On this episode, Kurt speaks with John Lombardi about the importance of a strong network and how it can help with both future hiring as well as finding employment. John has been in the wireless industry for 25+ years. The first half of his career was focused on Product and Business Line Management. The second half has been focused on Sales & Business Development. He began working with Verizon in late 2001 while at Lucent Technologies, helping the Sales Team expand their wireless sales to include new software, services, optical and transmission solutions. While at Motorola Mobility, he led the Verizon account and drove >200% growth, initiating a transition from the Razr to a purpose-built device portfolio, followed by an exclusive focus on Android in 2009 and the sell-in and expansion of the award-winning DROID franchise. While at Nokia, he led the Verizon Account, renewing and expanding their relationship by improving delivery and execution, winning new business in SDN/NFV, and small cell services and securing Nokia’s participation in Verizon’s 5G consortium, as a trusted partner. While at Mobilitie, he led the Verizon Account, expanding their relationship and business, driving >250% growth in the indoor/outdoor venue segment and negotiating (3) contracts to closure with HQ and Sourcing to expand their business into small cells. He is currently at Samsung Electronics America (SEA) and leading the Verizon Account driving profitable growth, with a team of approximately 50 people. Feel free to reach out to John Lombardi at www.hellophello.com.