[Manchester, New Hampshire (October 10, 2016)] – USConnect Holdings, Inc. (USConnect) has named Deborah Rand as chief executive officer of USConnect Services, Co. and of USConnect’s seven properties. Ms. Rand will oversee USConnect’s broadband, video and telephone operations, oversee the integration of acquired properties and operations, and direct the USConnect management team. With more than 25 years of experience, Deb brings a deep knowledge and understanding of the issues facing rural telecommunications companies.

Deb has been with USConnect for three years, serving as Interim CEO and Vice President of Administration and Support prior to being named CEO. Before that, Deb worked for more than 16 years as an Analyst at JSI Capital Advisors, where she assisted with activities associated with merger and acquisition within the telecommunications industry, including many transactions between smaller and rural companies. Upon graduation from Marquette University, she began her career as a senior-level audit, project manager and controller for Waste Management.

“We are very happy to name Deb as CEO of the USConnect family,” said Denny Law, general manager and CEO of Golden West Telecommunications in Wall, SD and chairman of the board of USConnect. “USConnect and its properties continue to invest and expand, over the past three years Deb has been a significant driving force behind our success.”

“I am thrilled to take on this role and continue to work with USConnect board, staff and partners to realize growth opportunities,” said Deborah Rand. “Having grown up in a rural community, I am eager to utilize my experience to help our companies expand and deliver advanced communications services to rural areas.”

“Throughout her time with USConnect, Deb has demonstrated her commitment to the mission and vision of the organization – to facilitate long-term growth and sustainability for rural and community-based independent communications providers and the communities they serve,” said Law.