30 Years of Great Experiences on Rocky Top

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Rocky Top is a place rife with opportunity. Just ask UT alumni Dane (’97) and Meg (’92) Scism.

It’s where, in 1993, the Knoxville natives started a new company, Cellular Sales. Now celebrating its 30th year, Cellular Sales has grown from a single location to nearly 800 stores across 40 states, with a corporate family over 7,000 strong.
The company has changed the landscape of wireless retail over the past three decades. And in doing so, has also helped hundreds of UT grads kickstart their careers and thrive in a fast-moving and competitive market, whether on the sales floor and at corporate headquarters in Cedar Bluff.

Verizon’s premier retail partner, the Vol business leads Verizon agents in sales productivity per store and customer satisfaction year after year. It’s been named to Inc. Magazine’s Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing companies nine times. As Verizon’s premier retail partner, Cellular Sales offers the latest in smartphones, tablets, and other wireless accessories from the world’s most innovative and celebrated brands.

The company’s success can be attributed to its mission of providing great wireless experiences, along with core values that emphasize owning the work and taking initiative, building mutually rewarding interactions, and listening actively to help find the best solutions.

CEO Dane Scism’s direction has always been rooted in customer satisfaction through meaningful in-person interaction. This commitment to service has distinguished Dane as a business leader. He’s been featured in Jeb Blount’s best-selling book, “People Follow You: The Real Secret to Inspiring Your Team to Take Action,” and voted Entrepreneur of the Year by UT’s Haslam College of Business in 2014. In 2021, both Dane and Meg were named UT Distinguished Alumni Award Winners.

In 30 years, Cellular Sales may have grown into a national presence, but they’re still fiercely proud to be a member of the UT community and dedicated to building deeper connections with the people of Knoxville through technology.

Smartphones, tablets, and other devices have forever changed the way the world connects, works, and shares. The past several years, in particular, have highlighted that wireless tech is no longer a luxury for both personal and professional communication, but a necessity. Cellular Sales is lighting the way, just as they have since 1993, with integrity and investment in people. Homegrown on Rocky Top, great experiences nationwide. That’s the Volunteer difference.