Board Member - Eric Cramer

• Mr. Cramer is the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Wilkes Communications and RiverStreet Networks in Wilkesboro, NC. Prior to his current position, he served as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Assistant General Manager for Wilkes Communications. He began his career as a consultant with John Staurulakis, Inc. where he spent eight years working with numerous small independent rural telephone companies on financial and regulatory matters from 1996 – 2005.

• Mr. Cramer has initiated a complete change management strategy for overall corporate growth and has overseen the launch of new product lines for Wilkes Communications and RiverStreet Networks. He has overseen multiple strategic acquisitions and extensive growth initiatives in the State through the establishment of multiple Public Private Partnerships to bring broadband to underserved and unserved residents. Most recently he has initiated a merger between the Wilkes TMC and TriCounty TMC cooperative memberships.

• Wilkes Communications and RiverStreet was the first TMC network in North Carolina, and one of the first in the county, to be completely overbuilt with Fiber Optic Service and offering Gigabit broadband Internet speeds to every customer. Wilkes Communications and RiverStreet Networks has been nationally recognized for this achievement as being designated Gigabit Certified and a Smart Rural Trial Blazer by NTCA.

• Mr. Cramer serves on the North Carolina 911 Board, serves on the Board of Directors for the Carolina-Virginias Telephone Membership Corporation (CVTMA); the Foundation for Rural Services (FRS); Wilkes Economic Development Corporation; The Better Business Bureau of Northwestern North Carolina and is the past Chairman of the Wilkes Regional Medical Center Board. He has also served on multiple committees with the National Telephone Cooperative Association (NTCA).

• Mr. Cramer has served as a Director of the United Way of Wilkes County; served on campaigns for the March of Dimes and served on the Wilkes Chamber of Commerce Board and the Circles of Care of Wilkes County Board among other volunteer initiatives involving youth and youth leadership.

• Mr. Cramer has a BSBA in Finance from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania and an MS in Telecom and Technology Management and an MBA from the University of Maryland.

• Mr. Cramer received the Excellence in Management Innovation Award in 2017 from NTCA and RiverStreet Networks most recently received the Excellence in Business Award in 2017 from the Wilkes County Chamber of Commerce.

• Mr. Cramer was appointed to the REA Board by Governor Cooper and his term will expire on June 30, 2019.