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Closing the Homework Gap – GeoLinks Connects Borrego Springs Students to Distance Learning Program

In rural locations throughout the country, the Digital Divide has long been easier to discern than in more densely populated locales. For Borrego Springs Unified School District (BSUSD) in San Diego County, Calif., the reality of this scenario has been highlighted throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

In one pocket of its jurisdiction, a concentrated group of students remained completely isolated from the district’s new online learning environment, with most of them unable to log on in any capacity. After exhaustive efforts to provide means of connectivity for its students, district officials contacted GeoLinks. Moving quickly, our network team engineered and deployed a 50Mbps/25Mbps circuit to the area, free of charge to the district and its constituents.

“I grew up in a rural area similar to the one we recently connected for the Borrego Springs Unified School District,” said Skyler Ditchfield, GeoLinks CoFounder and CEO. “At GeoLinks, we’re doing our part to make sure that every child has equitable access to the internet. Without it, we might be hindering the growth of the next generation of great American innovators.”

GeoLinks has focused deployment efforts on connecting rural schools and libraries throughout the state of California and beyond for the last several years. A proud member of the Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband Coalition (SHLB) and Corporate Partner of the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC), Geolinks was the largest construction grant winner for Calif. K-12 schools and libraries four out of the last five years. Providing dedicated internet access throughout our network, we connect anchor institutions to enterprise networks at a fraction of the cost and timeframe required for fiber deployments.

For more information on GeoLinks, including our efforts to close the Digital Divide, visit www.GeoLinks.com/ConnectAmerica.

Employee Spotlight – Communications Director, Ben Gallagher

With a background in strategic media communications, Ben Gallagher focuses on evangelizing GeoLinks’ services and efforts to close the digital divide through earned media opportunities.

 

  1. Let’s start with the basics, what’s your role at GeoLinks?

I’m the Communications Director. I do everything from media relations, to content development and work closely with our marketing and sales teams to ensure that our branding and voice remain consistent throughout all of our communications channels.

 

  1. What’s been your favorite part about working for GeoLinks so far?      

I’m someone who tries to challenge myself and GeoLinks has given me the opportunity to do that. I’ve learned a lot of new skills, developing in my own career while feeling that I can simultaneously bring value to the organization.

 

  1. What is one of the most interesting projects you’ve worked on during your career? 

I’ve had the opportunity work closely with emergency personnel and first responders during emergency situations. On issues ranging from flooding to wildfires, my role was to run communications in the Emergency Operations Center and ensure that one consistent message was being delivered to those affected in regard to emergency services, evacuation efforts, resources, etc.

 

  1. Outside of work, what is your favorite past time or hobby?

Spending time with my wife and kids. I have three little ones and they’re my favorite people in the world. So any time that I can take to hang out with them, I take advantage of.

 

  1. What’s something most of your coworkers don’t know about you?

I have been an amateur model on two occasions. Once was when I worked for a boating magazine and we didn’t have the budget for models so I was the only option. The other was when I was traveling abroad in Southeast Asia with my best friend and he somehow roped me into modeling men’s swimwear with him on the beaches of Singapore. It was humiliating and incredible at the same time.

 

  1. What is your favorite book/movie and why?

My favorite book is On The Road, by Jack Kerouac. I think it’s about freeing your mind and being authentic, which sounds easier to do than it actually is. My favorite movie is the Shawshank Redemption because it’s an illustration of what genuine human connection can help you get through.

 

  1. If you could go anywhere/do anything in the world for just one day, where would you go and what would you do?

I’d sit right behind the home dugout at Citi Field for a New York Mets game with my entire family. We’d probably be the loudest, most obnoxious fans in the park. It would be awesome.

 

  1. What are some of the qualities you need to have a successful career in communications?

You need to accept that you don’t know everything. Things are constantly changing and there are always better ways to do things as technology and the industry develop. That and having a thick skin, because you’re going to get ignored and you’re going to experience failure. But if you’re resilient and willing to learn, you’ll eventually land some big wins as long as you keep getting back up.

 

  1. What’s next…what are you most excited for when you think of the future with GeoLinks?

I’m excited for the opportunity to try new things, which is something that is always available at GeoLinks. Rebecca Mendoza, our Marketing Manager and I are starting a podcast soon. I’m looking forward to launching it and getting/forcing our colleagues to join us on the show!

Employee Spotlight – Marketing Manager, Rebecca Mendoza

One of our newest team members, Rebecca comes from a technical background, including years working with High Energy Lasers in the Aerospace and Defense industry. She’s also a sucker for romantic comedies. Learn more about Rebecca in our latest employee spotlight.  

 

1. Let’s start with the basics, what’s your role at GeoLinks?

I am the Marketing Manager – a part of the team that is growing our communications department to better serve our customers and partners.

 

2.  Being new to your role, what’s been your favorite part about working for GeoLinks so far?   

The culture and employees that I’ve gotten a chance to meet have been my favorite part of GeoLinks so far.  It’s very apparent how seriously GeoLinks takes their commitment to culture, and you can see the direct effect of that through their employees.

 

3. What is one of the most interesting projects you’ve worked on during your career? 

When I was working Aerospace and Defense I got to work with High Energy Lasers and learn about the various ways we use them, not only for defense but for communications as well—and that’s about all I can say on that 😉

 

4. Outside of work, what is your favorite past time or hobby?

I’m an avid baker! You can usually find me in the kitchen making brownies, cookies, profiteroles or cakes, just because!

 

5. What’s something most of your coworkers don’t know about you?

Something that my co-workers won’t about me is that I’m adopted.

 

6. What is your favorite book/movie and why?

My favorite movie is “Love Actually.” I watch it anytime I catch it on TV and especially during the Christmas season.  The message that love transcends, heals and remains even when we don’t deserve it, or least expect it, is always powerful.  Besides, who doesn’t want to watch a movie where one of the main characters exclaims, “Let’s go get the s*** kicked out of us by love!”

 

7. If you could go anywhere/do anything in the world for just one day, where would you go and what would you do?

I would go back to the north shore of Oahu and watch the turtles swim in the great expanse of pristine blue ocean.

 

8. What are some of the qualities you need to have a successful career in marketing/communications?

A few qualities that I think make for an exceptional marketing/comms professional are:

  • The ability to pivot quickly when campaigns, pitches, and events are going as planned.  Being decisive and knowing when to make a change and executing often times proves more valuable than letting resources (people, time and money) continue to be wasted on a process that’s not working.  Recognizing that and moving on is key to build successful KPI’s and strategies
  • Finding the “true story” that your business, customers, clients can relate to—the one underneath the data, and glossy prints! People want authenticity and connection—no matter the product.  If you can find out how to package and market that, you’re well on your way.
  • Never stop learning.  I am not, and I hope will never be an “expert” in marketing, because there is always more to learn, develop and level-up to! I love digging into new areas of marketing and finding ways to optimize what I know by supplementing it with something new I’ve learned.

 

9. What’s next…what are you most excited for when you think of the future with GeoLinks?

Sky’s the limit with GeoLinks, but first I’ll settle for cementing the brand in the industry through continued outreach, brand development and top notch content development: conquering the rest of the world will just have to wait until then.

Employee Spotlight – Accounting Clerk, Frankie Garcia

One of GeoLinks’ most recent hires, Frankie Garcia joined the team in June. We sat down with him to learn a little more about what his transition into his new role has been like.

  1. Let’s start with the basics, what’s your role at GeoLinks?

I am an Accounting Clerk. I process all payments and checks for our customers, handle new customer invoicing and I’m the main one that handles any billing questions.

  1. What’s your favorite part about working for GeoLinks?

The atmosphere and the culture that is instilled here. Our relaxed dress code allows you to feel unique, like an individual while still being part of professional, corporate environment.

  1. Being a recent hire, how has your onboarding and transition gone?

Being new and transitioning into the role, it’s been a great opportunity to learn a broad set of skills in accounting. There’s been a lot of new material, but my supervisors have been great at showing me the nuances needed to do my job. For someone new and entry level, I feel very supported.

  1. Outside of work, what is your favorite past time or hobby?

I enjoy being in nature a lot. Going hiking and going to the beach are my favorite pastimes. I enjoy music a lot and have quite a variety in my musical tastes.

  1. What’s something most of your coworkers don’t know about you?

I’m a gamer. I play computer games. League of Legends is my favorite.

  1. If you could have any job, other than your current job, what would you be doing?

I would ideally like to work for a non-profit. One that works with combating pollution, particularly cleaning up our oceans.

  1. If you could live in any other time period, when would it be?

I would go back to the renaissance area and see what it was like to be in Florence during that time.

  1. What is your favorite movie and why?

The Lion King… It’s a classic.

  1. What’s next…what are you most excited for when you think of the future with GeoLinks?

The potential for our company’s growth and the chance to be a part of it. Personally, I’m just excited about the opportunities that it will bring for me.

 

GeoLinks Welcomes Industry Veteran, Hugh Vujnovich as New Channel Manager

We’re pleased to announce another addition to our team, in the form of telecom industry expert, Hugh Vujnovich as our newest Channel Manager. We sat down with Hugh to learn a little more about his background and the unique value he brings to agent partners.

 

  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself, Hugh. How did you break into the telecom industry.

In my early 20’s, I started traveling, as many of my fellow Kiwis are known to do. I was actually on my way to Europe and I ended up in California! As you might expect of a young man in his early 20’s, I ran out of money rather quickly and I needed a job. My background was in engineering, but I ended up finding a job in the telecom industry. After working in the role for about 18 months, I realized I really had a knack for it, so I went out and started my own company.

  1. That certainly is an interesting route you took to California and to telecom. What was your experience like running your own business within the industry?

I loved helping my employees evolve and grow, as I did with our partners. Telecom hardware distribution and the channel are kindred spirits. It is your job to educate, nurture, and empower resellers as well as agents with the tools and knowledge needed to sell your solution.

  1. Given your experience, what do you see as the biggest value you can provide to partners as a GeoLinks Channel manager?

It is the expertise and the consultative approach we take for our agents that enable them to succeed in the market place.

  1. With all the change you’ve seen in the industry over the years, what’s one piece of advice you would give your younger self?

The transition from CAPEX to OPEX revenue has been the biggest change I have seen and a difficult challenge for some but as long as we remember it’s the relationship with our agents and their relationship with their customers that provides the path to success for all of us, you will be successful.

  1. That sounds like advice that applies to the modern day as well. Is there anything else you’d like to add? Any personal details?

Well I’m a SoCal guy now and I know the market very well. I’ve been here in Costa Mesa for the last 25 years. My wife and I raised our three kids here and just celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary. I guess the only thing to add would be that if you work with me, you should know I only support two teams: the New Zealand All Blacks and anybody playing Australia!

  1. Good to know, Hugh. What’s the best way to get in touch with you?

I’m active on LinkedIn and am connected with a lot of my industry friends there. But you can email me anytime or call me directly at (949) 533-6304.

GeoLinks’ ClearFiber™ Wins 2020 Visionary Spotlight Award for Fixed Wireless Business Technology

Scottsdale, Ariz — ChannelVision Magazine has recognized GeoLinks, a provider of fixed wireless and fiber connectivity as well as SD-WAN and HostedVoice services,  as a winner in the 2020 Visionary Spotlight Awards for Fixed Wireless Business Technology for its ClearFiber™ Fixed Wireless Solution.

“We are honored to present GeoLinks with a 2020 Business Technology VSA for Wi-Fi & Fixed Wireless Solutions,” said Beka Business Media president and CEO Berge Kaprelian. “GeoLinks was recognized for the innovation of its ClearFiber™ and ClearFiber+™ fixed wireless solutions, which deliver up to 10Gbps of dedicated enterprise-grade internet with identical latency and jitter as fiber. Congratulations to the entire team at GeoLinks.”

ClearFiber™ is the first fixed wireless solution to use renewable energy to generate telecom-grade internet circuits. By building state-of-the-art solar- and wind-powered telecommunications facilities, GeoLinks is able to build off the grid in a fraction of the time and for a fraction of the cost of fiber. In Q4 2020 GeoLinks is taking another leap forward in innovation with the launch of ClearFiber+™ enhanced wireless technology that offers fixed wireless at multigigabit speeds and market disruptive prices in the company’s famously expedited timeframe (7-10 days). ClearFiber+™ will deliver fiber-quality Internet with 100 times greater speed, ultra-low latency, low jitter and 99.999% uptime.

ChannelVision’s editors hand-picked the winners that best demonstrated creativity, feature set differentiation and forward-thinking ability, as well as the ability to help drive growth for channel partners and their business customers.

“We are thrilled to be recognized as a visionary by ChannelVision Magazine,” said Phillip Deneef, Chief Strategy Officer for GeoLinks. “The indirect sales channel is a vital part of our success and we’re glad to bring innovative solutions like ClearFiber™ and ClearFiber+™ to help them solve  communications challenges for their business clients whether they’re in metro or rural areas.”

 

About GeoLinks

Headquartered in Southern California, GeoLinks is a leading telecommunications company and competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC) public utility, nationally recognized for its innovative Internet and Hosted Voice solutions. Ranked on Inc. Magazine’s Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies in America four-years running, GeoLinks delivers Enterprise-Grade Internet, Hosted Voice, SD-WAN, Cloud On-ramping, Layer 2 Transport, and both Public and Private Turnkey Network Construction expertly tailored for businesses and Anchor Institutions nationwide.

 

About the Visionary Spotlight Awards

ChannelVision’s annual Visionary Spotlight Awards competition was created to highlight channel and service provider innovation in communications. The awards honor outstanding products, services, and deployments across numerous technology categories.  Visionary Spotlight Award winners exemplify this goal, showcasing the communications industry’s overall innovation, capacity for future-thinking execution, creativity, and feature set differentiation; and offering channel partners a cornucopia of opportunities to boost their roles as trusted providers. For more information about the Visionary Spotlight Awards program, click here or contact Berge Kaprelian at [email protected].

GeoLinks Recognized Globally as Great Place to Work

With a 92 percent confidence rating, GeoLinks celebrates its third consecutive year of recognition.

Camarillo, CA – GeoLinks recently announced that it is once again, Great Place to Work-Certified™. A significant achievement, certification is validated by gathering employee feedback through Great Place to Work’s rigorous, data-driven method. The most recent certification confirms that 9 out of 10 employees have a consistently positive experience at GeoLinks. A summary of GeoLinks’s ratings can be found at http://reviews.greatplacetowork.com/geolinks.

“We are thrilled to be Great Place to Work-Certified™,” said GeoLinks President, Ryan Adams. “It shows that our commitment to creating an inclusive, motivating and inspiring workplace is recognized and appreciated by our employees. It also continues to hold us accountable so that as we grow, we continue to measure our success not only by performance metrics, but by the overwhelmingly positive mindset that is present throughout our organization.”

“We congratulate GeoLinks on their Certification,” said Sarah Lewis-Kulin, Vice President of Best Workplace List Research at Great Place to Work. “Organizations that earn their employees’ trust create great workplace cultures that deliver outstanding business results.”

According to the study, 92 percent of employees at GeoLinks say it is a great place to work, compared to 59 percent of employees at a typical U.S.-based company.

 

About GeoLinks

Headquartered in Southern California, GeoLinks is a leading telecommunications company and competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC) public utility, nationally recognized for its innovative Internet and Hosted Voice solutions. Ranked on Inc. Magazine’s Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies in America three-years running, GeoLinks delivers Enterprise-Grade Internet, Hosted Voice, SD-WANCloud On-ramping, Layer 2 Transport, and both Public and Private Turnkey Network Construction expertly tailored for businesses and Anchor Institutions nationwide.

 

About Great Place to Work

Great Place to Work® is the global authority on workplace culture. Since 1992, they have surveyed more than 100 million employees around the world and used those deep insights to define what makes a great workplace: trust. Great Place to Work helps organizations quantify their culture and produce better business results by creating a high-trust work experience for all employees. Emprising®, their culture management platform, empowers leaders with the surveys, real-time reporting, and insights they need to make data-driven people decisions. Their unparalleled benchmark data is used to recognize Great Place to Work-Certified™ companies and the Best Workplaces™ in the US and more than 60 countries, including the 100 Best Companies to Work For® and World’s Best list published annually in Fortune. Everything they do is driven by the mission to build a better world by helping every organization become a Great Place to Work For All™.

To learn more, visit greatplacetowork.com, listen to the podcast Better by Great Place to Work, and read “A Great Place to Work for All.” Join the community on LinkedInTwitter, and Instagram.

GeoLinks named to Inc. Magazine’s List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies – the Inc. 5000

Its fourth consecutive appearance, GeoLinks ranked No. 2956 with a growth rate of 133%

Camarillo, CA – Inc. magazine today revealed that GeoLinks is No. 2956 on its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses. Intuit, Zappos, Under Armour, Microsoft, Patagonia, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000.

“It’s an incredible honor to be named to the Inc. 5000 once again, especially to be among the prestigious few companies who have made the list in consecutive years,” said GeoLinks CEO, Skyler Ditchfield. “This is a testament to the efficient work our team at GeoLinks has put into not only maintaining our growth trajectory, but sustainable progress that has allowed us to continue focusing on innovation while delivering industry-leading service to our customers.”

Not only have the companies on the 2020 Inc. 5000 been very competitive within their markets, but the list as a whole shows staggering growth compared with prior lists as well. The 2020 Inc. 5000 achieved an incredible three-year average growth of over 500 percent, and a median rate of 165 percent. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue was $209 billion in 2019, accounting for over 1 million jobs over the past three years.

Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at www.inc.com/inc5000. The top 500 companies are also being featured in the September issue of Inc., available on newsstands August 12.

“The companies on this year’s Inc. 5000 come from nearly every realm of business,” says Inc. editor-in-chief Scott Omelianuk. “From health and software to media and hospitality,

the 2020 list proves that no matter the sector, incredible growth is based on the foundations of tenacity and opportunism.”

The annual Inc. 5000 event honoring the companies on the list will be held virtually from October 23 to 27, 2020. As always, speakers will include some of the greatest innovators and business leaders of our generation.

 

About GeoLinks

Headquartered in Southern California, GeoLinks is a leading telecommunications company and competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC) public utility, nationally recognized for its innovative Internet and Hosted Voice solutions. Ranked on Inc. Magazine’s Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies in America three-years running, GeoLinks delivers Enterprise-Grade Internet, Hosted Voice, SD-WAN, Cloud On-ramping, Layer 2 Transport, and both Public and Private Turnkey Network Construction expertly tailored for businesses and Anchor Institutions nationwide.

 

More about Inc. and the Inc. 5000

Methodology

The 2020 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2016 and 2019. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2016. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2019. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2016 is $100,000; the minimum for 2019 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in Inc.’s September issue. They represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000, which can be found at http://www.inc.com/inc5000.

About Inc. Media

The world’s most trusted business-media brand, Inc. offers entrepreneurs the knowledge, tools, connections, and community to build great companies. Its award-winning multiplatform content reaches more than 50 million people each month across a variety of channels including websites, newsletters, social media, podcasts, and print. Its prestigious Inc. 5000 list, produced every year since 1982, analyzes company data to recognize the fastest-growing privately held businesses in the United States. The global recognition that comes with inclusion in the 5000 gives the founders of the best businesses an opportunity to engage with an exclusive community of their peers, and the credibility that helps them drive sales and recruit talent. The associated Inc. 5000 Conference is part of a highly acclaimed portfolio of bespoke events produced by Inc. For more information, visit www.inc.com.

For more information on the Inc. 5000 Conference, visit http://conference.inc.com/.

GeoLinks CEO, Skyler Ditchfield Named to List of 200 Most Influential Business Leaders in California’s San Fernando Valley

July 24, 2020 3:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time

Camarillo, CA – GeoLinks, one of the fastest growing technology companies in Southern California, announced that its CEO and cofounder, Skyler Ditchfield has been named to the San Fernando Valley Business Journal’s (SFVBJ annual “Valley 200” list of the most influential business and community leaders in the region.

“It’s an honor to be recognized amongst this prestigious group of community and business leaders,” said Ditchfield. “I would be remiss not to acknowledge the incredible work my team at GeoLinks has done to put company leadership in a position to be recognized. Their dedication to our mission is something that I am truly proud of.”

Under Ditchfield’s leadership, the company has experienced tremendous year-over-year growth, landing GeoLinks on Inc. Magazine’s 5000 Fastest Growing Companies in America three-years running.  An industry thought leader, Ditchfield is a voting member of the FCC Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee, as well as several other FCC working groups and advisory boards. He is a member of the Forbes Los Angeles Business Council, a board member for Ventura County’s Economic Development Collaborative (EDC-VC) and a strategic advisory committee and board member for the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband Coalition (SHLB).

An industry leader in the closing of the digital divide, GeoLinks was the largest grant winner in the state of California in the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Connect America Fund Phase II Auction in 2018. The $88 million award equips the company to roll out high-speed internet service to some of the most underconnected rural areas in California and Nevada. GeoLinks was also the largest construction grant winner for California K-12 schools and libraries from 2016 through 2020, focusing deployment efforts on connecting rural schools and libraries throughout the state of California and beyond.

“[The Valley 200 list] is 200 people we consider the most influential in the [San Fernando] Valley area,” wrote Charles Crumpley, SFVBJ publisher and editor in a July edition of the business publication. “Some are driven business owners or operators. Others are at the helm of organizations that strive to make our community a better place. A few are top educators. Many are professionals. But all are engaged and active. They are the most influential people in our community.”

About GeoLinks

Headquartered in Southern California, GeoLinks is a leading telecommunications company and competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC) public utility, nationally recognized for its innovative Internet and Hosted Voice solutions. Ranked on Inc. Magazine’s Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies in America three-years running, GeoLinks delivers Enterprise-Grade Internet, Hosted Voice, SD-WAN, Cloud On-ramping, Layer 2 Transport, and both Public and Private Turnkey Network Construction expertly tailored for businesses and Anchor Institutions nationwide.