CORAL SPRINGS, FL – If you want to make positive changes in a community, it helps to live there for 29 years.
Ray Carballo knows this well.
The business services director at Blue Stream Fiber has lived most of his adult life in Coral Springs and has worked with his company to assist local businesses in need.
“I’ve been here a long time and remember when TGI Friday’s was the only restaurant in the area,” Carballo said. “I’m a part of this community and I want to help out as much as I can.”
After playing competitive baseball in college, the lifelong Yankee fan brought a competitive spirit to his career in the telecommunications field. He’s worked for a bunch of big and small companies over the years, and landed in his current job at Blue Stream Fiber in Coral Springs because he said he was driven to grow the market share in the company’s commercial division and eager to compete against larger companies.
Through it all, he’s had one clear philosophy: “I’ve tried to make myself as accessible as possible” to clients, business contacts, friends, and everyone else in his social orbit, he said.
He means it. Blue Stream Fiber customers often call him directly to iron out issues as he works closely with the customer service team to provide “the ultimate customer experience.”
“If I can help them, I do it,” he said.
The same applies to his work in the community. His company is a trustee member of the Coral Springs Coconut Creek Regional Chamber of Commerce, and he makes sure Blue Stream Fiber is a part of a variety of Coral Springs events.
Through the coronavirus crisis, he’s proud of his company’s essential workers.
“They are front-line heroes, too,” he said.
Blue Stream Fiber has also assisted low-income families in getting reduced internet access, especially those with children forced into doing online learning.
“I’m proud to work for a company focused on assisting the community,” he said.
Carballo moved to Coral Springs in 1991, not too long out of college and after working at Bally Total Fitness in New York. His family was here, and he wanted to be closer to them. He started working in the telecommunication industry and found the work challenging and exciting as technology kept changing. He worked his way up to a director-level position at Comcast Business and was eventually recruited to Blue Stream Fiber in 2016.
Along the way, Carballo got married and had four children. He got involved in youth baseball, coaching one team to the state semi-finals and starting the Sandlot Travel Team, which was named after the movie.
“I love baseball and I wanted all the kids to enjoy the game as was depicted in the movie,” he said.
He plans to stay in South Florida for many years to come, keep working for Blue Stream Fiber, and continue making a difference in the community.
“I like the direction the city is going in,” he said. “It’s a great place.”
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