About Steve Browning
Stevan Browning brings to Leads-Magic.com a long successful business career in marketing, sales, and applying modern technology to those areas. He is uniquely qualified as a small business advisor in the areas of marketing, sales, and business operations.
Steve began his business career in the mid-1970’s with Thomas Electronics in Fort Worth, Texas. At Thomas, he was responsible for the installation, setup, programming, and support of a wide variety of telecom switching systems manufactured by companies such as NEC, Plantronics, Tie, Toshiba, Mitel, and ITT. During his first 5 years Steve earned 19 certifications in various switching technologies which made him one of the country’s top experts in the field of crossbar electronic switches.
Due to Steve’s practical expertise he was selected to join a team of engineers whose mission, funded by a government grant, would enable paramedics in the field to remotely communicate vital patient information to emergency room doctors. This team invented a system capable of full duplex telemetry transmission and voice communication that coupled the wireless capabilities of FM radio with telecom switching. It was a huge success resulting in networks of linked radio-telephone systems throughout Texas which resemble today’s modern cellular networks.
By 1980 Steve was Sr. Vice President of the Telecom Division at Thomas Electronics when he left to found his own business, Texa-Tel Communications, Inc. He steadily grew this small but always profitable business from a modest $10K capital investment to $2.5 million in sales.
In 1989 Steve sold his interest in Texa-Tel to DFW Communication which allowed him to join Inter-claim (International Claims Administration Corporation) in Dallas, Texas, at the request of Visa USA. Steve continued his great success as Vice President of the Bank Card Division of Inter-claim until 1992 when he was asked to join Visa USA in Foster City, CA.
While working with the Visa USA Service Quality team in California Steve further expanded his skills by earning certification in Life Heath and Accident insurance at Cal State, and Bank Card Management certification though the University of Oklahoma.
In 1998 he left Visa USA to become one of the founders of Custom Branded Networks, a publicly traded company listed on the New York Stock Exchange. In addition to practical skills honed as the Chief Operating Officer of a publicly traded company, Steve continued academic studies at the Deck Communication School of Effective Communications and studied the “Principles of SEC Reporting” with Grant Foster and “International Business Transactions” at Berkeley Law School.
During his career Steve has successfully managed many marketing, sales, finance, and business operations teams. This typically involved developing strategy and implementing operations along with sales to major customers. Along the way he has developed expertise working with international customers and with outsourced software developers around the world.
As a collaborative results-driven leader, Steve has specialized in working with large and small businesses to identify potential clients, provide in-depth consulting on optimal business strategies, and lead the development of advanced business processes, marketing, and sales programs which implement these strategies.
Steve grew up on a dairy farm in Keller, Texas, where he learned all about hard work. He also pursued golf with a passion which allowed him to escape the farm at age 18 for a job at Willow Springs Golf Course in Haslet, Texas. After Steve married his passion changed from golf to family and also to business.
Today Steve lives the San Francisco Bay where he is still a businessman. In his spare time Steve enjoys helping entrepreneurs and teaching windsurfing. Recently he published a book, A Fish Story, a simple guide to successful marketing for small business owners, entrepreneurs and beginning marketers with minimal experience, which is available from Amazon and most other book sellers.