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Leadership Team

Our vision: To become the most beloved internet brand in the country.

Leadership Team
Board of Directors
  • J. Patrick Harman, Chairman
  • Royster M. Tucker III, Vice Chairman
  • C. Hayden McKenzie
  • Jonathan M. Cage
  • William H. Dula
  • Jesse H. Jarrell
  • Coulson S. Mucher
  • Sarah M. Olson
  • Lizbeth W. Privette
Officers
  • J. Patrick Harman, Chairman
  • Royster Tucker III, President and Chief Executive Officer
  • Nick Kottyan, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
  • Scott Toth, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
  • Scott Watts, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer
  • Lynn B. Welborn, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer
North State Officer Biographies

J. Patrick (Pat) Harman, PhD, is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of North State Telecommunications Corporation, our parent company. He is the grandson of the company's founder Jesse F. Hayden. He joined North State in 1965, serving in a variety of management roles. He left the company in 1974 to obtain his PhD from Clemson University. In 1978, he returned to North State as our Vice President, Operations and Planning. In 1984, he became our Secretary and Treasurer. He ended full-time employment with North State in 1985, working as a consultant to the President and other corporate officers, and served as an Executive Vice President until his appointment as our Chairman of the Board and CEO in 2012. In 2014, he stepped down from the CEO role, continuing to serve as our Chairman of the Board. He holds a B.S. degree in Engineering from Clemson University, an M.S. in Business Administration from UNC-Greensboro, and a PhD in Engineering Management from Clemson University.

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Royster Tucker III

President and Chief Executive Officer

Royster Tucker III has served as our President and Chief Executive Officer since 2014, where he is responsible for the growth and management of the company. He has served as a member of our Board of Directors since 1992 where he currently serves as Vice Chairman. From 2008 to 2014, he served as our President and Chief Operating Officer. From 1999 to 2008, he served as an Executive Vice President. From 1992 to 1999, he served as a Vice President. The son of Royster Tucker Jr., who served as our Chairman and President from 1982 to 2008, and the great grandson of our founder Jesse F. Hayden, he joined North State in 1981 and has served in a variety of operations, marketing, engineering and technology roles as well as management positions. He holds an A.B. in Business Administration from Lenoir-Rhyne College in Hickory, NC.

Nick Kottyan

Nick Kottyan

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Nick was named our Chief Operations Officer in 2017, overseeing our product platforms and customer operations. He also currently serves as President and CEO of DataChambers. Prior to joining North State, Nick worked in various management and leadership roles with Peak 10 and CT Communications. He holds a bachelor's degree from Waylon Baptist University and an M.B. A. from Pfeiffer University.

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Scott Toth

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Scott Toth was named our Chief Financial Officer in 2017, overseeing the company's financial operations and information technology functions. Prior to joining North State, Mr. Toth held various management positions, including CFO, for companies repositioning themselves within the automotive, transportation and senior living industries. The companies included Arvin Industries, FedEx and Pennybyrn at Maryfield (Maryfield, Inc.). Mr. Toth began his career at Coopers & Lybrand in 1986. A certified public accountant, he earned a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Georgia and a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the State University of New York.

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Scott Watts

Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer

Scott Watts was named our Chief Marketing Officer in 2015, overseeing overall corporate marketing, revenue planning, market research, sales, user support and advocacy, business development and strategic opportunities. He served as our Director, Product Management and Marketing from 2009 to 2015. Scott worked in various management roles at CT Communications in Concord, NC prior to joining North State. He earned his B.A. degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from UNC-Charlotte.

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Lynn B. Welborn

Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer

Lynn Welborn was named Chief Administrative Officer in late 2014, overseeing our people operations, external affairs, shareholder relations and corporate administration and support functions. She served as our Vice President, Administration from early 2014 until her new appointment. She served as our Director, External Affairs from 2009 to 2014. She joined North State in 1975, beginning as a Telephone Operator, having served in a variety of roles and management positions in our external affairs area. She holds a B.A. in Management and Ethics from John Wesley College (currently Laurel University) and an M.B.A. from High Point University.

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