Southern Telecom Expands Atlanta Sales Team with Hiring of Industry Veterans Michael Lamar and Mickey O'Kelley

ATLANTA, September 12, 2017 – Southern Telecom, Inc. (STI), a subsidiary of Southern Company, announces the expansion of the company’s sales team with the hiring of Michael Lamar and Michael "Mickey" O'Kelley, both in the role of carrier account executive. The telecom industry veterans were added to the team in response to the growing interest in STI’s portfolio of dark fiber, conduit, and colocation in the Southeast U.S. In their roles, Lamar and O’Kelley are responsible for new client acquisition and management of telecom carrier, content provider and large enterprise customers.

Lamar’s background includes developing fiber service routes and fiber network expansion projects. He is also skilled in PON, VoIP and MPLS network solutions with expertise in serving the government, healthcare and automotive sectors. Lamar has a Bachelor of Science in organization management from Voorhees College, and is a graduate of the Leadership Augusta and Leadership Columbia County programs.

O’Kelley’s experience includes sales, management, logistics, operations and training roles supporting clients and companies in energy, utilities, healthcare, automotive, manufacturing, distribution, transportation, technology, professional services and government categories. He has a Bachelor of Science in management from Jacksonville State University.

“As Southern Telecom continues to grow throughout the Southeast, we are expanding our team with the very best in the industry to provide superior dark fiber optic solutions and support to our customers, and further demonstrate our commitment to excellence,” says Barry Navarre, Business Development Manager for STI. “We are very excited to have Michael Lamar and Mickey O'Kelley join our team and help lead STI’s business development initiatives.”


About Southern Telecom

Southern Telecom, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Southern Company that provides long-haul and metropolitan dark fiber connecting Atlanta with other cities throughout the Southeast. The company also provides network elements such as access to rights of way, conduit, neutral co-location, and other related maintenance services. Southern Telecom is certificated as a telecommunications provider in Alabama, Florida and Georgia and at the Federal level. For more information about Southern Telecom, visit   

About Southern Company

Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is America’s premier energy company, with 46,000 megawatts of generating capacity and 1,500 billion cubic feet of combined natural gas consumption and throughput volume serving 9 million customers through its subsidiaries. The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric operating companies in four states, natural gas distribution companies in seven states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America and a nationally recognized provider of customized energy solutions, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications. Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices that are below the national average. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, Southern Company and its subsidiaries are inventing America’s energy future by developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, 21st century coal, natural gas, renewables and energy efficiency, and creating new products and services for the benefit of customers. Southern Company has been named by the U.S. Department of Defense and G.I. Jobs magazine as a top military employer, recognized among the Top 50 Companies for Diversity by DiversityInc, listed by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the 40 Best Companies for Diversity and designated a Top Employer for Hispanics by Hispanic Network. The company has earned a National Award of Nuclear Science and History from the National Atomic Museum Foundation for its leadership and commitment to nuclear development and is continually ranked among the top energy companies in Fortune's annual Worlds Most Admired Electric and Gas Utility rankings. Visit our website at


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