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Katie Espeseth
Board Nominee Questionnaire

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Katie Espeseth
EPB
VP - New Products
espesethkg@epb.net 
423-648-3297

Please explain why you consider yourself an excellent candidate for the Board of Directors of the Fiber Broadband Association:

The experience gained as a result of being part of the team that developed a business plan that when executed, created a model for other utilities, municipals and service providers, has afforded me a unique opportunity to participate in all stages of development and launch. It’s also allowed me to understand the demands of managing a mature deployment. Equally important, it’s created an opportunity to develop products that capitalize on the unique strengths of an all fiber network that consistently provides opportunities for competitive differentiation. Most recently, we have begun partnering with other communities to help reduce their capital costs as well as their ongoing operational costs to enter the broadband business. It's exciting to assist others to build and operate fiber networks and witness the economic and societal benefits for their areas. Collectively, these experiences enable me to represent the unique interests of members who are network operators and service providers in varying stages of their deployment. Whether a member is in the planning or launch phase or is operating as a mature business, it’s important that we all stay informed of new technologies and learn from others’ best practices if we want to keep our communities competitive in the global economy.

How many years has your company been a Fiber Broadband Association Member?
15 years (2005)

How many years have you participated in Fiber Broadband Association activities?
15 years (2005)

Association Committees (position and years served)
I have served on the Communications Committee (1 year), the Marketing Committee (1 year), and the evaluation committee and search committee as we transitioned to an association management model. I have also served as a director for 3 years, vice-chair and then chair.

Association Contributions (activities supported, assets developed, documents drafted, etc…)
I have participated in annual conferences as a panel member on several panels, a speaker for a number of sessions, and served as a keynote speaker in 2010 all in an effort to share our experiences at EPB to help others understand the advantages and necessity of building fiber

How many years have you been in the telecommunications industry?
46 years

How many years have you been employed by an all-fiber service provider or vendor?
16 years

How many years have you been in your current position?
13 years

Describe your current job and functional responsibilities
As Vice President of New Products, I am responsible for guiding the company’s effort to maximize the value of its 100% fiber optic network with new and enhanced products for both business and residential customers as well as work with other communities building and operating fiber optic networks.

What was your previous position?
Business Development Manager

How many years did you hold your previous position for?
3 years

Do you have experience as a member of a Board of Directors?
Yes

Please list the entity, the provide the number of years you served and officer position held
National Cable Television Co-op (3 years director); FBA (3 years director, 1 year vice-chair, 1 year chair); FOSA (1 year director); FBA LATAM Chapter (1 year director)

Is there any legal impediment that would prevent you serving on the Board?
No

Is there any legal issue of which the Association should be aware?
No

Being a Fiber Broadband Association Board Member requires a considerable time commitment. Please confirm that you have the support of your company if you are elected.
I have the support of my company if I am elected

Please provide a short overview of your experience with telecommunications, fiber optics, and FTTH technologies:
I was initially hired by EPB in 2004 to be member of the Business Planning team to research and develop a business plan to build a 100% Fiber Optic network to serve as the foundation of the most automated Smart Grid in the country as well as enabling second generation broadband products and services. After EPB successfully secured authorization to enter the business and secured financing to build, I became VP of Fiber Optics with the responsibility of overseeing the bid creation and the resulting vendor selection of an end-to-end network solution provider. After launch, I transitioned to Vice President of New Products and in that role today, develop and manage communications products as well as work with other communities building high speed fiber optic networks.

Please describe the goals you would like to accomplish during your term as Fiber Broadband Association Board Member.
Prior to joining EPB, I worked at AT&T for 30 years in varying roles with marketing, sales and business development. My last assignment in 2004 was as Regional Operations Manager responsible for providing industry guidance and recommendations based on sales results and overall financial performance for a seven state region. Fortunately, all my assignments at AT&T and EPB have allowed me to remain connected to customers and given me the chance to understand their needs. It’s allowed me a great opportunity to use technology to create and offer simple and uncomplicated tools for our customers' personal lives and their businesses.
My goal is to bridge communications between varying interests within the membership from a perspective based on personal experience. I feel I will be able to represent the unique interests of members who are network operators and service providers in varying stages of their deployment. I understand the importance of developing a strategic view of technology for the future and will work to understand industry and market trends so we can continue to create and support the emerging applications that will keep us competitive around the world.

Have you reviewed the Board of Directors’ Responsibilities document, and do you understand what is required?
Yes

Please describe the level of commitment (in terms of time and effort) that you intend to make to the Association during the three-year term: 
I am prepared to attend all association meetings and conference calls as well as continue to serve on working committees. Building fiber infrastructure is critical for continued economic development in our communities and in the country. I am prepared to devote my time and efforts to promote and encourage ongoing development and adoption of the technology.

Please inform us of any other information, issue, or concern of which the Association should be aware.
None