DirecTech taps Smith as phone sales manager

Tanya Smith recently accepted a position as telephone sales manager for DirecTech.   Contributed photo

Bringing years of “legendary” expertise from her time working at Hanson Directories, experienced telephone sales agent Tanya Smith recently accepted a position as telephone sales manager for Newton media, news and publishing firm DirecTech.

“Tanya's experience … is legendary, her ability to be humble as well as her desire to help people succeed and grow makes her the ideal person to lead the team,” DirecTech sales director Dan Tooker said. "What took you so long to ask me?" Tooker told Smith when she approached him about the position — adding, “I wanted her to have that position from the first day I started working with that department.”

“This (in all of my years of leadership) was the easiest promotion I have ever given,” Tooker said, adding “Thanks for asking!!”

DirecTech traces its roots to a family-owned business that began as a local Yellow Pages directory established by Lloyd Hanson in 1973. The company expanded to its current 25,000-square-foot production facility at 1501 N. 15th Ave. E. in 2007.

Hanson Directory Service (HDS) was acquired in 2016 by DirecTech, which occupies that same location, steering the business into the digital age via media and telecommunications service for over 25,000 advertising clients.

“We are all about helping our local advertisers sell more,” DirecTech CEO Andy McKenna Jr. said. “By focusing our efforts on revenue growth through expanded product offerings, we will be of added value to our telephone exchange affiliates.”

Tooker expressed pleasure in supporting career development at DirecTech, explaining, “My favorite thing … to do is promote people that deserve it. When I looked around the room … I saw several future leaders. We are building a culture that promotes from within.”

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