Some know that I grew up in Montana and Wyoming on cattle ranches and came at 17 to the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service because I knew I wanted an international career. I thought I would be a corporate lawyer and instead after a great year at the London School of Economics finished with an International Economics and Finance concentration instead.
I started real work at 21 after some internships in the US Senate and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, and at 22 was on my first international deployment in Venezuela where we bid and won the very first GSM cell phone license in the Americas and subsequently launched that company from scratch. We can say the rest was history filled up with an international MBA while I kept my management responsibilities, met great people and found opportunities along the way to learn from.
Behind the scenes the reality is that my career took off because I had a mantra that I would go anywhere (other than a truly active war-torn country) at least once. I was flexible, committed, and would always find way one way or another to get things done. This is how we had to do it on the ranch growing up, and that has carried over into my approach to business. In many of the more tough geographies we found solid ways to do business and make money despite the challenges. For each of my employers I have created greenfield opportunities in new territories organically and from scratch partnering with locals and my colleagues utilizing the skills of each. I always had a rule that regardless of language barriers, if I could get people on the other side to engage via body language, I would find a way to get a deal done.
With ServicePower, we are already operational in about ten countries, but over the next 12-18 months we have plans to expand to another ten countries, and grow thereafter beyond. It is such an exciting time doing the things that I love. Likewise, while we are recruiting new staff, it is so satisfying to see the engagement of those in ServicePower that have been with the company five to ten years as they see the quality of our products and our customer relationships being validated with the demand.
The world is a small place now, and we are a multinational company that is increasingly offering our solutions on a global basis. This includes further cultivation of burgeoning relationships with Accenture, Deloitte's Consulting and other local or more boutique system integrators. It also means tighter relationships with our current multinational clients that love our products in one market and now see the opportunity to expand on a more global basis.
What we do as a company is market leading. Only a few companies really offer the robustness of scheduling algorithms and travel calculations that we do. Additionally, our technology innovations, the sheer span of industry verticals that we have experience in, and the fact that we are the only ones that also have the ability to manage warranty claims administration, dispatch work to contractor/servicer networks, our exciting mobility product, and our M2M capabilities via the Bosch Software Innovations product, all adds up to a very exciting product suite that would take many years and a lot of money to match. ServicePower is special.
I am very excited to shine the light of ServicePower in an expanded group of territories and bring further value to our customers. If you are interested in ServicePower being your global partner of choice, contact us today.