Steve Kruse: Board Chairman

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Steve is the Chairman of the Board of Directors, a huge K-State fan and a lifelong resident of Little River.  His education includes a BS in Agriculture Economics from Kansas State University and being a Kansas Certified Residential Real Property Appraiser. Steve and his wife Debi are the owners of Kruse Companies which involves Kruse Farms, Kruse Fertilizer Service, and Kruse Appraisal Service. They have been married over 42 years and have two grown children and two fun grandsons. Steve has been a member of Agricultural Retailers Association, Sandstone Heights Nursing Home Board, Kansas Ag Retailers Board, Rice County Economic Development Corporation Board, Rice County Farm Bureau Board, Little River Lions Club and was the Finance Chairman for the United Methodist Church. Steve has been a member of the MTC Board since 1999.

Jon Sauer: Vice Chairman

JonJon is the Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors and has been on the Board since 1998. Jon is a lifelong member of the Little River community. He has a Bachelors degree in Industrial Arts Education from Fort Hays State University and is a manager for Oneok North System LLC (Pipeline System and Terminals in KS, MO, NE, IA, IL and IN). Jon is married to Laurie, and they have six children. He is a member of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church, and he is a 3rd Degree Knight of Columbus. Jon holds the office of President for the USD 444 School Board. Past memberships include: GPA (Gas Processors of America), Lions Club, Little River Recreation Commission Board Member, and Charter Board Member of the Little River Community Fund.

Nathan Olander

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David Nelson

David_Nelson_2David has been on the Board of Directors since 1998. A lifelong Little River resident, David and his wife, Debra, have four daughters. David has owned the local grocery store, Garden of Eden, since late 2005, and he also has a family owned farming business. He is highly involved in local activities such as the Little River Community Foundation, CASE Scholarship Committee and the Lions Club. February is a big month in the Nelson family with birthdays for David and the four girls, as well as, their wedding anniversary…

“MTC is a progressive company always looking to the future.”

Jeff Porter

JeffPorter_2Jeff has been on the MTC Board since 2003. He is married to Julie, and they have 6 children. Jeff has lived in Little River area his entire life. Most of Jeff’s professional career has been in agriculture industry. However, Jeff worked several years for Koch Industries at the gas plant in Conway.

“I have always been impressed with the quality of service that MTC provides, even more so since being a part of the company and seeing what is required to provide superior communications.”

Rusty Ramage

Rusty_Ramage_2Rusty has been a member of the MTC Board of Directors since 2005. After living in Oklahoma and Texas, Rusty returned to his home of Little River. He is married to Candee, and they have a son, Mason. Rusty is a graduate of Beloit Technical College (1987). He is a Corrosion Specialist for Mid-America Pipeline System and the Chairman of the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE). Rusty has served on the Board of Directors for the Congregational Church and is also the Assistant Fire Chief of the Little River Fire Department.

Sheldon Smith

SheldonSheldon grew up in Little River and returned in 1975 to work as a lineman for Mutual Telephone Co. He took over managing the company in 1986 as General Manager. He retired in 2013 as Operations Manager after 37 years with MTC. He has been involved with many telecommunications boards during his working years and was inducted into the Kansas Telecommunications Hall of Fame in Abilene, in 2010.

Sheldon and his wife Marty have two children and four grandchildren. He has served and continues to serve on many boards and organizations.