Growing a Skilled Workforce in Maine

As a US Army Signal Officer, Joshua Broder built extensive knowledge of complex communications systems while deployed overseas in Afghanistan. Applying the training and experience he learned in the Army, Josh returned to his home state of Maine with the expertise to lead Tilson to record growth since transitioning ownership of the company in 2011 from Mike Dow, Tilson’s current Chief Information Officer. Recognized eight consecutive years on the Inc. 5000, Tilson is the fastest-growing privately owned technology company in the state providing network deployment and information system professional services to telecom, construction, utility and government clients across the country.

Part of the success Tilson has experienced over the past few years can be attributed to the Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) program, which allows small businesses to leverage private capital. Between 2015 and 2016, Tilson received $1 million in equity and sub-debt through this program.

Tilson has received a number of large investments, most recently an up to $100 million equity investment from SDC Capital Partners to help support nationwide network infrastructure design-build projects. The investment will support Tilson’s expansion by driving its continued growth and enable the spin-out and capitalization of Tilson’s asset ownership affiliate, SQF, LLC (SQF). SQF maintains authority to own and develop telecommunications assets in public rights-of-way throughout the United States and is a leading pole owner and solutions provider for 5G. 

By leveraging capital and utilizing the experience of its leadership team, Tilson has completed projects including Maine’s “three ring binder” broadband expansion project, work on the U.S. Embassy in Norway, as well as various Recovery Act projects. In 2017, the company was named by the SBA as the Maine Veteran Owned Small Business of the Year. Today Tilson is on the cutting edge of 5G and internet of things (IoT) network development.  

Currently, Tilson is hiring an average of 35 new employees per month in skilled positions in its offices across the United States. Tilson’s growth and goals require top tier talent from all disciplines. Tilson hired Shaun McCarthy, former Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance and Corporate Controller at Casa Systems, to lead Tilson’s finance team. Adria Horn, Maine’s former Executive Director of the Bureau of Veterans Affairs, joined Tilson in 2018 to lead its workforce development team, including the oversight of a new major benefit investment. New benefits that were introduced this year include an industry-leading parental leave policy for both primary and non-primary caregivers, a gradual return-to-work after a long absence leave, paid military leave and a provision of caregiver leave to support all its employees through the various stages of their careers.

 

To accommodate this sustained need for new talent, Tilson became an apprenticeship partner with the Wireless Infrastructure Association’s Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program (TIRAP) and is currently using the Maine Quality Centers of the Maine Community College System to support this effort. These partnerships have allowed Tilson to invest in new workers with apprenticeship programs and ensure that Tilson has teams with the skills needed for future projects. The strong and continuous support from CEO Joshua Broder for these partnerships and apprenticeships led to him testifying before Congress in June 2019 about the need for further investment in the labor force. “The growth of the telecommunications industry demands highly skilled workers who can collectively deliver efficient, quality networks that run our economy. Tilson is committed to training and developing these skilled workers in order to set them up for success” said Josh Broder.  

For more information, visit Tilson's website at http://tilsontech.com

Company Name: 
Tilson Technology
Location: 
Maine