Phillip C. Nelson
Chairman of the Board, Senior Management
Having been at the helm of Hamilton Telecommunications for more than 20 years, Phil is one of the company’s owners and also serves on the Board of Directors for Nedelco, Hamilton’s parent company.
Actively involved in the development of key business operations, Phil has been instrumental in creating new avenues of service and developing open channels of communication between employees and clients.
Phil began his career with Hamilton Telecommunications in1967 and has served as its president since 1989. In addition, he has served as president / director of many national telecom industry organizations, including the U.S. Telephone Association.
In Nebraska, Phil has served on the boards of directors of the Aurora Memorial Hospital, Pinnacle Bank Corp., the Aurora Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, the Aurora Development Corporation, the Edgerton Memorial Foundation and the Central Community College Foundation.
A graduate of the University of Nebraska, Phil and his wife, Lora, live in Oakley, Utah.
President & CEO, Senior Management
John Nelson is President and CEO of Hamilton Telecommunications and the company’s seven business line divisions. As President of Hamilton Relay Service, Managed Hosting Services, Hamilton Telephone Company, Hamilton Information Systems, Hamilton Internet and Hamilton Innovations, John provides support and direction to all members of the Hamilton management team and staff. John also serves as President of Mid-State Community TV.
After his initial employment at Hamilton years earlier, John returned to Hamilton in 1998 with extensive experience in customer care, software support, and systems troubleshooting. Beginning as the on-site technical backbone of the Louisiana Relay Center, John moved to Aurora, Nebraska in 2002 where he joined Hamilton’s Senior Management team. He is an active board member of Hamilton’s parent company, Nedelco.
Heavily involved in the telecommunications industry, John serves as a member of the Nebraska Telecommunications Association Board of Directors. He is also a long-term member of the Board of Directors of the Edgerton Explorit Foundation in Aurora currently serving as the Board President.
A graduate of Southern Methodist University, John received his Bachelors of Arts degree in History with an emphasis in English and Medieval Studies. John and his wife Deb live in Aurora, Nebraska and enjoy bicycling and traveling.
President of Nedelco Services Corporation, Senior Management
Actively involved in the growth and expansion of Hamilton Telecommunications since 1988, Gary Warren is President of Hamilton’s Nedelco Services Corporation. As a Senior Manager, Gary assists in the overall management of Hamilton with particular emphasis in developing new business.
Gary serves as Chairman of the Board for NebraskaLink, a statewide fiber facilities-based telecommunications carrier. Previously, he served as President of the Organization for the Promotion and Advancement of Small Telecommunications Companies (OPASTCO) Fund for Rural Education and Development; President of the Nebraska Independent Telephone Association; Chairman of the Nebraska Telephone Association’s Economic Development Committee; and Chairman of the FCC’s NECA Telecommunications Relay Advisory Council.
Leading a variety of economic development and civic related organizations, Gary has been instrumental in the recruitment of new businesses and industries to Aurora and Hamilton County. Currently, he serves on the Boards of the Aurora Development Corporation, the Nebraska Chamber and as Chairman of the Innovation and Technology Council. In addition, he has served as past President and Board Member of the Nebraska Diplomats; a member of the Board of Policy Advisors of the Peter Kiewit Institute; and a member of the University of Nebraska President’s Advisory Committee.
Gary received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1971 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and his Juris Doctorate degree in 1974 from the University of Nebraska Law School. Gary and his wife Jo live in Aurora, Nebraska. They have three sons, Jamie, Dave, and Matt.
Chief Operating Officer of Telecom & Technology
Vice President, Hamilton Relay
Managing all aspects of Hamilton Relay, Vice President Dixie Ziegler joined Hamilton in 1994. Dixie plays an active role on the national level, analyzing potential markets and delivering new products and services to the telecommunications marketplace. She oversees start up activities, contract and financial management, operations, marketing, customer service, outreach functions and the technical development of Hamilton Relay.
Committed to the Telecommunications Relay and Captioned Telephone industry, Dixie has served two terms as a member of the National Exchange Carrier Association (NECA) Relay Advisory Council. In addition, she was appointed to serve two terms as a member of the Consumer Advisory Committee (CAC) and as the Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS) Subcommittee Chair of the Federal Communications Commission.
Dixie graduated from Dana College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Communication, Print Media and Marketing. She lives in Aurora, Nebraska with her husband Dan; her children Noah and Grace; and her nephew Matt.
General Manager, Hamilton Telecommunications and Mid-State Community TV
Drawing on over 31 years of experience at Hamilton Telecommunications, Pat Shaw is General Manager of Mid-State Community TV and Hamilton Telecommunications. As such, he is responsible for the overall performance and operations of these divisions.
Pat began his career with Hamilton in 1980 working summers in construction. After attending the University of Nebraska, Pat returned to Hamilton where he held numerous positions, including Outside Plant Service Technician, Central Office Technician, Plant Manager and most recently, General Manager.
Actively involved in the community, Pat serves on the Aurora Public School Board of Education, the Aurora Optimist Club and the Aurora Youth Football Program.
Pat attended the University of Nebraska Lincoln; where he played football for the Nebraska Cornhuskers from 1982 – 1987. An avid outdoorsman, Pat enjoys fishing, hunting and golfing. He and his wife Becky live in Aurora, NE and have two children, Betsy and Sam.