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Ben Lomand makes Smartt choice for CEO
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Ben Lomand Connect is announcing the retirement of general manager and CEO Lisa Cope and the installment of Greg Smartt as the next general manager and CEO of the company.

Smartt, who is set to become the seventh GM/ CEO in the company’s 67year history, has been with Ben Lomand Connect since 1984. His most recent position was broadband operations manager. Smartt began his career at Ben Lomand Connect in the lineman department and became outside plant manager in 2006. Smartt has been a part of leading Ben Lomand Connect in fiber deployment areas, emphasizing state and federal grant areas.

Ben Lomand Connect board president Gerald Sitz said, “Greg is a lifelong resident of Warren County with 37 years of service to the cooperative and his community. His vast experience gives him a unique insight into Ben Lomand’s business model, long-term goals, and the opportunities that the continuing innovations in the telecom industry can afford us as we continue to expand our broadband footprint in Tennessee to better serve our membership.”

Smartt is proud of the growth and direction of Ben Lomand Connect.

“Fiber deployment is making a big change in the industry and a huge difference in the communities we serve,” said Smartt. “I’ve taken the long road to this position which gives me a lot of experience and I am excited about this opportunity. As technology moves forward, Ben Lomand Connect will look to continue to be a telecommunications leader in our state and nation. This is truly a team effort at Ben Lomand, and I look forward to leading the employees in this endeavor.”

Lisa Cope, who submitted her plans for retirement in November, will be wrapping up a more than 26-year career at Ben Lomand, which moved her from working at the Sparta office as a customer service representative and through the ranks to GM/CEO in 2016.