South Dakota Telecommunications Association 320 East Capitol Avenue P.O. Box 57 Pierre, South Dakota 57501-0057 Phone: 605-224-7629 Fax: 605-224-1637

SDTA Board Members

President Rod Bowar, Kennebec Telephone Company
Vice President Jerry Heiberger, Interstate Telecommunications Cooperative
Secretary Mark Benton, Midstate Communications
Treasurer Denny Law, Golden West Telecommunications

SDTA Staff


Richard D. Coit, Executive Director  |  605-224-0679

Rich Coit has served as general counsel and executive director of the South Dakota Telecommunications Association (SDTA) since 1993 and as administrator of the South Dakota Association of Telephone Cooperatives (SDATC) since 2000. His primary responsibilities are representation of the SDTA membership before the SD Public Utilities Commission, other state agencies, the state legislature and the FCC. Rich is a graduate of North Dakota State University with a BA in political science and a minor in business. He earned his law degree from the University of South Dakota in 1984. Rich and his wife Nancy live in rural Pierre and have two children.


Greg Dean, Director of Industry Relations |  605-224-4860

Greg Dean was named SDTA Director of Industry Relations in 1999. Greg’s work is focused in the areas of marketing and industry imaging, grassroots political efforts, and state and federal lobbying. He is a graduate of South Dakota State University with degrees in Animal Science and Economics. Greg and his wife Jill live in Pierre with their three sons.


Gini Grannes, Member Services Manager  |  605-224-7629

Gini Grannes joined SDTA in 1998. Her responsibilities include overseeing the day-to-day association office activities, planning and coordinating meetings and training events, publishing newsletters, updating the website, and various other member services. Gini is a graduate of Black Hills State University with a degree in Business Administration. She and her husband Tom live in rural Pierre with their two youngest sons. Their three older children and eight grandchildren live in Montana, North Dakota and Virginia.

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