Interwest Recognized as a Top Performer by NEC Corporation of America!

NEC Corporation of America Awards Top Performers with Advantage Channel Partner Excellence Awards.

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Irving, Texas, June 19, 2018 – NEC Corporation of America (NEC), a leading provider and integrator of advanced IT, communications, networking and biometric solutions, today announced the Advantage Channel Partner Excellence Award recipients.
The Advantage Executive Conference is an annual event hosted by NEC, attracting top performing integrators and partners, as well as IT and communications consultants. The theme for this year’s event was “Exchange. Transform. Experience.” Attendees spent three days exchanging stories of successful experiences with transformation, listened to an inspiring keynote speaker, Tiffani Bova, Global Customer Growth and Innovation Evangelist for Salesforce, and joined hands-on breakout sessions and solution demos.
The highlight this year was a new “Proud to Partner” session with presentations by Guyette Communications, ServiceMark Telecom, Matrix Communications and Magna5.
“This year we hosted our 25th Annual Advantage Executive Conference, where we bring the Smart Enterprise to life by gathering with all our outstanding partners, including system integrators, distributors, resellers and consultants,” said Larry Levenberg, Vice President of Sales, NEC Corporation of America. “Not only do we get to spend time with this group, but we have the honor of recognizing their hard work through the Channel Partner Excellence Awards.”
This year’s recipients were:

  • American Telephone – Recognized for achieving 130 percent of their goal in NEC’s fiscal 2017 (FY17). Last year they sold and deployed one of NEC’s largest UNIVERGE BLUE UCaaS customers with a project that continues to grow year over year.
  • Batts Communications – Recognized for growing their business 551 percent from FY16 to FY17, moving into the enterprise space, and expanding their offerings to include IT.
  • Brookfield Group – Recognized for embracing the Smart Enterprise by adopting NEC Smart IT and deploying a wide range of NEC technologies.
  • Connecticut Communications – Recognized for overachieving in FY17, as well as for their extensive charity work. Connecticut Communications is the oldest private contractor of telecommunications hardware in the state and has been an NEC Channel Partner for 14 years.
  • Design Communications (DCI) – Recognized for their continued and ongoing success in providing NEC solutions to the Hospitality industry for a number of years. DCI once again landed flagship properties in FY17.
  • Forerunner Technologies – Recognized as one of NEC’s largest solutions integrators, who still saw a 45 percent increase in NEC sales during FY17 with key significant wins across multiple strategic vertical markets.
  • Interwest Telecom Services – Recognized for increasing its sales with NEC in FY17 by 503 percent, including a very large health care network deployment.
  • IPNET S.A.C. – Recognized as an NEC partner since 2003 with an expertise in Government, achieving continued growth since 2015 of more than 60 percent. FY17 saw them deploy one of the largest networks in Peru.
  • Matrix Communications – Recognized for continuing success with Smart Enterprise transformation and for expanding their customer base specifically in the Education vertical.
  • Résotel – Recognized for FY17 as a new partner, growing their business to half a million dollars in less than a year.
  • SETEL UC – Recognized for being a tenured NEC Triple Diamond Solutions Integrator with significant success in FY17, and for their extensive local charity work.
  • Target Distributing – Recognized for making NEC’s Platinum Distributor achievement level for FY17, a level they have sustained for nine quarters in a row.

Interwest Named to Inc. 5000 list of Fastest Growing Companies in USA

Wenatchee, WA, January 9, 2018 – Interwest Communications Corp. was recently awarded as one of the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies in America (#2473 in 2017). The Inc. 5000 highlights the fastest growing privately held companies from across the country that demonstrate the highest revenue growth over a 3-year period. Interwest has grown by 144% over the last three years, with 13 employees a 2016 revenue of $2.4 million.

Interwest was ranked the #27 among telecom companies, #1 among telecom companies in the state of Washington, and #57 overall in Washington state.

The Inc. 5000 list is a distinguished editorial award and a celebration of innovation. Some of the companies that have been featured on the Inc. 5000 list in the past include Pandora, Zappos, Toys R Us, and 7 Eleven.

"We are thrilled to have made the list of Fastest Growing Companies in America. This is a testament to our approach of building a team of extremely talented telecommunications and security professionals and a relentless focus on customer satisfaction," said Aren Magnussen, President at Interwest Communications Corp.

Learn more about Interwest’s Inc. 5000 award at:

About Interwest Communications Corp.
Interwest Communications is a family-owned technology corporation that believes in doing things right the first time. For over 30 years, Interwest Communications has served businesses of all sizes by providing NEC business telephone systems, structured cabling infrastructure, unified messaging solutions, data networking services and technologies, local phone service and security. Interwest serves small businesses to large enterprises in both the public and private sectors throughout Eastern Washington, with sales and service locations in Wenatchee, Spokane, and the Tri-Cities area. Learn more at

Join our Team! We're hiring an EL06 Limited Energy Technician at our Wenatchee, WA location!

EL06 Limited Energy Technician: Wenatchee, WA

Interwest Communications is looking for EL06 licensed technicians to join our team. Our commitment and dedication to our customer base, as well as increased demand in the Eastern Washington market has driven our need to expand our technical team. Our primary focus is commercial and industrial low voltage installations, with a focus on Healthcare, Banking, and Education. We specialize in business communication systems, structured cabling, fiber optics, physical security systems, access control systems, camera systems, and paging/intercom systems.

Company vehicle, laptop, and iPhone are provided as part of the employment package. Company uniform (t-shirts, polos, jackets) is also provided.

The majority of our workload is local and our employees are home almost every night.

1.  Communicate effectively with project manager to provide project status updates. 
2. Ability to multi-task and manage multiple streams of work simultaneously.
3. Hard worker with a "can-do" attitude.
4. Professional dress standards and appearance.
5. Abide by the installation standards that Interwest requires of its employees.
6. Be willing to work overtime as necessary.

1.  Washington EL06 Limited Energy License.
2. Clean driving record/background check.
3. Drug-Free workplace. 
3. Excellent customer service skills.
4. Have a team based attitude and be willing to keep team and company interests equal to personal interests.
5. Ability to multi-task and manage multiple streams of work simultaneously.

Competitive salary, health and welfare benefits, and paid time off. Salary will depend on experience.

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

Join our Team! We're hiring an administrative assistant in our Wenatchee, WA office.

Administrative Assistant: Wenatchee, WA

Interwest Communications is looking for an experienced administrative assistant to join our team. The administrative assistant is responsible for supporting day to day business operations. Order placement and tracking, invoicing, and collections. This person will be responsible for answering incoming phone calls, and routing callers to the appropriate destination. It will be necessary to support both operations and sales with issues that may arise as well as help customers explain their service needs and issues.

1. Manage work order creation, tracking, and invoicing.
2. Manage project progress billings and contracts.
3. Assist CPA and Bookkeeping firm with financial inquiries.
4. Manage Purchasing, Receiving, and Inventory. Handle returns and repair merchandise.
5. Collection on past-due accounts.
6. Answer incoming support calls.
7. Help customers explain work requested or service issues.
8. Generate work orders with service descriptions.
9. Keep inventory organized and staged when product is received. 

1. 2+ years of general accounting experience.
2. Quickbooks experience preferred.
3. Excellent customer service skills.
4. Effective written and oral communication skills.
5. Ability to multi-task and manage multiple streams of work simultaneously.

Competitive salary, health and welfare benefits, and paid time off. Salary will depend on experience.

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

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.

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