Born and raised in the Brainerd Lakes Area, Eryk has a true sense of pride when he talks about his job and community. Eryk is an expert in the fast paced and ever-changing industry of telecommunications, making him a great resource to businesses of all sizes and types.
“CTC continually works to deliver advanced services to our members and that’s exciting to me.”
Eryk has been in the technology field since 1998. He was the 2018 Brainerd Citizen of the Year and currently serves as President of This One’s for Hop and Vice Chair of Smiles For Jake. Both are 501(c)3 organizations that impact people’s lives – young and old – every day. He’s also the Director of Partnerships for Lakes Jam, an annual music festival. In the past he served on the Board of Directors for Brainerd Community Action, Brainerd Youth Athletic Association and the Brainerd Basketball Association. He has also been involved with the Brainerd Public Schools Foundation, Mid Minnesota Federal Credit Union, Brainerd Jaycees, and the Lakes Area Networking Group.
“CTC has a lot invested in the communities we serve and so do I. I want to make sure we hold ourselves accountable for making sure our customers are taken care of and everyone is happy with our service.”
In his spare time he loves the outdoors, live music, camping, and spending time with his beautiful wife and four kids.
In early 2016, Lauren began her career at CTC. She had previously worked in the wireless industry for more than seven years in both business and communications solutions. Prior to that, she was a Sales and Marketing Intern for CTC. Lauren earned her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, from The College of St. Scholastica.
As a CTC Account Executive, Lauren is excited to meet the ever changing needs of consumer and business communication demands, allowing her to learn something new every day. She thoroughly enjoys the opportunity to tailor specific solutions to make lives more efficient and businesses more successful.
Lauren and her husband have two daughters. In her free time, she loves being with her family and friends, golfing, biking, rollerblading, and utilizing the Paul Bunyan Trail to connect herself and her family to different adventures in the Brainerd Lakes area. She also very passionate about interior decorating and making her home “holiday ready!”
“At CTC, each and every employee truly “owns” their position. The amount of passion and enthusiasm that CTC employees have for this company is contagious and it reflects in the way that they treat each other and their members.”
Connor joined CTC in 2021 as an Account Executive in the Iron Range area. Working from Mountain Iron, MN, Connor is responsible for working with businesses throughout the Iron Range to provide internet, phone, and other technology service solutions.
Perry joins CTC after spending five years at Compudyne as a Sales Consultant. He graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College with a Business Management degree in 2016 and is a 2012 alum of Hibbing High School.
“I’m thrilled to be on the forefront of the fiber expansion on the Iron Range. More importantly, I look forward to helping businesses of all sizes find solutions for their technology and communication needs.”
Connor lives with his wife Liz and their two labs, Sadie and Magnolia. he and his wife love cooking and traveling, while Connor is a HUGE Minnesota pro sports fan!
Before joining CTC in 1999, Chad graduating from Alexandria Technical College and then worked for Gateway computers. Prior to his current role as Sales Engineer, Chad held positions as a Member Service Technician, Internet Helpdesk, and PC Repair.
As the Sales Engineer, Chad is all about providing solutions to problems. Not only does he work directly with businesses to provide technical support, he analyzes each business in order to find the most effective telecommunications solutions for them; saving them time, money, and frustrations.
Outside of work, Chad enjoys playing guitar and going to concerts. He and his wife like to travel with their dog, Jett, and have fallen in love with fishing in Alaska.
“At CTC I enjoy helping businesses come up with the best solution to fit their needs. It’s fun to make a difference in how a business functions and see how much more efficient they can be!”
Kelly has been with CTC since 2006 and has lived & worked in the Brainerd Lakes Area for over 44 years. She graduated from Backus High School and has been in the telecommunications industry for 30 years.
Prior to her role as Sales Service Coordinator, Kelly held positions in the industry in Marketing, Repair, and Team Lead. In her current role as Sales Service Coordinator Kelly works closely with the COE, field technicians, sales, and product development to help coordinate and organize our members’ transition to our hosted PBX phones, train, advise and assist with their ongoing programming changes and needs.
Kelly and her husband have four children and eight grandchildren. In her free time, she loves spending time with her family, watching her grandchildren grow, playing frisbee golf, biking, reading, and when she finds time scrapbooking. With a son who is an officer in the Air Force, she gets lots of opportunities to travel to the different locations he and his family have been stationed with her favorite being in Alaska.
“I enjoy the professional work environment at CTC, which gives me the opportunity to continue to increase my knowledge of telecommunications and use my talents. I love to train our members on their hosted PBX phones which allows me to meet many of our members in person. I like coming to work because our team is highly talented and creative. Plus we balance it all with a little fun!”
Paulette has been with CTC since 2005 and has lived and worked in the Brainerd Lakes Area for over 27 years. She has been in the telecommunications industry for 15 years working in the areas of Sales and Management.
As an Account Manager, Paulette works closely with all areas of the company and CTC business customers to plan projects, coordinate installations, advise, train, and assist with customer questions.
Paulette and her husband have two adult children. In her free time she loves laughing and spending time with her family and friends, cheering/watching sporting events, reading, golfing, gardening and volunteering.
“I enjoy my coworkers and the professional work environment here at CTC. I have been very fortunate to be involved with the process and procedure development on some major projects throughout the years. I have had the opportunity to meet many CTC customers in person and learn what technology they are requiring. I enjoy helping our customers find a solution to their business needs. The telecommunications industry is ever changing with endless opportunities for growth. There are no two days the same so that keeps me focused.”
Hannah began her career at CTC in 2018 as a Residential Account Executive. Now, as the Sales Assurance Coordinator, she provides support to CTC’s business members. Whether it be converting a phone system to our Hosted Voice solution or increasing a company’s bandwidth, she takes pride in making the process as simple as possible!
Hannah was born and raised in the Brainerd Lakes Area, so she truly understands what it’s like to be #LakesProud! Outside of work, Hannah enjoys reading mystery novels, fishing, and more recently… deer hunting! Hannah and her boyfriend have three dogs – Frank, Bill, and Hinckley – who keep their hands full in the best way. They also love attending concerts, spending quality time with family and friends, and going to sports games.
“At CTC, I’m constantly learning new things as technology evolves, which is incredibly exciting to me. In the past few years, we have seen the importance of a reliable, high speed internet connection. It is pretty cool being a part of something that makes our customer’s lives and our community better. You also can’t beat our team culture. We love to work hard and get things done, but have fun doing it!”