In the second installment of our “get to know a ZTE team member” series, we are pleased to introduce you to James Meadows, ZTE’s senior director of marketing for T-Mobile and MetroPCS. He shared with us some specifics on what he does and loves about working at ZTE, as well as his favorite hobby (this one might surprise you).
James has been a member of our ZTE family for nearly five years. He has many responsibilities including creating new go-to-market strategies and tactics for ZTE within the product portfolio of T-Mobile and MetroPCS. This means he oversees all of the creative direction for how ZTE products are positioned at point of sale.
What sets James aside from other team members?
When we asked him about his role at ZTE he said, “I don’t like to let my job title define me to just those things that a traditional marketing director might be regulated to within his or her role. For example, I’ve set best practices with T-Mobile’s finance team with how MDF funds are recorded and tracked. I was able to implement a new MDF tracker template that increases the effectiveness of tracking funds accumulated and spent with TMO and MPCS.”
He truly never stops working and giving all he has to this company. He’s always looking for a way to further benefit ZTE.
James told us that what attracted him to working at ZTE was a desire to be exposed to other cultures, and more specifically, wanted to know more about “how my Chinese brothers and sisters lived and worked.”
He said, “There is a whole new world out there to explore if we only open our eyes, and I’ve been fascinated by all of the deep history and heritage that my fellow Chinese counterparts have taught me.”
A self-proclaimed geek at heart (at age 8, his mother convinced one of the local college professors to let him sit in an evening programming class), another thing he enjoys about working at ZTE is that he is surrounded by some of the smartest people in the tech industry — people who don’t just want to innovate but who are also passionate about bringing people together through ZTE’s advancing technology.
James said, “I can’t tell you how many times when I’m out in field talking to customers about how they use their phones and their new IoT devices they tell me a story about how their ZTE phone or their car SyncUP Drive has made their life better. These types of experiences make me proud to work for such a great company like ZTE.”
Honing His Skills
When James isn’t coming up with ways to better market ZTE, you can find him at home designing and creating his own custom knives. James said, “I love the crafting skill required and science behind metallurgy. I’ve done a number of hunting knives for friends and some great builds for cutlery and kitchen. My wife loves the custom knives that I have built for our home, she laughs at me sometimes as she says that our home never has a dull knife in the place.”
We’re not surprised that James has other talents, but this is a unique one!