Face to Face with Race: Kyle Wing

Look up in the sky, it’s a bird, it’s a plane! No! That’s just Race’s jack-of-all-trades, Kyle Wing! As an Orange County native and a loyal Race employee, Kyle wears many, many hats. If he’s not working our latest designs for a new community, you may be able to catch him helping our customers with their installs. Read below to find out more information about Kyle.

How long have you been at Race?

I’ve been with Race for about three and half years.  I was hired on November 4th, 2013.

What’s your official title?

I am the Outside Plant Project Manager.

What do you exactly do at Race?

I’m probably one of the guys that wear one of the most amounts of hats here in the company along with the partners. I know I have that title, but I do just about everything. I go out in the field, I help the guys in the field if needed. I splice, I do design work for our fiber network and engineering. I also help with our wireless networks. I’ll go out, do site surveys with all the customers to determine if it’s an aerial or underground install. I go over any underground construction that’s needed. I go out and do site walks for any new construction that may be coming up. Sometimes, I even help with trouble tickets and training.

How did you get started with Race?

I first met Raul and the other partners up in Bishop, CA. I was working for my old cable company and I was in Bishop, at a meeting for the Digital 395 project [a project that aims to build 583-miles of fiber optic network between Barstow, CA and Carson City, NV]. I was up there doing a presentation.

While I was in that meeting, a colleague introduced me to the Race partners. We started talking, and they were really interested in me because of my knowledge. I had a couple talks with them. Had an online interview with them and things lined up and I’m here now!

What’s your typical day like?

I don’t have a typical day [laughs]. My Mondays and Tuesdays are typically full of site surveys, where I go out and identify if a property is aerial or underground. Then I meet with the customers to go over all the underground construction if needed. My Wednesdays and Thursdays and Fridays are basically my floating days. So whatever comes up, if there’s a floating ticket, if there’s office work that needs to get done. I’ll do it on those days.

What do you like most about Race?

For me, it’s nice, because every day is definitely different. I don’t get stuck in a rut having to do the same thing over and over again and it’s great working for a company that is using cutting edge technology. It’s not like we’re like the old companies out there using copper-based technologies and having customers complaining to get off our system. It’s nice working with a new, growing company.

What’s the most rewarding factor about your job?

For me, the most rewarding thing is being able to work head-on with Race and help design, plan and build these projects that are bettering the Internet to rural communities.

Bonus Question: What do you do in your spare time?

I like being outdoors, going fishing, hiking, and dirt bike riding.

 

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