SCOTTSDALE, AZ -- (Marketwire) -- 03/30/09 -- Sparkplug Communications, a leading provider of fixed wireless business broadband services, today announced that Daman Wood has been named Vice President of Sales as part of the company's continued growth. He will be responsible for leading Sparkplug's Carrier, Government and Business Services sales groups.
Prior to his current role, Wood was Executive Director of Wholesale Markets at Sparkplug, responsible for all carrier, cable, government, education and healthcare accounts. Before Sparkplug, Wood served as Director of Sales and Marketing at Next Level Solutions, Inc., a value added reseller and integrator of wireless solutions. While at Next Level, Wood led worldwide sales across all product offerings and vertical markets, realizing a 130 percent increase in revenues year over year.
Before joining Next Level, he was Director of Sales for TeleSpectra, which was later acquired by Sparkplug. During his tenure with TeleSpectra from 2002 to 2006, Wood managed all sales for many of the same accounts for which he is now responsible, and grew the company's revenue by 300 percent.
Wood's promotion represents another addition to Sparkplug's core leadership team. This move comes on the heels of the hiring of Joel Payne as Vice President for Engineering and Operations and Maria Farnon as Vice President of Marketing.
Since 2006, the company has seen significant growth, both through mergers and acquisitions with other fixed wireless providers, and through the expansion of its business broadband and data services across seven states and five metropolitan markets.
"I am very excited by the strength of my executive team," said Michael Ruley, CEO of Sparkplug. "Sparkplug is now on a path to achieve a leadership position in the wireless broadband industry. Daman brings a long history of proven success with the company, rounding out a new leadership team that will be focused on expanding the company's capabilities across all fronts."
"After leading Sparkplug's carrier and government sales, which represent some of our biggest and most demanding customers, I plan to bring the same level of quality service to our business and enterprise segments," Wood said. "The opportunity is greater than ever in an economic environment where businesses are looking for flexibility -- and wireless is the one broadband technology that can ratchet up or down quickly with the customer's demand."
Wood brings a long history of experience in the telecommunications industry, having held various management positions with XO/Nextlink Communications and Syntellect, Inc. He holds a BS in Systems Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point and MBA from the W.P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University.
Sparkplug is a leading fixed wireless broadband service provider currently operating networks across seven states, including the metropolitan markets of Chicago, Nashville, Des Moines, Phoenix and Las Vegas. The company offers a suite of high-speed data, voice over IP, and other managed services over its own network to business, education and government customers. All enjoy the benefits of fast, scalable and easy-to-deploy broadband service. Customers can choose from a complete range of symmetrical bandwidth service options with speeds up to 1 Gbps at a fraction of the typical cost. The company also provides high capacity data services and transport to many of the nation's leading telecommunications providers. For more information, visit www.sparkplug.net.