Markets: Cable Management
We want you to get to know the Milliken Cable Management team better, so we’ll occasionally feature team members in our Associate Spotlight series. This month we’re getting to know Cody Albin, senior account manager for Texas.
Cody, how long have you lived in Texas?
I grew up in Houston and lived there most of my life, except for about six months my freshman year of high school when I moved to Hutchinson, Kansas, to play baseball. Unfortunately, a shoulder injury brought my baseball career to a halt, and I moved back to Houston and went to Sam Houston State University, home of the Fighting Bearkats. For the record — because everyone in Texas has to pick a team — I’m an Aggies fan.
How did you end up at Milliken?
I’ve been in sales my entire career. My first job out of college was a sales job at Scotts, a fertilization company for lawns. As my first intro into sales, I loved it. Seeing people face to face and catching up with my customers, providing real solutions — I felt like it was my calling. After Scotts, I was hired at AT&T, my first foray into telecommunications, and I worked there for seven years before Time Warner recruited me. After Time Warner was bought out by Charter, I got a call from Milliken, and I’ve been here since November 2018.
My favorite part of working at Milliken is the people. It’s a real family atmosphere, and anyone will do anything for you. Other companies don’t come close to the type of camaraderie that’s at Milliken or have many employees with over 10 years of tenure. At Milliken, I often meet people who have worked there for 30 and 40 years, and that’s amazing to see. It’s been a great first year.
What does your role at Milliken entail?
I’m on the road three or four days each week meeting with Registered Communications Distributions Designers (RCDDs), distributors and anyone who’s currently building. If you’re building, you’ll be installing fiber; and if you’re installing fiber, you might as well be using our products. I meet with them and explain how products like Vis™ Divide and MaxCell® can help them with certain projects and save them money. Then, I’m sure to follow up with my contacts because projects that are specified today may not be built for another year and a half, and I want them to remember who I am.
I also go to as many installs as possible, even if they are a little inconvenient — one of the last installs I went on started at 11:30 pm and finished at 6 am because it was at the airport and had to close roads. I attend to answer any questions about our products and serve as a support for anything the installation team might need. The fun part about going on installs is seeing something new every install. I’ve been at an install at the University of Texas baseball field and even got to meet some of the players — which was cool even though I’m an Aggies fan.
What’s the most memorable install you’ve been on?
I was able to attend a data center install in Fort Worth, Texas, for a tech company. I walked around as they pulled in their fiber, and everything went great. After the installation, they asked if I wanted to walk around the inside of the facility, and of course I agreed immediately. The inside of the data center was spectacular. It was crazy to see just how far telecommunications has come just by being in that room.
How do you see the telecommunications industry changing?
The only real constant in the telecommunications industry is change. It’s crazy when you look at where fiber has come from to where it is now ― and in a pretty short amount of time. It wasn’t that long ago that we were pulling in 188-count fibers. Four to five years ago, we were pulling 864-count fibers, and then just last year, 3,456-count fibers. Now we’re seeing some where each cable holds 6,912 fibers. The fact is that telecommunications projects are vital right now. From smart phones to smart cars, industry changes are all around.
What’s on your bucket list?
I want to visit all the major league baseball parks. I’ve seen six so far, and still have a long way to go, but that’s my goal.
What’s your favorite snack food?
I’d have to say barbecue and sunflower seeds. When I’m driving, I’ve always got a bag of sunflower seeds next to me, a habit leftover from my baseball days.
Is barbecue really a snack food?
It is in Texas. If we have meat in the fridge, we’ll heat up just one rib and call it a snack.
Thanks, Cody! Look for more Associate Spotlight pieces coming soon.