Name: Jim Brown, 34, of Marmora
Family: Single, family in Upper Township
Education: Ocean City High School, undergraduate degree from University of Denver
Job: Director of sales and business development
Business: Adaron Telecommunications, of Marmora
Adaron started as a telecom engineering firm and we started hearing horror stories about out-of-state phone companies coming in and putting in phone systems for small and medium-sized businesses in the area.
We decided to offer telecom solutions for businesses. We’re an authorized Samsung dealer and work on a host of others such as Nortel, NEC, Avaya.
We also help businesses switch over from standard copper or cable TV service to VOIP and trunk-line service.
We do quite a bit of engineering for telecommnications carriers. We have a lot of work in New York we’re doing right now. That’s the other side of the business, working for large firms.
We have 10 people right now, two or three working remotely and the rest here in Marmora.
I’m on the sales side, so I’m out there drumming up business for us, meeting with potential clients and discussing their telecom needs and deciding whether we can provide a solution for them.
If a business is having a problem with hardware or the telephone system, I’ll meet with them. I also go to business events to get the word out and meet with potential clients.
Entry: I’m from Upper Township and I spent some years with Lucent Technologies in the optical networking group in Holmdel, Monmouth County. Then I moved to Colorado and was a professional ski patroller for six years.
I moved to New York City two years ago and got hooked up with Adaron, which was doing telecom work in New York. I decided to move back down to where the business was located.
I guess the biggest challenge in this work is making people aware that we’re here. I have a feeling a lot of business people have problems with their phone systems and they don’t know where to turn.
Career goals: I enjoy the position I’m in now. It’s very entrepreneurial. We have big goals for the company. Our home is South Jersey, but eventually we’d like to expand throughout New Jersey and the East Coast.
About me: Skiiing is my passion. Also mountain biking. I love to golf. Just being outside and being active.
Business Editor Kevin Post