Rod Bowar: South Dakota Telecommunications Entrepreneur, 2018 Inductee

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Rod Bowar has perhaps the most unique career path in South Dakota telecommunications. Rod has taken his entrepreneurial spirit and created numerous business divisions for Kennebec Telephone Company Inc. as the major owner of (KTCI). Businesses such as PowerCom Electric, Charley’s Welding and Auto, Kennebec Telephone Construction and Chamberlain NAPA. In 1976, at the age of 14, Rod’s labor was purchased at a charity auction by Lloyd and Delores Johnstone, then owners of KTCI. Rod continued working for the Johnstones, making his way to a management position at KTCI until 1998, at which time Rod and his family purchased KTCI from Delores Johnstone. Rod serves the telecom industry on the boards of SDN Communications and the South Dakota Telecommunications Association. Rod also gives his personal time to serve on the Dakota Prairie Bank Board, Kennebec Town Board, Kennebec Clinic Committee, Kennebec Fire Department, Badlands Fire District, The Mitchell Technical Institute Foundation Board, South Dakota Board of Technical Education and numerous community clubs.

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