Photos: (from left) Deanna Sullivan, Steven Sanders Jr., Denise Russell, David White, John Russell “Russ” Woodman and Brian Grayson
Northern Arkansas Telephone Company (NATCO) of Flippin is celebrating and honoring six longtime employees with service milestones.
Deanna Sullivan is celebrating 35 years with NATCO. NATCO says Sullivan has watched and helped the company grow over those years and has been an integral part of the operation. She has served in the positions of administrative assistant, human resources and secretary/treasurer for the company’s board of directors.
Steven Sanders Jr., general manager, is commemorating 30 years. Sanders’ grandparents, Ray and Millie Sanders, founded NATCO in 1951. He is continuing their legacy by advocating for rural communities and access to broadband at local, regional and national levels. In the past 30 years, Sanders has held roles at NATCO in nearly every department from installation and repair to IT to management. He has also represented NATCO and its service area on countless local and industry organization boards, currently serving as a board member for WTA and the Arkansas Telecommunications Association.
Denise Russell is observing 25 years as a NATCO employee. Russell took on the role of director of regulatory affairs this year following a long career in industry requirements and regulations. Russell has taken an even greater role in policy issues that affect the industry with her recent promotion.
David White celebrates 20 years managing NATCO’s finances in its accounting department. White is a certified public accountant and a member of several industry organizations, including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Arkansas Society of CPAs and was president of the Ozark Chapter of the Arkansas Society of Certified Public Accountants.
John Russell “Russ” Woodman has been on NATCO’s staff as its systems administrator for 20 years. Woodman sometimes works late nights into the early hours of the morning performing updates and security checks on the servers that keep customers connected.
Brian Grayson has been with NATCO for 10 years. Grayson began his time with the company as its buildings and grounds maintenance technician and transferred into a network services field technician in 2019. He maintains the generators, shelves, network cards and cabling for all network facilities across the service area.
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