Samuel Clements works for a large VAR, supporting mission critical wireless applications such as Voice and Health Care products. He has spent numerous years working in the wireless industry doing design, implementation, and troubleshooting enterprise Wireless LAN.
Samuel Clements is CCIE #40629 (Wireless) and CWNE #101. He answers our 7 Questions:
1. What is your full name or the name that most people are fond of calling you?
Full name: Samuel Marvin Clements – most people just call me Sam. Oddly enough, the chances of being called ‘Sammie’ go up dramatically if the person doing the calling is a) female and b) has a name that ends in ‘y’.
2. Where are you located?
Spring Hill, TN is home for me, but I arrived here by way of a short stint in Northern Wisconsin – prior to that was over 30 years in Southern California.
3. How long have you been in the WLAN Industry?
Since 802.11 FHSS days. I fell out of it a bit, but started to seriously call it a passion long about 12 years or so ago.
4. What’s your professional involvement in the WLAN industry now?
I’m the Mobility Practice Manager for a large VAR covering the South East US territory.
5. What is one thing in the industry that is happening now that has you the most excited?
Dual 5GHz radios in a single AP! By far and away more exciting than anything else that’s shipping now. Our spectrum is precious to us and this is easily the best way to better utilize it in a cost effective way.
6. What’s one project you’ve been involved in that you are proud of – why?
Sadly, I’m unable to share specifics due to employer restrictions. I can broadly state that several entertainment/arena venues and some very large manufacturing projects standout as exciting to me.
7. What advice would you give to someone just getting started in the industry?
Read read read – have an opinion, and share that opinion. Those that help shape the face of the technology today weren’t always right. You don’t have to be a rockstar to contribute, but you do have to expose yourself to scrutiny. When you learn something, write it down. I guarantee you that someone else is getting ready to learn it and they might even learn it from you!
Bonus question: How can we follow up with you? Website? Twitter?