Inside the Growth of Cellular Sales

This past year Cellular Sales reached a significant corporate milestone by opening our 600th store. To reflect on the past 24 years with an eye to the future, CEO and Founder Dane Scism sat down with The Knoxville News Sentinel to share his vision and growth strategy for 2017 and beyond.

“The real value is the experience. The best way for Cellular Sales to distinguish itself from rivals is customer service.” – Dane Scism

 

Read all about it in Knoxville News Sentinel’s feature story “Cellular Sales renews rapid growth.”

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Apps to create the perfect Super Bowl Plans

Every year the Super Bowl is full of festivities, parties, friends that gets way too competitive, great buffalo chicken dip, divided families or watching the game in the middle of the airport. Whatever your Super Bowl Sunday consists of, make this year’s should be the best one yet with these five apps that will enhance any of the plans you’ve made (or might make).

 

Going to the Super Bowl: If you’re actually attending the big game, you are one lucky fan. This year’s Super Bowl is in Houston, and the NFL is trying to enhance the experience by releasing the app Super Bowl LI Houston- Fan Mobile Pass. This app is free for both Android and iOS users and is the ultimate Super Bowl game day guide in Houston. After downloading, users will receive a QR code that will allow them to check in to activities, collect badges, photos and videos. By collecting badges, users have the opportunity to win prizes. The app also has an interactive map that has a schedule with everything happening in Houston. These events include details about NFL Experience Driven by Genesis, Super Bowl LIVE, Super Bowl Opening Night Fueled by Gatorade and Super Bowl LI.

 

Throwing a party: We know Super Bowl parties always sound like a good idea when you’re in a room full of friends and conversation starts getting competitive. We also understand the desire to throw the perfect game day party can get stressful in the days leading up to it. For the ultimate party-planning guide, check out some of the apps we featured in our New Year’s Eve apps blog. If you only get the choice of one, we would recommend Pro Party Planner (iOS $4.99).

 

Watching the game somewhere: Aren’t sure what your Super Bowl night is going to look like, but sure that it is going to be a good time wherever you end up? Let us help. Zomato (Android, iOS) is the ultimate restaurant guide for whatever city you are in. The app lets you explore and discover great places to eat by giving you a list of restaurant menus, pictures and user reviews. It’s the perfect app for finding the best place to watch the game while giving you the option of sharing your selection with all the best fans in your life.

 

Going to a party:  You aren’t the ultimate party thrower, but you know someone who is? If your plans involve attending a Super Bowl party, then download the Food Network app (Android, iOS) for the best Game-Day appetizers and recipes. Rated as one of the top recipe apps in the App Store, this app gives you instant access to some of the top chefs in the country. You also get access to hundreds of Game Day recipes by typing the words “Game Day” into the app’s search bar.

 

Traveling/Busy/Remotely watching the game as your day pans out: Finally, if you find that your professional or personal life puts you in a time crunch, and you can’t make it to an event to watch the game, then the NFL app (Android, iOS) is a must-have this Super Bowl. The app features drive charts, real-time scores and live stat trackers. It also includes on-demand games. This is the perfect on-the-go app if you are trying to get the Super Bowl experience without being able to celebrate your team at this year’s big event.

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Getting to Know Cellular Sales: Stephen Long- Unsung Hero Award

The Unsung Hero award recognizes the individual who worked tirelessly behind the scenes throughout 2016, regardless of fanfare, but whose contribution was vital to the company’s success.

Stephen Long

 

  1. What do you love about your job?

I am passionate about being able to create things. As a software developer, I am afforded the opportunity to design, architect, and create applications on a daily basis that make an impact on our business. I also enjoy sharing things that I learn (check my blog, Long2Know!  🙂 ) in a way that both effects change and elevates my team.

 

  1. How would you describe the culture at Cellular Sales?

The culture at Cellular Sales is fun, open and weird (in a good way). Most of all, we get stuff done and enjoy ourselves doing it. Dedication and commitment are paramount.

 

  1. What do you look forward to every day?

Every day, I look for new challenges. Whether that’s embracing new technologies or solving business problems using technologies in a development capacity.

 

  1. What¹s something you¹ve learned from your job and/or your colleagues?

I¹ve learned that the sky is the limit in regards to personal/professional growth as long as one embraces change.

 

  1. If you could change one thing about your office, what would it be?

I really don¹t have a good answer for this. Generally speaking, I¹m happy with our office and its amenities. If I really have to list something, we could use better coffee. Starbucks Pike Place Roast is my fave.

 

  1. What¹s your career path at CS look like?

My career path is on a trajectory to continue being a senior developer. Beyond my current role, it would mean moving more into a management capacity, which doesn¹t interest me. I have been a software developer for the majority of my professional career, and as long as my passion does not cool and my mind doesn¹t falter, I could see continuing on this path well beyond typical retirement.

 

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