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Manchester, NH – May 30, 2017 – Professional Teledata, a pioneer of hostedpremise-based and billing solutions for call centers, today announced the launch of ThePaymentPortal.com, its new payment processing option for its Total Billing Solution 3 (TBS3) software. The solution was unveiled earlier this month during the annual PINetwork User Group Meeting in Miami, Florida.

ThePaymentPortal.com is a hosted, online, secure e-commerce site that customers’ clients can log into at their convenience to manage their account. Through a partnership with QOS Merchant Solutions, Professional Teledata offers this optional feature to users wanting to view account statements, invoices and traffic history and pay bills online. ThePaymentPortal.com incorporates several features designed to optimize the user experience: 

  • Easy Account Management: End users can access and download invoices and view traffic statistics from their account. Users now maintain the administration of their accounts, including registration and passwords.
  • Custom Branding: Accounts can be branded with company logo, colors and contact information.
  • Strong Encryption: Communication with the website and data at rest is strongly encrypted to resist any potential data breaches.
  • Flexible Payment Options: Payments can be made via credit card or electronic check, depending on TBS3 users’ preferred merchant account configuration.
Professional Teledata staff monitor and maintain the Web server, saving users from having to dedicate in-house IT resources.

“ThePaymentPortal.com provides a secure and simple way for our clients’ end users to manage their accounts and pay bills online,” said Alan Hartmann, director of software development for Professional Teledata. “We are excited to offer the marketplace with our new payment solution, and a more convenient way to do business.”

ThePaymentPortal.com will be available in July 2017; we are taking pre-orders now for installation in July. To place an order, or for pricing or system requirement information, contact Sales at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Manchester, NH – October 6, 2015 – Professional Teledata, a pioneer of hosted and premise-based solutions for call centers, today announced that John Freire of Direct Line Tele Response, was named the 2016 Allen Kalik Award recipient. The announcement was made during the annual PINetwork User Group Meeting in Manchester, New Hampshire.   

The Allen Kalik Award was implemented in 2011 after the passing of industry leader and Professional Teledata’s late president, Allen Kalik. Honoring Allen for his tremendous contributions to the telecommunications industry and the PINetwork Group (PIN), this award recognizes individuals whose unselfish dedication and leadership have led to the advancement of PIN. 

“It was a personal honor and pleasure to be able to present the Allen Kalik award to John Freire,” said Phyllis Shaw, education committee chair of the PINetwork User Group. “John gives so much of his time to our group, and is always available to share his knowledge with us. He is someone who thinks outside the box, and pushes us all to the next level.” 

Freire is the IT director at Direct Line Tele Response. He began his career at GTE Sprint, and has over 30 years of experience within the telephony industry. From 2006-2007, Freire served as president of the PIN board of directors. He also served on the PIN board in 2005 as a director. 

“I am honored and humbled to receive this award,” said Freire. “Allen was always giving back to PIN, and eager to share this expertise and knowledge with anyone who was interested in learning. I am thrilled to be included among such esteemed company.”
Manchester, NH – October 16, 2015Professional Teledata, a pioneer of hosted and premise-based solutions for call centers, today announced Angelo Celesia, former owner of Professional Answering Service, as the 2015 Allen Kalik Award recipient. The announcement was made during the annual PIN User Group Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland.

The Allen Kalik Award was implemented in 2011 after the passing of industry leader and Professional Teledata’s late president, Allen Kalik. Honoring Allen for his tremendous contributions to the telecommunications industry and the PINetwork Group, this award recognizes individuals whose unselfish dedication and leadership have led to the advancement of the PINetwork Group.

“We are thrilled to recognize Angelo with the 2015 Allen Kalik Award,” said Pat Kalik, director of customer relations for Professional Teledata. “Angelo truly embodies the award, and everything that it stands for. We thank him for his time, dedication and continuing commitment to our organization.”

“It is an honor to receive this award,” said Angelo. “Allen tirelessly devoted himself the TAS industry and the PINetwork. I am humbled to be included among such esteemed company.” In 2013, Angelo served as president of the PINetwork board of directors. Angelo is also an avid runner and coaches cross-country running for a local middle school.
Manchester, NH – March 1, 2016 Professional Teledata, a pioneer of hosted and premise-based solutions for call centers, today announced the launch of its enhanced short message service solution, PInnacle Cloud SMS. The new, cloud-based text messaging solution is commercial grade, developed specifically for the high volume, high availability usage requirements demanded by our customers.

The PInnacle Cloud SMS solution enables users to communicate with clients faster, and with higher throughput, via text messaging. Throughput and availability are achieved by maintaining direct connections to major wireless carriers that are not subject to rate limits, monthly usage thresholds, or cell towers. Now, PInnacle Cloud SMS users can easily and reliably exchange messages each month without worrying about service interruptions or rate limiting. Key features of the PInnacle Cloud SMS solution include:

  • 100% Software-based: The cloud-based SMS solution features complete mobility and delivers up to 160 characters in a single SMS for U.S. users and
    136 for Canadian users.
  • Fully Redundant System: PInnacle Cloud SMS is housed in a SAS 70 Type II Data Center and tested to ensure near 100% reliability and uptime.
  • Built-in Disaster Recovery: Millions of SMS messages are processed each month with proven reliability. Built-in disaster recovery provides users with the ability to exchange messages even during an unexpected event.
  • Comprehensive Reporting: All SMS activity is tracked and monitored, and every SMS sent through PInnacle provides status information about message delivery. Users can also retrieve both detailed and summary reports to use for client billing purposes as well as full audit trails.
Since installing the PInnacle Cloud SMS solution, we have had no service interruptions for our customers,” said Ken Goldenberg, president of Direct Line Tele Response. “The process to move customers to the new system was seamless and simple. The tight integration with our existing PInnacle system was well executed and we are now experiencing much faster delivery times and delivery responses. Direct Line Tele Response and our customers are confident in this new solution!”

“We are thrilled to offer our customers with an enhanced, commercial grade SMS solution,” said Jim Graham, director of special operations for Professional Teledata. “By leveraging Startel’s current SMS infrastructure, we are able to provide our PInnacle customers with a more robust text messaging solution that meets their clients’ expanding needs and enables them to focus on growing their business.”

The PInnacle Cloud SMS solution is available now for integration with PInnacle. For more information, or to transition to PInnacle Cloud SMS, contact Sales at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Irvine, CA and Manchester, NH – September 3, 2015Professional Teledata, a pioneer in order entry, billing management and hosted and premise-based solutions for call centers, today announced its merger with Startel Corporation, a provider of unified business communications for contact centers and telephone answering services (TAS). Effective September 2, 2015, Professional Teledata is now a wholly owned independent subsidiary of Startel.

The companies have a relationship that dates back more than 30 years, serving the TAS industry and many of its joint customers. With this merger, the combined organization expands its product offerings to broader markets while enhancing overall technical expertise, increasing customer service availability and adding depth to the leadership team. This merger is a win-win for both organizations, as well as its combined customer base and the entire TAS industry.

“Given our long relationship and shared vision of providing telephone answering services and contact centers with solutions to improve efficiency and increase revenue, combining companies seemed like a natural fit,” said Pat Kalik, president of Professional Teledata. “We are thrilled with the merger; it is a positive development for both organizations, customer bases and employees

“We are very excited about Startel and Professional Teledata coming together,” said Bill Lane, president and CEO of Startel. “We look forward to joining teams, and leveraging the resources, capabilities and technical expertise of the combined companies to provide a higher level of customer support and greater breadth of product offerings to the marketplace.”

The companies’ offices will remain open in Irvine, California and Manchester, New Hampshire. Three principals of Professional Teledata, including Jim Graham, Alan Hartmann and Pat Kalik, will join the senior management team of Startel to lead the combined company.