Bill Hegmann


Bill Hegmann became NECA's president and CEO in July 2004. He served on the NECA Board from 2002 through November 2015 and was chairman in 2004.

Hegmann served as general manager of Southwest Arkansas Telephone Cooperative in Texarkana, Arkansas. He began his telephony career with Continental Telephone in 1967. Hegmann is skilled in many areas including engineering, outside plant, central office, traffic, commercial, management and legal.

Hegmann has a bachelor’s degree from Arkansas Tech University and a law degree from the University of Arkansas. Specialized courses include: USTA Cost Separations, FCC First Class License, numerous telecommunications legal seminars, AMEDD Officer Advanced Course, and Command & General Staff College.

Hegmann is a practicing attorney and a member of the American, Arkansas and Texas Bar Associations. He is also a member of the Texas Telephone Association and Texas Statewide Telephone Cooperative, Inc.

Hegmann has won the ATA President’s Award four times, the NTCA Life Achievement Award, the American Jurisprudence Award and NTCA Management Life Achievement Award. He serves on the executive board of the Boy Scouts of America and is the recipient of their Eagle Scout and Silver Beaver Awards. Hegmann retired as a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve.


  • CEO

    Current role