PMT Foundation Accepting Grant Applications

The PMT Foundation is seeking applications from organizations in the Magic Valley to receive financial funds that help support, sustain, and improve our community.  Favorable consideration will be given to:

  • Projects that reach a broader segment of the community.
  • Requests for seed money to realize unusual opportunities that meet urgent to special needs in the community.
  • Stimulate and encourage additional funding for community projects.
  • Promote cooperation and partnerships within the community.

The deadline to submit grant applications is August 21, 2020.

Application forms are available at www.pmt.org or PMT offices in Burley or Rupert.

For more information contact Rick Harder at (208) 434-7124.

About the PMT Foundation

The PMT Foundation was created in 2006 by the PMT Board of Directors as a charitable foundation. The Foundation furthers education in communities served by Project Mutual Telephone through its scholarship program and supports projects and programs that sustain and improve those communities.

To date, the Foundation has helped over 52 area students with funding to further their education beyond high school by continuing the scholarship tradition that PMT established in 1990.  The Foundation has contributed over $205,000 in grant awards to community organizations that help sustain and improve our local community through various projects.

2019 Recipients

2018 Recipients

2017 Recipients

2020 PMT Foundation Scholarship Awards

Four Magic Valley graduates will each be awarded a $2000 PMT Foundation Scholarship. They are Madilyn Hull of Heyburn, Tyler Gammon of Burley, Hannah Copmann of Rupert, and Karen Winslow of Twin Falls.  All four showed outstanding academic performance, exemplary community and extra-curricular involvement, and dedication to their future education.

 

“What a crazy and unusual finish to the 2019-2020 academic year it’s been!” stated Marianne Welch, PMT Foundation Board President, “But, one thing was the same as previous years. We received many exceptional scholarship applications from graduating seniors in the Magic Valley and Mini-Cassia areas. I want to congratulate our 2020 scholarship winners on behalf of the PMT Foundation Board. I’m confident the outstanding efforts of these students throughout high school will be a strong foundation for their success in college and beyond.” In the past 30 years, PMT, and now the PMT Foundation, has awarded over $140,000 in scholarships to our communities’ children. The four recipients are from across the Magic Valley.

 

Madilyn Hull is the 2020 Valedictorian of Minico High School.  Throughout her high school career, she maintained a 4.0 GPA while being involved in Business Professionals of America, National Honors Society, Spartan Singers, and taught Creative Writing Club at West Minico Middle School.

She plans on attending the University of Idaho this fall, where she plans to study advertising and graphic design.

 

Tyler Gammon is a hardworking, dedicated student from Burley High School with a 3.93 GPA.  Tyler took a challenging course load during his high school career and was highly involved in student council, Business Professionals of America, Leo’s Club, National Honors Society, and many drama productions.  In addition to his schooling, Tyler was involved in the Magic Valley Folk Festival as a guide, 4-H, and worked part-time. Tyler will be attending Brigham Young University, where he will pursue a degree in communications.

 

Hannah Copmann is a Minico High School graduate who finished her high school career with a 3.98 GPA and an associate’s degree from CSI. Hannah was involved in student body, National Honors Society, Business Professionals of America, and Science Club.  Hannah was also named the 2020 Distinguished Young Woman of Mini-Cassia, and the Distinguished Young Woman of Idaho.  In addition, she has worked part-time in the summers.  Hannah plans on studying health care administration with a minor in Spanish.

 

Karen Winslow is a determined graduate of Twin Falls High School, where she worked hard both in and out of the classroom while maintaining a 3.98 GPA.  She was the President of the Environmental Club, involved in Key Club, Science Club, student body, Business Professionals of America, Idaho Girls State, Quizbowl, and played tennis.  Outside of school, she simultaneously worked two part-time jobs.  Karen will be attending Cornell University, studying environment, and sustainability.  After Cornell, she plans to further her education and attend law school to become an environmental lawyer.

 

In its 14th year of existence, the PMT Foundation’s creation was authorized by the PMT Board of Directors as a charitable foundation to support worthy community projects and educational scholarships. The PMT Foundation furthers education in communities served by PMT through its scholarship program and supports projects and programs that sustain and improve those communities through community grants.

 

PMT in the Community

PMT is committed to serving the residents of Southern Idaho, and our dedication to this area is fundamental to who we are as a customer-owned company.  Unlike our national competitors, we care about more than just making a profit.  We care about making a difference.  Here are some recent contributions PMT has made in the community:

 

 

Twin Falls Archway

A 113-foot, 30-ton steel arch that looks like the Perrine Bridge was recently installed over Shoshone Street in Twin Falls. The archway has electronic displays that show messages, notifications and welcomes people to Twin Falls. PMT was happy to donate the fiber-optic cable and labor to make the brains of the display work.  By doing so, the City can link it back to their vast network connected by PMT Internet to update the sign remotely from their office building.

 

Business Plus – $10,000

PMT recently donated $10,000 to Business Plus. For over 30 years, Business Plus has joined with like-minded leaders to grow our economy through private donations. Through a team effort, Business Plus works with the Southern Idaho Economic Development Organization, CSI, the State of Idaho, and local cities and counties. They’ve developed a unique model for economic development that has helped attract new businesses like Choboni, Clif Bar Baking Company, Fabri-Kal, and Dow Chemical. PMT has seen first-hand the benefits of attracting new businesses to our area because many of the new businesses that relocate to our area end up turning to PMT for their communication needs.

“We are grateful to have PMT as a partner in strengthening our economy by supporting job growth throughout the Southern Idaho region,” stated Rebecca Wildman, Business Plus Executive Director.

 

Rupert 4th of July – $5,000

PMT has once again committed to be a major donor to the Rupert 4th of July Celebration. The money will be used for the free entertainment and concerts in the Rupert Square.

“On behalf of the Rupert 4th of July Committee, I thank PMT for their continued support. We know we can always count on PMT to help us put on a spectacular 4th of July Celebration for everyone to enjoy. We are so grateful to have a community-minded company like PMT that goes the extra mile to give back,” said Alan Johnson, Rupert 4th of July Committee Member.

 

Annual QRU Fundraiser – $400

This event is put together to offer appreciation, and some much-needed financial support, for local heroes. All of the proceeds raised will be divided equally among nine local Magic Valley Quick Response Units. This family-friendly event is scheduled for July 19th and a schedule can be found at www.qrufundraiser.org

 

Minico American Legion Baseball – $150
This donation secures PMT’s logo at Warburton field during the season. More importantly, it gives the American Legion Baseball team’s funds a boost to help with field maintenance and defray costs incurred by the team.

4-H Beef Grants

PMT will be purchasing 4-H livestock at the Minidoka County Fair and the Cassia County Fair this year. With these purchases, we will provide 3 grants for a 1/2 beef. Non-profit organizations in our service areas can apply for a beef grant to be used in their daily operations or to be used as a fundraiser.

Applications are available here. The deadline to apply is June 30.

PMT Provides Internet for Online Learning to over 200 Families in Need

PMT has helped support over 200 families with free Internet service up to 60 days while schools switched to online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. When the schools had to suddenly close and pivot to lessons at home, it left many of our community members without the ability for their children to learn online. PMT contacted the school districts to see how we could help. The schools then contacted their students to let them know PMT would provide free Internet service on an interim basis for the areas we served.

 

“Our PMT employees stepped up to the challenge, and we were able to install Internet into many homes in a short amount of time,” stated Dan Hoover, PMT CEO. “As a community-based company, it is our responsibility to help when and where we can, PMT has a long history of community service.”

 

Minidoka County School District Superintendent, Kenneth Cox, Ph.D. stated, “We have been able to provide online learning to approximately 97% of our students, either through PMT services or families making other arrangements. These are challenging times, and we appreciate PMT doing their part to help make the Internet available to so many of our families.”

Business Spotlight: Goode Motor Auto Group

Goode Motor Auto Group has a long history in Southern Idaho. In fact, it’s the oldest Ford dealership in the state, with family roots going back to the early 1900s in Rupert, Idaho.

In 1917 Alonzo Read and his business partner, C.A. Jones, acquired their first Idaho Ford franchise, known as Jones Read Ford Motor Company. About 10 years later, Read sold his interest in the dealership, and in 1938 the Goode family purchased it and renamed it Goode Motor.

In 1978 Garth Williams was hired by Goode Motor as a car salesman. He worked hard, rose through the ranks, and ultimately became the general manager of the dealership and part owner along with the Goode family. After the Goode family sold their interest to Garth Williams, he retained the name Goode Ford because of the long-standing positive image in the community. In 2006, Garth’s son-in-law, Matt Cook, left his law practice in Texas to join the company, learn the car business and become Garth’s partner. In a fascinating twist of fate, it turns out that Matt is the great-grandson of Alonzo Read, the original founder of the first Ford dealership in Idaho. That means that the oldest Ford dealership in Idaho is run today by the same family that started it in 1917! In 2016, Garth retired and his son, Brandon Williams, and son-in-law, Pablo Silvaz, purchased an interest in Goode Ford, and now these families actively manage all aspects of the Goode dealerships.

Over the years, Goode Motor has grown rapidly — from one location in Rupert (now Goode Ford in Burley) to three additional dealership rooftops in Southern Idaho: Goode Motor Overland in Burley, Goode Motor Volkswagen Mazda in Twin Falls, Silver Creek Ford in Hailey, along with a Centralized Reconditioning Center in Twin Falls. This kind of growth has helped transform Goode Motor’s mission for employees, their families, and the surrounding communities in several ways.

After purchasing the Volkswagen/Mazda location in Twin Falls, Matt decided it was time for a new mission statement created by the heart and soul of Goode Motor, its people. He gathered every employee from all dealerships into one room. As a team, they decided who Goode Motor is and what Goode Motor stands for. And here is what they came up with as a team:

Soon after the mission statement was brought to life, a second phase focused on giving back to surrounding communities. Today every Goode Motor dealership sponsors projects known as Goode Gives Back. Each dealership hosts a community fundraising event for local schools and various nonprofit endeavors. Goode Ford has hosted several Drive 4UR School Fall Carnival events for Burley High School and several elementary schools. Goode Motor VW Mazda hosts an annual golf scramble, where it raises funds for numerous projects for elementary schools in the Twin Falls School District, including a walk-path for Harrison Elementary and a Mentor Program for Perrine Elementary. Silver Creek Ford partnered with the Sun Valley Road Rally to raise thousands of dollars for the local Drug Coalition. All in all, the Goode Gives Back program has raised over $75,000 for community needs in the past few years.

As a family-owned dealership, Goode Motor is passionate about treating guests and employees like family. Goode Motor’s promise is to act with uncompromised integrity while delivering uncommon courtesy. From its employee-created mission statement to its Goode Gives Back endeavors, Goode Motor works to provide continual growth and improvement for its families, employees, businesses, and communities.

PMT helps Goode Motor connect with its customers by providing Internet service at all locations as well as business-class phone services for over 100 phone lines using SIP trunking and Internet protocol. This offers more advanced features than a traditional phone system plus no costly hardware investments, which reduces costs for Good Motor.

“Switching to PMT has been a night-and-day difference,” said Matt Cook. “We no longer have the technical issues we were experiencing with our previous provider, and PMT’s customer service is a breath of fresh air. I know the employees on a first-name basis, and I know that if we ever have a problem, it will be resolved promptly. When I call PMT, they answer the phone and a local representative is always available to help.”

Uncommon courtesy and community-minded people — what you’ll find at PMT and Goode Motor Auto Group.

2020 PMT Employee of the Year Announced & Other Awards

 

Jennifer Ballance was announced as Employee of the Year for 2020 at PMT’s Annual Awards Banquet. Jennifer has been at PMT for the past 12 years.  Jennifer started her career at PMT doing utility line locates and quickly moved into her current position within the Accounting Department where she handles payroll and collections.

Jennifer is responsible for preparing PMT’s payroll and making sure taxes are paid on time. Jennifer keeps employees informed and up to date on all PMT’s employee benefits from health care to 401(k) and more. Along with her HR responsibilities, Jennifer takes care of past-due customers and collections.

“Jennifer is very deserving of our Employee of the Year award. She does an outstanding job with her payroll, insurance, and general HR duties for all PMT employees and their families. Jen recently received her certification as an HR Generalist,” states Dan Hoover, PMT President & CEO.

Jennifer and her husband, John, live in Rupert.  When not a work, she enjoys reading, crafting, and spending time with her loved ones.

Congratulations Jennifer!  Thanks for your dedication and keep up the great work!

Other highlights from the Awards Party include DJ Johnson receiving the President’s Award.  Our Sales Team also was awarded top honors for a record breaking sales year.

The following employees were also recognized for milestone service anniversaries:

  • Jose Alonzo – 5 years of service
  • DJ Johnson – 5 years of service
  • Glenn Taylor – 5 years of service
  • Rick Harder – 10 years of service
  • Carie Johnson- 10 years of service
  • Tony Kline – 10 years of service
  • Matt Lyman- 10 years of service
  • Justin Clark – 20 years of service
  • Brent Stimpson – 30 years of service
  • Michael Walsh – 30 years of service

 

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PMT Lobbies Are Temporarily Closed

The COVID-19 threat is impacting all our lives and businesses. With Gov. Little’s stay-at-home order, we are committed to doing everything we can both to protect the health and safety of our employees and to continue providing the highest quality of service we can for you and our community. As an essential business, we will continue to be available to you.

 

Lobby Closures

PMT considers the health of our members and employees to be a top priority, which is why we have decided to close all PMT lobbies to walk-in traffic effective March 30, 2020 until further notice. PMT will continue to monitor the situation and will reopen for foot-traffic when it is deemed safe based on recommendations from our local, state, and national authorities.

 

How to Pay Your Bill

We encourage you to take advantage of our variety of options to pay your bill:

  • Pay online by visiting https://ebilling.pmt.org/
  • Pay by phone at (208) 436-7151 or (208) 878-7151
  • Take advantage of payment drop boxes located at each office.
  • Burley: in the front of the parking lot near the PMT entrance
  • Rupert: near the front entrance doors, and there is a second box around the back of the office in the parking lot.
  • Mail your payment to PMT, PO Box 366, Rupert, ID 83350

 

Service, Repair & Call Times

Over the past weeks, we’ve seen a tremendous increase in the number of new Internet installations as PMT has committed to providing at least 60-days free Internet to families with K-12 students who were previously without the Internet so that they can stay up-to-date on their learning during school closures.

We’ve also seen our call volume rise as businesses enact work-from-home policies, schooling moves online, and people turn to streaming entertainment in lieu of social activities. In many cases, people are finding that their current plan no longer meets their new day-to-day consumption. If your Internet needs have changed, or you need a free conference calling solution, please call us!

We will continue to do our best as we try to answer and respond to all incoming phone calls and messages.

We will continue to monitor this situation closely and explore further measures to support our customers and the community as needed.

 

We are Still Working

PMT is considered an essential business, and while our lobbies may be temporarily closed, PMT employees are still committed to you. We are still working to provide excellent service for new installs, maintenance, and response to any outages. If you need to contact us, please call (208) 436-7151 or (208) 878-7151 or email us at pmt@pmt.org

 

Sincerely,

Dan Hoover, CEO

2020 Annual Meeting & Voting Postponed

Dear PMT Members,

In light of Governor Little’s mandatory Stay-Home Order, this year’s PMT Annual Meeting & Voting that was scheduled for Monday, March 30th has been postponed.   The Board of Directors will determine a future date for the meeting.  We will keep in touch and let you know once a new date has been set.

We wish that you all stay safe and well.

 

Sincerely,

Dan Hoover, CEO

Top 6 Reasons Businesses Choose Hosted IP PBX

How your business communicates within your organization and with your customers is crucial to your ultimate success. And the ability to communicate over the telephone remains an absolute necessity. Accordingly, there’s a wide range of telephony systems available to businesses. They include conventional landline solutions, more advanced solutions such as traditional Private Branch Exchange (PBX) phone systems, and cutting edge solutions such as Hosted IP PBX phone systems.

Today, many businesses are shifting away from onsite PBX phone systems to Hosted IP PBX phone systems because of scalability, cost savings, and attractive features like HD Voice, custom hold music, attended transfer, etc. How can you cut through the noise and determine whether a Hosted IP PBX phone system is the right fit for your organization?

Here are the top six reasons businesses are opting for Hosted IP PBX phone systems  (and why you should consider making the switch).

  1. Easier to install and configure than a traditional PBX
  2. Easier to manage through web-based interface (GUI)
  3. Easier to use for multiple locations and telecommuting
  4. Cost savings
  5. Keep pace with your business’ growth
  6. More features for maximum efficiency

For some more detail, read further:

1. Easier to install and configure than a traditional PBX telephone system.

A Hosted IP PBX runs as software on a computer, allowing for simpler installations, easier troubleshooting and maintenance, and a much more user-friendly experience for employees.

2. Easier to manage through web-based interface (GUI).

Maintaining, troubleshooting, and fine-tuning an IP PBX system is much easier than modifying a traditional PBX system thanks to an easy-to-use web-based interface (GUI) designed for all users (compared with traditional PBX interfaces that require specialized phone technicians).

3. Easier to use for multiple locations and telecommuting.

Hosted IP PBX systems allow for one seamless calling platform, allowing businesses of any size to connect multiple locations and remote and mobile workers with ease.  Regardless of where your users are while working remotely — satellite locations, their homes, a client’s office, etc. — a hosted solution provides them access to the same phone system as their coworkers. Remote workers simply connect a preprogrammed VoIP phone to a broadband/cable Internet connection. Improving employee productivity, managing remote employees, and reducing travel and office expenses become more viable.

With Find-Me/Follow-Me feature you can select multiple locations to dial when someone calls you, so you never have to worry about missing a call.

4. Cost savings.

VoIP service providers generally save businesses money in a number of areas, especially on domestic long distance and international calls.

5. Keep pace with your business’s growth.

Traditional proprietary telephone systems are typically less scalable than hosted systems. Adding phone lines and extensions requires expensive hardware, and modifying features and functionality may require additional equipment and a technician visit. In some cases, a new phone system may be required. With Hosted IP PBX, lines, extensions, and features can all be added simply via the computer interface, making your telephony system easy to expand with minimal disruption to your business.

6. More features for maximum efficiency.

A feature-rich system means more options for employees and a better customer experience. Because Hosted IP PBX is software-based, developers are able to easily add and improve feature sets. Most VoIP phone systems come with numerous features such as auto attendant, voice mail, ring groups, advanced reporting, and more.

 

If you’ve been considering a new phone service for your business but are unsure if a Hosted IP PBX system is the right solution for you, call PMT to set up an appointment for a consultation today. One of our business solutions professionals will walk you through options and costs for a package customized to your unique needs.

 

Tony Kline

Account Executive

Serving Twin Falls & Jerome

 

Bryan Beckstead

Account Executive

Serving Burley, Rupert, and the entire Mini-Cassia Area.

 

Clint Carter
Account Executive

Serving Twin Falls & Jerome.