Have you heard of the name Jeffrey Storey? Today, you might know him as the Chief Executive Officer of the major communications company CenturyLink. That being said, if that's all you know about him then you're only touching on the very tip of the iceberg. If you want to know more, you can find out some interesting things about him by reading through the 10 points listed below.
1. He’s a proud Texas native
He actually grew up in Texas for much of his childhood and he still considers the state home. Whether he lives there or not, it will always be a place that is special to him and like most people who grew up in Texas, it's something that he carries with him everywhere he goes. He also agrees that there's just something about the state that makes it stand out from every other state in the country, in all the best ways possible.
2. He understands the rivalry between Texas and Oklahoma
Anybody that's ever lived in Texas or Oklahoma knows that there is a huge rivalry between the states. It's most boldly exemplified during college football when the teams play each other but the rivalry exists in basically everything. He's actually lived in both states so he understands this rivalry from the unique perspective of being able to see it from both sides.
3. He’s considered one of the most sought-after professionals in his field
He's definitely one of the most in demand communications professionals there is. He has a habit of making an impression on the people he works for, too. All of this was exemplified not once, but twice when the company that he worked for was acquired by another company and he wound up not only getting to stay, but in one case he was promoted to CEO and in the other he was allowed to continue his position as CEO even though he was in charge of the company that was bought out.
4. He’s seen the process of company acquisition from a unique perspective
He has definitely been on both sides of this process. When he was CEO of Level 3 Communications, he helped that company acquire another and then that same company was eventually acquired by someone else so he's been on both sides of the fence here and therefore understands the whole process better than most.
5. He’s really good at math
Obviously, people that have a Master's degree have done well enough at math to graduate college not once, but twice. That being said, he achieved his Bachelor's degree in Engineering and Mathematics. You have to be really good at math to pull that one off. He then went on to get his Master's in Telecommunications.
6. He has fond memories of Southwestern Bell
He started his career a long time ago, working for the company in 1983. This was back when practically every household had telephone service through Southwestern Bell and things were done a lot differently than businesses are operated today. This is where he first learned to love the idea of working in Telecommunications and he still has fond memories of his time there, even after all these years.
7. He’s not just a businessman
Obviously, he's known as a very successful businessman but that's not the only aspect of his personality. He also loves spending time outdoors and he's accustomed to figuring out problems and then finding solutions on his own, even when it requires a little thinking outside the box in order to get it done.
8. You might even say that he understands the cowboy way
If you spend any time in Texas or Oklahoma yourself, you understand what the Cowboy Way means. It means that you're always ready for anything and you find a way to get over around or through a problem, even in difficult circumstances. He grew up with this mindset and he still uses it today. He doesn't just use it in business, either. He also owns a ranch in Oklahoma and actively works it himself during his time off.
9. He’s all about family
He is very much a family man. He has six kids and he takes the time to be there for each and every one of them, making sure that they learn in much the same way that he was taught when he was younger.
10. He has old-school values
He was taught about the value of a dollar, that hard work pays off, and that you should always be honest in everything you do. These are values he still holds in high esteem and he’s passing those same ideas on to his kids as well.
Written by Garrett Parker
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