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Moving at the Speed of MetroNet

Evansville-based telecom ushers in a new era with leadership change

Two years into doubling its reach to 250 communities in 16 states, Evansville-based fiber-to-home company MetroNet is setting the stage for more growth.

Dave Heimbach took the reins as Chief Executive Officer on Oct. 1, with former Executive Vice President Sarah Overbaugh becoming Chief Financial Officer, and prior CFO Lohn Weber becoming Executive Vice President-Capital Markets, a new position. Former CEO John Cinelli will serve as Executive Chairman.

Heimbach, a Cincinnati, Ohio, native and telecommunications veteran of 25 years, came on board in 2021.

“John and I formed a quick relationship, and we got comfortable with the idea that someday it might make sense to come together and join forces,” Heimbach says.

“Dave is a super nice guy, down to earth,” Cinelli says. “Our plan was he would eventually become CEO, but he had to earn it. He did, faster than my expectations.”

Heimbach, who lives in Virginia with his wife and five children, will remain based on the East Coast but anticipates traveling often in his new role.

Cinelli, meanwhile, says he plans to “be involved and help with the direction and vision and guidance” as the company continues to grow.

“This year, we doubled the pace of the preceding three years. Our target was to build half a million fiber passes, and we did just that. We launched 17 new markets last year, and we’re planning 34 markets this year,” Heimbach says. “We foresee a time we’ll be in 20 states in the not-too-distant future. Our growth platform is as long as we can go.”

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Maggie Valenti
Maggie Valenti
Maggie Valenti joined Tucker Publishing Group in September 2022 as a staff writer. She graduated from Gettysburg College in 2020 with a bachelors degree in English. A Connecticut native, Maggie has ridden horses for 15 years and has hunt seat competition experience on the East Coast.

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