Rich Soutar is the Chief Information Officer for Leaco Rural Telephone Cooperative, Inc. He was raised in Palatine Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, until he attended and graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He then moved to California and worked in the Defense industry while pursuing a Masters in Computer Engineering. Soutar spent 25 years in California moving into the commercial software industries in Silicon Valley and later in Sacramento. He established a horse farm in California and move to Lovington to set up a breeding farm and raise horses for the excellent breeding and racing industry growing in New Mexico. Soutar has lived in Lovington for the past 3 ½ years and worked for Leaco for almost 2 years.
Soutar would like to see the growth of additional business in Lovington and Lea County which could balance the economic cycles in the petroleum industry and lead to long term stability and improve the quality of life for all citizens in this growing community.