Sitting at my Dad’s Lancaster Telephone Company desk in the late 1970s was exciting as a toddler. The office buzzed with employees talking, I assume helping customers with services or problems. And there were always friendly smiles and happy employees handing out the occasional piece of candy to a precocious and curious toddler.
The telephone was an essential and groundbreaking tool that impacted the world, and Comporium employees were at the center. Nearly 3 decades later, and slightly more grown from that toddler, I was given the opportunity to be a part of Comporium’s next chapter in offering groundbreaking technology. Since my first day in 2006, I have witnessed astounding positive changes in our products, services and company. During this time, Comporium earned a position as a recognized leader in security and smart home technology around the world. This acknowledgement opened many doors for me professionally, including the honor of talking about Comporium’s security and smart home efforts to the industry.
How the company evolved is not only impressive, but also very special. Even through myriad changes and challenges, Comporium never loses sight of the impact people make in its continued success. Anyone can do technology, but not many do well with community. Comporium cares for its employees and encourages us to care for the community. I’ve had the honor of packing and delivering Christmas meals to needy families as part of the Pioneers. My family and I were thrilled to ride on Comporium’s floats in Christmas Parades. I watched how a crumbling downtown parking lot became a catalyst for change. Fountain Park now serves as a vibrant community gathering place thanks to a strategic belief that a rising tide will raise all ships. Fountain Park became that rising tide for re-development in downtown Rock Hill. And now, during a global pandemic, I’m proud to work alongside my colleagues to help our community connect during challenging times.
As I grow older, sitting at my Dad’s desk will always be special – not just for the candy. Even then as a little boy, I knew this place played an important role in the lives of people in our community. I never dreamed decades later I would have my own desk and even take my own little boy around the office. Thanks to Kelly Anderson, my son also got some candy. The circle continues.
Reaching 125 years in business is a significant accomplishment and I’m proud me and my family could play a role in it. Here’s to another 125 years, Comporium!