Master agency PlanetOne Communications, Scottsdale, Ariz., announced Thursday that it has hired Ruth Morford, a former ACC Business channel manager, as director of sales in the Southeast Region, effective October 25.
Morford will be responsible for managing and growing channel sales throughout the Southeast Region while cultivating new relationships nationwide.
Previously, Morford spent eight years as a channel manager for ACC Business, a division of AT&T, based in Tampa, Fla. In that role, she earned top recognition as a Circle of Excellence Sales Award Winner for the past six consecutive years, and was named one of the 2007 Top 15 Channel Managers in a reader poll by PHONE+. During the mid-1990s, Morford served for five years as director of operations for Cable & Wireless.
“I’ve known Ruth for several years, and I’ve come to trust and rely on her professional judgment. We both share the same vision for the future of PlanetOne,” said Ted Schuman, company founder and president.
While based at the company’s satellite office in Florida, Morford plans to continue her participation in industry events, trade shows, networking opportunities, speaking and training engagements, along with visiting key customers and agents as well.
“I’ve worked with several master agencies, but in my opinion, PlanetOne is the strongest for a number of reasons,” Morford said. “They have the most responsive back office, a diverse carrier offering, great compensation and exciting agent incentives their President’s Club is amazing! Most importantly, I’ve seen Ted invest in his business through the years with unique and creative ideas designed to inspire customer and agent loyalty. That is a team I want to be a part of.”