Ripp Retires From TDS

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Al Ripp.

After nearly 40 years of service in the telecom industry, Al Ripp, market manager for TDS Telecommunications Corp. (TDS®) has retired. His last day with TDS was Dec. 31.

When Ripp looks back on his career in telecommunications, he says it’s the customers and fellow employees who stand out.

“Nothing is more rewarding than working with customers who say your guys did a really good job,” Ripp said. “Just as rewarding is seeing a person join the company and grow into a great employee and leader.”

As a young man, Ripp got his start washing vehicles for Mid-Plains Telephone Company in 1974. During his tenure at TDS, he held a number of different positions before being named general manager in the late 1990’s. Then, in 2007, Ripp was named market manager for TDS covering Dane County and eventually working throughout Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

“Al has been a dedicated employee,” said Dave Wittwer, president and CEO of TDS. “I commend him for his outstanding service and unwavering commitment to our customers and employees. I know he did everything he could to delight others.”

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