MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES — Ponderosa Communications, Inc. is proud to announce that it has selected Chad Rupe as its new General Manager effective June 15, 2022. Mr. Rupe is ideally suited to lead Ponderosa’s team in the fast-evolving telecommunications space with his strong business and governmental background in rural broadband/telecom and regulatory affairs.
Mr. Rupe succeeds Matthew J. Boos, the Company’s outgoing GM, who is retiring after more than 33 years of successful leadership. Under Mr. Boos’ guidance, Ponderosa has grown beyond its Central California network to include telecom affiliates in Arizona and New Mexico, as well as investments in broadband services and infrastructure.
Mr. Rupe most recently directed the State of Montana’s Broadband Program, implementing $275m in grants for rural broadband infrastructure. He also was an Administrator with the Rural Utilities Service responsible for $18b in funding to rural utilities throughout the U.S. In addition, Mr. Rupe served as a Market and Branch President in private banking in the Intermountain West.
“We are excited to welcome Chad to the Ponderosa family,” noted President Kristann Silkwood Mattes. “While he brings a strong skill set to the GM role, we are beyond pleased with his love for, and deep understanding of, rural communities and the dynamics of the rural telecom space. We feel he is the perfect successor to Matt Boos who has done a tremendous job building Ponderosa into what it is today – a true leader in rural telecom.”
Mr. Rupe received his Bachelor of Science Degree from the United States Military Academy and his MBA from the University of Phoenix. After West Point, he served as a Commissioned Officer with the U.S. Army for six years, earning numerous service and commendation medals as well as his Parachutist Badge.