For this week's employee spotlight, we talk to the very inquisitive Leo Gomez. Hailing from Chicago, our resident porting project manager and Civil War aficionado explains the porting process and shares some thoughtful anecdotes. Here's our interview:
Hey Leo! So, what does a porting project manager do exactly?
As a project manager, my role specifically is to port numbers onto our platform and procure voice services from vendors.
What’s a day in the life of Leo porting numbers?
Porting is not rocket science, but there could be some challenges. There are a lot of parties involved – we’re dealing with vendors, customers and carriers who are losing the phone numbers, and sometimes, the information we receive may not be consistent with all parties. One of my tasks is to ensure that I’m following up with everyone as often as I can to ensure that everyone is on the same page and that we’re getting proper information submitted to complete the porting process.
You’ve been here for two years, what’s so exciting about Telnyx and what you do?
The most exciting part of working here is thinking about our potential to disrupt the entire industry and having a role in that disruption. We are the telephone company of the 21st century, and the possibilities of what we can do are only constrained by our ability to execute.
Very thoughtful! Speaking of our industry, any trends that you’re seeing or have read about that you think is or will revolutionize the way people communicate?
I think what we’re doing here at Telnyx is pretty revolutionary – shifting communication from being device-centric to being application-centric, and the internet’s role in telephony is a huge part of that.
What does Leo like to do in his spare time when he’s not sending out porting requests?
I love to play squash! I love to read books – I’m trying to finish volume one of The Civil War: From Sumter to Perryville by Shelby Foote.
What’s the one takeaway from what you’ve read so far?
It’s probably the exchange between William Tecumseh Sherman and Ulysses S. Grant after the first day of the Battle of Shiloh:
‘Well, Grant,’ said Sherman, ‘we’ve had the devil’s own day, haven’t we?’
‘Yes,’ Grant replied, ‘lick ’em tomorrow, though.’
Anything else that you enjoy doing in your free time?
Yes – I volunteer at the Midtown Education Foundation as an advisor to 7th graders.
What was the last advice you gave them?
Don’t be afraid to ask for help!
That’s great advice! Anything else in store for the year?
I’m heading to Georgia in a few months for a wedding. I’ll probably stop by some Civil War battlefields when I’m there!
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