ELLETTSVILLE, Indiana – Jeff Pearce has joined Smithville as vice president of commercial sales, according to Darby McCarty, chairman and CEO of Smithville. Before coming to Smithville, Pearce successfully directed CenturyLink’s Enterprise Sales division for markets in Texas, Northern Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma. There he earned a reputation as top performing sales and business leader. Pearce will report to Paul Quick, president of Smithville.

“Smithville continues to attract and grow top talent as we expand our business operations,” said Darby McCarty. “The success of our company is dependent on having a strong workforce that understands the importance of providing the legendary service that Smithville is known for.”

According to Smithville Executive Vice President Cullen McCarty, the company’s investments in both talent and infrastructure have set the stage for continued growth and sustainability for the company and the region it serves. “We are committed to connecting people to the things that matter. In terms of our commercial customers and the communities they are part of, our fiber investments create value and economic advantages. Jeff and his team will work closely with our commercial customers in key markets to help maximize the economic development opportunities that can be realized through our fast and reliable high-speed broadband products and services.”

“Jeff’s proven sales experience and leadership will translate well as he leads and motivates our commercial sales team,” said Paul Quick. “Understanding and exceeding the needs of our customers continues to be a top priority for Smithville, and Jeff’s years of industry experience and customer-focused performance are a strong fit for this company.”

In addition to his eight years at CenturyLink, Pearce held a director of sales position with ContactWorks in Austin, Texas, where he attracted and served national brands. Prior to that experience, Pearce was a vice president of sales and marketing for a medical startup in Austin and also was president and co-founder of a successful company that focused on PBX sales and support.

Pearce is third generation of a very active telecommunications family. His grandfather once owned and operated telephone companies in rural Iowa and served terms as president of the Iowa Telephone Association and as president of the U.S. Independent Telephone Association. Pearce’s father, a past president of the Iowa Chapter of the Telephone Pioneers Association, managed central office installations nationwide before becoming general manager of the family-owned telephone company. He finished his telecom career as owner of telecommunications manufacturing and distribution companies.

Pearce attended the University of Iowa, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration (marketing emphasis).

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About Smithville

Nationally recognized for more than a decade as a Top 100 Broadband Company, privately owned Smithville is Indiana’s largest independent telecom company with more than 200 employees. As a fifth-generation, family-owned business, Smithville has been committed to delivering fast and reliable connectivity and legendary service to its customers for nearly a century. The company is well-known as an industry leader and community supporter for rural Indiana.

Since the early 1990s, Smithville has constructed more than 2,800 miles of high-speed, high-capacity fiber across more than 22 Indiana counties, representing private investments totaling upward of a quarter of a billion dollars, including recent completion of a $4.5 million, 100-gigabit fiber ring.

In addition to its residential services, Smithville provides commercial fiber-based connectivity for businesses, university campuses, biotechnology companies, healthcare providers, government offices, residential centers, communities, and other entities, including the WestGate@Crane Technology Park and the Purdue Research Park. The company currently serves about 23,000 businesses and residences in southern and central Indiana. For more information, please visit www.smithville.com.