Diane Kruse is the founder and CEO of NEO Connect, a company that provides consulting and business planning services to telecommunication providers, local governments and communities. NEO’s Colorado clients include over forty-five of the sixty-four counties and over forty-nine municipalities in the State. Although much of NEO’s work has been in Colorado, the company has clients nationwide. Prior to NEO, she was the CEO of a leading firm in the FTTP industry for Greenfield real estate development projects and municipal FTTP design, engineering and construction. She has founded four successful telecommunication companies and is providing consulting services for start-up organizations, local governments and high-growth companies. Kruse has (35) years of telecommunications and energy industry experience, the last (25) years as an entrepreneur starting and managing successful telecommunication and start-up companies.
Kruse has served as Chairman of the Board of the Fiber Broadband Association and has served on the Summit Circle for Broadband Communities. Kruse has been a leader in rural broadband initiatives such as the Stimulus Program (ARRA), the country’s National Broadband Plan, and is actively working with communities nationwide to leverage funding through the American Rescue Act Plan. Kruse has extensive experience in negotiating partnerships and acquisitions and uses her entrepreneurial experience to seek strategies that best align with her clients’ needs.