We're proud to be aligned with a financially stable manufacturer of unified communications equipment and services.

Last week, we learned that Avaya has filed in federal court for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection due in large part to a significant debt burden carried over a nearly 10-year period. Only time will tell whether the debt restructuring process under bankruptcy will be kind to Avaya. Regardless, I’m sure our industry and the media will continue to study the legacies of both Nortel and Avaya as history lessons for many years to come.

What I know from my own 30-plus years of experience with NEC is that financial stability through diversification and creating operational efficiency has benefited not only us as a company, but our customers and partners through the years. Continuous improvement and innovation are probably the two biggest reasons for NEC’s 117+ years of longevity.

Read the full article here.

Wenatchee Business World Recognizes Aren Magnussen for 30 under 35 Award!

Two-and-a-half dozen future leaders from the Wenatchee Valley have been named as the most recent honorees of the 30 under 35 Awards, a program showcasing young professionals committed to community success.

The diverse group of business, civic and nonprofit leaders was announced July 28 at a gathering hosted by 30 Under 35 sponsor Wenatchee Valley Business World, a sister publication of The Wenatchee World.

World Publisher Rufus Woods, who presented each of the honorees, said “these upcoming young leaders in our region are committed to enhancing the quality of life in our communities and investing their time and energy in worthwhile causes to make a difference.”

He added, “Looking at the work they are already doing, it’s clear that the future will be in good hands.”

The 30 award winners, ranging in age from 18 to 34, were chosen from dozens of nominations in a wide variety of occupations, including health care, retail, law and justice, consulting, media production, environmental services, technology, finances, education, nonprofits and other business sectors.

See the full list of honorees here: Business World 30 under 35.

We're Hiring an Outside Sales Professional for Eastern, WA.

Account Manager: Eastern, WA

We are expanding our growing business into the Eastern, WA market and are searching for an experienced outside sales professional to join our team. The Account Manager is responsible for proactively identifying new business opportunities through networking, referrals, and cold calling. The primary goal will be to secure qualified meetings with potential customers, and drive revenue growth. The Account Manager will solve the business needs of prospects and customers by aligning those needs and objectives with the company’s strong portfolio of solutions. The Account Manager will act as an advisor, customer advocate, and strategic partner to ensure customer satisfaction.

Responsibilities:
1.  Identify and generate leads through marketing campaigns and networking.
2. Connect client’s business objectives with the company’s offerings and solutions. 
3. Establish yourself as a trusted partner to the prospect or customer.
4. Effectively sell a broad portfolio of products across a wide range of industries.
5. Assist the customer in maximizing their return on investment.

Requirements:
1.  5+ years of previous business-to-business sales experience with a documented track record of success.
2. Experience selling in the telecommunications/IT services industry is preferred.
3. Strong negotiating abilities.
4. Ability to multi-task and manage multiple streams of work simultaneously.
5. Highly resourceful when necessary to overcome barriers and objections.
6. Proven record of meeting/exceeding established goals and objectives.

Compensation:
Unlimited earning potential with a competitive base salary and commissions. 100% paid premium health and welfare benefits, company cell-phone, and vacation pay are included.

Cover letter and resume are required to apply. Minimum requirements will be used for initial screening of resumes. careers@interwestcorp.net.

Interwest Expands to Spokane

The Good Life Magazine wrote an article about the Interwest expansion in the "They Built This City" section of the latest issue. Check the article out below!

By Cary Ordway

Sometimes the lure of re­tirement and a good fishing hole are just not enough challenge for an executive in the fast-paced, frenetic world of elec­tronic communications. The fish may be biting, but the executive may also be chomping at the bit to get back into the game.

That’s kind of the way it was for Interwest Communications Pres­ident Rich Magnussen, according to his son and Interwest VP, Aren. It was back in 1975 that Rich founded Interwest in Denver, Colorado, and built it into a major concern with more than 200 em­ployees. An avid outdoorsman, Rich had visited the Wenatchee area and decided to sell his com­pany and move his family here where he bought a 52-acre apple orchard.

He worked his orchard but it wasn’t long before he was anx­ious to apply his IT know-how to starting another communications company, again called Interwest. The new company opened for business in Cashmere in 1988.

Today Interwest is located in downtown Wenatchee and Aren is managing most of the day-to-day operations while Rich stays involved in the business. A 2001 graduate of Wenatchee High School and a 2005 graduate of Central Washington University in IT, Aren also had a lot of expo­sure to the business as he was growing up. He now is leading a 15-employee staff as they ex­pand into new markets primar­ily in Eastern Washington. The company has had an office in the Tri-Cities for seven years and Interwest has recently opened a new office in Spokane.

So what exactly does Interwest Communications do? Originally just offering phone service, the business has morphed over the years into an IT services company: NEC business telephone systems, network infrastructure that in­cludes any kind of low-voltage ca­bling, data networking equipment and wireless access systems and commercial security. The compa­ny counts major employers like Confluence Health and Stemilt Growers, and Cashmere Valley Bank among its customers.

Interwest Communications is located at 229 S. Wenatchee Avenue. For more information, please phone 800-759-3960 or visit www.interwestcommuni­cations.com.