The Cortelco name stands for a heritage of over 118 years of quality customer service, dedication and a commitment to future innovations and technology.
Cortelco can trace its roots back to the Kellogg Switchboard and Supply Company which began operations in 1897 near Chicago, Illinois. The company prospered as one of the pioneers in the mass production of telecommunications equipment. In 1952, the Kellogg Switchboard and Supply Company became a division of the International Telephone and Telegraph (ITT) Corporation.
During the 1960's and 1970's the business name of the company changed several times and its affiliation with various other ITT manufacturing and sales organizations underwent various changes. These changes had very little impact on the day-to-day operations of the ITT Telecommunications facility located in Corinth, Mississippi.
During the 80's the Corinth facility was part of a joint venture agreement between ITT Corporation and CGE, transferring the majority of ownership to the newly-formed Alcatel, N.V., the world's largest telecommunications manufacturer. Shortly after this merger, a new vision was set forth with our new company name (Cortelco) - an acronym for Corinth Telecommunications Corporation.
In July 1990, Alcatel sold Cortelco to an entrepreneur, former ITT executive, David S. Lee. Cortelco reorganized and continued with the quality and innovation that our founding company began over 118 years ago.
With such a prestigious lineage as Kellogg, ITT and Alcatel N.V., Cortelco's telecommunications products are an evolution of quality and technology, characteristic of our one hundred year plus history.
James W. Hopper became President of Cortelco, Inc. in January of 1997. Prior to that, he was Executive Vice-President, Cortelco International, Inc. Mr. Hopper has also held positions as president/CEO of CMC Industries, Executive Vice-President, Vice-President and Plant Manager of Cortelco USA.
Prior to David Lee's acquisition of Cortelco, Mr. Hopper was Executive Vice-President Operations of ITT/Alcatel in Corinth, MS. Prior ITT experience includes Director Milan Operations, Director Manufacturing Sales, Vice-President Industrial Relations, ITT Gwaltney, Director Administration ITT Sheraton, Director Manufacturing ITT Telecommunications, Manager Sales and Marketing ITT Telecommunications and a series of progressively responsible positions with units of the ITT Corporation. He has served on the Board of Directors of CMC Industries, Cortelco Systems Puerto Rico, International Telecommunications Corp. and currently serves on the Board of Ringer Inc., and KSS Mid-South Inc.
Mr. Hopper's experience includes thirty-five years with ITT and the successor companies of Cortelco with the majority of this service in Telecommunications. He holds a B.B.A. in Management and Economics from the University of Memphis.
Chief Finacial Officer
Lee M. Bowling became Controller of the company in August 1996. He has been with Cortelco since 1979, starting as the Supervisor of Operations Analysis. He was promoted to Senior Cost Accountant in 1989, to Supervisor of Billing and Cost Accounting in 1992 and to Manager-Credit Collections in 1993. In May of 2004, Lee was promoted to Vice President and CFO. Lee current serves on the Board of Directors of Cortelco Systems Puerto Rico.
Lee is a graduate of Mississippi State University where he was awarded a B.S. degree in Accounting in 1976. Prior to joining Cortelco he was the Commercial Manager for Telephone Electronics Corporation.