Information &
Technology Experts

Barre Y Lane

Over 35 years of experience helping
businesses with their technology needs.

Making your company more profitable by making it more effective.

Welcome to Barre Y Lane Communications. Our goal is to help make your company more profitable by making it more effective. We are known for our expertise, technical prowess, and excellent client support.

Supporting Your Business

Once we learn about your business goals and the strategies and tactics required to achieve those goals, we then outline how technology can assist your company achieve its goals. We give managers the blueprint for improving their business operations, providing them with options that they can implement in the time and manner of their choosing.

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Name Origins

The company name, which is pronounced “Barry Lane,” comes from a Gaelic phrase for “high tide” or “high water mark.” The name “Barre Y Lane,” therefore, was chosen to evoke the excitement and hope associated with successfully launching a new ship at the high tide. It’s a perfect analogy for the sentiments surrounding starting a new company or building a new business relationship. It’s also an indicator of the “high mark” we strive to achieve in the quality of our service.

Kevin Smyth

Owner & Operator

Kevin Smyth
Kevin Smyth, 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 (4½ 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 they recruited Kevin. He served as the data center sales engineer in support of the RELERA sales team.

Education

Kevin has an MBA from Virginia Commonwealth University with a focus on decision sciences (statistics and quality improvement) and a BA from Eisenhower College.

Leadership

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

He is a member of the Rotary Club of Mechanicsville and has served in various leadership positions within the organization, 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.

Barre Y Lane Communications business practices are guided by the principles of Rotary International's Four-Way Test:

Of the things we think, say, or do:

  • Is it the truth
  • Is it fair to all concerned
  • Will it build good will and better friendships
  • Will it be beneficial to all concerned.
Kevin Smyth

Education

  • Virginia Commonwealth University
    • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
    • Degree focused on decision sciences (statistics & quality improvement)
  • Eisenhower College
    • Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Associations

  • Rotary Club of Mechanicsville
    • Club President
    • Assistant District Governor
    • Established the Rotary Club of Mechanicsville Foundation
    • Previous Foundation Board Member
  • Eisenhower College Alumni Association
    • Board Member (two terms)
  • Hanover County, VA
    • Past Chickahominy District Representative
  • Two Twelve Referral Network
    • Vice Chairman - Team Integrity

I went through four previous business telephone installations at different companies. They were all very painful, drawn-out and costly experiences. The Digium Switchvox installation by Barre Y Lane Communications was well planned, well executed, well documented, and pain free.

Ken Lawson Controller,
Hi-Tech Asphalt Solutions