He made that vision a reality, and today, Integrated Mobile is a provider of mobile services for more than 200 Fortune 1000 companies.
Pugh’s success in the technology industry came in a roundabout way. After attending The Ohio State University on a scholarship for golf caddies, he began his career teaching high school physics in Washington, D.C.
“I learned that the secret wasn’t in teaching physics but in motivating my students to want to learn physics,” Pugh says. “Once I focused on being a motivator and not a teacher, something magic happened. They learned physics.”
That experience carries over to inspiring his team today when he tells people that they do not have jobs, but instead are building the company.
“Passion is contagious,” says Pugh, COO of Columbus-based Integrated Mobile Inc. “If you show your passion for your clients, your employees will be motivated to perform for them.”
To back that up, he tells all employees, “If you aren’t feeling (motivated) today, give me a call and I’ll breathe some life into you.”
Pugh ventured into technology with an idea for a credit card reader that could be operated through a mobile phone. And from that beginning, he saw an opportunity to provide end-to-end management of an organization’s wireless needs. Companies were struggling to manage their mobile phone costs and device management, and by providing technology support, hardware maintenance and tracking, bill analysis and cost center allocations, Integrated Mobile has saved them time and money by helping them to better manage their wireless assets.
Pugh is now focusing on providing seamless, efficient wireless management services, based on Six Sigma principles. He believes that wireless applications will become more powerful and an even greater element in the way business is done, and is positioned to take advantage of the opportunities that will provide.
How to reach: Integrated Mobile Inc., (614) 839-9923 or www.integratedmobileinc.com