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About Barre Y Lane Communications


Eric Tompkins

Bruce Slough

Canova Peterson


Barre Y Lane, LLC was established in 2003 under the business name Barre Y Lane Communications (BYLC).  The company name, which is pronounced "Barry Lane", comes from a Gaelic phrase for high tide or high water mark.  This can be symbolic for either setting sail on the high tide or striving for high quality service.

The company's owner, Kevin Smyth, has worked for technology companies in Richmond since 1987.  He served as a corporate account manager for The Whitlock Group (7 years) and in the same role for US WEST's !nterprise Networking Services (the ! is not a typo) for the company's out-of-region expansion efforts (4 1/2 years).  When US WEST abandoned its expansion efforts, Smyth turned down an offer to move to Denver.

His technical and sales experience drew the attention of Broadwing Communications to provide technical sales engineer support for the company's sales teams in Richmond and Newport News.  He also served as the Richmond office's acting sales manager for several months until a full time replacement could be hired.

When the RELERA Data Center, later to become Peak 10, was built, RELERA recruited Mr. Smyth served as the data center sales engineer in support of the RELERA sales team.

Mr. Smyth has a MBA from Virginia Commonwealth University with a focus on decision sciences (statistics and quality improvement).  He also has a BA from Eisenhower College.

Mr. Smyth has served as Eisenhower College Alumni Association president and board member for two terms each and was successful in gaining IRS 501(c)(3) status for the ECAA.

He was a member of the Rotary Club of Mechanicsville serving in various leadership positions including club president and assistant district governor.  He established the Rotary Club of Mechanicsville Foundation and served on the foundation board, which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit entity.  He is also a Paul Harris Fellow.

In 2008, Mr. Smyth was appointed to the Hanover County Economic Development Authority to represent the Chickahominy Magisterial District.  The EDA's mission is to encourage business development in Hanover County by providing creative financing alternatives to assist businesses in land acquisition, building construction, and equipment acquisition.

BYLC business practices are guided by the principles of
Rotary International's Four-Way Test.
"Of the things we think, say, or do:

  1. Is it the truth;
  2. Is it fair to all concerned;
  3. Will it build good will and better friendships;
  4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned."