The Cortelco name stands for a legacy that began 126 years ago.
Cortelco can trace its roots back to the Kellogg Switchboard and Supply Company which began operations in 1897 near Chicago, Illinois. The company prospered as one of the pioneers in the mass production of telecommunications equipment. In 1952, the Kellogg Switchboard and Supply Company became a division of the International Telephone and Telegraph (ITT) Corporation.
During the 1960's and 1970's the business name of the company changed several times and its affiliation with various other ITT manufacturing and sales organizations underwent various changes. These changes had very little impact on the day-to-day operations of the ITT Telecommunications facility located in Corinth, Mississippi.
During the 80's the Corinth facility was part of a joint venture agreement between ITT Corporation and CGE, transferring the majority of ownership to the newly-formed Alcatel, N.V., the world's largest telecommunications manufacturer. Shortly after this merger, a new vision was set forth with our new company name (Cortelco) - an acronym for Corinth Telecommunications Corporation.
In July 1990, Alcatel sold Cortelco to an entrepreneur, former ITT executive, David S. Lee. The company was reorganized to provide even better products.
With such a prestigious lineage as Kellogg, ITT and Alcatel N.V., Cortelco's telecommunications products are an evolution of quality and technology representative of our one hundred plus year history
President & Chief Financial Officer
Lee M. Bowling became Controller of the company in August 1996. He has been with Cortelco since 1979, starting as the Supervisor of Operations Analysis in 1979. He was promoted to Senior Cost Accountant in 1989 then to Supervisor of Billing and Cost Accounting in 1992, and then to Manager-Credit Collections in 1993. In May of 2004, Lee was promoted to Vice President and CFO. Lee currently serves on the Board of Directors of Cortelco Systems Puerto Rico.
Lee is a graduate of Mississippi State University where he was awarded a B.S. degree in Accounting in 1976. Before joining Cortelco he was the Commercial Manager for Telephone Electronics Corporation.