KANSAS CITY, Mo., Feb. 4, 2019 – Conexon, a company committed to partnering with electric membership cooperatives to bring fiber to the home in rural communities, today announced the addition of veteran telecom and broadband sales leader Abby Carere to its senior team. Carere serves as Vice President of Sales and Marketing.
Carere offers Conexon clients a breadth of knowledge and expertise related to selling and deploying communications technologies including residential, commercial VoIP, broadband services, as well as back-office support and provisioning. She began her career in direct business-to-business telecom sales in one of the nation’s most competitive telecommunications markets before stepping into leadership and overseeing a direct sales team. With a company of more than 1,000 representatives, she finished in the top 3 percent of the company in sales every year. Carere has spent the last four years working with electric cooperatives to deploy broadband in their markets, helping them implement residential and commercial VoIP services and back-office support solutions. She is widely recognized for her industry knowledge, strategic alliance expertise and being a top sales performer.
In her new role, Carere will lead Conexon’s client acquisition strategy, and also serve as a resource to the company’s electric co-op clients. Conexon supports co-ops in every aspect of a fiber business – from feasibility planning to securing funding to designing networks, managing construction, operations, and beyond. Carere will support clients in building the sales, marketing and brand infrastructure necessary to be successful as broadband providers in their markets.
Conexon has worked with more than 80 electric co-ops that have entered the broadband market. The company represented the Rural Electric Cooperative Consortium (RECC), the single largest Gigabit winning bidder in the FCC’s recent CAF Phase II auction. This consortium of member-owned co-ops will be awarded $186 million over a 10-year period to build fiber-to-the-home networks capable of gigabit speeds to more than 66,000 locations across rural America from Virginia to Oregon.
“We are committed to being a one-stop resource for our clients,” said Jonathan Chambers, partner at Conexon. “Abby’s skills in sales, marketing, strategic alliances and the overall broadband landscape allow us to provide them with a key element for post-deployment operations success.”
“We’re excited to welcome Abby to the team,” added Conexon Partner Randy Klindt. “Her expertise and leadership will enhance Conexon’s position in the broadband arena and allow us to offer our clients the benefit of her expertise and experience.”
Carere holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and Marketing from the University of Kentucky.
Conexon works with Rural Electric Membership Cooperatives to bring fiber to the home in rural communities. The company is comprised of professionals who have worked for electric cooperatives and the telecommunications industry, and offer decades of individual experience in business planning, building networks, marketing and selling telecommunications. Conexon offers its electric cooperative clients end-to-end broadband deployment and operations support from a project’s conception all the way through to its long-term sustainability. It works with clients to analyze economic feasibility, secure financing, manage construction, provide operational support, optimize business performance and determine optimal partnerships. To date, Conexon has assisted more than 80 electric cooperatives, over 30 of which are constructing fiber networks, and secured more than $200 million in federal and state grants for its clients.