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FLTG Announces New Hires

July 17, 2015 --- Finger Lakes Technologies Group, Inc. (FLTG) is excited to have the following people join their staff:

Jay Joaquin joins as IR Specialist. His responsibilities include install and repair and troubleshooting. He is certified in Adtran, IP Office, and Notifire. Joaquin has 5 years of experience in the Telecommunications industry. He comes to FLTG from SCI where he was a Senior Field Engineer. He resides in Tonawanda with his wife and 3 boys. He enjoys mentoring his youngest son’s summer basketball league.

Karen Potter joins as a CLEC Customer Service Representative. Her responsibilities include prospecting new accounts for new business, uncovering customer needs, closing sales and managing customer relationships. Potter has 20+ years of experience in the Telecommunications industry. She comes to FLTG from Verizon Wireless where she was a Customer Services Representative and Government Account Executive. She resides in Trumansburg with her husband. She enjoys cooking, reading, spending time with family and being outdoors.

David Powers joins as an M4 Specialist. His responsibilities include CAD work and maintaining plant records. Powers comes to FLTG from Lowe’s where he was a PSA/Team Leader. Powers obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from SUNY Oswego. He resides in Phelps. He enjoys spending time with friends, hiking, sports, fitness and traveling.

Stephen Hegel joins as an M4 Specialist. His responsibilities include doing CAD work and maintaining plant records. Hegel comes to FLTG from G.H. Bass & Co. where he was Store Sales Manager. Hegel resides in Seneca Falls with his Fiancé. He enjoys camping, hiking, paintball, and spending time with his friends and family.

Russell Chase joins as a Senior Account Executive. His responsibilities include handling accounts and obtaining new customers.Chase comes to FLTG from Frontier Communications where he was an Enterprise Account Executive. Chase has a high school degree from McQuaid Jesuit High School. He resides in Mendon with his wife, little girl and will be welcoming a son within the next year. He enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf and snowboarding.

Hilary Pitcher joins as a Carrier Services Specialist. Her responsibilities include porting procedures, directory, 911 and Toll Free orders. Pitcher comes to FLTG from PetSmart where she was PetHotel Manager. Pitcher obtained a B.T. in Animal Science from SUNY Cobleskill. She resides in Avon with her husband. She enjoys animal behavior, horseback riding, reading and photography.

Mike Shotwell joins as an OSP Engineer Apprentice. His responsibilities include assisting to open up the Binghamton Market. Shotwell comes to FLTG from E.E. Root LLC. where he was Project Support and Estimator. He resides in Owego with his wife and two children. He enjoys fishing and spending time at the lake with family.

Ashley Griswold joins as Sales & Marketing Coordinator. Her responsibilities include inside sales, creating quotes, and coordinating marketing materials. She comes to FLTG from Tipping Point Communications where she was an Executive Assistant. Griswold obtained a Bahcelors Degree from SUNY Fredonia in Journalism. She resides in Fairport. She enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends.

Michelle Harris joins as a Layout and Design Specialist. Her responsibilities include data collection for new Cisco phone installs and user training. Her certifications include Avaya and Mitel Administration. She has 16 years of experience in the Telecommunications industry. She comes to FLTG from Frontrunner Network Systems where she was a System Designer. Harris resides in Irondequoit. She enjoys cycle classes, weight training and kayaking.

Kevin Beechler joins as a Layout and Design Specialist. His responsibilities include hosted phone customer requirements and training. Beechler brings 25+ years of experience in the Telecommunications industry. He comes to FLTG from Lantek Communications where he was Operations Manager. Beechler resides in Bloomfield with his wife and four children. He enjoys spending time with friends and family, boating and being active with his children’s sports.

Vincent Turner joins as a Project Coordinator II. His responsibilities include managing a mix of internal and external projects from pre-sales activities to project implementation and closeout. Turner brings one and a half years of experience with project managementfrom ACC Business/AT&T where he was a Project Manager. He graduated with Bachelor’s degree in Business Management with a concentration in marketing from St. John Fischer College. He resides in Webster with his child. He enjoys working out and playing sports.

William Covey joins as a Project Manager. His responsibilities include managing a mix of internal and external projects from pre-sales activities to project implementation and closeout. Covey brings 15 years of experience with project management. He comes to FLTG from Volunteers of America Upstate New York where he was Senior Vice President, Strategy & Project Management. He is also an Ordained Minister and Certified Life and Leadership Coach. Covey graduated with a M.A. in Organizational Leadership from Regent University and a B.A. in Organizational Management from University of Notre Dame. He resides in Ontario with his wife and two children. He is a Canandaigua Junior Baseball coach, as well as a Canandaigua Youth Basketball coach. He enjoys spending time with family, hunting, and watching baseball, basketball and football.

Brian Hellinger joins as Sr. Customer Support Specialist in our NOC. Hellinger brings 6 years of experience within the customer service industry. He comes to FLTG from Globalinx as Supervisor Network Repair. He is SSCA certified. Hellinger graduated with a B.S. from SUNY Brockport. He resides in Penfield with his wife and new baby. He enjoys watching Syracuse basketball and football.


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