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Bill Hegmann | Peter A. Dunbar | James W. Frame | Regina McNeil


Bill HegmannBill Hegmann became NECA's President and CEO in July 2004. He served on NECA's Board from 2002 through November 2015 and was Chairman in 2004. 

Hegmann served as General Manager of Southwest Arkansas Telephone Cooperative in Texarkana, Arkansas. He began his telephony career with Continental Telephone in 1967. Hegmann is skilled in many areas including engineering, outside plant, central office, traffic, commercial, management and legal. 

Hegmann has a bachelor’s degree from Arkansas Tech University and a law degree from the University of Arkansas. Specialized courses include: USTA Cost Separations, FCC First Class License, numerous telecommunications legal seminars, AMEDD Officer Advanced Course, and Command & General Staff College. 

He currently serves or has served on many industry boards, including: 

  • NTCA – Former President
  • Rural Telephone Finance Cooperative - Former Chairman
  • National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative - Former Chairman
  • Arkansas Telecommunications Association - Former President
  • Communications Supply Service Association
  • Arkansas Carrier Common Line Pool
  • Red River Cellular – President
  • National Bank – Former Chairman 

Hegmann is a practicing attorney and a member of the American, Arkansas and Texas Bar Associations. He is also a member of the Texas Telephone Association and Texas Statewide Telephone Cooperative, Inc.

Hegmann has won the ATA President’s Award four times, the NTCA Life Achievement Award, the American Jurisprudence Award, and NTCA Management Life Achievement Award. He serves on the Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America and is the recipient of their Eagle Scout and Silver Beaver Award. Hegmann retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Reserve.       

Peter A. DunbarPeter A. Dunbar, Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, is responsible for the systems and procedures used to collect and distribute access tariff revenues on behalf of all NECA member companies; budgeting and financial reporting for all corporate economic activity; and overall management of bank relationships, investments and risk management.  He also leads NECA’s strategic, quality and corporate planning processes.  Dunbar joined NECA in 1998 as Director of Financial Operations.

Prior to coming to NECA, Dunbar was Subsidiary Controller for Foster Wheeler Corporation, an internationally renowned engineering and construction company providing services and products to a broad range of industries.  He began his career with Coopers & Lybrand, rising to General Practice Manager.

Dunbar received his Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Manhattan College and is a Certified Public Accountant.  He also holds professional membership status with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.   

James W. Frame James W. Frame is Vice President of Operations. His responsibilities include tariff filing and administration, pooling and settlements, industry relations and information technology.

Previously he held several positions of increasing responsibility at NECA including executive director of rates, costs and average schedules, and executive director of tariff and regulatory matters. He was part of the initial staff that established NECA in 1983.

Frame has more than 40 years of experience in the telephone industry, including 13 years with Ohio Bell, now part of AT&T. He received a bachelor of business administration degree in economics from Kent State University.   

Regina McNeilVice President & General Counsel Regina McNeil oversees legal, regulatory and board matters, government relations, web communications and human resources. She joined NECA in 1996 as a regulatory manager. In 2000, McNeil became senior attorney, where her work to secure settlements associated with the WorldCom and Global Crossing bankruptcies earned her the 2003 Tobi Campbell Award for Excellence, NECA’s top honor.

McNeil started her career as an economist for the U.S. Department of Labor. She worked in West Germany in information systems management for the U.S. Department of Defense. She later practiced law in a private firm for four years prior to joining NECA.

McNeil holds a bachelors degree from Fordham University in economics, a master’s degree from Northeastern University in economics, a JD from Georgia State University, and an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University.