Category Archives: Employee Spotlight

He travels to Bend for work, volunteers here too

He travels to Bend for work, volunteers here too

Alan Leopold enjoys helping others. When he’s at home, he’s a volunteer firefighter for the North Freedom Fire Department in Wisconsin and has been for the last 23 years.

However, Alan often travels from Madison, Wisconsin to Bend to train employees, so when he’s away from home, Alan continues to give back.

When Alan first traveled to Bend in July, 2016, Rob White, who works in customer repair with BendBroadband, invited Alan to help out at a local church. Now, when he travels to Bend, Alan packs his axe and heads to Nativity Lutheran Church at nights or on the weekends to split and haul wood so families can heat their homes in the winter.

TDS, the parent company of BendBroadband, encourages its employees to volunteer locally.  Alan, who has worked at TDS for 21 years and is a team lead for Talent Development, has gone beyond that standard by volunteering when he’s on the road too. Leopold2.png

Alan also lends a hand in Knoxville, Tennessee, where he helps at the Union County Humane Society in Maynardville, Tennessee where Nancy Wise, a TDS employee, also volunteers.  Alan spends his time here processing wood to heat the facility, doing maintenance and performing repairs.

When asked why he chooses to volunteer even when he’s traveling, Alan said, “I like to stay busy and I feel lucky to help out these great organizations. It also makes me feel more like a member of the community, rather than just a visitor.”

Recently, Alan and his wife rescued two cats from the Sauk County Humane Society in Wisconsin and they make weekly donations to support the shelter’s mission.  He also teaches fire safety tips to children in the schools around where he lives in Wisconsin.

“I love working with kids of all ages and teaching them how to be safety conscious,” Alan said. “I also enjoy teaching kids how to operate a fire extinguisher and safely exit a school bus or house in the event of a fire.”

Alan was named the Volunteer of the Quarter for TDS.

By Morgan Grunow, Communications Intern

BendBroadband field techs work with at-risk youth program

BendBroadband field technicians are taking their knowledge and expertise and sharing it with area at-risk youth through the Oregon National Guard Youth Challenge Program. The Youth Challenge Program is a residential alternative high school where students (or “cadets,” as they’re known in the program) live on site for five months while attending a military model school.… Continue Reading

BendBroadband field techs work with at-risk youth program
Practice makes perfect

Practice makes perfect

Ever wondered what it takes to be a BendBroadband installer? It’s a year-long process to master the ins and outs of the job. Only practice makes perfect. At the entrance to a crawl space, Eric Thompson puts on his blue crawl suit. His mission: to replace a faulty cable splitter somewhere under the house. He pulls a protective mask… Continue Reading

Kudos to the 2014 Local Dog Giving Game award recipients

Kudos to the 2014 Local Dog Giving Game award recipients

BendBroadband is proud to reveal the recipients of the 2014 Local Dog Giving Game. BendBroadband has a long history of giving back to the communities it serves. Beyond the yearly giving activities, the holiday season is a time to recognize and thank the many nonprofit organizations that serve Central Oregonians. This year, BendBroadband invited its… Continue Reading

John Hammarley nominated for an Emmy

John Hammarley nominated for an Emmy

Local television reporter John Hammarley has been nominated for the prestigious Emmy Award for a heartwarming story about a young Central Oregon man’s quest to help less fortunate kids. Hammarley is a feature reporter with “myWindow,” a Central Oregon lifestyle show that is featured on the local CBS and ABC stations. Hammarley has covered many… Continue Reading

Veterans Day: BendBroadband honors those who served

Veterans Day: BendBroadband honors those who served

Veterans Day honors those who have served in all branches of the armed services: Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard (including the Reserves and the National Guard). BendBroadband employs a large number of veterans. Veterans Day is a federal holiday, so federal workers get a paid day off. BendBroadband is proud to support,… Continue Reading

BendBroadband’s Amy Tykeson enters Cable Hall of Fame

BendBroadband’s Amy Tykeson enters Cable Hall of Fame

The induction ceremony was held in conjunction with the annual Cable Show, which was June 10-12 in Washington, D.C. This is the 16th year the cable industry has honored its own. A committee of industry peers and leaders selects Hall of Fame honorees based on their outstanding dedication to and impact on the cable industry.… Continue Reading

Large Business of the Year

Tails were wagging at the Bend Chamber of Commerce SAGE awards May 31. BendBroadband was selected as Large Business of the Year. It also was recognized with the Bend Chamber Board Award of Distinction and Excellence. We’d like to thank the Bend business community for supporting our organization and employees. Large Business of the Year… Continue Reading

A fond farewell to Kristi Miller

A fond farewell to Kristi Miller

We would like to inform viewers that “myWindow” host Kristi Miller is leaving Zolo Media. Kristi plans to dedicate more time to her children and family. A longtime television host and community ambassador, Kristi began hosting COTV’s “Good Morning Central Oregon” in January 1999. After a successful 13-year run on “GMCO,” the two-time winner of… Continue Reading