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Path to Leadership: Larry Anderson’s 20 Years at TEECOM

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As with many start-ups, TEECOM’s origin story is grounded in a community of family and friends. Larry Anderson, employee number five at TEECOM, was a high school classmate of founder David Marks.

“We were both interested in technology and engineering,” Larry recalls. “I remember first noticing him in a BASIC programming class. David would help the teacher teach the class.”

Larry, now a Principal and leader of the engineering department at TEECOM, took a mechanical engineering route post-high school, initially finding employment in industrial engineering. He learned CAD and moved up into management, but the job required almost constant travel.

In the summer of 1996, Larry got a call from David, saying he was going to start a company. The next spring, David offered Larry a job.

“I told him I had no idea how to engineer telecom networks. I had once seen a floor at a building I worked in being torn up and had seen the cabling.That was literally my experience,” said Larry. “David said, ‘Nobody knows about this stuff.’ He liked my engineering mind.”

A Leader Who is Always Learning

Larry brought his mind to TEECOM. The firm was housed at the time in a tiny office in Alameda. So tiny, in fact, that there wasn’t room for Larry — he had to sit at a desk in an office next door. Six months later, Mark Latz was hired, and the firm moved to a space that could hold ten people.

“That’s when I really started learning, because we were all together,” Larry says. “Mark had such a knowledge base about how a signal propagates down a fiber cable or copper cable. I learned from him and Jack [Marks, employee #1].”

TEECOM’s early team worked long hours (“During those first couple of years it was more of a late-morning-to-very-late-night type of job,” Larry remembers).

“The great thing about those early years was the chance to work on so many different types of projects,” says Larry. “Laguna Honda Hospital was our first big full-blown hospital project. I learned a lot on that and became TEECOM’s healthcare sector leader. Healthcare really boomed in the 2000s, with many hospitals getting rebuilt to meet seismic requirements. That became my focus.”

“I love solving problems. When somebody comes to me with a challenge, that becomes my focus. It gets pushed right to the top of my list. I really like helping people and teaching. That’s what keeps me happy.”

In 2005, Larry passed the Professional Engineer exam, which had been a lifelong goal for him. In 2007, he was promoted to principal at TEECOM. These days, he runs the telecommunications engineering team, fielding responsibility for engineering processes, procedures, engineering reviews, and technical staff training.

“I get the team going on a project, come up with the plan of how we’re going to put these drawings together, and after the team gets through a couple of designs I back off and function purely as a reviewer,” he says.

Technology’s constantly changing nature keeps him interested. “I love learning,” he says, “and in our industry you always have to be in that learning mode. Technology is one of those disciplines you can never master. You just have to try and stay at the top of the curve.”

“I love solving problems. When somebody comes to me with a challenge, that becomes my focus. It gets pushed right to the top of my list. I really like helping people and teaching. That’s what keeps me happy.”

Join us in congratulating Larry on 20 years via TEECOM’s LinkedIn page!

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