Veterans Day: How They Did Their Share

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

This veteran's day we'd like to take the time to pause and thank our Veterans! Let's salute and honor those for being American soldiers, Marines, and sailors, and Coast Guard members, and National Guard members — all those who have served and currently still serve our country—for we deeply appreciate the sacrifices they have made in serving to keep our freedom intact.

Read More

Tags: Chicago Communications, Employee Spotlight

Meet Barb Concialdi, Director of Maintenance Sales and Services

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Employee Spotlight

Raised in Elmwood Park, Illinois, Barb graduated from Trinity High School and decided early on that she had a plan for her life, her family and she was going to make it work. Armed with an Associate Paralegal Degree from Harper College, Barb found a place at Motorola as an Administrative Service Assistant. Shortly after, she was asked to assist in starting up five Motorola Owned Company Service Centers in Chicagoland; Barb says, "That's where I was educated on radios".

Read More

Tags: Employee Spotlight

Meet Barb Wittenkeller, Chicomm's Billing and Receivables Clerk

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Employee Spotlight

Barb Wittenkeller has been an employee of Chicago Communications for just over twelve years. She is a member of our Finance and Accounting department, handling a number of critical responsibilities for the company. She performs bank and credit card reconciliations, works with our sales folks and service dispatch teams on sales orders and service billings, assists with handling in-bound telephone calls and walk-in customers, orders and maintains office supply inventory, and is also one of our two company notary publics.

Read More

Tags: Employee Spotlight

Meet Owen Lauerman, Account Executive

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Employee Spotlight

Owen Lauerman began working at Chicago Communications two years ago. He will be celebrating his 2-year anniversary with the company on September 4th. (Happy Anniversary, Owen!) But how did the stars align, landing him here at Chicago Communications? In Owen’s case, it’s clearly all about timing.

Read More

Tags: Employee Spotlight

Meet Nancy Rezman: Inside Sales Support and Telemarketing Maven

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Employee Spotlight

Ever since her first job, as assistant to the VP of a Publishing company, Nancy has enjoyed being the voice on the phone. Whether it’s being the first person to touch base with a customer or the one they can count on when an issue comes up, she never hesitates to help. Her goal is for everyone to know and remember her name. She enjoys visiting customers with the sales team and having them say, “I know you” or “I remember your name.” She feels it gives a customer or potential customer that personal experience. When Nancy calls to follow up on a marketing piece or a recent service call or to check and see if there is anything they need, she wants them to know she truly cares.

Read More

Tags: Chicago Communications, Employee Spotlight

Meet Helen Strecker, Our Front Office Guru

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Employee Spotlight: Helen Strecker

In April, 2005, Helen took a leap of faith and applied for the receptionist's job at Chicago Communications. During the interview, she said, "It was interesting explaining why my last 'paid position' had been in 1972." That's what happens when you are a stay at home mom for 33 years.

Helen’s first job after graduating from secretarial college in New Jersey was with a major retail company.  She was a secretary (yes, that's what they were called then) to a vice president; and she did it all.  Correspondence, advertising, budgets, scheduling and yes, even his personal shopping.  When she got married, her husband's job took them out of their hometown and across the country to Illinois.  Then, along came three boys, a house and a station wagon - suburbia at its best.  And once again, she was doing it all - school committees, charity organizations, Scouts, sports and car-pooling.  They went through a station wagon and two mini-vans during that time.  When asked, "What do you do?" her polite answer was usually "how much time do you have?"  She was fortunate, she was able to stay at home to raise her children, run her home and contribute to her community.  In 2000, Helen became a widow, the "children" were grown men and there was no need for her to be at home anymore.  In 2004, she got married again, and decided to see what was out there. 

Read More

Tags: Chicago Communications, Employee Spotlight

Meet Dan Wolski, Technician at ChiComm

Posted by Kendra Newlon

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Always busy at his work station, Dan Wolski has fixed radios, accessories, televisions, and security equipment for Chicago Communications since 1994.

Originally from the Chicago land area, Dan grew up interested in electronics and their functions after a friend introduced him to radios. He ultimately decided to make it his career. He attended a technical school in Indiana, in the vicinity of Valparaiso College.

Dan’s career in radios began in a small CB store his friend owned, located in Kankakee, IL. There, he would repair all sorts of radios, ranging from small hand held two way radios to entire radio systems installed in vehicles. He decided to then move back up to the Chicago area, where he landed a position within ChiComm.

Read More

Tags: Two Way Radios, Chicago Communications, Motorola Solutions, Wireless Communication, Meet our Technicians, Employee Spotlight

Meet Emory, Shop Supervisor At ChiComm

Posted by Jill McNamara

Friday, August 16, 2013

Meet Our Technicians: The Experience Behind ChiComm

   To date, I've interviewed and shared the unique stories of over 15 members of ChiComm's qualified service team. So it only seemed fitting to meet with the leader of the pack, so to speak. Emory Ludtke, III, is that leader. A leader who not only likes to preach that "Failure is not an option" but one who also says: "I'm in charge of supervising some of the finest radio technicians I've come across in all my travels around the world."

Read More

Tags: Two Way Radios, Employee Spotlight, Maintenance/Installation/Service

Experience Behind ChiComm: Spotlight on Lester Dixon

Posted by Jill McNamara

Friday, December 21, 2012

     Lester started at ChiComm in October of 1983, and upon his retirement next week he'll have put in just over 29 years here. He has primarily been a mobile installer for ChiComm but he’s done a little bit of everything throughout his years here (base installs, microphone repairs, squad builds, responding to service calls). At the time he started the cellular business was booming in full swing so he jumped right in to learning how to install mobile cellular units in cars. Besides the skills he learned from some electronic courses he learned everything he knows on the job.   His job description includes: installing a wide range of equipment in vehicles and repairing equipment when necessary, whether in the shop or on location at a customer site. A majority of the jobs he's worked on have been for government agencies, including dozens and dozens of squad cars and undercover vehicles. He has been working on vehicle solutions for as many years as he can remember.      

Read More

Tags: Chicago Communications, Meet our Technicians, Employee Spotlight

Tribute to the Veterans at Chicago Communications

Posted by Jill McNamara

Friday, November 9, 2012

 As veteran's day approaches we'd like to take the time to pause and thank our Veterans! Let's salute and honor those for being American soldiers, Marines, and sailors, and Coast Guard members, and National Guard members — all those who have served and currently still serve our country—for we deeply appreciate the sacrifices they have made in serving to keep our freedom intact.

Read More

Tags: Chicago Communications, Employee Spotlight