HGBA Member Meet & Greet: Debbie Jewell

Debbie Jewell, SHARP COMMUNICATION SERVICES, INC

703-499-3046  www.sharpcomm.net  djewell@sharpcomm.net

When and why did you decide to join this company? 

I love the company I work for and the people there; we have a long history together servicing telecommunications clients starting back in 1986 with Northern Telecom. SharpComm started in 1995 and I joined in 2004. 

How does your business serve the local community?  

SharpComm services and supports Avaya and Mitel Enterprise phone systems in Fauquier, Fairfax, Prince William and Loudoun Counties. In addition, we’re agents for multiple carriers of UCaaS, hosted phone systems and Polycom and we sell a variety of systems and video conferencing solutions to customers who need five phones or more.

Please share one of the greatest moments you’ve experienced in your current profession.

I was supposed to bring coffee and donuts at 4 AM to an area hospital for my techs who were pulling an “all nighter.” They were switching out the entire voice communications system at a busy hospital overnight while the phones were in operation…every phone, in every room was being replaced with new. The project was supposed to go into the morning, but they were done four hours ahead of schedule and were walking out while I was walking in. It was flawless!

Tell us about your experience with the HGBA. How has it supported you in your local business?

I’ve worked remotely for the past 15 years so networking with HGBA has helped me to connect with people. I always say that “I make a living connecting devices, but a make a life connecting people.” HGBA keeps me doing just that. 

What are the top three business tips and tricks can you offer other professionals?

One: Be a great listener and keep your promises. Two: Be thankful and grateful always. Three: Stay current, continue educating yourself and read good books. 

Are you from this area? If not, what brought you here and what do you like about our town? 

I’ve lived in Prince William since 1979, thanks to my military dad who was assigned to the Pentagon. I like that there is so much to do and it’s all so close to us. 

What is your favorite season in this area, and why? 

Late spring, summer…. because I like being outside and love being on the water during boating season. 

What are some hobbies you enjoy? 

Playing the piano, reading, boating, traveling, swimming (well, more like “floating”), watching my grandbaby.

What is your favorite restaurant? 

Home. There’s nothing like it!  

Are you involved with any nonprofits? If so, which one(s) and why? 

I’m a founding member of GFWC Dominion Woman’s Club which supports dozens of local non profits as needed. It’s a dynamic and diverse group of women who champion education, literacy and help families, children and elderly in our area! We meet monthly at Joe’s Restaurant on the third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. and all ladies are welcome. 

What was your first job, or your most interesting job prior to your current profession? 

My first job as a teen was working part time at the Hayloft Dinner Theater. The money was terrible but the comp tickets/dinner every month were great!  I love local theater and adore the Fauquier Community Theater. 

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