Appreciating the mutual investment between C Spire and developing fiber infrastructure across the state, the telecommunications company announced CFO Ben Pace is moving to Birmingham.
“We have a long-standing commitment to Alabama, and are expanding our services across the state, bringing ultra-fast fiber to rural communities, encouraging private sector broadband investment and leveraging existing resources to residents and businesses,” said Hu Meena, president and CEO of C Spire.
C Spire’s broadband network provides ultra-fast, all-fiber services to more than 200,000 homes and businesses in Alabama and Mississippi.
Also fueling the company’s expansion in Alabama was the acquisition of Troy Cable. The company has secured eight state grants and a federal grant (Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs and federal Rural Digital Opportunity Fund) worth $40.7 million to deploy fiber across the state, especially in rural areas.
Pace joined C Spire in 2000 and is responsible for all accounting and financial functions of the company, including capital financing, mergers and acquisitions and strategic planning.
“I am eager to work alongside my colleagues, state and local officials, businesses and residents to advance technologies that will enhance the quality of life across Alabama,” he said. “We are steadfast in our investment in Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee to improve the economic future for the next generation.”
Pace was a vice president with Regions Bank worked for an accounting firm. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from Mississippi State University and is a certified public accountant and chartered global management accountant.