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Employee Spotlights

Employee Spotlight: Christie

Christie: Product Manager for ProServices, Huntsville

I started as a temporary Customer Care Supervisor while one of the employees was struggling through chemotherapy. I think my favorite part about working here at ADTRAN is our attitude toward the customer. Employees at ADTRAN are empowered to do what it takes to deliver what we promise, and if we fall short, we move mountains to make it right. I also enjoy the variety of what we get to do here. I get to work with all sorts of different people, products and services, trying to incorporate better use of technology into our processes, always with an eye toward minimizing internal effort and maximizing the customer experience.

Outside of work, I enjoy being a volunteer for A New Leash on Life, a local animal charity working to make Alabama a no-kill state, started by my sister. We are a growing organization, and my part on the Board and as the accountant, keeps growing with it. 10 years ago I could do the books in 5 hours a year...now I need 5 hours a week!

Employee Spotlight: Jason

Jason: ProServices Product Engineer, Huntsville

I knew of ADTRAN's reputation from being in Huntsville for many years. I ended up in the same gym as David Dodd and he told me about an Engineering opportunity that I should apply for. And a couple of short interviews later I was a part of the team! All of the compliments I had heard about how great ADTRAN was to work for are completely true. There are too many perks to even start to mention here. It’s a Great environment here and the café that is directly downstairs is dangerously good. The best part of the job is making networks better one install at a time! Some installations are full of teachable moments which can be rewarding. Outside of work I love lifting weights and making my home network way more complicated than it needs to be.

Employee Spotlight: Arun

Arun: DVT Engineer, Huntsville

In May 2010, I got a call from ADTRAN (the day after my daughter was born) with a job offer and I’ve been here ever since. I love the open door culture here. You can approach anyone at any level by just walking to their office. People are very talented and approachable. Every day there is something new to learn. And I also love my good size office facing the beautiful lake. As Product Owner of the Gfast NAM Solution team, my team and myself are responsible for North American market releases for Gfast products. Apart from working closely with my team, I also get to work with Product Management, Customer Sales Support and other R&D Engineers across different regions (Huntsville, Germany and India). So, it’s always something exciting everyday including dealing with the priority changes in customer deliverables and making sure the objective is still met on time. At the end of the day, everyone’s goal is to deliver a quality release to the customers. Also, the best part of my job is teamwork - collaborate together and deliver value to customer. I like to listen to any good music (any kind and no specific type). I like running, HIIT workout sessions and now trying to improve in strength training. I don’t watch every single Cricket and Football/Soccer game but I enjoy the world cup series. I’m trying to learn the American Football game and I have already chosen my favorite team (Hint: Roll Tide). Hopefully I will get better at it soon. Most of all – I love spending quality time with my 2 beautiful daughters and enjoying their achievements/milestones at every step of their way.

Employee Spotlight: Chae

Chae: ProServices Project Manager, Huntsville

I actually started at ADTRAN off of the referral of a friend! My absolute favorite thing about working here is being part of a team. It’s like working with a family. I also enjoy being able to use my experience and knowledge in telecommunications to solve problems for both our customers and my fellow employees. My life outside of work consists of being a taxi to a 10 year old athlete. When I'm on a mama break I love to travel!!!

Employee Spotlight: Parker

Parker: Director of Cloud Solutions Development, Huntsville

I like working for a global company in my own community that enables the latest, cutting-edge technology which connects people together through communications of all kinds. We are at the forefront of technological change and the biggest thing to change how we work and socialize is the internet cloud and the technologies within it that increased bandwidth has enabled. It is an exciting time to work in our industry and to be a big part of the technological advancement creating this change. Not only are we enhancing all of our lives, we are paving the way for the future. I love the people and the technology that I work with every day. Since starting here in 1996, ADTRAN has given me the entrepreneurial freedom to help grow our company to what it has become. I have been allowed to gain experience all over the organization including technical support, sales engineering, product management, sales and marketing. Turning new ideas into profitable solutions that we offer is very rewarding. I am passionate about the technology that I work with and enjoy being able to share with others how it will enhance their daily lives. I truly enjoy my profession and look forward to working with our customers worldwide. Shortly before coming to work at ADTRAN, I met my wife while she worked here. Soon after I accepted my first position here, we married and ended up working together for my first 4 years. Amy and I have since raised our family throughout my career and have 3 wonderful teenagers; Ethan 14, Ema 16 and Cayman 18. Outside of keeping up with an Eagle Scout, all 3 in band, hockey and baseball, I enjoy keeping up with the latest in consumer electronics, computers, home-automation, drones and any other must-have gadget. I grew up in Tennessee with a family motorcycle business where I learned to ride and work on every kind of bike possible and still enjoying riding street and dirt bikes today. I also enjoy all kinds of boating, wake surfing, scuba, hiking, camping, flying drones and the photography that comes with it. I additionally like to travel the world and look forward to doing more of that with my family for years to come.

Employee Spotlight: Chapman

Chapman: Mechanical Design Engineer, Huntsville

I got started here through the Co-Op program. I went through the process of interviewing and had three on-site interviews. I had received offers from the first two, but I still had an on-site interview at ADTRAN. I had actually already decided I would take another offer, but from the moment I pulled up to ADTRAN’s campus I felt like it was not only in the running, but possibly a new favorite. By the time my interviews and tour was over, I texted my family and asked them to start praying with me that I would get an offer. The campus was beautiful, the housing was perfect, the job seemed challenging but interesting, but more than anything, all of the people were extremely friendly and made me feel like I was at home. When I got the call, I was overjoyed, and I accepted right away.

In the mechanical engineering department, we are constantly getting different work to do, so things stay interesting and challenging at times, and that part of the job is really great, but as I noticed in my first day at ADTRAN, it’s the people at ADTRAN that make it such a great place to work. I’ve had the same manager and worked with the same group for 4 Co-Op terms, and now I’m a full-time employee with the same group. The main reason I decided to work here full-time was because my manager and co-workers have always been excellent mentors and have always created a great work environment.

As a mechanical design engineer, I’m responsible for designing the part of a product that a customer and technician will see and have their hands on. I’m also responsible for designing all of the mechanical components that provide adequate protection and structure to meet a customer’s need. The part of my job that I enjoy the most are the projects that enjoy the most design elements. These projects often involve problems that our department haven’t solved before, or the product needs to solve a list of problems while simultaneously accomplishing an aesthetic goal. I really enjoy these projects because our team often has to work together to solve the problem from an engineering perspective, but we also work close with designers to create a product that a customer will like to look at.

Well, I have way too many hobbies, I like to draw with charcoal, play guitar, play piano, and I spend time leading a Bible study, but my favorite thing in the world is Fly Fishing. Fly fishing is kind of a nerdy-man’s fishing. There is a pretty big balance between the physics and the artistic (kind of like being a Design Engineer). I tie my own flies at night after work and hit the water on the weekends. I’m slightly addicted to the whole process: getting away from the noise, finding a stream in the woods, figuring out what bugs are hatching in the water, sneaking up to a trout, and convincing him to take a fly that I designed and tied. My addiction can be summed up by a quote from every fly fisherman’s favorite movie, A River Runs Through It, “All good things-trout as well as eternal salvation-come by grace, and grace comes by art and art does not come easy.” I chase the thrill of the catch, but I love the never-ending challenge to get better.

Employee Spotlight: Jacob

Jacob: Production Operations Manager, Huntsville

I work in the Raw Materials warehouse here at ADTRAN. My job here can span across many different things. I receive parts into inventory, I pull parts for work orders to be sent out to each functional area, and I work with raw materials and packaging. Basically, if it needs to be taken care of in that warehouse, I take care of it. This October will make it 5 years here at ADTRAN. I started here as a Temp for about a year and a half before I was hired on. My favorite part about working here is being flexible enough to help wherever I’m needed. I enjoy the fact that my job incorporates so many different things. It keeps it interesting. Outside of work I love to go hunting and fishing. I’m also involved with a local baseball league here in town.

Employee Spotlight: Gownsheng

Gownsheng: Operations Lead for Mechanical, Huntsville

I work as an Operations lead for mechanical. My team and I build a lot of the hardware that we use at ADTRAN. We put the units together, do a lot of prep work and are heavily involved with ICT circuit testing on our products. I have worked at ADTRAN for 10 years now after I worked for 9 months as a Temp and I have been a team lead for almost 2 years. My favorite part about my job is achieving our daily goal with my team. It’s always fun to motivate them and help them. I also love building with my hands. It’s always been something I’ve been good at and I’m glad my job is based on that. Something people may not know about me is that I love to eat! I love Sushi and Mexican food.

Employee Spotlight: Melanie

Melanie: SMT Operator, Huntsville

I am a SMT (Surface Mount Technology) Operator here at ADTRAN. I take all of the parts that have been provided to me from people like Janie and Linda and I build a raw PCB card for whatever product it is needed for. The PCB (Printed Circuit Board) is then sent off to other areas and people that continue working on it. I’ve worked here for 18 years. My absolute favorite part about my job here is the challenge of building new prototypes. I enjoy thinking outside the box. Each one is different and helps keep me on my toes.

Employee Spotlight: Linda

Linda: Set-up Operator, Huntsville

I am a Set-up operator. Basically what that means is that I will take the reels and put them onto the feeder that feeds them over to the SMT Operators. I will have worked here at ADTRAN for 2 years this September. I think my favorite part about working here is actually the people I get to work with. I love the other employees around me and love how close I am with all of them. Something fun that I like to do outside of work is play softball! I am a pitcher on 2 different traveling softball teams.

Employee Spotlight: Janie

Janie: SMT Setup/Programmer, Huntsville

I am a SMT (Surface Mount Technology) Setup/Programmer. I spend a lot of time doing both of these. I am basically the beginning of the process that will eventually turn into one of our products. In the DC Warehouse, I receive all of the parts, scan them into our system and then send them out to the different SMT operators who use them. I also program Integrated Circuits (IC’s) and actually download everything that is needed for them. I’ve worked here at ADTRAN for 19 years now. My favorite part about my job is working the Monday - Thursday shift. I love being able to work during the week and start my weekend a day early on Friday. I love poetry and music, and I’m currently trying to learn how to play the guitar.

Employee Spotlight: Mark

Mark: Technical Trainer, Huntsville

I am a Technical Trainer for ADTRAN. Primary instructor on our voice products applications like SBC, SIP-to-PRI, and Hosted proxy and also on our new Mosaic CP G.fast solution. I love the campus and accommodations. I exercise a lot and having gym and showers on campus is a huge bonus for me. It allows me to workout in AM or during lunch and shower and get back to work. Another big plus is the people who I work with. My training team members are the best and it makes me enjoy getting up and coming to work. I love that I am always learning new technology and products. As ADTRAN adapts to our customer needs and market, we make new products and solutions. Our Training Team have to then learn those new products and technologies and then create and deliver training to our customers. I am always learning something new. My boss, Pat Garner, and other training team members is what makes me love my job. We joke around with each other and have a great time. Well I think we do… I am known around on our floor for my loud voice and the mass amount of food that I eat daily. Well of course my favorite thing is spending time with my family. I have a beautiful wife, Chrissy, and two boys, Justin – 12 and Andrew – 9. Both my boys swim year round so we spend lots of weekends at swim meets. A big part of my family life is going to church and worshiping our Lord Jesus Christ. We go to Rivertree Church in Hampton Cove. I personally enjoy running and riding bikes. My wife and I use to race Triathlons pretty competitively, but now with our kids activities we have put that on hold temporarily. My best place was 2nd overall in the 2011 Frantic Frog Triathlon. I have a group of guys I ride bikes or run with at 5:30am during the week. One of them is fellow ADTRANer Barry Derrick. We either ride bikes on road, or mountain bike up on Monte Sano mountain. Crazy riding Mtn bikes in pitch black darkness with a head light. This year my big race was a 100 mile ride called 6 Gap Century ride in North GA where you climb over 12,000 feet of elevation. A group of ADTRANers also do a Ultra RAGNAR race in TN. Typically a team is 12 people but an Ultra team is 6 runners where you run 200 miles from Chattanooga to Nashville. Each runner runs 3 legs for a totally of 28-37 miles within 24 hours. We have won the Corporate Ultra division every year and even won the overall Ultra division several times. Fellow RAGNAR ADTRANers are George Dewitt (The BEAST, oldest and fastest), Eric Patterson, Jake McCleary, Brian Overstreet, and Michael Kopecky. Fun fact is that I am an Eagle Scout.

Employee Spotlight: David

David: Director of ProServices, Huntsville

I’m part of the team that delivers the professional services (installations, maintenance, etc.) related to the routers, switches, IP business gateways, and Wi-Fi solutions that ADTRAN sells to business customers through service providers and resellers. The people are the best part. When I started at ADTRAN 22 years ago I was intimidated by the level of talent around me and wondered if I would ever be able to keep up. Now I’m inspired by that talent and how it is used to solve customers’ problems. I like the fact that I’m working for a company that is innovative enough to remain relevant for more than three decades in a very dynamic, competitive industry while at the same time being conservative enough to avoid the boom and bust cycles that have destroyed so many other high tech companies. That is very unique. In addition to watching my kids compete in volleyball and track, I enjoy playing racquetball and exploring Americana’s back roads, dirt roads, and trails on my dual sport motorcycle.

Employee Spotlight: Bennie

Bennie: Regulatory Specialist, Huntsville

My role at ADTRAN currently is Regulatory Specialist within the Compliance Department. I support initialization, turn-up and maintenance of multilevel ADTRAN systems in support of Regulatory compliance testing. As a group, we cover getting ADTRAN’s product mix through industry and regulatory approvals such as EMC, Safety and Environmental requirements with emphasis on time to market. The people are the best part of coming to work every day. They are my extended family and I look forward to spending time with them. The environment is also a huge perk. It’s a very professional and pleasant atmosphere, truly inspired by and is in keeping with Mark Smith’s vision to take care of “his people”! I love being a small yet vital part of the great and ever changing challenge of finding reliable solutions to the world’s vast technological communications problems and overcoming those barriers with bright, innovative solutions and looking forward to the next opportunity to literally “change the world” as we know it. Outside of work, my main job is spending as much time as humanly possible with family, especially with my amazing little person and granddaughter Isabella………and eventually some adventure biking and cross-country cruising in my 57 Chevy truck!

Employee Spotlight: Andrea

Andrea: Co-op, Huntsville

I am a second-term co-op currently working in a Hardware Design group for Marty Pannell. As a co-op, I have the opportunity to work in different areas at ADTRAN in order to gain valuable hands-on experience that I could not gain in the classroom. In my current group, I am learning how to design schematics for ADTRAN products. It is fascinating to see how the hardware design process works from start to finish, and so much more goes into it than I originally thought. My first term at ADTRAN was during the spring of 2017, and after a summer of classes at Auburn University, I am back this fall for my second term. As a co-op, I am committed to working three terms at ADTRAN, with the potential for employment after I graduate. The best part about working at ADTRAN is being able to work and interact with so many great people. Everyone I have worked with has been a big help in furthering my learning and getting hands-on experience. I love having the opportunity to apply the principles I learn in school in real-world situations. I have learned so much in my time at ADTRAN, and I can’t wait to see what the future brings. When I’m not working or taking classes, I enjoy playing the piano, playing tennis, and baking decadent cakes. Earlier this August, I was able to go to a professional tennis tournament, and watch some of the best tennis players in the world.

Employee Spotlight: Marcus

Marcus: Co-op, Huntsville

I am a co-op on the User Experience (UX) team working under Jack Batchelor. The best part about ADTRAN is being able to make an impact on the company no matter what skill level or area you're in. From my first day, I was immediately welcomed as part of a team and given the freedom to explore my interests and find how those interests can push ADTRAN to new heights. I feel like my work matters, and that feeling isn't something you find a just any company. I wanted to be in UX because I want to help create technology that brings delight to people's face. I feel like I have an opportunity to do that every day; that's my favorite part of the job. On the UX team we help design how our software interacts with customers. As we move to becoming a software company, we're going to have the opportunity to create software that pushes ahead of the competition simply because we keep our customers in mind when we create it. I believe customers will come to appreciate that. Watching that process happen piece-by-piece is exciting and makes my job worth it to come to each day. I'm pretty new to Huntsville, so I'm still trying to just find my way around town. But one thing I'm excited about getting regularly involved in is Co-working night on Wednesdays. For years, I've explored the idea of running a startup and I've dabbled a bit in the world of video production. So, I'm hoping to find some likeminded peers at Co-working night to bounce ideas off.

Employee Spotlight: Tom

Tom: Web Marketing Manager, Huntsville

I am the web marketing manager and I am responsible for the design and production of all web projects for ADTRAN and sub domains. The web team works for continual improvement on all web based marketing projects for ADTRAN. I really like working with our creative department at ADTRAN and having my work very prominently visible to employees, partners and customers of ADTRAN. I enjoy working through design issues on the web and having a completed project finished in the end. ADTRAN makes technology better for communication and keeping people connected. Outside of work I love to mountain bike, kayak and go camping. I like to go to shows and I have a podcast/tv show I produce promoting events, music and art here in Huntsville.

Employee Spotlight: Dana

Dana: HR Compliance/Immigration Specialist, Huntsville

I am ADTRAN’s HR Compliance/Immigration Specialist. The best part about working at ADTRAN is getting to communicate with ADTRAN’s global workforce and our various vendors and business partners worldwide. I enjoy assisting them in things such as obtaining visa’s to visit and work in our various locations, obtaining green cards for those that are relocating to the United States and obtaining visa’s for our employees to travel worldwide to attend conferences, seminars and participate in global networking events. I encounter people from all over the world on a daily basis. I love the fact that I get to interact with persons from various parts of the world with different backgrounds and cultures. It gives me joy to assist people in making their dreams come true by helping them to obtain the necessary legal documentation to live and work internationally. It is very rewarding to help someone through the difficult process of immigration and then see the benefit they receive from the service that I provide. My greatest joy outside of ADTRAN is working with women to help them become the best that they can be by motivating them to get a clear understanding of who they are or who they want to be and then helping them to understand what they want from life and working with them to achieve it. I encourage them to take control of their lives and strive to become the greatest person that they can be.

Employee Spotlight: James

James: Manager of Client Services, Huntsville

I was hired by ADTRAN in 1999 as a manufacturing employee. During that time I took advantage of ADTRAN’s tuition program earning degrees from Virginia College and UAH. I joined the IT department in 2003 as a Desktop Support technician, this is where I was able to enhance my skillset but at same time build relationships with many of ADTRAN’s employees. Gaining technical knowledge I was able to interact and support many areas of the company. In 2014, I transferred to Product Support where I learned more about ADTRAN’s customers and how they used our equipment. This was a phenomenal learning experience as it helped me understand not only more about myself but ADTRAN as a business. In March 2016, I was blessed with the opportunity to transition back to the IT department in which I feel is my home. I was recently promoted to Manager of Client Services. In this role I work with a wonderful group of employees who strive to provide the best support for your IT systems and applications. Whether its simple questions in the hallway, or major end of the quarter requests, the most satisfying part of my job is providing solutions for our end-users. In my spare time, I enjoying working out in the ADTRAN gym, nerding out in the Apple Store, or hanging out at Campus 805.

Employee Spotlight: Ann

Ann: IT Helpdesk Specialist, Huntsville

I am an IT Helpdesk Specialist which means I do a little bit of everything - from account setups to troubleshooting iPhones! I am also involved in ordering and setting up mobile phones and one of the 3 admins for our new IT ServiceDesk ticket system that we launched in July. The best part about working at ADTRAN is the family atmosphere! I've been here 11 years and our group is a big family. Each day is a new challenge and very rarely like the day before. Some days are a bit more exciting than others but for the most part I love the way that each day presents something new. I also love that being part of the ServiceDesk means that I get to meet the new employees and assist with getting them settled in as well as dealing with just about everyone else in the company. When I'm not setting up mobile phones or resetting passwords, I love travel, photography, going to concerts, and hanging out with my husband Rich and our 4 cats.

Employee Spotlight: Gene

Gene: Project Manager, Huntsville

I am a Project Manager for ADTRAN Professional Services. I have also been a Product Support Engineer, Applications Engineer, Product Manager, and worked in Tech Support. The best part about working for ADTRAN is the people. Oftentimes, especially here in the Services group, the pace gets frenetic, but the folks here are amazing to work with. They make me look forward to coming to work every day. I enjoy being a dad and grandfather, with 2 of my 5 grandchildren living locally and another 2 on the way! I have 7 kids with our most recent little girl adopted from Uganda about 5 years ago. I enjoy hiking and reading. Also, I spent 26 years in the Navy and have over 1000 hours in the F-14 Tomcat, over 300 carrier landings, and a great respect for all the veterans who went before me.

Employee Spotlight: Gloria

Gloria: Receptionist, Huntsville

I am the receptionist for the lobby in the North Tower here at ADTRAN. My favorite part about working here is the people that I get to see every day as well as the benefits that we get. ADTRAN takes care of their employees. Plus, being able to look out the window and see our beautiful campus always helps brighten my day. I love having the opportunity to interact with internal and external customers. Having a public relations character makes it easy. I love my job. I’ve been here for 23 years. I also worked with Quality Assurance for the first 5 years which I also totally enjoyed. Something I really enjoy doing outside of work is playing the piano and singing in my church choir.

Employee Spotlight: Gloria

Rod: Mailroom, Huntsville

By day I work in the ADTRAN mailroom delivering mail all over the campus, but I am also an artist who loves to draw and sketch. Throughout the day I get to meet with almost everyone at our headquarters and I enjoy being able to take the burden off of others when it comes to shipping. Sending and receiving packages at work can get confusing, so I’m happy to assist with calculating rates, tracking and making the process as painless as possible. Outside of work I like reading and being outdoors but what I really enjoy is drawing, including scenic sketches and portraits.

Employee Spotlight: Sai

Sai: Staff Engineer, India

I am staff engineer working on 4xx ONT products at ADTRAN India R&D center. As a developer, I am involved with resolving customer/internal issues and implement new features for the ONT product line. In addition, provide onsite support if needed. Our team works on R&D of 4xx ONT product-line, which is the used for provisioning FTTH Triple Play services (Voice, video and Data) at customer premises. Our portfolio includes SFU & RGs to cater to different needs of our customers. The workplace environment at ADTRAN is the best I have come across. It is conducive for productive work and people here are amazing. The best part of my job is interacting with our customers and ensuring a satisfying experience. ADTRAN best connects people by engaging, being susceptive to the problems they face and resolving them. As well as staying ahead of the curve and developing new solutions that better connect people with innovation and technology.

Employee Spotlight: Jenny

Jenny: Creative Services Manager, Huntsville

My role is to elevate the brand by leading the design and marketing operations teams. My team’s role within ADTRAN is to increase brand awareness, brand alignment and promote the efficiency of movement with marketing operations. For me, the best part about working here is being present in the rotating circle of knowledge. There are so many skilled individuals at this company! I enjoy learning from other generations, and I love teaching others that good design is good business.