By Christian Hamaker
Peoples Telephone Cooperative
ow long have you been with Peoples Telephone
I have been with the company seven years.
Your company has a strong community-outreach operation.
Tell us about a recent highlight.
We know how important our business is to local nonprofit
often donate and
sponsor events, but
we also take time to
do fundraising with
our employees to
at our company
party, instead of
random gift giving
to our staff, we did
a charity bucket raf-
fle. Employees received tickets for being in attendance but they
could purchase additional tickets as well. All the proceeds went
to the Quitman Rainbow Room. We surprised them with a
$1,000 check right after the holidays.
Peoples also makes an effort to highlight local businesses in
its magazine. Can you share the results of a recent promotion?
Speakeasy coffee shop was a cover story and feature article in
the March/April edition of the Peoples Connection magazine.
Since its story ran in our magazine the store’s sales have
increased 12%. The owner,
Kelly Keike, has also visited
with customers that have
gone out of their way to visit
our town and Speakeasy
because of the article.
Twelve ladies stopped in
one Saturday while traveling from a neighboring
town. When Kelly asked
how they had heard
about Speakeasy, one of
the ladies said that a
magazine got delivered
to her house by
accident and she
read it, made notes
and then gave it to
her neighbor. Then
she planned a trip
to the area to stop
by and see firsthand what she had
Kelly also mentioned that she has
been asked for her
autograph about three dozen times. These are just a few of the
good things happening in her business due to the magazine. l
Best ice cream flavor:
Cookies and Cream
Hmm. … Does “ 8 Seconds” count?
Last movie you streamed:
Despicable Me 3.
Last TV show you binge-watched:
“This Is Us”
Favorite radio station:
KVUE, a local Christian radio station
The cover of Peoples’ magazine and the
two-page spread about the coffee shop.
General Manager Steven Steele and Service Representative Daniel Armstrong were proud to
present Sam Scroggins, president of the Wood County Child Welfare Board, with a $1,000
check to support the Rainbow Room. This donation was made possible by donations from
employees. From left to right: Sam Scroggins, Daniel Armstrong, Steven Steele