The Connectivity Group Opens New Office

 

The Connectivity GroupThe Connectivity Group has opened a new office at 400 US Route 1 in Falmouth, Maine.

“We love the new space,” said Tim Hooper, President of The Connectivity Group. “Now everyone is located on one floor, and we have amenities that were lacking in our previous offices. The easy access to Route 295, the Turnpike, airport, and downtown Portland, are all great advantages.”

Established in 2006, The Connectivity Group and sister company Connectivity Point Design & Installation (established 2002) consist of over 100 dedicated employees throughout Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. They have been ranked as one of the Best Places to Work in Maine for the last four years, and have grown steadily with the most significant growth over the last 3 years.

The Connectivity Group specializes in the infrastructure for voice, data, video, and security applications. Consisting of a dozen employees—including audio/visual, sound masking, cellular amplification, and security subject-matter-experts—they design and install network cabling, audio/visual equipment, sound masking/speech privacy systems, surveillance and security solutions, and cellular boosters. They also deploy technical equipment such as PCs, phones, and other network equipment requiring “smart hands” field support.

The Connectivity Group oversees national/global projects and leverages a network of pre-qualified partners—including Connectivity Point—who have local, experienced technicians. To date, Connectivity Group has worked on projects in 44 states and 24 countries.

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“Your people made a difference”

Hey guys,

I just wanted to give you a heads up on a recent project that we had you work on for us in greater Boston.

We just held our closeout meeting and Connectivity Point was stated as a strong positive on the project. Our project manager said that
Todd was very responsive and got the right people to the right places at the right time. One of the engineers on the project also spoke highly about Todd’s ability to get things done. He also stated that the tech who did the patch panel had a great positive attitude, appeared to love what he did for work and was a great representative of CPDI.

Anyway, I just wanted to share with you that the partnership with share with CPDI is greatly appreciated. I also wanted you to hear from the people in the field who said your people made a difference on how this job went.

Looking forward to more fun in the future!

—Allen

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Jupiter Electric: “Quality of the work is top notch”

It was a pleasure to work with your company, especially Alby Blais and Tony Baker. The quality of the work is top notch. We have received compliments from UML personnel in regards to the overall completeness of the job. Alby and Tony were on their game every step of the way. Congratulations on a job well done.

—D.W.  Electrical Foreman, Jupiter Electric

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Big Y – A Big Success

BigY_LogoBig Y is a family-owned grocery chain with more than 60 stores throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, and southeastern New York. In August 2016, Big Y purchased eight Hannaford stores in the greater Boston area and turned to Connectivity Point/Connectivity Group to help with the ‘make-ready’ work related to network cabling and other I.T. infrastructure needed for the turnover.

This project presented some unique challenges:

  • In order to have minimum impact on sales, the turnover timeline was only 4 days.
  • Access to the stores ahead of time was limited, and usually only available overnight or limited to a few morning hours.
  • The network cabling that was needed would need to be completed before many other departments could even start their assigned tasks.
  • Two stores had Pharmacies which required zero downtime.

 
To help manage the timeframes and complexity of the transition, Big Y hired Bowdoin Construction and CM&B Construction to oversee four stores each. Connectivity Point assigned Len Campbell, RCDD, as the lead on the project and added Estimator/Project Manager Todd Brown to provide support.

The logistical coordination was significant—each store required a walk-thru to define the specific scope of work. Then materials and manpower needed to be coordinated with the local store manager, the GC, Big Y contacts, and other trades, along with negotiating access limitations, permits, certificates of insurance, and the usual last-minute changes to the scope of work.

While Len and Todd wrestled down the scopes of work for each site, Roy Chamberlain coordinated the schedule with Scott Gagnon, who was taking care of man-lift deliveries, and Nate Hamlyn who was purchasing materials.

Part of this project included 12 Ortronics equipment cabinets. These custom cabinets required a lead time that meant they would be delivered only days ahead of the cutover. This added to the intensity of the cutover which would require more than 20 technicians overnight.

By planning ahead and staying proactive whenever they could, the project team was in great shape for the first cutover which went off without a hitch. Following the cutover, the team moved on to the next 4 stores to prep for the following week’s cutover. Everything was looking good and going according to plan, until Monday when a scheduling change moved the cutover from midnight Tuesday to midnight on Monday. A mad scramble ensued and HUGE thank you goes out to all the technicians who answered the call to action. Within just a few hours, technicians were on-site and overnight tasks were quickly attended to. In the end, the project was a success, and the customer was extremely happy.

This was an amazing example of all the things that make this company great—flexibility, professionalism, willingness to take on a challenge, the get-it-done attitude, the customer service focus. In cases like this, there were so many examples of techs going above and beyond. Thank you to everyone involved that made the Big Y a big success!

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Connectivity Point names Jim Cyr as Director of Sales

Auburn, Maine — Connectivity Point Design & Installation announced recently that Jim Cyr has been named Director of Sales. Cyr will be tasked with growing the company’s sales division in Maine and contributing toward the expansion of the company’s capabilities, products, and services.
Cyr has been with Connectivity Point since 2010 and in his previous position was instrumental in adding many new customers to the Connectivity Point client list.
“Jim has been a member of the team since August 2010 and has been a positive contributor to the growth of the company from day one,” said Doug Watt, President of Connectivity Point. “His tireless work ethic and positive attitude are exactly what we need as we continue to add new team members to our roster and grow our sales department.”
Connectivity Point, headquartered in Auburn, Maine, specializes in the installation of infrastructure for voice, data, video, and security applications, including network cabling, audio/visual equipment, sound masking/speech privacy, surveillance and security solutions, wireless networks, and telephone systems. Their team of technicians serve customers from Bangor to Boston. For more information, please visit connectivitypoint.com or call (866) 782-0200.
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Point/Group brings home Best Places to Work award

Accepting the award on behalf of the companies (L to R): Tom Aube, Tim Hooper, John Herrick, Tanya Estes, Jim Cyr, Mell Hamlyn, Doug Watt.

Accepting the award on behalf of the companies (L to R): Tom Aube, Tim Hooper, John Herrick, Tanya Estes, Jim Cyr, Mell Hamlyn, Doug Watt.

On October 4, Connectivity Point/Connectivity Group received our Best Places to Work in ME award!

This year, the awards presentation was less about numerical rank and more about survey scores.The employee survey has more than 75 questions that are grouped into eight categories–Leadership & Planning, Culture & Communication, Role Satisfaction, Work Environment, Relationship with Supervisor, Training-Development & Resources, Pay & Benefits, and Overall Engagement. Our score for Overall Engagement was 92 (last year 91), and our overall score across the entire survey was 86 (last year was 87).

One thing the survey does without question is confirm what we already know–that we have an awesome, dedicated, professional group of employees that work hard every day to serve customers and each other. We are honored to receive this award four years in a row!

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Connectivity Point names Tim Hooper President of Connectivity Group

CPDI announced recently that Tim Hooper has been named President of The Connectivity Group.  As President, Hooper will oversee all Connectivity Group operations, working closely with Tom Aube, who will continue in his role as senior director.

Hooper has been with Connectivity Point Design and Installation since its founding in 2002 and since 2004 has served as Vice President. In 2007 Hooper was instrumental in in the development of The Connectivity Group. The Connectivity Group was created to act as a sister company to Connectivity Point and provide low voltage design and installation services to national and international customers, and has provided project management services to customers in 44 states in the U.S. and 22 countries around the world.

“Tim has been with us since the beginning and he’s been an integral part of the growth of Connectivity Point,” said Doug Watt, President of Connectivity Point. “Tim’s incredible work ethic and ‘fix first’ attitude for our customers has always been the benchmark that set the standard for us all to follow. I’m positive that the focus he will bring to this new role will promote new growth at Connectivity Group.”

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Connectivity Point/Group named as BrightSign reseller

Connectivity Point/Connectivity Group has recently been authorized as a BrightSign reseller.

BrightSign is a market leader in digital signage media players. Designed exclusively for digital signage, BrightSign’s slim OS delivers superior signage capabilities and exceptional full HD and 4K video quality with a dependable, solid-state platform. This PC-less solution delivers the absolute highest standard of reliability and affordability. Plus BrightSign’s green, energy-efficient media players consume less power to help keep operating costs down. Perfect for digital signage, retail information displays, entertainment, leisure, education, message boards or media player streaming to a digital sign.

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Connectivity Point to sponsor SkillsUSA New Hampshire competition, telecommunications cabling contest

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A student competes at the 2015 SkillsUSA New Hampshire telecommunications cabling contest.

Connectivity Point Design & Installation (CPDI) is proud to sponsor the SkillsUSA New Hampshire telecommunications cabling contest, to be held March 11, 2016, at Great Bay Community College in Portsmouth, N.H.

CPDI is the primary contributor of labor, materials, resources, and staff for the annual event, which is open to students interested in voice and data
network cabling and installation. Contestants demonstrate skills in fiber and copper cable termination, pulling and mounting cable, patch panel installation and termination, installing jacks, cable testing and troubleshooting, safety and customer service.

Roy Chamberlain, CPDI’s regional manager for the NH/MA area, is the director of the SkillsUSA New Hampshire telecommunications cabling program. “The SkillsUSA New Hampshire contest gives students the chance to exercise their skills in a real-world situation. They’re held to the same standards as companies who do this kind of thing on a daily basis.” Chamberlain also notes the significance of partner donations, adding, “CPDI is not alone in this venture. Sue Tobin of Intelligent Network Solutions donates CommScope and Chatsworth products for the competition, and Jim Salvo of FAS & Associates loans us Fluke testers. They both contribute funds to help cover the state winner’s travel expenses for the national competition.”

Last year’s SkillsUSA New Hampshire winner, Patrick Keefe Jr. of Pinkerton Academy in Derry, NH, won the gold medal at the SkillsUSA national competition and was recognized as the best in the nation for telecommunication by SkillsUSA. Patrick is now attending Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in Rochester, New York, studying networking and communications.

SkillsUSA New Hampshire is a state association of SkillsUSA, and consists of 6 regions with over 32 local chapters with a membership of about 800. The SkillsUSA New Hampshire Contest includes competitions in over 40 categories, from advertising design to welding. Winners at the state level go on to the national competition. For more information, please visit skillsusanh.org.

SkillsUSA is a national organization whose mission is to prepare high school and college students for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations. SkillsUSA includes local, state and national competitions in which students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills, and vocational schools have an opportunity to showcase their programs. For more information, please visit skillsusa.org.

Connectivity Point Design & Installation specializes in the infrastructure for voice, data, video and security applications including: network cabling, audio/video equipment, surveillance and security solutions, sound masking, wireless networks and telephone systems. They serve customers in Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts with their own technicians and perform work nationally through their network of pre-qualified partners. For more information, please visit connectivitypoint.com or call (866) 782-0200.

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Connectivity Point purchases Mobile Containment Units (MCUs)

Connectivity Point (CPDI) recently purchased two mobile containment units (MCUs) for installations in patient areas of medical facilities.

When work is done above a ceiling, ceiling tiles are removed, which can dislodge dust and bacteria. While this material doesn’t affect most people, it can be a serious threat to patients with compromised immune systems.

The MCU’s vacuum system prevents this material from entering patient space. CPDI performs work in many major hospitals and has a large number of healthcare related customers. MCUs are only required in specific areas, since working in these units adds considerable time and expense for the facility. But where and when they are required—CPDI is ready!MCU_04

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