ELLETTSVILLE, Indiana – After an extensive national-level search, Smithville has promoted Nicole Plunkett to vice president of commercial sales, according to Darby McCarty, chairman and CEO of Smithville. Plunkett previously served as a top-performing enterprise account executive for Smithville since joining the company in 2017. Before coming to Smithville, Plunkett successfully managed corporate business and client solutions as well as retail stores for AT&T, where she earned a reputation as a high-producing sales and business leader. Plunkett will report to Paul Quick, president of Smithville.
“Nicole has proven herself as a leading contributor to our team, earning the respect of her colleagues and our customers,” said Darby McCarty. “Developing top talent is a priority for Smithville. We recognize Nicole’s strong leadership ability and are pleased to have her now heading Smithville’s commercial sales and helping grow our business.”
According to Smithville Executive Vice President Cullen McCarty, the company’s investments in both talent and infrastructure have set the stage for continued growth and sustainability for the company and the surrounding region. “We are committed to making investments that create value and economic benefits for our customers and the communities we serve. Nicole and her team will work closely with our commercial customers in key markets to help maximize the economic development opportunities that can be realized through our fast and reliable high-speed broadband products and services.”
“Nicole’s proven sales experience and leadership will translate well as she leads and motivates our commercial sales team,” said Quick. “Understanding and exceeding the needs of our customers continues to be a top priority for Smithville. Nicole’s strong relationships with our customers, combined with extensive industry experience and customer-focused performance, will serve Smithville and our customers well as she takes on this new role.”
In addition to her experience in telecommunications, Plunkett has an impressive background in real estate and marketing. She attended Ball State University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications. Plunkett also earned an associate degree in broadcasting from Vincennes University.[caption id="attachment_1277" align="alignleft" width="640"] Nicole Plunkett, Vice President of Smithville Commercial Sales[/caption]
Nationally recognized for more than a decade as a Top 100 Broadband Company, privately owned Smithville is Indiana’s largest independent telecom company with more than 200 employees. As a fifth-generation, family-owned business, Smithville has been committed to delivering fast and reliable connectivity and legendary service to its customers for nearly a century. The company is well-known as an industry leader and community supporter for rural Indiana.
Since the early 1990s, Smithville has constructed more than 2,800 miles of high-speed, high-capacity fiber across more than 22 Indiana counties, representing private investments totaling upward of a quarter of a billion dollars, including the recent completion of a $4.5 million, 100-gigabit fiber ring.
In addition to its residential services, Smithville provides commercial fiber-based connectivity for businesses, university campuses, biotechnology companies, healthcare providers, government offices, residential centers, communities, and other entities, including the WestGate@Crane Technology Park and the Purdue Research Park. The company currently serves about 23,000 businesses and residences in southern and central Indiana. For more information, please visit www.smithville.com.