Ty Fondren is Regional Director of External & Legislative Affairs for AT&T Alabama where he has been for 26 years. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications from Auburn University-Montgomery where he has been honored as distinguished graduate and one of the university's top 40 graduates over its first 40 years. A senior strategic communications professional with extensive experience in the areas of government relations, media relations, strategic relationship and issues management, he is a former president of the Arts Council and has served as chair or president of numerous Montgomery-based nonprofit boards. He currently chairs the Troy University Montgomery advisory board and the board of Service Dogs Alabama. He is married to Tina and they have one son, Joshua.