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Meet Phil Damato, Strategic Alliance Manager

May 29, 2020
Phil Damato, Strategic Alliance Manager

How long have you been with S-NET?

I started on December 10, 2019, so I have been a part of the team for about 6 months.

Tell us a little about your background.

I have been in the telecommunications industry for 26 years, working for companies such as AT&T and Advanced Telecommunications. But I actually started my career as a shoe salesman. That’s right, I was the Al Bundy of Chernin’s Shoes for 12 years. (Laughs.) After I got married, I got tired of working nights and weekends, so I applied for a position with AT&T.

I have always been outgoing and social, so working in Sales came as a natural fit. When I started my career, I was determined to sell a product that everyone needs and that lead me first to shoes, and later to telecommunications. Since then, the “College of Hard Knocks” as we like to call it in Sales has definitely taught me a lot.

What are your primary responsibilities at S-NET?

I manage a pool of S-NET’s strategic partnerships and help clients find solutions to their business challenges with cloud-based communications services. Watching these companies grow and knowing that the solution I offered played a key role in that growth is very rewarding.

What do you enjoy most about your work?

S-NET’s commitment to its clients is very refreshing. As a sales person, being able to truly believe in what I am selling and relaying that to the customer makes my work easier and more meaningful.

I also find it fascinating to learn how other businesses make their revenue and see the countless successful business models on the market. After 26 years in this line of work, I still get amazed by the creativity and ingenuity of entrepreneurs.

What are the most challenging aspects of your work?

This is a very difficult moment to be in Sales. Businesses across the U.S. are hit hard by Covid-19. Many are reluctant to invest in new services, and I can’t blame them. But if I can show these organizations how cloud-based technology can help them weather the storm by reducing their expenses and keeping their teams productive from home, I can make a real difference in their business.

How do you like to unwind after a long day of work?

I like to take my dog Phoebe for a walk each evening. I spend a lot of my free time with my kids and cart them to different events. I also enjoy fishing, especially Musky fishing.

Tell us something your coworkers and clients don’t know about you.

I have been a Cub Scout Cubmaster for my son’s Cub Scout pack for 2 years. I love working with the Scouts. We recently set a new pack record in popcorn sales of over $25,000!

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