Alberton South, Alta, Clinton, Powell, ID

A fourth generation Montanan, born in St. Ignatius and raised in the Piltzville/Clinton areas, John Teague is a retired Marine Vietnam veteran, with over 21 years of service. John owns and operates the family ranch in Clinton with wife Karen, and was appointed to the board in January 2011. He is proud to be serving on the board as his father and grandfather did before him.




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