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    Assembly Registration Member- $130.00

    Assembly Registration Guest- $130.00

    Hall of Fame Luncheon Only- $30.00

    Saturday afternoon tour: (One tour included with each Assembly Registration)- 

    • National Archives Museum

    • Arlington National Cemetery (Trolley Tour, includes some walking)

    To download a printable copy of the registration form click here

    Assembly Registration Fees can be paid by credit card by contacting the National Office at 912-408-4872. If the online registration is completed, a PayPal invoice will be emailed to you. Fees for paying by credit card will be added to the invoice.



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  3. Assembly Sponsorship

    Dear ITPA Members, Friends, and Industry Partners:

    As we emerge from the pandemic and over a year of quarantine, it is time to start planning physical activities. The availability of Covid-19 vaccines, state and local restrictions will allow us to continue our trek to a NEW NORMAL.

    Yearly, ITPA brings telecommunications professionals from all over the United States together for an Assembly, but because of Covid-19, the 2020 and the 2021 Assemblies were canceled.  The ITPA National Assembly is a time where ITPA Chapters and Clubs share their community service projects, honor those who have contributed to the industry during our Hall of Fame Luncheon and celebrate the preservation of Telephony and going forward Telecommunications.

    ITPA recently celebrated its 100th birthday and as we move forward, we need to continue valuable traditions from the past. The good news is the ITPA Board of Directors has elected to resume the in-person event known as the Annual Assembly which is scheduled for April 2022. 

    At the Assembly, I will be inducted as the 6th person to represent Comporium as an ITPA National President.  I am personally asking for your support of the 30th Annual ITPA Assembly by donating at one of the levels listed on the donation form by clicking here.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.


    Daniel Barnhardt

    1st Vice President, National ITPA 

  4. Dewey Wayne Peterson will be inducted as the 105th member of the ITPA Hall of Fame at the Annual Assembly on Sunday, April 24th

    A visionary who also sought practical applications, Dewey Wayne Peterson instituted a host of innovations in the companies for which he served that found their way into Independent telephone companies everywhere. He has been elected to the Telephone Hall of Fame of the Independent Telecommunications Pioneer Association and will be inducted at the Association’s next annual Assembly at a time and place to be determined. 

    The 101-year old association with headquarters in Hinesville, GA began in 1965 to recognize individuals who had made “outstanding contributions to the Independent (non-Bell) telecommunications industry.” The accomplishments of those inducted represent an unmatched insight into the development and growth of the Independent telecommunications industry which makes a significant contribution in the nation’s private and public sectors and lifestyle of its people, especially in rural areas.  ITPA has now honored 104 Hall of Famers, most recently the late Eleanor G, Haskin of Waitsfield, VT in 2019.

    Peterson’s distinguished 40-year career began in 1957 with a nine-year grounding in telephony at Southwestern States Telephone Company in Texas (Southwestern Bell in 1964). He was recruited in 1968 by United Telecommunications Inc. as Assistant Vice President-Revenues with management responsibilities in division of revenues, cost analysis and revenue planning. When the position of VP-Marketing was created, it went to Peterson. One of those to whom Peterson reported, retired Vice Chairman Raymond Alden (Hall of Fame 1994) says in 2020:  “Wayne was among the strongest of my staff. He did his job well and was highly respected throughout the United System.”

    So respected that in March 1980 Peterson at age 44 was appointed president and CEO of, arguably, the crown jewel of holding company United’s operating telcos: Carolina Telephone Company in Tarboro, NC. It was in the next 13 years that Peterson left his largest footprint.

    A time of great change for telephone companies, momentum was advancing on the fronts of digital and fiber optic technology and competitive marketing in new communications products. Peterson grasped all three and led CT in meeting these and other challenges. One former employee, George Dudley, recalls: “When I think of Peterson, what keeps coming back to me are the ‘big picture’ things—how his forward-mindedness guided us into the emerging future. He was at the helm as we navigated huge regulatory and competitive challenges.”  For instance:

    **By 1993 the company was 100% digital switching having invested $390 million.  Peterson’s annual construction budget during the period was over $100 million annually, remarkable for the times.

    **Determined to mine the resources of his employee-force to improve overall quality, Wayne created an award-winning Quality Circle Program, beginning in 1981 with a steering committee and six pilot circles. By 1993 there were over 100 circles of employee work groups involved in decision-making.  The company’s annual Quality Conference lasting a week involved more than 2000 employees and became a model for other telcos.

    **Peterson recognized the need for Independents to be politically involved as the industry evolved to a more competitive business. He was instrumental in creating a governmental affairs effort within the North Carolina Independent Telephone Association that drafted and obtained legislation that eased the telco transition into a competitive market. North Carolina in many instances had a head start before changes made at the federal level in such changes as long distance deregulation, price regulation, local exchange deregulation.

    **Trading on his experience in marketing back in United System corporate, he pushed training employees to become sales people rather than just order takers, an emphasis other telcos took to heart from the successful CT&T example.

    Shortly after Carolina Tel’s parent company, United Telecommunications, was changed to Sprint Corporation, Peterson in 1992 was placed in charge of Sprint Mid-Adlantic Telecom which embraced United’s properties in the Southeast as well as the acquired Centel telephone companies in the region. 

    A year later (1993) his leadership skill was rewarded in beings named head of Sprint’s Local Telecommunications Division in Kansas City, MO. He became responsible for all of Sprint’s U.S. local service telephone companies, including Carolina Tel.  Three years later (1996), Peterson was appointed president of National Integrated Services until his retirement in 1997.

    Not to be overlooked over the years was Peterson’s exemplary contributions to the communities in which he lived and served. Over time he was on the boards of 14 civic organizations, 10 different educational institutions, a half dozen other non-profits and three bank directorships. His awards too numerous to list include the U.S. Army’s highest civilian award: Commander’s Award for Public Service in 1993 from the hand of Fort Bragg’s General Charles D. Luckey. 

    A staunch supporter of Pioneering, Wayne encouraged the Carotel Club’s purchase of two Smokehouses for educating school children in fire safety with the slogan that became popular: “Stop, Drop and Roll.” Company vehicles transported the houses to various events around North Carolina. He was a hands-on participant remembered for stating:  “Wait for me. I’m your leader. 

    The native of Stroud, Oklahoma received his education at Tyler (TX) Community College, Dallas College of Southern Methodist University and Rockhurst College, Kansas City, MO.  Peterson served for six years on the board of governors of the University of North Carolina Systems.  He is a member of Christ Community Church of Pinehurst. Wayne and his wife, Billie Ann, are the parents of two daughters and two sons.