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Mike Haskins

Mike Haskins, VP of Network Engineering & Operations


Mike Haskins began his impressive telecommunications career in Sioux Falls in 1980. He returned to Sioux Falls and his home state of South Dakota in May 2017 to become SDN’s vice president of network operations and engineering. He reports to SDN CEO Mark Shlanta.

Haskins began his career in 1980 working out of Sioux Falls for Nortel. He traveled around the United States for eight years to install phone systems.

Then he moved to the Des Moines area, where he spent much of the next three decades in top-level executive positions with Iowa Network Services (now Aureon), Iowa Wireless and Iowa Wireless Services. His resume also includes a two-year stint as the president and CEO of Caribbean Telecom Partners in Aruba and two years as the CEO of Sioux Falls-based OLS Wireless Holdings.

His familiarity with SDN dates back to the start of the company in 1989, when he attended an opening ceremony at SDN as an industry executive from neighboring Iowa.

Haskins is a product of South Dakota. He was born in Fort Pierre, attended high school in Kimball and graduated from the Mitchell Technical Institute in Mitchell.

He and his wife, Brenda, have five children: three sons and two daughters. The youngest son, Ryan, is a teenager and remains at home. He’ll move with the family from the Des Moines area to the Sioux Falls area. The couple’s oldest son, Erik, lives in Sioux Falls. The couple’s other three children - Taylor, Connor and Shannon – live in the Des Moines area.