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Michael C. Morey of Bluebird Network: How We Plan To Rebuild In The Post COVID Economy

*As written on Authority Magazine:

As part of my series about the “How Business Leaders Plan To Rebuild In The Post COVID Economy”, I had the pleasure of interviewing Michael C. Morey President & Chief Executive Officer of Bluebird Network.

Mr. Morey has been serving as President and CEO of Bluebird Network since 2012. With more than 38 years of telecommunications experience, Morey has served as President & CEO of Voxitas (which received INC 5000 honors in 2007, 2008 and 2009), Senior Vice President at NuVox, Regional Vice President of Electric Lightwave, Inc. and held various management positions within his 13 years at AT&T.

During his tenure at Bluebird Network, the company has more than doubled in size and tripled in annual revenue. Morey’s experience and strong management skills proved successful when Bluebird Network received INC 5000 honors in 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017 as one of the fastest growing private companies nationally. Because of this success, the company was acquired in 2019, expanding Bluebird’s offerings and setting the stage for further growth.

Morey earned a BS and MBA while attending the University of Southern California.

Thank you so much for your time Michael! I know that you are a very busy person. Our readers would love to “get to know you” a bit better. Can you tell us a bit about your ‘backstory’ and how you got started?

Igraduated undergrad with an Architecture degree in 1980 and achieved my MBA from USC (University of Southern California) in 1982. My plan was to become a land developer, but in ’82 interest rates skyrocketed to 20 percent, so clearly I wasn’t going to be jumping into land development. But I had the MBA, so I said, “Who’s looking for an MBA?” Well, AT&T came to USC and they were looking for MBAs, they had an opening and I went with them.

I couldn’t do what I wanted to do, so I looked at what the hottest thing at the time was. It was the divesture — the breaking up of the Bells. AT&T at the time was the world’s largest company. They had all the long-distance calling, all of the data, and most of the phone systems came from AT&T. The break-up of AT&T is what gave me my start and I’ve been in telecom ever since.

I spent 13 years at AT&T and then went on to various companies before landing at Bluebird in 2012.

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