Congratulations, John Martin, You Make the Difference!

John Martin
Congratulations to John Martin, Technical Support Agent, on being named Socket's You-Make-the-Difference-Award winner for June!
John has been with Socket for just over two years and was described by a co-worker as "the rock of the residential tech team." He spends much of his day juggling requests and questions from customers, technicians, and his fellow tech support agents - and does it all while staying calm and collected. 
"He's everything you could ask for in a tech," said a co-worker who nominated him. "There isn't much he doesn't know, and no problem that he wouldn't tackle head-on. He's got honest, straightforward answers plus great customer service." 
In his free time, John enjoys spending time with his friends and family, as well as fixing up his recently purchased home, which he shares with his foster chihuahua Kali. He's also recently taken up woodworking and gardening (which may not be a coincidence!). 
"I love all the friends I've made at Socket," said John. "These are people I've come to rely on, not just in the workplace, but also outside of it. Our entire team exceeds expectations." 
Congratulations, John!

Thrill on the Hill - Socket Sponsors the 2017 Mid Missouri Soapbox Derby

Elizabeth Connon, in the Socket Rocket
The Socket Rocket made another appearance this year at the Mid Missouri Soap Box Derby in downtown Columbia, flying down a large blocked-off section of Broadway. Our driver this year, Elizabeth Connon, inherited the car from her older brother Michael, who has been racing it the past few years.

She and her competition were racing for a spot at the International Soap Box Derby in Akron, OH. This is Socket's seventh year sponsoring the Mid Missouri Soap Box Derby, which teaches the kids about sportsmanship, science, technology, engineering, math, and basic safe driving skills. We love watching the cars in action, and congrats to all the racers who participated this year!

Congratulations, Frank Stefanizzi - You Make The Difference!

Frank Stefanizzi with Socket

Congratulations to Frank Stefanizzi, Outside Plant Construction Splicer, on being Socket’s You-Make-The-Difference Award winner for May!

Originally from Guttenberg, New Jersey, Frank moved to Missouri back in 2001. When his friend and former co-worker, Dave Giles, told him about his new job at Socket, Frank decided to apply too – and he’s been a valuable member of the team since. In fact, this is his second time winning the award!

“He’s always ready to tackle any job we give him,” said a co-worker who’d nominated him. “A real team player!”

“He makes fiber sparkle,” said another.

While Frank enjoys fishing and hunting, he probably doesn’t have as much time for it as he did last time he won this award – he and his wife now have a son, who “loves dogs, so I guess we’re getting a dog soon!”

“Socket’s a great place to work,” said Frank. “You’ve got great coworkers, and everyone’s willing to help when you’re in a pickle. I’m grateful and honored to have won.”

Congratulations, Frank!

Who is Socket

Founded in 1994, Socket is a Missouri-based telephone and Internet service provider with the largest service area in the state.

Socket is a privately held company that provides families and businesses a choice for local and long-distance phone and Internet service. We combine the highest quality customer service with in-depth technical knowledge.

Our network serves more than 20,000 residents and businesses in more than 400 Missouri cities, and our customers enjoy simple billing and quick, friendly service.

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