John Christie spent his entire working life in telecommunications. In 1955 he started at the British Post Office as an apprentice in his home town close to Glasgow, Scotland. BPO was the Telecom Company for England and Scotland.
At eighteen he was drafted for National Service and decided to join the Royal Signals of the British Army ending up in East Africa. After completing his service, he returned home to Scotland only to travel back to Africa once again, advancing his telecom career. John moved from Africa to Saudi Arabia with Rockwell-Collins Radio (A Texas based Company) then finally arrived in Texas. Here he co-founded Field Telecomms Inc. in May of 1982 in partnership with Earl Browning, a Native Texan. They eventually parted ways with John continuing the Company. Through trial and tribulation, success and failure, FTI became a successful, well established and respected Telecommunications Engineering, Furnish & Installation firm.
John was trained in a multitude of telecom technologies and was a highly skilled professional in microwave, switching, cellular, and DC power systems. He understood that a quality installation led to a system’s performance, long life and most importantly, great customer relations. He was an expert on the E, F, & I of DC power, cell sites and switch centers. He was always inventing tools and developing innovative systems that made installations safer, faster, and of the highest quality. John did this knowing that the extra mile would increase customer loyalty and satisfaction.
The success of FTI is due to common goals established by John and taught to his employees. He was a great mentor to his entire staff. John’s philosophy of FTI being a company that takes care of its employees, shares in profit and continually trains in the newest technology continues today. FTI is well known in the industry as one of the best!
Quality of product and service always comes before profit. Johns and FTI’s mission statement is “to provide quality service through quality training, management and personnel”; do this and the profits will follow. That theory held true then and holds true today. In an industry of constant technological change, FTI keeps pace with up to date training programs and therein remains at the ready to meet any challenge.
John passed away on September the 7th 2015. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. His ideals, vison, and legacy will continue to live on through the dedicated employees of FTI Belman.
“Gus am bris an là, agus an teich na sgàilean”.