When building something special, it is necessary to put first things first.
CEO Bob Witter walked away from corporate America after repeatedly being the manager forced to lay off hardworking engineers. In 2003, he and former employee Chris Lamb formed Device Solutions to provide wireless and mobile device consulting to the telecom industry. The company began operations in a barn in Orange County, North Carolina. Keith Anderson joined in 2004, and the trio moved to the First Flight Venture Center. With an earnest intent to employ people first and make a profit second, Device Solutions has evolved into a team of fifty plus, with three main areas of focus:
- Engineering consultancy – we are experts at bringing imagination into reality
- Cellio, our customizable Internet of Things device that assists companies gather the data they need at a price they can afford
- The testing and certification of product for major network providers.
The path was not always smooth. In 2009, when the recession impacted Device Solutions, Bob, Chris, and Keith took 50% pay cuts and reduced the workweek and salaries to 80%. But in a company that is more concerned about the people than the P& L, employees shrugged off the decrease and worked a full week anyway.
In its 11 year history, Device Solutions has designed and developed many products that impact daily life. Among the many are a mechanism to control a car’s ignition through breathalyzer, wireless utility monitoring, an implanted heart device that serves those awaiting transplant, wearable electronics, an e-cigarette, and a non-interventional wristband to aid children with autism and ADHD.
Our company has laid the groundwork for the Internet of Things, the next evolution of technological advances. Still, it is vital for us to contribute to a higher ideal. We provide employment so hard working individuals can maintain a quality of life. Ours is a family flexible environment and we offer daily lunch to our employees. Now located in the hub of Research Triangle Park, Device Solutions serves Citizen Schools, STEM, ASSIST, the 4K for Cancer, Me Fine, (formerly Striving for More), Hillsborough Youth Little League, and the Orange Grove Volunteer Fire Department. Device Solutions mentors students and sometimes hire them as interns.
From the untenable experience of laying people off, Bob Witter, Chris Lamb, and Keith Anderson forged a better way and built a company focused on keeping the main thing the main thing.