A tech company you can trust.
NorthState is an innovative, forward-thinking communications and information technology company dedicated to meeting the needs of consumers and businesses in the Triad and beyond. Our mission is to keep you connected to the things that matter most.
Our parent company, Segra is one of the largest independent fiber bandwidth companies in the eastern U.S. It owns and operates an advanced fiber infrastructure network of over 30,000 miles that connects more than 10,000 locations and six data centers throughout nine Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern states.
Diego B. Anderson
Senior Vice President and General Manager
Diego Anderson serves as Senior Vice President and General Manager for the Lumos Networks and NorthState business units, both divisions of Segra. Originally from South Carolina, Diego earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering Technology from South Carolina State, a Masters in Administration from Central Michigan University, and a Masters in the Management of Information Technology from University of Virginia, McIntire School of Commerce. He has more than 25 years of telecom experience in various business management and executive leadership roles.
Kristina H. Stone
Vice President of Care and Service Delivery
Kristy Stone is Vice President of Care and Service Delivery and leads the teams responsible for customer service and technical support, as well as service delivery for Lumos Networks and NorthState. Originally from North Carolina, Kristy holds B.A. in Accounting and Economics, and a MBA Eq. from Gardner Webb College and ATT University. Kristy has 30 years of telecom experience and various craft and management roles in more than 22 states. She is certified by Satmetrix in Net Promoter Score and is a Six Sigma green belt.
David L. Smith
Vice President of Technical Operations and Planning
David Smith is Vice President of Technical Operations and Planning for Lumos Networks and NorthState. He leads network and field operations, engineering, outside plant, and project management teams. Originally from Covington, VA, David holds a B.S. in Information Systems Management from Bridgewater College, and a MBA from Averett University. He has more than 12 years of experience in Information Technology and Telecommunications and has held a variety of business management leadership roles.
Rob W. Cale
Senior Director of Marketing
Rob Cale is Senior Director of Marketing for Lumos Networks and NorthState, leading the marketing communications and customer experience teams. He is originally from Waynesboro, VA, and holds a B.S. in Business Marketing from Radford University. Rob’s 30+ years of business experience has included leadership roles within marketing, product management, and branding.
Jack M. Smith
Director of Product Development
Jack Smith is Director of Product Development and leads product lifecycle management and market analytics teams for Lumos Networks and NorthState. Jack is originally from Columbia, SC and holds a B.A. in Political Science and a M.B.A in Marketing from Wake Forest University. He has 25+ years of leadership experience in product management and marketing.
Heidi K. Padgett
Director of Sales
Heidi Padgett is Director of Sales, Community Services, and leads the organization in supporting new sales opportunities across residential and business segments throughout the Lumos Networks and NorthState service areas. Heidi is originally from Bedford, VA, and has more than 20 years of telecom industry experience in various customer support and sales leadership roles.
NorthState was initially established as High Point Telephone Exchange by local businessmen in 1895. In 1899, J.F. Hayden, an inventor and visionary who had earlier pioneered the first telephone system in neighboring Thomasville, purchased the High Point company and rapidly began expanding both systems.
In 1905, Hayden incorporated the High Point-based company and changed the name to North State Telephone Company. In 1919, Hayden purchased High Point’s competing Southern Bell system, which had been operating since 1907. In 1920, NorthState earned broad recognition when it became the first telephone company in the state to install the automatic-dial system.
In 1929, the company purchased the Randleman telephone system. The company continued its pattern of innovation and growth when the Thomasville company was merged into NorthState in 1935.
In 2020, NorthState was acquired by Segra. It continues to build upon a full range of fiber-based personal, home and small business products and services, including broadband Internet, voice services, digital television services, and more. NorthState, a Segra company, serves a broad area of the Piedmont Triad Region of North Carolina, including the communities of High Point, Thomasville, Archdale, Randleman, Jamestown, Trinity, Greensboro and Kernersville.