Karlyn Oberg, SureWest Communications

Karlyn Oberg, SureWestKarlyn Oberg, Vice President of Operations, has had no problem quickly rising along the SureWest (Nasdaq: SURW) corporate ladder since joining the independent ILEC in 2002.

What likely helped Oberg's rise at SureWest were the financial and business skills she honed during her 10 years as the finance and administration director for Alldata Corporation.  

Her debut at the ILEC, which was formerly known as Roseville Telephone, came during the beginning of an ongoing transformation of the company from just another local voice provider to more of a broadband services company.

Complementing its own ongoing Fiber to the X (FTTX) deployments, SureWest purchased the assets of the former WinFirst and their Fiber to the Home (FTTH) network.

Oberg was promoted from director of investor relations to executive director of SureWest's enterprise initiatives in 2006, a position she proved quite adept at tackling.

During her tenure as SureWest's director of enterprise initiatives, she became the main point of contact on its largest deals up to that point--purchasing the former Everest Broadband, selling its wireless business to Verizon (NYSE: VZ) as well as its Directory Publishing businesses.

This success likely helped pave a path for Oberg to become a part of SureWest's management team in 2008 when she became the vice president of administration.

Now as SureWest's VP of operations, Oberg oversees the service provider's day-to-day network operations, plant operations, network engineering and customer service functions. Overseeing these functions will become even more complex as the company continues to expand its fiber-based broadband networks in not only its Sacramento, Calif. area, but also in its emerging Kansas City market.

Outside of her work at SureWest, Oberg serves on the Sacramento Children's Home Board of Directors and on the Executive Leadership Team of the American Heart Association's Annual Heart Ball.

Karlyn Oberg, SureWest Communications