When he was just starting out, his unwillingness to compromise his beliefs cost him his job. But rather than end his career, that incident was only the beginning of something far greater than he had ever dreamed….
Hal Takes a Stand
In the mid-1980s, cellular phone service was just taking off, and Hal’s career appeared poised to soar along with it. Having been recruited by Southwestern Bell shortly after college, Hal was being groomed to play an active role in the founding of this new technology. But when something went wrong with one of their accounts, Hal was asked to randomly terminate five of his employees as a disciplinary measure. After mulling it over, Hal delivered his answer: “I told them that not only could I not do the task they had asked me to do, but if that’s the type of organization they were, that I could not associate with them at all.”
Help, God! What Next?
Suddenly jobless, Hal and his wife Julie moved back from LA to Dallas, where he spent the next six weeks trying to figure out what to do next. The best idea he could come up with was to become a telecommunications consultant. This proved to be a good choice, and he eventually linked up with several other people who were in the same boat. Eventually, Hal decided to join up with two of these people and form their own company, COM2000+. At the time, the cell phone industry was expanding rapidly, and there was a lot of pressure to broaden the coverage area as quickly as possible. COM2000+ specialized in finding and assessing sites for new cell phone towers. The company expanded rapidly over the next three years, with revenues in the millions of dollars. “This was very exciting for us, to see the success God had brought our way through our commitment to grow the business by trying to honor him.”
An Offering to God
Shortly afterwards, Hal and his partner David Kaltenbach had a falling out with the other principle of the company, » Read more: The Cost of Good Business Ethics