Red River Communications is proud to announce that Tom Steinolfson, currently the CEO of IAMO Communications in Coin, Iowa, has been selected by the Cooperative’s Board of Directors to be our next General Manager/CEO.

According to Jeff Olson, Red River Communications’ retiring General Manager/CEO, Steinolfson will start his new duties officially around September 1st. Red River Communications, based in Abercrombie, North Dakota, is a leading edge communications cooperative offering FiberFAST internet, telephone, digital TV, Ag Wireless internet, and cellular service serving thousands of customers in communities in and around the Abercrombie, North Dakota area.  Current General Manager/CEO Jeff Olson will remain on staff to assist with the transition and plans to retire later in 2020.

With 32 years of service to the communications industry, Tom brings a strong understanding of regulatory operations, customer service, billing, and financial matters to his new role. Mr. Steinolfson is originally from North Dakota and spent 29 years at BEK Communications with the last five as their Chief Operations Officer before moving to Iowa.

“I speak for the entire board in welcoming Tom Steinolfson to our Cooperative.  Tom has shown tremendous leadership and personal growth during his career. Clearly there are many benefits to having the new CEO come from a great set of experiences within the rural telecommunications industry. Tom is a seasoned leader and looks forward to working with the strong team in place at Red River Communications to continue our legacy of superior service at affordable prices,” said Red River Communications Board President Dave Gauslow.

“I’m very excited about the future of our industry and thrilled to be coming back to North Dakota to join the Red River Communications team. The organization is a very impressive rural communications provider, and I look forward to continuing what Jeff has so successfully grown over the last 18 years”, said Steinolfson.

“We wish to sincerely thank Jeff Olson for his years of dedicated service to Red River Communications.  His leadership, guidance, and insight has enabled our Cooperative to reach many milestones in his tenure, including the completion of our fiber-to-the-home project,” said Gauslow.  Mr. Olson joined Red River Communications in 1990 and has served as General Manager/CEO since 2003.



Jeffrey J. Olson, General Manager/CEO