**Update 10/03/19 -- we're pleased to announce Kelly Brewer was promoted to Vice President of Telecommunications in December, 2018. In her Linked In profile, she said:
As VP of Telecommunications, I manage an $80 Million P&L for Tilson’s largest and fastest-growing business unit. I lead a world-class team of 450 professionals who are designing, building and maintaining the most advanced network infrastructure for private, public, utility and government clients.
Tilson has been recognized on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. for nine years in a row and we have no plans of slowing! Our telecom division is highly regarded as an industry standout for innovation and technologically advanced deployment methods.
My team builds thousands of miles of fiber, deploys thousands of small cells per year, and upgrades hundreds of towers and supporting infrastructure. Tilson also owns 5G and IoT collocation facilities nationally under our CLEC, SQF, LLC.
Director of Engineering and Implementation, Tilson Technologies
In leading the engineering team for all Tilson programs, I oversee the engineering and construction of fiber optic networks, in building networks and utility networks. My team is responsible for engineering and building some of the largest telecom projects happening all over the country. An important part of my role is to foster and drive innovation of network engineering tools and techniques to help us stay competitive.
There are so many things I enjoy about my job. I’m on the forefront of creating industry-leading processes and best practices in the telecom industry. It’s rewarding to be able to build and hire teams in Maine (and across the country) to work on impactful projects. Tilson provides a lot of autonomy. It is a supportive, hard-charging culture in which I’m pushed by my team and peers to continuously improve.
USM taught me that a non-traditional path is welcome, and that has carried over to my career. As a student who took courses at night, while working a full-time job, I learned valuable time management skills. USM connected me with local business leaders in the community who have been beneficial as mentors, clients and employees.
By allowing me to teach courses within the Department of Technology, USM has also helped me to connect with and understand the future generation of employees coming into the market. Today, I’m proud to say that my team employs more than a dozen USM alumni, current students and interns.
By Kelly Brewer, '11 for USM Connects.