Blue Valley Telecommunications CEO Appointed To State Development Board

September 25, 2015 – Home, Kan. – Brian Thomason, chief executive officer of the Blue Valley Network of Companies was recently appointed to the Team Kansas board of directors. Led by Governor Sam Brownback, the board is comprised of 14 regional and 6 executive directors from across the State.

Team Kansas began as the Kansas Cavalry in 1973 after Governor Robert Docking and a delegation of Kansas business leaders visited Japan. Initially, the organization had between 50 and 75 members. Early initiatives focused on recruitment missions to business centers and were built around business leader-to business leader connections and meetings.

Since then, the organization has continued to grow and change to meet current challenges. In 2013, the organization transitioned from the Cavalry to Team Kansas to reflect its current role as an economic development support group. Leveraging its resources for enhanced economic development marketing, Team Kansas works hard to promote the Sunflower State as a great place to grow a business and invest.

About the Blue Valley Network of Companies

The Blue Valley Network of Companies is comprised of Blue Valley Tele-Communications and Networks Plus with offices in Home, Manhattan, Salina, and Topeka. Specializing in communications and information technology, the Blue Valley Network of Companies specializes in both residential and business services. For more information visit

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids, and graduated from Valley Heights High School in May of 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communication. After stops at KFRM and KCLY radio in Clay Center, he joined KNDY in 2002 as a board operator and play by play announcer. Derek is now responsible for the digital content of Dierking Communications, Inc. six radio stations. In 2005 Derek joined the staff of KCFX radio in Kansas City as a production coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, which airs on over 70 radio stations across 12 Midwest states and growing.