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Employee Updates

Updated: Aug 5, 2021



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

Austin started his career with Lone Star Communications on November 7, 2018, in the warehouse as the Warehouse Assistant. He now holds the position of Warehouse Manager. Austin has shown great persistence and drive in his position. He has stepped up to the plate as everyone has said. He exhibits the values of One Team and One Purpose in the warehouse (and throughout Lone Star) and makes sure what needs to be done is done. Austin shows the value of being One Family by always helping anyone who needs it. He is constantly saying how appreciative he is of others, but we are just as appreciative of him.

Chris Bell’s comment:

Austin has been a great asset to the LSC team. He started out in the GP office as a WHS Assistant and was recently promoted to WHS manager. Austin has stepped up, taken on the new challenge and is doing a great job! Austin is well liked and I’m proud to have him on my team. Keep up the good work Austin and congratulations on employee of the month. It is well deserved.

Keith Cunningham’s comment:

Austin took it upon himself to step up and take on a leadership role and promotion to Warehouse Manager and has not looked back. He takes his new position very seriously and instills the Lone Star mantra. One Team, One Purpose, One Family. Keep up the good work.

Here are some Comments submitted about Austin:

Hard worker and goes beyond the call to make sure logistics is on point!

One Purpose!

One Team, One Purpose, One Family

Austin exhibits all of the Lone Star Values. He is always there to help no matter what.

#One Purpose, Austin has stepped up to the plate and assumed control of the warehouse.

He has stepped up to the plate with new position and seems to be growing as a manager.

Austin will receive a gift and each Employee of the Month will receive a commemorative Coin.


Matthus Parnell joined Lone Star Communications as an Installer on July 19th, 2021 at LSC Grand Prairie and reports to Chris Bell. He spent the summer of 2018 working with us in the Fab Shop and Warehouse.

In Matthus’ spare time he flies airplanes. He also enjoys cooking and drawing.

Please join me in welcoming Matthus to our team! He can be reached at: 252-876-5412, or .

-Ramona Rook, Senior HR Director


The Employees of Lone Star Communications Houston have voted Marissa Cerna our July 2021 Employee of the Month.

Nicole Flores will be passing the baton to Marissa Cerna. It would be cool if we had a real baton.

Marissa has been with Lone Star (Halco) since November of ’06. This year will mark her 15 year anniversary.

Marissa was born in Allende N.L. Mexico and moved to Houston when she was 2 years old where she grew up and ultimately went to work at Halco (now Lone Star Communications Houston), on November 2, 2006. That same year “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” topped the box office charts and “Bad Day” by Daniel Powter was the number one single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. You remember “Bad Day” – “You’re coming back down, and you really don’t mind / You had a bad day / You had a bad day” Hope that doesn’t get stuck in your head the rest of the day. You’re welcome.

Marissa enjoys spending time with the grandkids any chance she gets. She likes watching scary movies and dislikes being home alone, especially when watching the scary movies (just a guess). She also likes to go visit family in Mexico and travel to places where she can enjoy mountains and rivers.

Marissa considers her biggest accomplishment paying off her 1st house and just about paying off the second one. Now that is an accomplishment. Congratulations! She enjoys volleyball but as far as other sports go, she is not a fan of any team in particular – especially the Texans (just a guess).

Fun Fact: The picture of Marissa above earned her the “Best Dressed” award in the LSCH 2020 employee photography shoot.

Comments from Marissa’s coworkers

  • Marissa Cerna is the kind of person who’s always is available to help us regarding HR so she definitely is my employee of the month this time.

  • Marissa is always willing to help regardless of how busy she is.

  • Always gets the work done on time.

  • Marissa is a hard-working lady that gets the job done.

  • Team player, hard worker and dedicated.

  • Great Supervisor ;)

  • Always available to help.

One Team, One Purpose, One Family.



Marissa will receive a gift set from behind door #1 in Ron’s (Jamie subbing in for Ron) office and we will add her name to the plaque in the front lobby alongside the other 2021 Employees of the Month.

Finally, Marissa will receive one of twelve limited edition Employee of the Month commemorative custom coins designed by our own Cliff Switzer.

Congratulations Marissa!


I am proud to announce that our Kathryn Marshall has been chosen as Employee of the Month for July.

Here is what some of her LSCT family is saying about her:

--Kathryn is always going above and beyond to get the best result for the team. She is super thorough and analytical! She helps keep me in line when I am moving too fast. She will work as long as it takes to make sure a task is complete and wont stop until the job is done.

---In the past 16 years of working with Kathryn, she has always been there to lend an ear or help with any issue that comes up. She constantly goes out of her way to make sure information is correct, even if it does not directly relate to what she does. In working with her, I have learned so much. She constantly goes above and beyond. Without her, LSCT could not be as successful as we are!

---How does this relate to our core values of 1 Team, 1 Purpose, 1 Family?

Kathryn has always been a team player. She has vast amounts of knowledge and is able to share it in a way that others can understand.

• Kathryn is very knowledgeable when it comes to accounting & how our business works.

• She is willing to work as late as needed to get the jobs done & meet deadlines.

• Kathryn will always tell you the truth. No BS!!

-----Kathryn Marshall epitomizes all that is great about Lone Star. She goes beyond expectations in accomplishing her role – often finding things and making sense of things others can’t. She leads with grace, confident in all that she does to allow others to shine. We could not do all that we do without Kathryn! There is a lot more I can and want to say but I don’t think we’d have enough room.



Reynaldo Deleon joined Lone Star Communications as a Technician on July 26,2021 at the San Antonio office and reports to David Gonzalez. He brings more than 8 years of Structured Cabling experience and provided customer service with Spectrum.

In Rey’s spare time he likes to do content creation, OS troubleshooting, and game coding.

Please welcome Rey Deleon to our team! You can reach Rey at: LSCT San Antonio, 210-307-9430, and .

-Ramona Rook, Senior HR Director




Central Texas recently held its local LSC 30th Anniversary celebration at the venue, Mel’s Lone Star Lanes - CJ’s Grille. The last party in the series, taking place at all main office locations, will be the company-wide celebration in Grand Prairie on October 20th, 2021.

Steven Spangler & Victor Gonzalez

David Gonzalez

Jose Mendez

From left to right: Jeff Banks & his girlfriend, Kathryn Marshall, Homero Martinez, Victor Gonzalez, & Kristin Best

Mike Leavell

Pat Escobar

From left to right: Jeff Banks & his girlfriend, Ramiro Gonzalez, & Victor Gonzalez

Austin Garcia

Ramiro Gonzalez

Right to left – Scott Nations, Buck Smith, Chris Andrus (background) Jose Mendez & Armondo Omana

From left to right: Armando’s wife, Armando Omana, Jeff Banks & his girlfriend, Hammurabi Bueno, & Homero Martinez

From left to right: Armando Omana’s wife, Armando Omana, Jeff Banks & his girlfriend, Jose Mendez, & Victor Gonzalez

From left to right: Jeff Banks & his girlfriend, Kathryn Marshall, Homero Martinez, Cassie Thompson, & Victor Gonzalez

From left to right: Jeff Banks girlfriend, Kathryn Marshall, Homero Martinez, Joe Trevino, Victor Gonzalez, & Kristin Best



Roel Hernandez - LSCT Education Sales recently attended the Safety Conference in San Antonio, TX, which took place July 21st - 23rd, 2021.

Roel Hernandez posing by his display at the conference.

Some of the winners from our raffle. People from different campuses from all over the U.S attending the Safety Conference in San Antonio, TX.


I would like to congratulate Walter Ryan on being chosen by the LSAR team as the June Employee of the Month. Walter is a Service Tech in our Little Rock office and has been with the company 3 ½ years. He was nominated based on his focus of providing excellent customer service and being a team player. He will be receiving a gift card and an certificate. Congratulations Walter!!

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




Congratulations to Melissa Woodruff for graduating on June 10th, 2021 with an Associate's in Business Science from Columbia Southern University in Foley, Alabama. She is now working on her Bachelor's Program in the same specialty.


Drew Lavender joined Lone Star Communications as Service Manager in the LSAR/North Little Rock office. He began his employment on July 19th, 2021 under the supervision of Brandon Myran. Drew brings 9 years of experience and has expertise in electrical, fire alarm, and other low voltage applications. We look forward to having him on the team.

In his spare time Drew likes to spend time with his wife and 2 daughters, read a good book, and tinkering in his shop.

Please join me in welcoming Drew to the Lone Star Team!! He can be reached at 501-672-5521 or .

-Ramona Rook, Senior HR Director


Dakota Stogsdill joined Lone Star Communications as Sprinkler Fitter Apprentice on August 2nd, 2021, at the LSAR / Springdale office and reports to Zach Wilson. He brings 2 years of experience in welding. In Dakota’s spare time, he likes to hunt, fish, and race.

Please welcome Dakota to our team! You can reach him at 479-670-0086 or .

-Ramona Rook, Senior HR Director


Shawn Jones joined Lone Star Communications as a Sprinkler Foreman/Fitter in the LSAR/North Little Rock office. He began his employment on July 19th, 2021 under the supervision of Zach Wilson. Shawn brings more than 24 years of Sprinkler experience with expertise in managing projects and field staff. We are happy to have him on the team.

In his spare time Shawn collects Hot Wheels and shows a 1999 Corvette and 2016 Camaro SS.

Please join me in welcoming Shawn to the Lone Star Team!! He can be reached at 870-635-1115 or .

-Ramona Rook, Senior HR Director



The ladies at Arkansas offices recently had a "girls lunch" to welcome Kellie Cockrell (healthcare sales) to the Arkansas office and for Shiva McCraw (education sales) to meet the LSAR team. So excited to have both of these ladies on the Team!



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