Ivan, our Chief Executive Dog is extremely busy, but he took a few minutes to give us an exclusive interview! We are proud of the work Ivan does in the office to boost morale and remind us to take ergonomic-friendly breaks!
You may know Lindsay Swanson as the Marketing Manager at Simplified Communications, but her major strengths are in reworking Big Business strategies into the environment of a smaller company, and leading games of Tag.
Lindsay brings nearly a decade of marketing experience to Simplified Communications. She's skilled in client engagement, social media, and marketing campaigns. Her favorite part of marketing is helping people discover the things they truly need--even if they didn't know what that product or service was called, or that it even existed!
Staying connected with clients and getting creative in marketing requires a certain level of fun and play. Lindsay might be found taking a much-needed computer screen break, playing tag in the office with her dog, Ivan. The desks are lined up to make a perfect path for tagging the office pup, with Reed and Patrick.
Lindsay's day-to-day life has changed quite a bit since last year, but not just because of the pandemic. She used to work for a large financial services company. Many of the strategies and tools that were used there have been retooled and applied to Simplified Communications. She loves the freedom of working in the telecom industry, which has so few rules and regulations compared to financial services. Tag wasn't really allowed at her previous office!
Simplified Communications isn't all fun and games, though. The telecom industry is extremely complex with the many options and myriad of ways to build solutions. Lindsay enjoys being able to work alongside industry experts who can brainstorm possibilities and help create excellent answers for clients.
Chief Executive Dog, Ivan is named after one of Lindsay's favorite beach bars on her favorite island, Jost Van Dyke, BVI.
Working in the telecommunications industry since 2002, Reed Knutsen has brought helpful solutions to his clients in good times and bad. He has made a number of COVID-19-required adjustments to his life and work. Luckily Reed is always up for a challenge.
The hardest part about living in lockdown is that Reed loves All The Food. A medium rare steak, pizza, Asian cuisine. His favorite--a hidden gem in the north Coon Rapids suburbs called Angkor, serving Chinese Cambodian. But lately, he is doing more cooking from home.
See Reed's Smokey Quarantine Chicken Legs Recipe below.
When life is anything but simple, we thank you for choosing Simplified Communications.
Ryan has worked in customer service and support for more than twenty years. He has worked with Best Buy and Comcast, assisting the local Twin Cities Business Sales Team. His enjoyment of typical "geeky" things such as Sci-Fi, comic books, computers and technology give him an edge in the ever-changing and innovating telecom industry. Let's face it--much of what we do on our phones today looks like something from an episode of Star Trek!
After a long morning of supporting customers, Ryan likes to order from either of his favorite restaurants: Teresa's or La Casita's. He recommends the Fajita Quesadilla.
When Ryan is not "geeking out" or enjoying amazing Mexican food, he likes to vacation to St. Louis, Missouri with his wife and son, Lucas. They cheer on the Cardinals baseball team and visit downtown.
Ryan has secrets! The best kept one is his hometown of Hopkins, Minnesota. It has your typical "small town" feel to it, with antique stores, a variety of restaurants and bars, and a local tattoo parlor. Hopkins has many great activities to participate in all within 10 minutes of the town. This small town background is part of Ryan's charm and care with Simplified Communications clients.
Patrick Keane - Owner/Broker
Patrick brings enthusiasm and experience to both the clients and staff of Simplified Communications. Keane started working in the telecom industry almost a decade ago, when he was recruited to work for Comcast. It was a challenging job for him, but he worked his way up to sales manager, with a decision to learn something new every day and focus on helping his customers.
This attitude served as a necessary foundation for starting Simplified Communications in 2014. The fast pace and ever-changing needs of telecom technology demand a desire to learn and evolve. Patrick is positioned to grow with customers’ needs and prepare them for success.
Is Patrick human?
While Patrick brings many superhuman traits to Simplified Communications, he still eats and has hobbies, too! His favorite burrito in Minneapolis is from Burrito Loco, but if he could only eat one food for the rest of his life it would be sushi. Part of his superhuman strength comes from breaking his leg as a baby when his dad forgot to close the baby gate (oops!). Patrick had to learn how to overcome (or avoid) obstacles from the beginning!
Patrick refuels by brainstorming at the office with the office dogs, saltwater spearfishing, and enjoying Minnesota life with his wife.
The entire team at Simplified Communications is excited to meet you and assist with your telecommunications needs.
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