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Gig East Exchange

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Why Wilson?

Wilson is the perfect home for all aspects of the Gig East Exchange. Most important is the city’s Gigabit internet — Greenlight — the first of its kind in North Carolina. Local college campuses, businesses, and more are able to take advantage of the city’s fiber optic network. It’s the fastest in the state and more and more businesses and residents are choosing to make Wilson their home due to both its hometown culture and technology advancement to boot.

Wilson truly has both a small town feel and smart city amenities. The city and its initiatives like the Gig East Exchange are fueling the future of technology and innovation by going beyond the barriers of the agricultural industry, the one-time backbone of the Eastern North Carolina economy. With the Gig East Exchange, barriers will continue to be broken and innovators will find a new home in Wilson.

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Darren Smith

Exchange Manager

Darren is a dynamic sales executive, bringing 25 years of Business Development experience with him to Wilson. He has lived and worked in the Triangle area for the past two decades with Tech Businesses in various stages of growth including Startups. He now leverages his experience and professional network to help build an innovation ecosystem with strong partnerships to launch Wilson’s GIG EAST EXCHANGE as part of their growing center of innovation. A dynamic, well-known consultant in the sales industry, Darren has extensive experience across the sales spectrum, including expert product and technical knowledge of Salesforce.com. Darren has found success in formulating Salesforce processes and solutions for brands such as Dun & Bradstreet, SAS, Microsoft, and more. Darren is an expert in the installation, setup, and use of Salesforce, and he is passionate about social selling. He also spent five years as the Director of Business Development for West Monroe’s Partners where he helped establish the company’s new East Coast office in Durham. Darren was a Sergeant in the United States Air Force where he was an Advanced C-130 Training Instructor Loadmaster.


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