Employee Updates

Updated: Aug 27, 2021



CRAIG CORDES VOTED

EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH!



Congratulations to the August Employee of the Month in Grand Prairie.

Craig started his career with Lone Star Communications on March 3rd, 2002. He has over 19 years of dedicated service with LSC. His role is Computer Network Support. Craig was hired to help with the growing internal network. The network has grown in size and complexity, and Craig has been part of the growth and reliability. In the beginning years, most of Craig’s time was spent looking after the internal network. As our industry and customers required more IT support, Craig took to solving problems for our technicians and customers. Today, Craig is involved in very complex projects and solutions involving our highest profile customers.


Craig is the one in the background, the invisible glue holding things together, never seeking any attention or glory for all that he does, which includes desktop support to network administration, passwords, email, server migrations, laptop maintenance and support, phone system support, access control management and many more daily tasks. He has his hands in everything we do. Craig also shows what it means to be “One Family”. Craig always helps anyone with technology issues and makes sure to follow through with it. He takes the time to get to know someone and always says hi. He is a valuable member to this organization, and we are very grateful for him.


Eric Gillespie’s Comment:

Always willing to help no matter what direction he gets pulled in!


Mumin Adeyemi’s Comment:

Craig is such an incredible problem-solver, passionate and resourceful. He inspires me to do better work.


Here are some comments submitted about Craig:


Always prompt to answer any of my inquiries and was available even during his time recovering from his accident. All out-team player.


He quietly dedicates himself to his position. Never a negative disposition.


He helps with all the computer needs.


Family


Craig is always there to help and exhibits all the Lone Star values.


Craig is a fine example of “One Team, One Purpose, One Family.” He has always made himself available to me no matter what time of day. He always strives to make sure everyone has what they need in terms of computer support and looks for solutions to make things even better. Craig is invaluable to this organization and to all of us.


Craig is always eager to help and shows a genuine concern for all employees in all office locations.


He has exceptional work ethic and always puts in his best effort at work. His approach to exemplary work is unbeatable. He is prepared to tackle the unknown, and he is an invaluable member of IT team. His approach to work is second to none and much of IT's success is due to his dedication, skill and hard work and the things that he does to keep everything running smoothly.


Craig will receive a gift card.

And each Employee of the Month will receive a commemorative Coin.



 

R5 CLASSES

We had a total of six recent Responder 5 Technical Hardware Installation certified employees! In May we had Daniel Johnson from Little Rock and Hammurabi Bueno from Georgetown attend. These guys wasted no connectors with their precision and had almost no errors with the build. August came and we had Armando Omana from Corpus Christi, Ramiro Gonzalez from Georgetown, Reese Hardin from Georgetown, and Matthus Parnell from Grand Prairie attend. They all scored well on the test and made the four room install look easy.


One thing that all attendees had in common was their seriousness of getting the job done right and the ability to have a good time doing it. I love being part of our 1 Team, 1 Purpose, 1 Family!



Sincerely,


-Chris Coleman | Customer Service | R5 System Instructor



OMAR PUENTE VOTED EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH!


We did not have time for a run-off this month. Therefore, the Employees of Lone Star Communications Houston have voted both Omar Puente AND Javier Solis our August 2021 Employees of the Month.


Marissa Cerna will be passing the baton to Omar who will let Javier use it sometimes.


Omar Puente


Omar joined Lone Star Communications, Inc. September 27, 2010.

He is a Lead Technician for the Operations Department, but it better known as our Jack of all trades. While he can’t recall the name of the first project he installed far back in 2010, he knows for certain it was a fire alarm. Omar and his beautiful wife have 2 children, 7-year-old Galilea and 2-year-old Caleb. When Omar is not hard at work, he enjoys going out to the track and to truck shows.


Some of the projects Omar has installed:

  • Texas A&M - Commerce

  • Veteran’s Administration

  • UT Tyler

  • Texas A&M - Kingsville


Comments from Omar’s coworkers

  • Man of many talents (MacGyver).

  • Omar is awesome!

  • Always cheerful.

  • Responsible hard-worker.

  • What a great guy! Omar is willing to help, whatever the situation might be, whether at work or to help us at our homes. He's such a great asset for LSCH!

  • Hard working MacGyver.

  • Always willing to lend a helping hand!

  • Omar always gets things done with a smile on his face.


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Javier Solis

Javier joined Lone Star Communications, Inc. in February of 2018.

He is a Lead Technician for the Operations Department.

The first project that Javier installed was Bayou Pines.

Javier had a scuffle with Luis Machado on Luis’s first day of work a few years back. I hear they have patched it up now.

When Javier isn’t at work he enjoys going on a nice run or shooting his gun.



Checkout the Spotlight by Phillip Cerna from February 2021



Some of the projects Javier has installed:

  • Texas Children’s Hospital

  • Bayou Pines

  • Baytown Methodist

  • VA Hospital Medical Center


Comments from Javier’s coworkers

  • Fast learner and project information is always up to date!

  • He is responsible and a team player.

  • Committed.

  • Always prepared and ready to help.

  • Great Team Player.

  • Ninja. His frame is built for the interstitial space (a Houston VA reference).

  • Javier has been an exceptional Lead Tech.

  • Military Man.


One Team, One Purpose, One Family.

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THE FUN STUFF

Both Omar & Javier will receive a gift set from behind door #1 in Ron’s office and we will add their names to the plaque in the front lobby alongside the other 2021 Employees of the Month.

Finally, Omar & Javier each will receive a limited-edition Employee of the Month commemorative custom coins designed by our own Cliff Switzer.





Finally, regarding nomination process we asked the question: Do you prefer just one main vote without a nomination vote? You have voted 14 to 10 in favor of dropping the nomination process. September will be just one open vote.

 

08/06/2021


Dr. Donna, Andrew, Denise and I are at VAMC for the kickoff to the Responder 5 Nurse Call System.


Our Clinical Applications Specialist Team are doing a fantastic job! Our LSC Teams totally rock!!!!!!


-Julie Fischer, Sales, Houston






ANGEL RASHIN VOTED MAY EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH!


We have made an executive decision this month and selected Angel Rashin as employee of the month!


He has done an outstanding job this summer leading his team to success with all our Education Projects!! We are very proud of Angel and what he has accomplished.


Thank you Angel for all your hard-work and dedication in seeing the projects through and lending a hand anywhere else it was needed.


CONGRATULATIONS!!!




 






Alexis Chavez joined Lone Star Communications as a Technician on August 16, 2021 at LSCT/Georgetown and reports to Richard Morrow. He went to school for Radiology and wanted to change his career path for low voltage technician.


In Alexis’ spare time he enjoys hanging out with friends and watching movies.


Please join me in welcoming Alexis to our team! He can be reached at: 512-571-6930, or alexis.chavez@lonestarcom.com .


-Ramona Rook, Senior HR Director



CHRIS AINSWORTH IS EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH!


I would like to congratulate Chris Ainsworth on being chosen by the LSAR team as the July Employee of the Month. Chris is a Project Superintendent in our Shreveport location and was nominated based on the leadership he provides to his team, his dependability, and his recent work to move the whole Shreveport office to a new location. He will be receiving a gift-card and an certificate. Congratulations Chris!!


I also would like to congratulate Shiva McCraw on winning the participation award. She will be receiving a $25 gift-card for being randomly selected among those that participated.

 



ARKANSAS' STAFF OBTAIN VITAL LICENSES!


Under the direction of Zach Wilson (Sprinkler Project Superintendent) to streamline our inspections and expand their expertise in the industry, these guys obtained their Portables/Extinguisher license this month. We are super proud of Aaron Andrews (Inspector Apprentice), Jeffery Primm (Systems Inspection Technician), and Dennis Bledsoe (Service Sales Representative)!







 





Please join me in welcoming Michael Watson to Lone Star Communications as Sprinkler/Systems Inspector in the LSAR/North Little Rock office. Michael began his employment on Thursday, August 5, 2021 under the supervision of Drew Lavender. He brings more than 22 years of experience and has expertise in fire alarm systems, sprinkler systems, fire pumps, Clean Agent/CO2 systems among others. He stated “he knows enough about a lot of things to get the job done!”


In his spare time Michael enjoys riding his Kawasaki Ninja 650, going to the gym, spending time with his wife & 3 children (2 girls and 1 boy who are 20, 19 and 14 years old), playing with his German Shepherd dog, reading/listening to audio books, playing on his computer, and helping those around him. He is definitely a very busy man!


Welcome to the Lone Star Team Michael! He can be reached at 501-358-2254 or michael.watson@lonestarcom.com .


-Ramona Rook, Senior HR Director

 

NORTH LITTLE ROCK BIRTHDAYS!


We love our job!! Donna Smith, Melissa Terrell, and Melinda Gibbs putting together birthday treats for celebration of August's birthdays in North Little Rock.


-Melinda Gibbs, Office Manager







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