Recent promotion at DFT makes way for the future of business sales
Hard work pays off. The cream rises to the top. Sow and you’ll reap.
All these sayings hold true for the employees of DFT Communications, a 121-year-old telecommunications and technology company in Fredonia, New York.
“We always seek to promote first from within our own,” said Mark R. Maytum, President and COO. “We know what our people are capable of, and when they’ve proven themselves to be hardworking and reliable, there’s always room for growth at DFT.”
Some recent changes at DFT have again proven this to be accurate. Recently, Curtis Reynolds, formerly the Business Sales Manager, was promoted to Business Sales Engineer.
Curtis came to DFT in 2015 after receiving a degree from Edinboro University and working in the wireless technology field for two years. During that time, he gained valuable knowledge that proved imperative in launching and maintaining the DFT Wireless (formerly WiMAX) program at DFT.
DFT Wireless provides high speed internet to rural areas through radio signals, rather than a traditional hardwired connection. So far, more than 200 families and businesses who previously had access to only costly, limited alternatives have signed onto this reliable and unlimited broadband subscription.
While entering the team at DFT in the Wireless arena, Reynolds’ attributes and knowledge quickly flagged him with the potential to grow. In the fall of 2017, he was promoted to Business Sales Manager, overseeing all the business growth initiatives at DFT – all while still maintaining oversight of the wireless industry.
“It was an exciting promotion for me. It gave me the opportunity to focus more on the expansion of our wireless broadband services in Chautauqua County and beyond,” said Reynolds. “At the same time, it allows me to work closely with the sales team to create innovative solutions for our business customers and a wide-range of services; from phone services to Wi-Fi systems, low-voltage wiring systems.”
Then in late 2018, there was again an opportunity for advancement. Growing and changing technology means growing and changing requirements. To design and implement the best systems, those systems require detailed engineering – a task Reynolds was well-suited for based on his experience in the wireless, broadband and IT (information technology) fields.
Reynolds now occupies the role of Business Sales Engineer at DFT. His duties include overseeing the business sales division, implementing new wireless builds and services, designing IT management programs for businesses large and small, pricing and planning phone systems, and managing the business security group.
“Curtis has been an integral part of leading DFT into the future of technology,” said Maytum. “His knowledge and foresight into wireless broadband and business sales has built and maintained many of our business relationships; a critical portion of the many telecommunications services we provide.”
Looking to the future, Reynolds has a strong desire to see DFT maintain and secure its reputation as a reliable telecommunications and technology company in this region.
“I see a future of ongoing development of the company and our relationship with a wide-variety of technologies,” said Reynolds. “It’s exciting because I get to be on the leading edge of helping develop the services we are offering and integrating new services with our existing team of account managers and installers.”