Board Appoints Candace Wright CEO of BVTC


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Home, Kan. — April 9, 2018 — The Board of Directors of Blue Valley Tele-Communications, Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Candace Wright as BVTC’s general manager and chief executive officer effective April 9, 2018.

“Earlier this year, we [the Board] appointed Candace as our interim CEO. At that time, we considered conducting a national search so that we could retain Candace as the CFO. However, during the time she has been in the CEO role, her performance has exceeded all our expectations. We are very fortunate to have this level of talent already within our organization and feel confident we have the best person for the position [CEO] in place,” said Terry Force, board president.

“I want to thank the board for this opportunity,” commented Wright. “As someone who is rural by choice, I am committed to the company, employees, and customers. The future of BVTC and Networks Plus, as well as other companies like it, are essential to the economic vitality of rural America. I look forward to working with our talented team to advance our organizations into the next phase of providing the highest quality services to our communities.”

Wright will lead both BVTC and its subsidiary, Networks Plus. The company staffs 55 employees and has offices in Home, Manhattan, Topeka, and Salina, Kan.

Wright is a native of Marysville. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business and accounting from Emporia State University (ESU) and a Master of Accountancy from Kansas State University (KSU). She is a Certified Public Accountant with over 25 years of experience in the accounting industry; including both public and private. She has been employed with BVTC as the controller/CFO since 2007. She and her husband Ross have three children; Tyler, Tanner, and Tabitha.

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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