WITA Pioneer Award

The award is presented annually in appreciation for outstanding service to the telecommunications industry, and support of the Washington Independent Telecommunications Association.

2018 Year Award Winner
Company

2017 Dale Merten
Toledo Tel

2016 No Award Given

2015 Greg Morasch
St. John Telephone Co.

2014 Robert “Bob” Smith
Kalama Telephone Co.

2014 Greg Maras
Inland Telephone Co.

2014 Ken Beckman
FairPoint Communications

2013 Robert “Bob” Smith
Kalama Telephone Co.

2012 Rick Buechel
Hood Canal Communications

2011 Robert S. Snyder
Law Office of Robert S. Snyder

2010 Arne L. “Skip” Haynes
Rainier Connect

2009 David & Marion Henny
Whidbey Telecom

2008 Dennis Mackleit
Pioneer Telephone Co.

2007 Terry Vann
WITA

2006 Marian Weis
Inland Telephone Co.

2005 Jay Cerveny
Lewis River Telephone Co.

2004 Larry Dickerson
St. John Telephone Co.

2003 Jack Morfield
Ellensburg Telephone Co.

2002 Charlie Peterson
Tenino Telephone Co.

2001 Lida Tong
Verizon

2000 Tom Gorman
YCOM Networks, Inc.

1999 Glenn Ramsey
Toledo Tel

1998 Forrey Eastman
Ellensburg Telephone Co.

1997 Tony Pottratz
Cowiche Telephone Co.

1996 George Kachlein
Ellensburg Telephone Co.

1995 Harold Weis
Inland Telephone Co.

1994 Carlton Appelo
Wahkiakum West Telephone

1993 Vern Dunham
Pacific Telecom, Inc.

1992 Ewart A. Peterson
Tenino Telephone Co.

1991 Arne O. Haynes
Rainier Connect