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Patton CEO Will Speak Tomorrow at WCTI Taste of Business in South Africa

South Africa has come to recognize Patton VoIP products as a stable, high-quality solution. Bobby Patton's talk will highlight what has worked very well and what would be 2 or 3 key things to watch out for when entering the South Africa market.

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Robert R. Patton
Gaithersburg, MD: Patton Electronics' President and CEO, Robert R. Patton, will speak tomorrow at the "Taste of Business in South Africa" event hosted by the World Trade Center Institute (WTCI) in Baltimore.

The "Taste of Business" series offers WCTI members and invited guests opportunities to learn from each other about the advantages and pitfalls of conducting business internationally while networking with associates from other Maryland companies. In tomorrow's event, attendees will learn how South Africa became the largest economy in Africa and why it is considered a newly industrialized country.

Sharing the speakers' podium with Sandile Tyini, Minister Economic, Embassy of South Africa, Bobby Patton will provide an overview of his company's business development experiences in South Africa.

"My presentation will focus on our most current business experiences in the region, including lessons learned," Bobby stated. "I will highlight what has worked very well and what would be 2 or 3 key things to watch out for when entering the South Africa market."

In the early stages, the company tried to "force-fit" itself into the market-- instead of finding the right niche. While relying on business from other markets, Patton persevered until South African businesses started to recognize not only the value of Patton products, but also how the technologies actually fit into their business models.

"By investing in long-term development, we were able to establish brand name recognition. That has paid off by establishing a steady revenue stream. While we continue serving early customers, today we are fielding inquiries from national service providers that demand reliable products. South Africa has come to recognize Patton VoIP products as a stable, high-quality solution," Bobby said.

Tomorrow's event will be held at 111 South Calvert Street Baltimore, MD from 5 to 7 PM. Pre-registration is required.

About WTCI 

Established in Baltimore in 1989 to help connect Maryland to the globe, today the World Trade Center Institute (WTCI) is the region’s largest international business organization. WTCI strives to drive the growth of Maryland’s global business community through global connections, events, and extensive international business services. Financed jointly by area businesses and the State of Maryland, WTCI operates as a non-profit membership organization. For more information visit

About Patton

Patton is all about connections. It is our joy and mission to connect real-world customer challenges with high-quality, right-priced solutions—complemented by unrivaled customer service and technical support. Incorporated 1984, Patton has built everything from micro-sized widgets that connect "this-with-that," to carrier-grade Telecom gear that connects subscribers to service-providers. Patton's specialty is interconnecting legacy TDM and serial systems with new-generation IP-based voice, data, and multi-media technologies. 

Headquartered in Gaithersburg, MD, USA, Patton equipment—including VoIP, Ethernet extension, and wireless router technologies—is up-and-running in carrier, enterprise and industrial networks worldwide. Patton works in connection with a growing network of technology, business, and sales-channel partners. To connect with local-market requirements, Patton operates training and support centers in Switzerland, Hungary, Lebanon, India, Vietnam, and the USA.

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