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 thirty 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.