ACA Connects Plugs In Membership/Finance Leader


An individual who served as the Asst. GM of Telecommunications at the Frankfort Plant Board in Kentucky from 2014 to 2017 has been selected for the roles of EVP/Membership and Finance and Chief of Staff at the organization formerly known as the American Cable Association.

Taking the role is John M. Higginbotham, who reports to ACA Connects President/CEO and will be working from Pittsburgh.

He succeeds Robert Shema, who is exiting on March 23 to join member company Com Net Inc. (CNI), in Wapakoneta, Ohio, as CEO.

At the Frankfort Plant Board in Kentucky, a municipal utility created to provide electric, water and cable/telecommunications services to more than 18,000 residents in Franklin, Woodford and Shelby counties, Higginbotham implemented strategies in the delivery of residential and business class voice, video, Internet and security services. His responsibilities included overseeing 70 department employees, and served as representative to federal, state and local government relations communities.

During his 23 years at the Frankfort Plant Board, Higginbotham was affiliated with a number of communications industry organizations, including the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC), where he was a director from 2011 to 2017.

“I am truly privileged and humbled to have this opportunity at ACA Connects, following Rob who has done so much for our Members and our association,” Higginbotham said. “Our ACA Connects team is so committed, and I look forward to being a part of this team and serving our Members in every way that I can.”