Employee Spotlight – Tony Haskins
ABS is committed to celebrating the contributions of each of our employees. Our team is diverse and brings a wide variety of skillsets to the table. We are so proud of them, in fact, that we just had to share details on how our team members succeed, work hard, play hard and stay humble daily!
Q: What is your role/title?
A: My name is Tony Haskins and I am the Structured Cabling Manager for our Richmond, VA office. I’m in charge of cabling installation quality and I make sure the installers adhere to the policy of implementation. I spend the majority of my time working on estimating projects and designing structured cabling systems for our clients.
Q: What is your team working on right now?
A: We have a few pretty neat projects going on. Right now we are working with Amazon on a few of their local warehouses which are over one million square feet each. What Amazon does out there is pretty amazing.
Q: What is the most exciting thing happening in the industry/at ABS right now?
A: We have quite a few large opportunities on the table which is always exciting. Also, a new company has come out with a new type of cabling which allows users to run 1 gig of speed and POE+ up to 650 feet. Previously, users were bound to just 295 feet of distance. There is also a new cable that can run 10MG up to 850 feet! This greatly helps out in distribution centers and limits the amount of required IDF’s.
Q: What changes have you seen over the past few years?
A: The team here in the Richmond office has grown to be the strongest team that I’ve been a part of since joining ABS. They really do have great training and experience in the field which results in the best possible service for our clients.
Q: We want to get to know you a little bit better and what keeps you going on the day-to-day. Tell us, what surrounds you to keep you motivated or helps you to do your job?
- Calculator: Numbers are my life. Since project estimation is a huge part of the job, I frequently lean on my calculator to make sure I get things right.
- Blueprints: I frequently have prints on my desk. Their larger scale format really helps to determine what color and how many cables need to go to each location.
- Glasses: I simply can’t do my job without them!
Sarah Cartwright joined ABS through the Cisco Partner Sales Academy. Fresh out of West Virginia University where she earned her BS in Business Administration as a Marketing major with a focus in Sales, Sarah spent her first two years with ABS as an Account Manager working directly with clients in her K-12 sales role, guiding clients through the ever-changing technological landscape.