Meet Wally Bakare, Area Vice President, Field Operations – Spectrum

May 20, 2024 | Uncategorized

Wally Bakare
Area VP of Field Operations, Southern California
Charter Communications

Wally Bakare is quite literally one in a million. In 1994, he was one out of one million eligible applicants worldwide selected through a lottery to move to the United States with a guaranteed green card. With an undergraduate and graduate degree plus two years’ experience working in computer consulting, he sought sales positions at computer and electronics stores, only to land his first U.S. job distributing flyers in Baltimore. Then followed a job working in Nextel Communications’ file room and after nine months, a promotion to accounts payable coordinator. After three years at Nextel, he accepted a managerial role at Comcast Cable, which is how he got into the cable and telecommunications industry where he now has more than twenty years of experience.  

Proud of his immigrant success story and rightfully so, Wally has served as a shining example of what it means to give back. He is eternally grateful for the kindness of various people along the way – family members, friends and even strangers who helped pave the way for his success. In honor of his father, who planted the dream for Wally to come to the U.S., Wally created Tilga Scholarships, which has provided financial support to 29 college students over the last eight years. An avid art collector in his own right, Wally’s newest project in partnership with the Yemisi Shyllon Museum of Art in Nigeria will provide prints of important art works in the museum collection to visiting high school students.

 Wally is dedicated to Spectrum’s efforts to foster an environment of inclusion, diversity and respect in everything the company does, from recruitment and hiring, to education and training, to multicultural marketing, community outreach and supplier diversity. As a leader at Spectrum, he helps advance the company’s commitment to fostering an inclusive culture that empowers employees to share their unique insights and perspectives.

 Wally has received recognition and multiple well-deserved awards over the course of his career, including being named to prestigious lists such as Most Influential Multi-ethnic Executives by Cablefax Magazine (multiple years); 40 under 40 in Central Ohio (2010); and 50 under 50 “Corporate Executives on the Move” by Diversity MBA Magazine (2007). He has also been recognized as a Luminary by the National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) (2009). As a dedicated and valued SCMSDC board member since 2018, Wally demonstrates strategic leadership, forward thinking and a strong commitment to the stewardship of others.

 

Q: What do you like most about working with Charter?

A: I have always known that as a company we provide a highly valuable service to the communities we serve. However, with widespread shelter at home orders across the nation, our products and services have proven critical to the country’s continued operation, ensuring our customers can do their jobs, learn remotely, connect with medical professionals, access vital information, and keep in touch with family and friends. That’s why I love my job.

Q: Can you tell us a little bit about Charter’s supplier diversity program?

A: We have operated our program nationally since 2016 because we see the measurable benefits that comes from having a diverse supplier base, including greater business growth and innovation for our company and customers. We’re proud to say that in 2018 we reached more than $1 billion in diverse non-programming spend.

Q: What are top three attributes you look for in a diverse supplier?

A: First, every supplier working directly with Charter or with one of our primary suppliers must be qualified to provide the products or services requested. Second, we expect diverse suppliers to be knowledgeable about our business operations and needs, and fully versed in their own business capabilities. This makes the suppliers better prepared to identify areas where they can add value or provide solutions to Charter. Finally, it is important for diverse suppliers to be patient and flexible while working with a company of Charter’s scale. The sourcing and contracting processes could be long and are subject to change based on various factors, thus flexibility and adaptability are important to forge a great partnership.

 Q: What is the first step for a diverse supplier interested in doing business with Charter?

For women, minority, LGBTQ, veteran, disabled and service-disabled veteran-owned businesses interested in forming a partnership with Charter, the first step is to visit our Supplier Diversity page at corporate.charter.com/supplier-diversity. Download our resource guide and review the areas of opportunity for new suppliers and complete the “Contact Us” form if your company is capable of fulfilling those needs. The form will connect you with the Supplier Diversity team, who will add your company to our lead tracker. Any potential suppliers are shared with sourcing managers and business stakeholders as opportunities arise.

 Q: What is Charter doing to support their consumers in response to COVID-19?

Charter is committed to keeping our customers connected when they need us most. As of June 30, we have done the following:

  • Opened Spectrum WiFi hotspots across our footprint for public use
  • Offered Spectrum Internet with starting speeds of 100 Mbps for free, including in-home WiFi, to new subscriber households with teachers or K-12 or college students for 60 days
  • Partnered with school districts to ensure local communities are aware of these tools to help students learn remotely
  • Provided eligible low income households access to our high speed, low cost broadband program, Spectrum Internet Assist
  • Committed not to terminate service for residential or small business customers who notify the company they are facing financial difficulty related to the COVID-19 situation
  • Waived late fees for customers facing difficult economic circumstances related to the pandemic
  • Spectrum News has provided free access to its coverage of critical news and information about the coronavirus crisis
  • Donated $12 million of airtime to run COVID-19 public service announcements across our footprint

Wally is a proud father of two and currently lives in Orange, CA. Connect with Wally via Linkedin here. Charter Communications is a leading broadband connectivity company and cable operator serving more than 29 million customers in 41 states through its Spectrum brand. Over an advanced communications network, the company offers a full range of state-of-the-art residential and business services including Spectrum Internet, TV, Mobile and Voice.

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