ERC Broadband
Executive Director and CEO
Track E: Cluster Focus
Funding Tech Ecosystems & Community Infrastructure

Hunter Goosmann is the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Education & Research Consortium of the Western Carolinas, Inc (ERC, dba ERC Broadband). With twenty plus years in IT/Telecom leadership roles and twelve years leading the ERC, he is responsible for building, operating, and supporting broadband Internet access across western North Carolina via the award winning ERC middle mile network and data center. Under his leadership, the ERC has expanded its coverage footprint by more than 5000 percent.

Goosmann has worked nationally and internationally in the Telecommunications and Information Technology fields gaining specific expertise in strategic planning, customer support/service delivery, and program management. He is a requested speaker and frequent panelist on topics from middle-mile networks, rural broadband access and expansion, to community networking. Additionally, he is a strong community advocate and serves on the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Technology Association and is the Board President of the Bob Moog Foundation. He has served on the Boards of Directors of the Asheville Chamber of Commerce, the Asheville/Buncombe Economic Development Coalition, Meet the Geeks, the Health Adventure, and the Asheville Symphony. He is also currently an adjunct professor of Management at the University of North Carolina at Asheville and is an ardent supporter of technical entrepreneurship. In his free time, he is a hobbyist photographer, a soccer referee, and guitarist.