How Ron Seide drives innovation at Summit Data Communications for global growth

Ron Seide

Ron Seide, founder and president, Summit Data Communications

As a provider of industrial-grade and medical-grade wireless modules for customers, Summit Data Communications Inc. has experienced major growth over the last five years as it’s built out its niche in the global Wi-Fi marketplace. To date, the company has provided 1 million wireless modules that are in use today at companies of all sizes around the world.

Founded in 2006 by President Ron Seide and four former Cisco employees, Summit set itself apart from competitors by manufacturing its wireless modules to provide reliable connectivity in harsh environments. Today, its radios are used in all kinds of environments, from outdoors to hospitals, warehouses, retail stores and factories.

The ability to resonate with a variety of client needs in a diverse range of markets has allowed the company to create a strong and established international presence. Today, more than two-thirds of Summit’s revenues are generated from companies overseas. As a result, over the past five years, the company has grown dramatically, with job growth of nearly 300 percent.

As Summit expands its business worldwide, it remains committed to offering high-quality products and service as well as to serving the local Akron community where it has thrived. Over the past few years, the company has brought on a total of 18 students from The University of Akron for internship opportunities and it also offers a student scholarship each year.

Summit’s track record of success is apparent in the recognition and awards it has received from peers and business organizations. In 2010, Summit was named the fastest-growing computer hardware manufacturer in the Midwest by the annual Inc. 500/5000 list of the fastest-growing businesses in the United States. With its three-year annual growth rate of 516 percent, the company was also ranked 588th on the list overall. Just four years after its launch, Summit announced that it had reached the milestone of one million Wi-Fi radios shipped.

How to reach: Summit Date Communications Inc., (330) 434-7929 or www.summitdata.com

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