Gene Gerwin

Gene Gerwin is president of CCI Telemarketing- a B2B lead generation service specialized in the technology industry. Started in 1993, CCI is proud to have served companies such as Hughes, Oracle, Autodesk, Mentor Graphics, EMC, and many more top technology firms.

Confessions of a Phone Solicitor

Confessions of a Phone Solicitor

Word comes from Madison, Wis., that a telemarketer named Ted Zoromski quit his job this week over John McCain’s message. Skip to next paragraphTony Cenicola/The New York Times Gail Collins Go to Columnist Page The Conversation Times columnists David Brooks and Gail Collins discuss the 2008 presidential race.All Conversations Zoromski was prepared to interrupt people during their dinner hours to encourage them to vote Republican. But when he got the script saying “you need to know that Barack Obama has worked closely with domestic terrorist Bill Ayers, whose organization bombed the U.S. Capitol, the Pentagon, a judge’s home and killed Americans,” he packed it in. “Even though I was paid to do it, I didn’t feel comfortable,” Zoromski told WKOW-TV

For Half a Cent, a Call That Informs, and Annoys

The growing number of automated calls has alarmed privacy lovers and those who resist commercialism.

Big Fine Set for Wachovia to End Case

Big Fine Set for Wachovia to End Case

The Wachovia Corporation agreed on Friday to pay as much as $144 million to end an investigation that accuses the bank of allowing telemarketers to use its accounts to steal millions of dollars. The settlement, one of the largest penalties ever demanded by the federal Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, concludes an 18-month […]

Papers Show Wachovia Knew of Thefts

Papers Show Wachovia Knew of Thefts

The bank solicited business from companies it knew had been accused of telemarketing crimes, documents show.

Battling Ghost Calls, That Telemarketing Annoyance

Battling Ghost Calls, That Telemarketing Annoyance

Ghost calls have long been a staple of horror movies and urban legends. But the culprit behind what is becoming a common occurrence may have a less than otherworldly explanation.

The Fed Jammed Your In-Box

The Fed Jammed Your In-Box

There was a huge increase in e-mail spam last month, and the recent problems in the credit markets are partly to blame, says the computer security firm Symantec. With the housing market taking a continued hit in September, in-boxes also took an increased hit as spammers exploited the recent market slowdown and subsequent interest rate […]

Clinton Backer’s Ties to Powerful Cut Both Ways

Clinton Backer’s Ties to Powerful Cut Both Ways

Vinod Gupta, a wealthy Democratic donor, is pulling back, saying that controversies have become too much.

When a Scam Is a Phone Call Away

When a Scam Is a Phone Call Away

Letters from Beni Dakar, Jan Bone, Mindy A Bockstein and Nancy Brenner respond to May 20 article about telemarketing scams directed at elderly; Bockstein, executive director of New York State Consumer Protection Board, holds that consumers, particularly elderly, need protection from scam artists who purchase ‘sucker lists’ from list brokers; suggests legislation modeled on ‘do not call’ telemarketing law; drawing