Durden named General Manager of Pineland

by | March 3, 2014 10:37 am

Effective March 1, Pineland Telephone Cooperative’s Board of Directors has named Dustin Durden, General Manager of Pineland Telephone. Durden takes over for the recently retired Richard Price and will be responsible for overseeing the complete operation of the cooperative and its subsidiaries by communicating and implementing the organization’s vision, mission and overall direction. He will also be in charge of guiding, directing, and evaluating the work of other managers and employees at Pineland.

   Mark Bland, President of the Board said, “Pineland Telephone is fortunate to have someone with Dustin’s education, qualifications, and background to assume the position of General Manager. As a bonus, Dustin and his wife Sherrie, along with their children, reside in Candler County and are active and participating members of the community. I have complete confidence that Dustin has the skillset and ability to lead Pineland Telephone and its various subsidiaries into the future.

   Dustin Durden is a 1997 graduate of Swainsboro High and graduated from Georgia Southern in 2001 with a BBA in Finance. Durden received his Masters of Business Administration degree from Georgia Southern in 2005. During his employment with the cooperative over the past four years, he has been the Customer Service Manager, Operations Manager, and most recently the Chief Operations Officer.

   “I am truly delighted that Pineland’s Board of Directors has placed their trust in me for this position. Pineland has a rich history of serving its communities, and it will be an honor to serve as its next General Manager. Under Richard Price’s leadership over the past 12 years, Pineland has positioned itself to be the telecommunications leader in this area, and it has been a privilege to work with him and learn from him. I look forward to working with the Board of Directors, staff, and employees to continue the tradition of excellence for many years to come,” said Durden.

   Durden is the son of Zebe and the late Wendell Durden of Swainsboro and currently lives in Cobbtown with his wife, Sherrie, and their three children, Daniel, Abigail and Samuel.

   “Pineland’s Board of Directors has made an excellent choice in appointing Dustin as their new General Manager,” said Price. “I have worked extensively with Dustin and he has proven to be an outstanding leader, and gained an in-depth knowledge of the communications industry. Dustin’s financial knowledge, and his ability to grasp the technical and regulatory concepts of the industry, will serve him well in his new role at Pineland. I’m sure under Dustin’s leadership Pineland will prosper well into the future.  I don’t think Pineland’s board could have made a better choice.”

   Pineland Telephone is your local telecommunications experts offering local and long distance phone, Digital TV service including HDTV and Personal Video Recorders (PVRs), and high speed internet. Pineland also offers residential and business security systems, computer maintenance & repair, business networking, and phone system sales. 

   For more information about Pineland and its services, visit www.pineland.net , or at facebook.com/pinelandtelephone.


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