NISC Focuses on Member Value at Annual Meetings, National Shows

Lake Saint Louis, Mo., Mar. 12, 2020 – National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC), a leading provider of technology and IT solutions to utility and telecommunications organizations, focused on the cooperative’s Membership at its telecom and utility Annual Meetings, held Feb. 16 and March 1 in conjunction with the NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association (NTCA) and NRECA national trade shows.

Dan Wilbanks took the stage at the NISC Annual Meetings for the first time as President and CEO following the retirement of Vern Dosch in January. Wilbanks discussed NISC’s product direction as well as his main goal for NISC in the year ahead: to ensure Members get maximum value from their partnership with NISC.

“NISC’s success will not be defined only by margin and numbers of Members, but by the value we bring in contributing to Members’ success,” Wilbanks said.

Reg Rudolph, General Manager of San Isabel Electric Association and Chairman of the NISC Board of Directors, concluded his tenure as Chairman of the NISC board with a report to the Membership. Rudolph focused on NISC’s growth and the collaboration between NISC and its Members.

“NISC doesn’t develop technology solutions in a vacuum, instead they collaborate with the Members through user groups, conferences, and feedback received daily from the Members,” Rudolph said. “In true cooperative fashion, none of us are smarter than all of us.”

During the Annual Meeting, NISC announced the Directors elected to NISC’s Board of Directors via NISC’s online election process. Each of these Directors will serve three-year terms, expiring at NISC’s Annual Meeting in 2023:

  • Bob Paulling, Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative – District 2
  • Carol Wright, Jackson Energy Cooperative – District 3
  • Robert Loth, Central Texas Electric Cooperative – District 10
  • Larry Knegendorf, Baldwin LightStream – District 11

The NISC Board of Directors also elected new leadership immediately following the NISC Annual Meeting. Robert Loth of Central Texas Electric Cooperative will serve as Chairman of the NISC Board of Directors. Gary Johnson of Paul Bunyan Communications will serve as Vice Chairman, Kirk Trede of Eastern Iowa Light & Power will serve as Secretary and Ron Salyer of Pioneer Rural Electric Cooperative will serve as Treasurer.

Along with the Annual Meetings, NISC sponsored and exhibited at the NTCA RTIME Expo in Phoenix and the NRECA TechAdvantage Experience in New Orleans.

Attendees visited with NISC executives and staff at demo stations throughout the exhibits to learn more about maximizing their NISC solutions as well as new and upcoming products. Each exhibit featured NISC’s newly updated branding, including a refreshed NISC logo, as well as NISC’s new advertising campaign, “Your technology. Your mission. Your success. Our promise.”

“Being at TechAdvantage is an opportunity for us as NISC employees to visit with our Members, find out what’s going on with them, what they want to talk about and how we can address their needs and serve them even better than we do today,” said Lori Pilz, NISC Member Success Manager.

Attendees of TechAdvantage also heard from NISC staff throughout the week in breakout sessions on a variety of subjects, such as making sense of data and data privacy, securing operational technology networks and the importance of interval data.

About NISC

National Information Solutions Cooperative (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 840 independent telephone companies, electric cooperatives and other public power entities. NISC is an industry leader providing information technology solutions including billing, accounting, operations, automated mailroom services, third-party integration as well as many other solutions. With facilities in Mandan, N.D., Lake Saint Louis, Mo., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Shawano, Wis., Blacksburg, Va., and Austin, Texas, NISC and its subsidiaries employ more than 1,300 professionals.

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