by GreatPlainsComm | Oct 9, 2012 | Community
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Todd Foje is Chief Executive Officer of Great Plains Communications, LLC and Great Plains Underground Construction LLC. In this role, he leads the company by defining and implementing growth and business strategies. He became CEO in 2008 and has twenty years of telecommunications industry experience. Todd earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from Creighton University, his Juris Doctor degree from George Washington University and a Master of Law in Taxation (LLM) degree from Georgetown University. He has prior experience as both a certified public accountant and an attorney and also worked in executive roles in other industries prior to joining Great Plains Communications.
Janelle Allison joined Great Plains Communications in 2005 and currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer and Treasurer. She is a Certified Public Accountant with over 30 years of accounting and finance experience. In addition, she has over a decade of experience in the telecommunications industry including software, telemarketing, underground utility locating, state one-call notifications systems and telephone, cable TV and Internet communications.
Josephine Bernson serves as the Chief Revenue Officer for Great Plains Communications. In this role she is responsible for driving revenue generation efforts and identifying growth opportunities for the enterprise and carrier divisions of the company. She also leads and develops the sales and marketing teams and provides critical input into product development and customer experience strategies. Josephine has 15 years of experience producing high-revenue growth for telecommunications and media companies ranging from start-up to global Fortune 500.
Tony Thakur is the Chief Technology Officer of Great Plains Communications where he guides the company’s technology vision and focuses on expanding and enhancing its robust fiber network. He also works to identify and implement new innovative technologies to expand the company product offerings, focuses on national geographic network expansion opportunities and introduces automation to drive efficiencies. He has over two decades of experience in C-level and senior executive roles in the telecommunications industry. Throughout his career he has demonstrated repeated success launching programs and developing services related to technology infrastructure development, networking and cloud connectivity services. Tony graduated with a Master of Science in Engineering Management from the Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Florida and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas, Arlington, Texas.
Ken Pfister is Vice President of Strategic Policy for Great Plains Communications. He is responsible for the company strategy and policies for inter-carrier compensation, interconnection, universal service and other regulatory issues. Ken has been with Great Plains Communications since 2000 and has over 25 years of experience in the telecommunications industry.
Kim Ptacnik is the Vice President of Human Resources (HR). She joined Great Plains Communications as an HR Assistant after graduating from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree in 1985. Over the years she has served in roles ranging from supervisor to senior director, playing an important part in developing and inspiring the culture that’s the backbone of Great Plains Communications: high-performing people.
Mark Kerns is the Vice President of Accounting and Finance. He directs the company’s financial management and growth strategy while overseeing all aspects of the accounting operations. Formerly with Lutz & Company, Pricewaterhouse Coopers and Coopers & Lybrand, Mark joined Great Plains Communications as a Senior Accounting Manager in 2012. He graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degrees in Accounting.