How long have you worked for the company? I have been here 3 years
What is it your role within Cellular Sales? Number one, I am an ambassador for the company. I let everyone know what a great company Cellular Sales is and what a fantastic opportunity it is to be in apartnership with Cellular Sales. After that, I am out looking for honest, personally responsible, hard-working people to join our team.
Please tell me about your most rewarding or satisfying experience, your proudest moment, since you joined the company. The satisfaction I get from changing people’s lives.
What do you like best about working with Cellular Sales? The people around me and the freedom and lifestyle it affords me.
What makes Cellular Sales such a special company to work with? I think working for a company that has vision that comes from the top down. Again, it goes back to working for a company that has a strong balance. It’s all about what you do. What you put in is what you get out.
What’s different about it from other companies? Number one, is the management style. This company affords you the ability to do your own thing. You do what works for you and gives you the flexibility to be your own person.
Are there any obstacles you face at work? My biggest obstacle is being able to have the elevator conversation with somebody and being able to convey what a wonderful opportunity it is to work for Cellular Sales. It is hard to describe all the great things about Cellular Sales in a short amount of time.
Before working here, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had? (Laughs) I worked for a salvage company in high school. The company bought everything that was lost from UPS for .10 on the lbs. One of the weirdest items I came across a big box of live baby chickens.
Are you married? Yes.
Do you have kids? A 9 year old girl and a 6 year old boy.
What are your hobbies? My family, golf, I coach a lot of little league teams (football and baseball).
Have you ever met anyone famous? If so, who? During the Olympics in 1996, I took a job at Ritz Carlton. I was able to meet Bruce Willis, Demi Moore, Richard Branson and Donald Trump.
Do you have a funny story about working with Cellular Sales? A couple of years ago we had someone breaking into our stores stealing equipment. The Regional Directors put me in charge of finding out who was responsible. Working with the police and mostly doing online research on the thief, I found out where he lived and where he frequented around town. I used flyers around the community including the church, bars and clubs he went to and offered a $500 reward for his whereabouts. The police called me one day and said that the culprit finally turned himself in…only because he was tired of running from me. I was given the nickname “The Wolf” by my fellow Cellular Sales representatives.
If a cell phone was named after you, what would it be called? The Wolf.
And finally….Droid or iPhone? Droid
Welcome to Round 3 of Pyxis Mobile’s Tablet Playoffs. In this three part blog series we will be putting the most talked about tablets up against each other to find out which one holds the most value for enterprise users.
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Cellular Sales’ South Texas market to open ten new stores by the end of 2011. Its Regional Directors Ty Rankin and Bay Willingham expand the Cellular Sales philosophy across Texas.
“Cellular Sales is expanding in South Texas because of our ultimate goal to achieve the best wireless customer experience in the industry,” said Ty Rankin, Regional Director of Cellular Sales. “This excellent experience is the product of intense sales representative training and a special emphasis on making and keeping our customers happy.” Within the next four months five of the ten stores will be opening. “As a company, we have grown by about 30 percent every year. Our expansion in South Texas is not a one-time event. We have every intention to continue this pattern in South Texas and in all of our markets,” said Cellular Sales Regional Director Bay Willingham. Bay continued, “We love our customers. One of Cellular Sales’ philosophies is to turn our customers into dedicated fans who don’t want to do business anywhere else. We promise to carry that philosophy into all of our new South Texas locations.”
Cellular Sales’ New Locations:
935 10th Street, Floresville, Texas 78114
Open Date: May 14, 2011
3304 Williams Drive, Georgetown, Texas 78328
Open Date: June 20, 2011
1712 S. Colorado, Lockhart, Texas 78644
Open Date: June 24, 2011
Harker Heights, Texas
701 Indian Trail, Harker Heights, Texas 76548
Open Date: August 31, 2011
2140 W. Oaklawn, Pleasanton, TX 78064
Open Date: September 9, 2011
Brian Snyder of Cellular Sales sits down with the Cellular Sales Blog.
How long have you worked with the company? I’ve been with Cellular Sales since 1996.
What is it your role within Cellular Sales? Support our sales representatives, develop future leaders, and expand our operations.
Please tell me about your most rewarding experience. My most rewarding experience is one that I’m so fortunate repeats itself time and time again. Being someone whose life was forever changed by this company, and the reward is watching it happen to so many others. I enjoy hearing the heart-felt stories from our team about how this opportunity has helped them achieve life goals and to live a lifestyle they never knew was possible is something that I will always cherish.
What do you like best about working with Cellular Sales? The people! I’m so blessed to be working with some of the most talented and passionate people I have ever met. They have all helped me in so many ways and continue to do so to this day.
What makes Cellular Sales such a special company to work with? The opportunity this company provides is unparalleled in business today. The experience of owning your own company, building your business, and doing it with minimal investment is truly what makes this company special. The concept of being a sales representative and reaping the benefits of your hard work with no income ceiling is a rare business model, which we are very fortunate to have.
What’s different about it from other companies? The differentiator is that we are an “upside down” company. The decisions made in this company are always decided by one simple question, “is it in the best interest of our sales representatives?” If the answer is “no”, we don’t do it!
Before working here, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had? While in college, I played a Sunday night gig at Hannah’s in Knoxville. I NEVER MADE A DIME! My wonderful friends all assumed I got free beer, so they all put their drinks on my tab. By the end of the night, I paid Hannah’s for the privilege to play. Funny, the number of friends coming to the shows went down as the responsibility for paying their own tabs went up! It really was a great experience, though…
Are you married? Yes. She’s the very talented and beautiful Director of Recruiting for this company!
Do you have kids? We have two children, Bennett and Lauren.
What do you like to do with your family? We love to travel, but mostly we enjoy just hanging out and being silly with each other. Dinner time is a big event in my house!
What are your hobbies? Running, working out, playing golf, and playing the guitar.
Do you have a funny story about working at Cellular Sales? Several years ago I was working our Farragut, TN location when a sixty year old man walked in around 8 am. The gentleman threw his phone at me, walked out, then proceeded to start shadow boxing in the parking lot. He was yelling at me that all phones should be water-proof and that he was upset someone else had told him he needed to purchase a new phone. He wanted to “make someone pay”. After repeated attempts to try and calm him down his wife grabbed him and threw him in the car. Good thing, he looked like he would’ve given me a good whippin’!
If you were stuck on a desert island, what three things would you have to have with you? A guitar, a lifetime supply of matches, and a solar powered iPad.
Cellular Sales, the nation’s largest Verizon Wireless premium retailer, opens five new stores in the past two weeks giving Cellular Sales over 400 retail locations.
Chris Keen, a Regional Director for Cellular Sales, says that, “Cellular Sales has grown rapidly because our sales consultants know the products and service plans backwards and forwards. Our main focus is providing excellent customer service to each and every customer who walks in our doors.” Cellular Sales’ innovative approach to customer service is at the core of its approach to retailing. Dane Scism, founder and CEO of Cellular Sales says that, “We strive to treat every one of our customers as if they are our only customer, and we always place a great emphasis on quality customer communication.”
This growth hasn’t gone unnoticed. Cellular Sales has been named one of the nation’s fastest growing retail companies byInc. Magazine for the past three years in a row due its astounding growth. Brian Snyder, Regional Director of the South Georgia Market said,”Cellular Sales’ growth and success is no mistake. With our commitment to our customers and our approach to retailing we will continue to see more amazing growth for years to come.” The most recent expansion has seen new stores opening in Havre de Grace, Md., Grovetown, Ga., Hope Mills, N.C., Lapalco, La. and White Settlement, Texas and relocation in Clinton, Tenn. ”Every store opening brings me excitement because I know that we will bring new customers the best of the wireless retail industry.”
Adam Mosley of the East Tennessee market of Cellular Sales sits down with the Cellular Sales Blog.
What is your title? I am the Recruiting Coordinator in East Tennessee. I also do sales as well.
How long have you worked with the company? I have been with Cellular Sales since August 2007.
What is it your role within Cellular Sales? As the Recruiting Coordinator in East Tennessee, I go out and actively recruit future sales reps. I look for the many qualities it takes to be in our company. I also source online websites (CareerBuilder/ Sales Gravy) and I am also part of BNI in East Tennessee.
Please tell me about your most rewarding experience. Probably the most rewarding experience was being appointed as the Recruiting Coordinator. It was great to know that the hard work I put in, not only mentoring new reps but all my efforts, was being rewarded. I knew that at that point I was going somewhere with the company. My overall goal of becoming a Recruiting Coordinator was able to be met through the hard work I gave the company.
What do you like best about working with Cellular Sales? The things that drew me to Cellular Sales were the flexibility and the entrepreneurial drive found in the other contractors. I‘ve always wanted to own my own my business and this company has provided me the ability to do so. It is also a great way to connect to the community. Working with Cellular Sales is an everlasting relationship with like-minded business professionals. It gives me great satisfaction to work with this company.
What makes Cellular Sales such a special company to work with? I think Cellular Sales is special in that, unlike many large corporations, Cellular Sales is able to hold on to a family-like community. That’s what I truly love about it. It’s the feeling of family within the company. Today, in lots of companies, you can put in the extra hard work but still get paid exactly what the next guy earns, who hasn’t been working as hard as you have. With Cellular Sales I can control the success of my own business.
What’s different about it from other companies? By contracting with Cellular Sales you are able to control your own destiny. The flexibility lets you not only work on the sales floor but also work with charities and other organization within the community.
Are there any obstacles you face at work? Being a business owner you are always faced with obstacles. To be a successful business owner in this economy you have to be always thinking outside the box and Cellular Sales provides me that opportunity.
Before working here, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had? I would have to say farming as a teenager.
Are you married? Yes, I am married.
Do you have kids? I have no kids but I have a Bullmastiff named Lucca.
What are your hobbies? Golfing, fishing and anything sports related.
Have you ever met anyone famous? If so, who? I have met Bill and Hillary Clinton. I have also met Peyton Manning.
Do you have a funny story about working at Cellular Sales? I was working on an account and had a customer call in that needed a phone delivered to him. While delivering the phone I found out he was a caretaker for an elderly man. Sometime between the caretaker answering the door and letting me in, I noticed that the elderly man had managed to disrobe all his clothes while the caretaker was talking to me. I immediately turned, walked out and finished talking to the caretaker on the front porch. That’s was most the uncomfortable situation I’ve ever been in.
In a press release Microsoft has announced that it will purchase Skype for $8.5 billion in cold hard cash. With around $55 billion (pre-purchase) in cash, Microsoft can easily afford to part ways with that kind of dough. Microsoft sought out the acquisition to use Skype’s technology for their Xbox, Kinect and Windows Phone offerings.
Where does this leave Skype users that don’t use Microsoft products? Under the direction of Steve Ballmer, Microsoft promises that they will, “Continue to invest in and support Skype clients on non-Microsoft platforms.” Of course that means taking this guy’s (Steve Ballmer) word for it: YouTube video of Ballmer (Notice ankle twist and subsequent attempt to walk it off at the 21 second mark).
Smartphone producers aren’t exactly shaking in their boots due to the fact that Skype lacks video calls on mobile devices. This void has already been filled with FaceTime on iPhones and Tango on Android devices. As far as cheap international calls go Google Voice, found on Android and elsewhere, has stepped up to challenge Skype in the VoIP category.
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Phyllis Blay of Cellular Sales South Georgia sits down with the Cellular Sales Blog.
What is your title?
Lead Sales Support, I work in the back of the house supporting the reps on the sales floor.
How long have you worked with Cellular Sales?
What is it your role within Cellular Sales?
I am in charge of processing sales transactions. I also support the sales contractors, help them problem solve on sales and customer service issues.
Please tell me about your most satisfying experience since you joined the company.
Knowing early on during my time at Cellular Sales in the South Georgia, that I am a part of a great work environment!
What makes Cellular Sales such a special company to work with?
The people make it a great place to be. It does not hurt that we have an awesome product to back us up.
What do you enjoy most about working with Cellular Sales?
I enjoy helping others. Knowing I can be there for the contractors means a lot to me. I enjoy the fact that this is not a place where you “ punch the clock” and go home. We seem to have a family environment. We take care of one another. That is what I like to see.
Are there any obstacles you face at work?
Absolutely ! That is what keeps it interesting!
Before working here, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
Eastlawn Memorial. It was a cemetery and I did telesales on site. Fun times!
Do you have a funny story about working at Cellular Sales?
The question itself brings a smile to my face. I have actually been a part of Verizon for 8 years now. Knowing that all walks of life have cell phones allows a person to see a lot. If I had to tell a story ,my first experience would include a customer handing a sales representative a phone that had gone into the toilet. The look on the reps face was priceless when she realized what she was holding in her hand. I understood quite quickly to troubleshoot from afar when a customer tries to hand over a cell phone. Please take note for yourself!!
Do you have any kids?
Yes , Aiden. He is 8.
What are your hobbies?
Anything outdoors. Going to the beach and getting plenty of exercise.
If a cell phone was named after you, what would it be called?
If you were stuck on a desert island, what three things would you have to have with you?
Hair conditioner, my son, and a hunter man to bring us food…lol!
And finally… Droid or iPhone?
J.D. Power and Associates rank Verizon Wireless highest in satisfaction for small to medium sized business customers. The ranking comes from their 2011 U.S. Business Wireless Satisfaction Study. The categories ranked included performance, reliability, sales representatives/account executives, billings, offerings, and promotions. Verizon’s cutting edge 4G network and the nation’s most reliable 3G network played a part in J.D. Power and Associates’ results. Not to mention the amazing lineup of smartphones, to include Android and Blackberry, tablets, Hotspots and USB modems.
What is your title? Regional Director North Texas Market
How long have you worked for the company? Since January of 2003.
What is it your role within Cellular Sales? I manage the 14 locations that the North Texas area currently has. I also find new contractors to sell Verizon Wireless products and services to the North Texas and Oklahoma regions.
Please tell me about your most rewarding or satisfying experience, your proudest moment, since you joined the company. Through being a very successful sales rep in the Knoxville market, I was given the opportunity to become a Regional Director in the North Texas market in 2005.
What do you like best about working with Cellular Sales? It’s the people I work with! This company has the best reps and everyone is so great to work with.
Before working here, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had? I have to say probably being a drummer for Gran Torino and traveling United States.
Do you have kids? Yes, one son named Bonham.
What do you enjoy doing with your family? Grilling out with friends and taking the dogs to the park with Bonham.
What are your hobbies? I enjoy running, playing drums and riding my motorcycle.
Have you ever met anyone famous? If so, who? Yes, Michael Irving and Emmitt Smith! I sold them some phones when they came in the store one day. I’ve also met a bunch of musicians from all the days of traveling with Gran Torino, but there are too many to list.