A decade ago when someone tried to sell their dentures to him, pawnshop manager Lee Diamond never imagined where he would be today.
In fancy speak, Lee is now OneNet’s fixed assets coordinator. Put simply, he makes sure OneNet has all of its shiny toys. Specifically, all the routers, servers and tons of various gadgets it takes to keep the network running without a glitch.
“One of the highlights of the job is knowing I’m doing something to help the state of Oklahoma,” Lee said. “I make sure we get what we pay for, and if I don’t do my job, thousands of dollars of equipment could be lost.”
Lee’s work requires him to trek from the mountains in the east to the bare plains in west of the state.
OneNet’s OCAN network alone has more than 1,000 miles of high-speed fiber and multiple hub sites. And Lee is the guy who has to ensure all of OneNet’s locations receive every single piece of equipment they need.
“One of the best parts of the job is crisscrossing the back roads and small towns of the state,” Lee said. “I drove through Cookieville a while back; I didn’t even know that was a place!”
Lee has to drive overnight sometimes going from one location to another, but he says it’s all worth it.
“The customers make the job; they’re usually inquisitive about what we do, and it’s nice to be able to share that.”
When Lee isn’t helping bring high-speed broadband to underserved parts of the state, he enjoys the simple life.
“I’m from Idabel, so I’m a country boy at heart,” Lee said. “I like to fish when I can, but my wife and kids are the most important thing in my world.”
~Spotlight and photo by Micah Parnell, OneNet Outreach Intern, Fall 2014