Joe started his telecommunications career with the Tulsa division of Southwestern Bell in 1981. After the divestiture, Joe transitioned to AT&T working on business communication systems in Kansas City, Missouri.
Joe moved back to Tulsa in 1985 and soon thereafter began working with Toshiba telephone systems and has worked predominately with Toshiba since. Joe earned his first Toshiba certification in 1987 and continues with training updates to this very day since the technology keeps changing. Joe has certifications and experience with other telephone systems but most enjoys working with the Toshiba family of products.
Joe likes working in the telecommunications industry because “you get to be a ‘Jack of all Trades’ as we do it all, from ladders to laptops”.
Joe laughs at the fact that when he first started in the industry, there were phones with light bulbs and rotary dials and now telephone engineers are more concerned with IP addresses and email messaging.
In Joe’s words, “Who knows what comes after VOIP phones but I imagine in the years to come telecommunications will continue to evolve and keep us on our toes.”