ACE Spotlight: Peter Southwick

Blog Post created by hausmus Employee on Sep 5, 2018

I'd like to introduce you to one of our Ciena Community ACEsPeter Southwick. Peter has 40 years of experience in the telecom industry with his introduction starting as a toddler. The project he’s most proud of accomplishing is the design of a REN from transport through service. What can you ask him to learn even more about him? How about why he lives in Vermont and why layer 3 is needed – officially ask him in the comments below, I know I can't wait to hear his answers.


You can connect with Peter and find recent contributions to the community on his profile.


Learn more about Peter in his interview:


What is your current role? How did you get started in the industry?

I am a sales engineering manager at a VAR with a HQ in New England. My introduction to the industry was as a toddler, my father was the president of an independent telephone company in far north east New York. I was exposed to the innerworkings of telephony from that time.


What are your favorite sources of information to do your job?

  • The Google
  • Product data sheets and implementation guides from the manufacturer's web sites
  • Vendor SEs


What projects, or initiatives, are you looking forward to working on, or you’re most proud of accomplishing?

  • Most Proud: The design of a REN from transport through services.
  • Looking Forward: A customer driven managed service.


If we ask your friends and family, what would they say you do at work?

Work with computers and networks


What’s your favorite breakfast cereal?



What should Ciena Community members ask you about?

  • Personally: Why I live in Vermont?
  • Professionally: Why layer 3 is needed?