NISC Connects with Members at National Conferences

Lake Saint Louis, Mo., March 10, 2022 – National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC), a leading provider of software solutions to utility and broadband companies, made its Membership the focus during NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association’s Rural Telecom Industry Meeting & Expo (RTIME) Feb. 13-16 in Dallas, Texas, and NRECA’s TechAdvantage Experience & Expo March 7-9 in Nashville, Tenn.

NISC sponsored and exhibited at both events. In addition, the cooperative also held Annual Membership Updates at each event. Themed “Focus,” the updates featured a presentation by NISC President and CEO Dan Wilbanks on financial performance, the latest NISC tools and solutions for Members and their end users, and how NISC’s dedicated focus on its Membership will drive innovation into the future.

“To summarize what we are all about: We work with purpose,” Wilbanks said in his address to the Membership. “Our purpose is to support you with the technology you need to support your communities. Technology can be messy. A strong partnership gets over the bumps and leads into the future. A partnership that is Member owned and Member focused. That is the role we play—to be intentional in our purpose of helping you serve your communities and to be the best partner possible for your success.”

NISC’s presence at both events provided invaluable opportunities to connect with Members in person, and share important updates.

“NISC is built on a foundation of long-term relationships with our Members. Opportunities such as these events to connect in person are invaluable in maintaining and strengthening those partnerships,” Wilbanks said. “We’re continuously working to provide value to our Members, such as cybersecurity resources, crowdsourcing and campaign management tools, and enhanced SmartHub marketing materials. It’s important that we share about those efforts, as well as about the exciting innovations to come.”

Attendees received an update on the recent Director Election for NISC’s Board, the results of a special election held to fill a vacated seat in District 7 and the naming of a new Executive Committee. The Director elected for District 7 is Tom Walch, CEO of Grand Valley Power in Grand Junction, Colo. Director Walch will finish out the preexisting term, which will expire at the annual meeting in 2024.

Please join us in congratulating the NISC Board’s newly named Executive Committee:

  • Chair: Gary Johnson – CEO/General Manager, Paul Bunyan Communications, Bemidji, Minn.
  • Vice Chair: Kirk Trede – CEO, Eastern Iowa Light & Power Cooperative, Wilton, Iowa
  • Secretary: Ron Salyer – President, Pioneer Rural Electric Cooperative, Piqua, Ohio
  • Treasurer: Mark Grotbo – General Manager, Ravalli Electric Cooperative, Victor, Mont.

About NISC

NISC is an information technology organization that develops, implements and supports software and hardware solutions for our Members. We deliver advanced solutions, services and support to 913 independent broadband companies, electric cooperatives and other public power entities. NISC is an industry leader providing information technology solutions including financials, service, operations and marketing as well as many other supporting platforms and business services. With facilities in Mandan, N.D., Lake Saint Louis, Mo., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Blacksburg, Va., NISC and its subsidiary employ more than 1,200 professionals between the four locations and remotely throughout the United States.

Additional information about NISC can be found at www.nisc.coop.

About RTIME

RTIME is rural America’s largest annual telecommunications industry event. This year’s event, themed “Ready to Connect,” focused on innovation, policy, technology, economic growth and advocacy that helps advance communities with accessible and affordable next-generation technology and allows subscribers to stay connected locally, nationally and globally.

About TechAdvantage

TechAdvantage is the premier event for electric cooperative engineering, operations, information technology, purchasing and supply management professionals. This year’s event allowed participants to experience leading-edge strategies and best practices created to share and demonstrate advantages in science, technology and other industry areas.