Kimberly McKinley, UTOPIA Fiber’s deputy director and chief marketing officer, has been elected vice chairman of the Fiber Broadband Association (FBA). Her appointment comes when the North American fiber broadband market grows considerably.
FBA said that McKinley, like her Board colleagues, has demonstrated a long-term commitment to FBA and its mission to accelerate fiber broadband deployments and close the digital equity gap across North America.
“As we look forward to 2024, the fiber broadband industry has much to be excited about,” said Gary Bolton, President and CEO of the Fiber Broadband Association. “We’re set to experience the biggest and best year in fiber broadband history, and our 2024 Board of Directors is an excellent group of experienced leaders to guide us through it. Collectively, they represent a broad range within the fiber ecosystem, serving various roles within their organizations. They will bring unique, knowledgeable perspectives to FBA and our members that will help us advance fiber broadband deployments until every community is connected.”
The full 2024 Board of Directors includes several fiber broadband industry leaders:
· Chair: Jimmy Todd, CEO and General Manager, Nex-Tech
· Vice Chair: Kimberly McKinley, Deputy Director and Chief Marketing Officer, UTOPIA Fiber
· Secretary: Sachin Gupta, Director of Business Development, Centranet
· Treasurer: Gregg Logan, Vice President of Engineering, C Spire
· Mark Boxer, Technical Manager - Solutions and Applications Engineering, OFS
· Ashley Brown, Senior Director of Field Marketing, Adtran
· Evann Freeman, Vice President, Government & Community Relations, EPB
· Scott Jackson, National Market Manager - Broadband, Graybar
· Ariane Schaffer, Government Affairs & Public Policy Manager, Google Fiber
McKinley joined UTOPIA Fiber in 2010. She oversees the marketing, sales, order fulfillment, and customer service departments as Chief Marketing Officer. At UTOPIA Fiber, she has helped expand the agency from 11-member Utah cities to more than 20 with partners across Utah, Montana, and Idaho.
Before arriving at UTOPIA Fiber, McKinley worked in the Hospitality Marketing industry on the East Coast. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina.
“Kim’s unique approach of fostering collaboration between partners, spotting trends before others, and understanding the market as a successful network operator makes her an extraordinary leader at UTOPIA Fiber and across the industry,” said Roger Timmerman, executive director and CEO of UTOPIA Fiber. “She works tirelessly to help bring high-speed fiber to rural communities to bridge the digital divide and positively impact the lives of residents and businesses. I applaud her and the new Board as they set out to meet the growing demand across America.”