DTEL became Gastonia’s first and largest telecom equipment dealer in 1984 thanks to our founders, Bill Dover and A. J. Turnipseed, both Southern Bell retirees with over 30 years’ experience at the time.
In 1990 DTEL became a Comdial Associate Dealer, a Preferred Dealer in 1993, and then was promoted to a Preferred Gold Dealer in 1997. In 2002, DTEL was named a Vodavi Infinite dealer, and subsequently an Allworx dealer in 2005. Our company achieved the Allworx Apex Partner distinction in 2011 and later Platinum status 2013. By 2016, DTEL became an NEC Solutions Provider and a registered ISP, providing SIP and hosted voice solutions.
DTEL’s Field Engineers are certified with Allworx and NEC for installation and support services and have extensive experience in structured cabling; fiber builds; installation and support of camera systems; and overhead paging and deployment of cloud services for voice and managed networks. Our administration and sales team members hope to gain and sustain customer relationships with a consultative approach and best-in-class support.
Nancy Thomas, Office Manager
Nancy Thomas has worked with DTEL for 19 years, currently serving as the company’s office manager. Prior to joining DTEL, Nancy has worked in accounting and customer-service at Jo-mar spinning and taught in a preschool, with degrees from Western Carolina University and University of North Carolina Charlotte. Outside the office, she loves to spend time outside with her dog and cheering on the Panthers.
Charlie Peninger, Technical Sales Consultant
Charlie Peninger is a Gastonia native who served in the US Navy for four years as a communications electrician until he was honorably discharged in 1979. Charlie was then hired by Sothern Bell and continued to work there for 11 years. His education includes an AA degree at Central Piedmont Community College on the GII Bill while working full time. Charlie came to work for DTEL in July 1995 and purchased the company in 1996. DTEL was named “Small Business of the Year” by the Gaston Regional Chamber in 2015 and sold to Jim LaBrec in 2018. During his career, his civic involvement included serving on the board of Cornerstone Christian Center, later A.C.P.P., the Gaston Regional Chamber board of directors, past president and board member of the Gastonia Rotary Club, where I was named a Paul Harris Fellow, a member of American Legion Post #23 and he is an Eagle Scout. Charlie is married to Ann Tucker Peninger and together they have two daughters and two granddaughters. Peninger enjoys just about anything outdoors, especially the NC mountains.
John Mosier, Communications Consultant
John Mosier was born in St. Augustine, Florida and attended Florida Community College at Jacksonville and Santa Barbara Community College. Mosier’s work experience includes accounting, office management, advertising and marketing sales, and extensive telecommunications sales. At DTEL, he focuses on establishing lasting customer relationships, exploring and identifying the needs and challenges of customers, and utilizing resources to provide satisfactory solutions. In his free time, he proudly serves Habitat for Humanity and loves gardening or diving into a good book from time to time. John is married to the love of his life, Debra, and together they have two children and six grandchildren.
Travis Scoggins, Director of Service Operations
Travis Scoggins is a native to Gastonia with over twenty years’ experience in the technical field. From installation to maintenance to sharing some jokes, Travis is there for your every need. He is known widely for his friendly smile and dedication to building and maintaining customer satisfaction with every phone and surveillance system. When he’s not on the job, he loves listening to music and spending his time outside.
Jim LaBrec, President
Jim graduated from Davidson College and holds a BA in Economics. Subsequent to graduation, he held sales and management positions in the reprographics industry. As deregulation in the telecom industry began to take hold, he made the transition to the competitive voice and data marketplace holding positions in branch management, regional director and vice president for both direct and indirect sales organizations. In 2005 he launched Converging Technologies, Inc. providing consulting services in channel sales development for technology firms. Ultimately, he became a partner with One Source Communications, Inc. where he designed, launched and managed the indirect sales channel including a vast group of technology partners and consultants. Jim’s desire to continue to serve the spectrum of companies ranging from SMB to Enterprise as a business owner in a local market led to his purchase of DTEL Telecommunications in 2019.
Jim is blessed to have a wonderful wife and three amazing daughters. He enjoys living on the water, traveling, and restoring classic VW Beetles. He is a past member of C12 Charlotte and is active in philanthropy with organizations such as Apparo.