ATMC Holds Virtual 63rd Annual Meeting of Members
Shallotte, N.C. – Atlantic Telephone Membership Corporation (ATMC) held its 63rd Annual Meeting of Members Friday, October 2nd, at 7 p.m. The meeting was held virtually due to current COVID-19 event restrictions. A total of $3,000 in cash prizes was given away and more than 3,500 members registered for the meeting.
Directors Whitney E. King (District 1) and Janice Gore (District 3) were each re-elected for three-year terms to the cooperative board. Michelle Ingram was also elected during the meeting to serve as Director for District 6, a seat which had recently been left vacant after the announcement of former Board President, Douglas H. Hawes’ retirement.
ATMC’s newly elected Board President, James H. “Jamie” Milliken, spoke about having to move the cooperative’s Annual Meeting to a virtual format due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “The Annual Meeting is a time we look forward to each year to celebrate with our employees and our members. We’ve missed that this year and hope to be able to get together again soon. The health and safety of our members is our top priority and that’s what led us to the virtual format this year.” Milliken also spoke about the cooperative’s most recent capital credit allocation and how ATMC’s strong financial standing has allowed the company to enhance and improve services for members and ensure the cooperative’s future by expanding into new areas.
CEO and General Manager, Keith Holden, spoke about the cooperative’s achievements and how the company plans to sustain their growth moving forward, “High speed internet is integrated into nearly everything we do, and because of that, it is now the most important service we offer. Over the past year we’ve continued to invest in improvements in our network to increase internet speeds throughout our cooperative area.” He added, “ATMC has also been honored to receive five grants totaling more than $30 million dollars that will allow us to bring high-speed internet to unserved rural areas of Columbus, Robeson, Duplin and Pender Counties. Now more than ever, the need for high-speed internet is essential for education, telemedicine, commerce, telework and every aspect of life. As we all look ahead to what we hope will be a brighter 2021, ATMC will remain focused on improvements for our members and we will continue to seek growth opportunities in new areas to ensure our cooperative remains healthy and strong.”