Congratulations, Shay Wisham - You Make The Difference!


Shay Wisham with Socket

Congratulations to Shay Wisham, Socket’s You-Make-The-Difference award winner for June!

Shay has been with Socket for just a little over six months, but she’s already made a huge impression with her fellow Service Delivery Coordinators, as well as all those who depend on them to keep our projects moving and our new business customers happy.

“She’s been amazing to work with ever since I started,” said a coworker who nominated her. “She is on top of everything, even things that aren’t her responsibility. And she never shies away from helping new people, or veterans who need an extra hand.”

Shay is also able to bring an interesting perspective to her job. While her current role involves working with Socket’s business clients (often coordinating with their IT team), one of her past jobs was working for a business client of Socket’s – as part of their IT team.

In her free time, she enjoys relaxing, “which never happens.” With three boys, it’s no wonder. Her eldest is a football player at Central Methodist University, and Shay can count on one hand the number of games she’s missed over the last 14 years. Her weekends are spent with her wife trying new recipes, hitting the trails, spoiling their granddaughter, and volunteering at church, as well as helping her other two teenage boys with their projects and essays.

“My favorite part of working at Socket is the environment and people,” said Shay. “Starting a new job is scary - not so much because of the work, but because you want to be in a positive environment. When the workload does get hectic, my co-workers make it all worth doing.”

Congratulations, Shay!

Socket Sponsors the 2016 Fulton Street Fair!


Fulton celebrated their 13th Annual Street Fair, and Socket was a proud sponsor! We loved interacting with everyone, handing out balloons and passing out candy in the Grand Parade.

 
We were excited to talk with the Fulton residents about our expanding Fiber network and answer any questions they had concerning access to their area.
 

It was a perfect weekend for Fulton friends and families to get together and enjoy the music, food, and festivities! 

If you missed this year’s festival, get the next one on your calendar! Visit www.fultonstreetfair.com to learn more.

2016 Art in the Park Coloring Contest Winners


Columbia's Art in the Park festival was the first weekend in June at Stephens Lake Park, and Socket was happy to once again host the annual coloring contest! 
               
Kids designed their own stores for $50.00 gift cards to Tiger Bounce House and Lazer Lanes. There was a lot of imagination involved, based on this year's entries!
               
The pictures are now decorating our office walls, and our employees voted on their favorites:

               
                3-7 age group: Ally, age 7, “Rainbow Store”
                8-11 age group: Madison W., age 9, "Books of All Places"
 
Congratulations to the winners!

Congratulations, Dawn Cole - You Make The Difference!


Dawn with Socket

Congratulations to Dawn Cole, Technical Support Agent, on being named Socket’s You-Make-The-Difference winner for May!

Dawn joined Socket less than a year ago, but has already become a core member of the Tech Support team, known for her patient and friendly manner in dealing with any problems that come her way. In addition to helping out any of Socket’s customers that call in, she also helps with training new employees, and is about to bring her talents to our Business Center.

“Dawn's customer service ethic is amazing, and her ability to empathize with customers' issues is unmatched,” said a coworker who nominated her. “Whether the call is truly tech support related, or the caller just needs someone to talk to, she handles it in a dynamic and friendly manner.”

Dawn graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science last year, and spends much of her free time with her two children, who she says “keep me on my toes for sure!” She also enjoys watching sports, fishing, and cooking on the grill for her friends and family. In the small amounts of time she has between all of that, she also indulges in her passions for gardening and photography.

“My favorite part of working at Socket is the people I work with,” said Dawn. “Everyone’s so nice, and there’s so much knowledge to be shared that I literally learn things every day. It’s a great company to work for and with.”

Congratulations, Dawn!

Cherie Verslues, Socket's You-Make-The-Difference Winner for March!


Congratulations to Cherie Verslues, Accounts Payable Specialist, on being named Socket’s You-Make-The-Difference award winner for March!

As a member of the Accounting team, Cherie’s job is easy to describe – “I basically pay Socket’s bills.” But actually getting that done is another matter! Whether it’s tracking down payments, or making sure everyone has their paperwork filled out on time, Cherie frequently ends up having to hound people – and she manages to do it with charm and kindness.

“Cherie works with great integrity and is always respectful to everyone she communicates with,” said a coworker who nominated her for the award. “It is a pleasure to work with Cherie!”

“She’s so awesome! She does a wonderful job making sure all of our bills get paid and the money gets where it needs to go,” said another coworker.

Originally from Michigan, Cherie has spent much of her adult life in Missouri, and graduated from Columbia College with a degree in Business Administration. In her free time (which she says is limited these days!), she enjoys refinishing and upcycling furniture. But much of her spring and summer days are spent at the ball field, watching her youngest son play baseball for Battle High School.

“I’m happy that I get the opportunity to work with such good people,” said Cherie. “And I’m proud of the work that I do here at Socket.”

Congratulations, Cherie!

2016 Rootin' Tootin' Chili Cookoff!


Socket participated in the 2016 Rootin’ Tootin’ Chili Cookoff on Saturday, February 27th at the Holiday Inn Executive Center. This year, we had a group of seven employees represent Socket and cook up some delicious chili!
 
With over 50 companies participating and 2,000 hungry chili eaters, the event exceeded its $85,000 goal and raised over $100,000 for the Boys and Girls Club of Columbia! A record-breaking year for the Chili Cookoff!
 
Socket loves to participate in charity events like this, because it is fun for everyone involved! It is also a unique opportunity to raise money for a great cause. The Boys and Girls Club helps at-risk youths achieve a healthy lifestyle and academic success after school and during the summer. It costs the club about $2,500 yearly to serve one child, but the club only charges the parents $20 per semester. Events like the Chili Cookoff support the club and instill a positive mindset into each and every club member!

If you would like to learn more about The Boys and Girls Club of Columbia, visit http://www.bgc-columbia.org

Chili Cookoff Picture

Robert Edwards, Socket's You-Make-The-Difference Winner for February!



 
Congratulations to Robert Edwards, Business Center Analyst, on being named Socket’s You-Make-The-Difference winner for February!
 
It’s difficult to say what Robert’s “official” title is – he’s been referred to as Socket’s Swiss Army Knife, acting as an RMA, our MIS Technician, and a Field Services Technician.
 
“On a typical day, I could be dispatched to a business customer’s location, or working on broken equipment, or fixing inner office issues,” said Robert. “Every day is different.”
 
“Robert is always willing to step up for any request given to him by any department, with no questions asked,” said a coworker who nominated him. “He's always willing to stop and help if you need it and he is just an overall great employee.”
  
Originally from Tallahassee, Florida, Robert spent 12 years in the military before moving to Columbia. It’s hard to miss him when he’s wearing his Florida orange and blue! Although he’s currently attending classes at Columbia College, he still makes time to play basketball with his sons and shoot some pool.
  
“I like being able to use all of my talents here,” said Robert. “I get to do a little of everything, be a jack-of-all-trades. It’s never boring!”
  
Congratulations, Robert!

Socket Participates In 2016 Polar Plunge


 The 2016 Polar Plunge took place Saturday, February 20th at Bass Pro Lake, where there were five employee participants representing Socket.
  
 Our brave group was expecting to take a dive into frigid waters, but unlike previous years it was warm and sunny with a

     

completely thawed lake. To stand out from the other participating groups the Socket employees wore tropical themed costumes, which was a perfect fit for the weather. They were equipped with flower leis, hula skirts, and tropical masks as they took the plunge together to represent our company and support a great cause!  
  
 Socket is a proud sponsor of the Missouri Polar Plunge, which is a unique opportunity to raise money for Special Olympic athletes. All together there were 265 participants and $50,100 in donations. 
 
 Special Olympics transforms lives through the joy of sport, everyday, everywhere. They are the world's largest sports organization with nearly 16,500 athletes in Missouri alone. 
 
 To learn more about the Special Olympics, and how you can get involved, visit http://somo.org
   

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Janet Moss - Socket's You-Make-The-Difference Winner for January!


Janet Moss with Socket
Congratulations to Janet Moss, Manager of Employee Satisfaction, on winning Socket’s You-Make-The-Difference Award for January!
 
Originally hired through a temp agency, Janet started as an assistant to the owners in 2002. Within a few months, she was the full-time liaison to HR (as it was managed by an outside company at the time). By the time Socket made the move to our current location, Janet took over completely as Manager of Employee Satisfaction. She prefers the more colloquial “HR Manager” though – it’s a little easier to say!
 
“Janet is always positive,” said a co-worker who nominated her for the award. “If she doesn’t have an answer for your questions right then, she’ll always get back to you in a timely manner.”
 
Though born in Chicago, Janet has spent most of her life in other parts of Illinois and Missouri. She (and her twin!) are the youngest of four girls, and she’s had a lifelong love of music, starting with learning to play the clarinet in childhood. She doesn’t play as much today, but she still loves singing and all kinds of music – from gospel to jazz and classical. She and her husband of 17 years, Waldon, live in Columbia with their boxer, Phinneas (also known as Phinn).
 
“We have a ton of great people here,” said Janet. “I love being able to help employees and meet all of the wonderful personalities that have come through over the years. Socket gives people the ability to grow and find their niche here!”
 
Congratulations, Janet!

Dave Sill - Socket's You-Make-the-Difference Winner for December!


Dave Sill was named Socket's You-Make-the-Difference-Award winner for December.

A Columbia College graduate and a Missouri native, Dave has been with Socket for over 15 years. In addition to his role as the go-to guy for tech and networking issues, Dave has also headed our video projects, with his efforts helping to launch our very first television offering early this year.

“Dave is 80% Socket, 20% Cyborg,” said a coworker who nominated him. “He helps everyone out, and keeps us going when everyone else is out of ideas.”

“Sill has the skills, period,” said another coworker.

When he’s not writing code, plugging things into our server room, or generally doing cool techie things, Dave can be found hanging out with his family. He’s recently added a 70-pound “puppy” to the household named Kilo, whom Dave is teaching “to not think of my forearms as playthings to be chewed on.”

“I really appreciate the nominations and votes for employee of the month,” said Dave, after learning he’d won. “We have a lot of standout players and I feel like a lot of people deserve it.”

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