Location: Millersville, MD
Chesapeake Telephone Systems engineers, designs, sells, installs and services voice communication systems through direct sales. “With the success of our company, we have been able to be more philanthropic,” says president Jeff Nolte. “Our involvement in several charities enables us to assist the local community and those in need. Even though the impact of our involvement in the community cannot be measured in dollars and cents, seeing the impact motivates us to do more.”
“When considering a family member for entry into the business, I have a very serious discussion about work ethic, appearance and attitude,” says Nolte. “A family member will be looked upon as a relation, so that person must be prepared to work twice as hard to be accepted.”
Fun Fact: “When we get together for an event or a meeting outside the company, we take a van, and we have a tendency to sing on our way to the destination.”
“Our business is very open. It might sound like a cliché, but we are like a family,” says Nolte. “The majority of our staff has been with the business for 20 or more years. Of course, even families have issues, but it is our open-door policy that makes it work.”
“My legacy is to impart to others the principles that have been most responsible for the success of our company: Treat others as you would like to be treated and be a productive member of the community,” says Nolte.