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February Employee Updates

Updated: Feb 17, 2022

February 2022

February 12

February 11


Brian Manibo

Congratulations to Brian Manibo!

On November 18 & 19 last year, Brian interviewed for a new role created at Lone Star. IT Project Manager. He was run through the gauntlet by Jeff Richard, Trey Meador, Hashem Tahajjod, Eric Gillespie, Michael Langelier, Hannah Cooper, Brian Banks, and Alatrae Pruitt. Brian was not the only candidate. After careful consideration, Jeff Richard offered the position to Brian on January 7 with a start date of February 7, 2022.

Brian will report to Jeff Richard and be managing IT projects across the enterprise and will office in GP office one week out of each month. The other three weeks he will be in Houston or wherever the job might take him.

There are plans in the works to take care of the duties that he currently handles in Houston as his IT PM workload evolves. More to come on that later. - Ron

February 16

Kyle Kotrla joined Lone Star a little over two years ago. Kyle has embraced the Project Superintendent role whole heartedly. He has earned the respect of his co-workers and proven to be reliable.

Kyle Kotrla

- What do you do at LSC?

Project Superintendent.

I supervise projects on the Education side and act as the liaison between PMs and the Techs. Make sure material, tions have you held at LSC?

Project Superintendent equipment, and assignments are managed.

- What positions have you held at LSC?

Project Superintendent.

- What accomplishments are you most proud of?

Graduating college, Texas A&M, with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology-sport management.

Ran a full marathon in Park Cities Utah. (26.2 miles).

- Tell me something we do not know about you?

I’m ambidextrous, Ambidextrous I am.

I grew up in a very small-town of 1,100 people, one stop sign and one policeman. The Kotrla family heritage goes back for several generations settling from Germany and Czechoslovakia. (Rogers, Texas)

- What jobs did you do before LSC?

I was an assistant basketball coach at the college level, medical sales rep, worked in the airline industry (Southwest). I was with DJM as a PM for 4.5 years installing Hill-Rom NC.

- What do you do for fun?

I enjoy working out, sand volleyball, snow skiing. Basically, anything sports related or physically challenging.

- What is your most memorable vacation?

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico – I really enjoyed the deep-sea fishing, swimming with Dolphins, culture, and scenery.

Do you have a story reflecting one team, one purpose and one family?

- One team –

I was assigned a project in Highland Park with security in the scope. Our techs working this job had limited experience in that area (as did I), but James Schwendig offered to jump in and help us further understand the system and what needed to be done to complete that part of the work. That was very much appreciated.

- One purpose –

At Mesquite Vanguard (originally Choice), Richard Nguyen worked with the MISD IT department to help them understand how the security system tied into the TCU.

- One Family –

There’s been a couple of different instances where we’ve received emails with co-workers needing help or going through personal struggles, and the outpour of support (monetary and non-monetary) from everyone else is just mind-blowing.

February 11

February Birthday celebration

Well, we had us a grand time for lunch didn’t we.. So full bellies now.😊

From the looks of our game prediction cake, we are rooting for the Los Angelas Rams.

If you are interested in some more meatballs for later, we have containers you can make a portion to-go.

Thank you all for your participation!!!

Sergeant Gilbert

And CONGRATULATIONS to our seat prize winner Raymond Gilbert.

He will receive a gift voucher to spend at LSC company store.

- Lasonia Reed


February 2

Laura Boulet

Laura Boulet joined Lone Star Communications as Service Coordinator on January 24th in the Grand Prairie office and reports to Michael Traylor.

She brings more than 20 years of Accounting & Customer Service experience and has expertise in Excel and Microsoft Windows OS.

Laura can be reached at 214-677-4175 or

February 17

Cake Pops by Taylor

The technicians in our LSAR Springdale office had an extra special Valentine’s Day this year.

Their fearless leader Taylor Taylor made them CAKE POPS to enjoy during their weekly safety meeting.

Thank you Taylor! What a great way to appreciate your team.

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