David Holloway, a line foreman at our Neese office in Madison County, has worked with Jackson EMC for 32 years.
When did you start work at Jackson EMC and how has your job progressed?
I started in 1986 as a custodian at Neese. There was an opening on the line crew in 1987, so I applied for it and got the job. I was promoted to foreman in 2008. There have been good changes, better equipment and better tools. Technology has brought about a lot of positive changes. We went from using a big paper map book to having computers in the trucks, and now all employees have access to technology.
What’s the best thing about your job?
Knowing when you’ve helped somebody, whether it’s a consumer or an employee. For instance, last year we had three employees who went beyond their normal work duties to help a gentleman with underground [cables] to his shop. They helped him find his problem and helped him fix it. In return, he came to the office and told me how much he appreciated that and he left gifts to give to those employees. We have a great member base.
What’s something about your job you want others to know?
There’s more to it than people actually see. You’re making phone calls, scheduling work, checking your locates for your jobs, talking to locators, talking to consumers. There’s a lot of one-on-one interaction, not only with the group you’re supervising and the people who supervise you but also with your consumers. I have more responsibilities than I did 10 years ago.
What do you like most about working for Jackson EMC?
Jackson EMC is like a big family, especially here in Neese. We’re a small office and very close. I’ve been working with some of the same people a long time. It’s been a great place to work and I’ve enjoyed it.