Eventually David, Kenny and Robert were kicked out of the café when the restaurant closed its doors at 2 am. So the men simply moved their meeting from the café table to the inside of David’s 1975 Chevy convertible, talking for several hours more. When they were finally done, the rain had stopped, the sky was clear and the sun was just beginning to rise. A perfect end to a promising start. This early-morning meeting marked the beginning of CTI.
Shortly thereafter, Robert changed his “probably” to a “definitely” and Consolidated Technologies, Inc. (CTI) was soon opened in a cozy little office in Harrison, NY. The accommodations were cramped, but the ideas were big.
CTI grew quickly, gaining a solid customer base through referrals and recommendations. The company turned a profit in its first year, and has continued to show a profit ever since. CTI became so successful that Kenny found he was spending less of his time in sales and more of his time running the business. Once again, the men of CTI decided they needed one more crucial addition to their management team. And that’s when they found Ben Schoolsky.
Ken had met Ben at a networking party, where Ben had mentioned that he was considering starting his own business. Ken passed this information on to David, who suggested inviting Ben to the company’s upcoming Holiday party at Mickey Mantles. The three men hit it off at the party, especially Ken and Ben, who discovered they were both huge Yankees fans. As the men discussed their favorite team, Paul O’Neil (from the Yankees) walked into the restaurant for dinner. The men took that as a good omen, and agreed to meet later to discuss the possibility of bringing Ben on as a partner.
The building blocks were now in place. With Ben on board, the partners could now focus on their strengths for the benefit of the organization. Kenny would run the company as its President, David would continue to direct the strategic vision, All technology decisions would be made by Robert, and Ben would head up a newly-expanded sales staff. The company enjoyed six straight years of +30% year over year growth and tripled their number of employees.
In the fast paced technology environment CTI continued to evaluate new technologies and offerings to keep the business current and moving in the right direction. VoIP was now a mature technology, and new protocols like Session Initiation Protocal were becoming generally accepted standards. CTI began to evaluate an emerging technology known as “Hosted PBX.” After 2½ years of careful research, the team concluded that IP-based communications over a single, converged accepted network was the future of business communications. The ability to provide this type of communications solution from a centralized system – a Carrier Grade Softswitch – was a business in which CTI could excel. The solution would give companies the option of having all their communications handled by an outside source, which would not only help customers save on capital expenses, but also free them up from the headaches associated with juggling multiple vendor relationships.
So in the Fall of 2005, the next big evolution in the company’s distinguished history was announced, when CTI introduced its Hosted Voice solution known as ClearPath MVP (Managed Voice Plus). CTI’s investment in the best softswitch platform, Broadsoft, would now allow them to offer customers a true end to end service, as well as provide smaller businesses with advanced feature functionality such as Unified Communications and SIP.
Moving forward, CTI will continue to research and test emerging technologies, bringing only the best of breed solutions to its customers. As CTI embraces its second decade of superior service, we welcome you to join our family of loyal and satisfied customers.