Waynesboro, Va., and Columbia, S.C., January 31, 2019 – Earlier this month, Lumos Networks and Spirit Communications announced they would rebrand as Segra.Â Today,Â Segra,Â one of the largest independent fiber bandwidth companies in the U.S., announcedÂ thatÂ Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA)Â player Lauren Stephenson will join Segra’s team of brand ambassadors for the 2019 season.Â Stephenson will make her pro debut at the ISPS Handa Vic Open in Victoria, Australia next week.
Since April of 2018 Lumos Networks and Spirit Communications have integrated operations, have expanded their fiber-optic network and product sets, and have made further investments in existing and new markets across nine states in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast. Notable new markets include Raleigh, Greensboro, and Fayetteville, North Carolina.
“We’re excited to welcome Lauren to our team as a Segra brand ambassador, and we’re excited to add the LPGA as a marketing platform for our new brand,” saidÂ CEO Timothy G. Biltz.Â “Segra is a verb meaning to win, as in to prevail or overcome.Â Â As a high school and college athlete, Lauren has demonstrated a tremendous work ethic and the ability to win.Â Â The entire Segra team looks forward to seeing Lauren continue that winning tradition on the LPGA Tour,” he added.Â Â Â
Lauren Stephenson was one of the top-10 national recruits when she graduated from high school in Lexington, SC, and earned the AJGAâs first-team Rolex All-American status. As a junior in high school, she won the AJGA Junior Girls Championship. She began her collegiate career at Clemson University, where she became the first Clemson female golfer to play in the NCAA Tournament. She was then named to the All-Region team after finishing fifth during the Shoal Creek Regional. After her freshman year at Clemson, she transferred to University of Alabama where she claimed her place as one of the top amateur golfers in the world before emerging onto the professional scene. With a T8 finish in the 2018 Q Series, Lauren secured her LPGA status for 2019 season and is ready to tee off on Tour.
“I’m excited to have Segra’s support this season,” said Stephenson. “Growing up in Lexington, Iâve come to know Spirit Communications and Lumos Networks, and I’ve seen their commitment to theirÂ customers and the communities they serve. It’s exciting to be a part of the next chapter of their story as Segra, and it’s great to have that hometown support with me as I begin the next chapter of my career,” she added.Â Â
Customers will begin to see the Segra logo on company vehicles, buildings, and other materials over the next few months. Customer service, rates and network coverage will not change as a result of this re-branding process. “While our name and look will change, our guiding principles of doing business – most importantly putting the customer first – will remain the same.Â We are pleased to have Lauren join Scott Piercy and Rocco Mediate helping us to tell our story, and we look forward to seeing them shine on their tours this season,” said Biltz.
Segra is one of the largest independent fiber bandwidth companies in the U.S. Representing a successful merger of Lumos Networks and Spirit Communications, the company now has the most advanced fiber infrastructure network of more than 21,000 miles that connects more than 9,000 on-net locations and 44 data centers throughout nine Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern states. Segra provides Ethernet, MPLS, dark fiber, advanced data center services, IP and managed services, voice and cloud solutions, all backed by its industry-leading service and reliability. Customers include carriers, enterprises, governments, healthcare organizations, defense, education and small businesses. For more information about Segra’s technology and commitment to customer care, visitÂ segra.com.