Posted on Monday, July 02, 2018 in EmployeesBlog written by Rob Swenson
With 14 years of experience in various positions at SDN Communications, Lenee McQueen can effectively help the company’s biggest and most demanding clients.
Her job involves getting to know their businesses and assisting them with information and bidding requests, changes in networking needs and project management challenges including deadlines.
She lives on a ranch, so she might even be able to offer suggestions about bottle-feeding calves.
McQueen is a major accounts service coordinator at SDN. Big clients served by SDN include government agencies and businesses such as banks and healthcare institutions that have multiple locations.
Mary Pfaff recently joined McQueen as a major accounts service coordinator. So SDN now has two staffers readily available to assist clients with large and often complex businesses or institutional networks.
Pfaff and McQueen are part of an overall sales team that Ryan Punt, vice president of sales, leads.
Like Punt, Sage and SDN’s team of account executives, McQueen and Pfaff are on the front line of customer interaction.
“The main thing about this position is we really get to focus on our customers. We get to know them more closely, build a partnership with them, and then support their needs,” McQueen said.
Pfaff joined SDN in May after about 13 years at LodgeNet Interactive Corporation, which became SONIFI Solutions, and at DocuTap. Pfaff is still in the learning phase at SDN, but her prior jobs provided her with valuable experience for her duties at SDN, Punt said.
“I have quickly learned that Mary is detail-oriented. She’s been a quick study learning the telecommunications industry and is always eager to take on more projects,” Punt said. Pfaff also has a fun personality and is a joy to have on the team, he said.
Pfaff said jokingly but admiringly that she’s being trained to be Lenee 2.0.
“The people here are just incredible; everyone is willing to help,” Pfaff said. “From day one, I’ve just loved every day. My days go so quickly. There’s so much to learn. I feel so very fortunate to be working here.”
Pfaff grew up in Chester, S.D. She attended Dakota State University and finished college at the University of Sioux Falls. Much of her time away from work is spent following her pre-teen son’s activities. She also has two daughters who are registered nurses.
Pfaff lives in Tea and works out of SDN headquarters in Sioux Falls.
McQueen works remotely from White Lake, S.D. It’s nearly equidistant from Pierre, where she assists clients, and SDN’s Sioux Falls headquarters, where she attends meetings.
McQueen was born and raised in Sioux Falls. But her family moved and she graduated from high school in Lennox.
She raised her own family in Garretson, S.D. She worked there for the school district and for Alliance Communications, an SDN Member Company. She moved back to Sioux Falls after her two children graduated from high school.
McQueen landed a job at SDN and worked in the Sioux Falls office for 11 years. She moved to White Lake when she got remarried; her husband, Randy McQueen, is a farmer and rancher there.
Away from work at SDN, McQueen loves spending time with her grandchildren. She assists her husband with farming and ranching chores and especially enjoys feeding calves.
“Lenee’s worked for SDN for a number of years and has a broad background in areas of SDN that most of the sales people haven’t had exposure to. Because of her vastly different roles through the years, she’s given our sales team some insight into how our internal systems work on the back end,” Punt said.
As an experienced support staffer, McQueen is also credited with having valuable experience and a wealth of knowledge in SDN's service offerings such as network monitoring and report customization.
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