Hollie Messinger – ALLO Communications

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ALLO Communications (www.allocommunications.com) provides the technology that works for your business starting with phones, internet, and TV. Hollie Messinger is a business sales leader at ALLO Communications.

Tell us a little about your business.

ALLO’s 100% fiber network delivers the speed, reliability, and 24/7 support your business needs to move forward in a quickly changing world. Our core values put our customers first: local, honest, hassle-free, and exceptional.

How did you get started in the business?

A good friend introduced me to the world of data and technology in 2011. It was a wonderful opportunity to learn new skills and become resilient in an ever changing economy. Since then, I have enjoyed developing personalized solutions for customers all over the great state of Nebraska.

What has been your most important achievement professionally?

Learning how to accept and welcome change. Change continually benefits my professional progress and better refines my skills. Ultimately, it has led me to the amazing job I have today!

Tell us a little about your family.

My husband and I will celebrate our 21st wedding anniversary this year. We have two beautiful children: Sloan (11) and Blaise (8). We also have a lovely cat named Cleo.

What is your favorite thing to do on a day off?

I enjoy spending time with my family outdoors and vacations to other states. We really enjoy visiting friends and family in Oregon and Colorado.

What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know?

I love writing and reading poetry. In college, I co-founded Mistry Guild, a poetry, art, and photography journal with a friend. I also self-published a book of poetry titled Prairie Ghosts.

Who inspires you?

Because of my love of literature, I find a lot of inspiration in writers such as Toni Morrison, Walt Whitman, Zora Neale Hurston, Margaret Atwood, Henry David Thoreau, Maya Angelou, Sharon Olds, and so many others. I am especially inspired by our very own Nebraska Poet Laureate Ted Kooser!

What is your favorite quote or the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” – Maya Angelou

If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be?

Compassionate.

If you had a theme song, what would it be?

“Don’t Worry Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin.

If you could choose any other profession to be successful in, what would it be?

It would be writing and publishing. I spent some time with small press organizations like Calyx and Storyline Press in the Mid-Willamette Valley in college. I also considered an MFA in Creative Writing post-graduation from Oregon State University.

What is your favorite book or the last good book you read?

The Book of Joy was the last great book I read by Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and Douglas Abrams.

What is your favorite movie?

The Silence of the Lambs.

What is your favorite TV show?

Seinfeld and The Simpsons.

What is your favorite local restaurant?

Hacienda Real.

If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be?

Frida Kahlo.

If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so?

(402) 781-0545; hmessinger@allophone.net; www.allocommunications.com.

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