The lobby of JSI’s headquarters overflowed with holiday cheer today as the staff in the Maryland office once again participated in the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree drive. This is the office’s 10th year collecting toys and warm clothing for a local holiday program, with each year’s donation topping the last. We estimate that JSI donated more than $4,000 in toys and clothing this year.
Bags and boxes poured into the office throughout the beginning of December, filling Denise Banning’s office as pick-up day grew closer. In the end, JSI donated 30 coats, 10 bikes, 43 games, 7 scooters, 35 dolls/action figures, 9 big wheels, 5 shopping carts, dozens of balls, 5 skateboards, and various stuffed animals, craft supplies, baby toys, kites, Star Wars figures, sports equipment, hats, gloves and scarfs.
Salvation Army Lt. Priscilla Ramaji said JSI’s donation will go a long way towards fulfilling the wishes of the 1,249 angels assigned to the Prince George’s County-based corps in 2015. Her corps relies on JSI’s enormous donation to fill in the gaps of the 200 children whose angels weren’t chosen by another business or individual in the community.
Happy holidays from JSI!
JSI announced today that Dave Lewis has joined the organization. Dave will serve as a Vice President of Product Innovation responsible for developing and sourcing business opportunities for the rural communications industry.
Dave will be leading this initiative with clients and vendors to support and expand revenue generating business services that leverage market position, advanced services and in-house telecommunications expertise in and beyond rural markets.
“We are pleased to have Dave join the JSI team. Dave’s strong track record of building and growing diverse businesses with a keen strategic vision and direction will help our clients, and the overall industry, realize new and profitable growth opportunities,” stated Manny Staurulakis, president of JSI.
Prior to joining JSI, Dave spent a decade counseling ILECs across a range of topics as a consultant. Then, as founding CEO of ANPI, he built the organization to $100 million in revenue, and architected forward-looking solutions, such as ANPI’s Voice and Applications Peering Network (VAP) and its Unified Communications Solution, to which more than 100 rural providers have subscribed.
Dave stated, “I am very excited to join JSI and be a part of this leading organization. I feel extremely privileged to have the opportunity to work intimately with the rural industry during this time of great change to identify, develop and deploy new strategies and facilitate the realization of emerging marketplace opportunities.”
Dave is headquartered in Sarasota, Florida, and is actively involved in his community. Dave attended the University of Illinois where he also started his career at the Illinois Commerce Commission.
Dave can be reached via email and at 941-257-4291.
On July 2, JSI said farewell to one of its longest serving employees as he embarked on the many new adventures that await him during retirement. Vice President Dan Weaver started his journey with JSI on March 27, 1978. Over the next 37 years, Dan moved up the ranks of the firm, eventually to lead JSI’s Separations Department and serve on its management team.
Dan began his career at JSI shortly after graduating from Salisbury University on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. He started out in our Continuing Property Records Department, where he learned the fundamentals of how a telephone switch works and how networks operate. He carried these skills onto his work on client cost studies, strategic plans and financial forecasts. He also is known as the person who taught Manny Staurulakis how to complete a cable and wire study when Manny first joined JSI full time in the early 1980s.
Over the years, Dan accumulated an immense amount of knowledge of the FCC rules and regulations regarding separations studies, access tariff filings, and universal service. Coupled with his knowledge of network functionality, Dan assisted hundreds of clients meet their goals for continued prosperity. Dan was often on the road visiting clients. This took him to exciting places such as Guam, Michigan, Arizona, South Carolina, Kentucky, Georgia, Florida, and more.
Dan also was instrumental in developing JSI’s various impact and long-term forecasting models, which continue to provide clients with revenue and profitability projections. As well, he used the relationships he developed with those at the FCC and NECA to suggest policy changes and modifications that would be beneficial for JSI’s clients.
On Friday, June 26th, JSI’s Maryland office honored Dan with a special luncheon. During the party, Manny spoke about Dan’s role throughout much of JSI’s history and how he’s been an important part of the success of the company. Dan has mentored many staff members over his long career, influencing how work is done in the Separations Department now and far into the future.
Dan is wasting no time to begin his retirement adventures. He leaves on July 4th for a diving trip with friends in Bonaire. We all wish him well and thank him for all of his hard work on behalf of the company and its clients.